poisoneddwarf (1478) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours opaque black with brown edges and a beige head that falls into a ring of big-bubbly foam fairly quick. Aroma consists of doughy bread, baked bread, faint raspberry (I’m thinking jam), molasses. Taste starts out sweet, turns tart and finishes savory and bitter; very stout-like. There’s only a hint of raspberry in the flavor, making me think this belongs in the stout category rather than fruit beer category. Good beer, but it seems these Apocalypse beers are getting less interesting as we reach the Mayan end of the world date. The best two so far (that I’ve had) were #4 and #7. Since then, they’ve been a little dull. Like a good book, these beers should be rising towards a climax, meaning they should get increasingly more interesting as we get closer to December 21, not get more prosaic! But that’s just the geek in me talking. Addendum: raspberry definitely gets more pronounced as the glass warms up. I still think this belongs in the stout category, though. Or foreign stout, because as someone else already mentioned, this tastes like Dragonstooth with added raspberry.
hayduke (3073) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly black with a tan head. Good lacing. Nose is chocolate malts with raspberry . Medium plus body. Flavor ;is a good blend of chocolate malt and raspberry. Raspberry is under control hare. Very tasty.
Beergeek23322 (1664) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11/17/2013. From bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of dark roasted malt, dark fruit and raspberries. Good balance with hints of raspberry. Mellow finish.
Bamsen78 (1952) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ The Ginger Man, NYC. Pours murky dark cherry red with small light tan head. Clear aroma of chocolate and malt. Dark flavour of malt, roast and chocolate with notes of coffee. Mild finish. OK. A very nice stout, but the fruity note is absent.
mikedR (723) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice. Very raspberry forward. Belgian zing is there, as is the stout foundation. However, I'd personally dial down the raspberries; as it is, they're a little overpowering and prevent any complexity from shining through. B
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pdx77 (765) - Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle purchased October 2012. Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma is raspberry jam, prune juice, chocolate, and light yeast. Taste is of a raspberry dark chocolate candy with some nice yeast notes. Finishes with the jam note and a little alcohol kick.
pdx76 (365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - pours pitch black with thick tan head. Thick lacing on glass. Nose of coffee, chocolate, and floral. Smooth and frothy mouthfeel. Taste is complex blend of chocolate, smoke, tart berry. Nice dessert beer.
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jeremytoni (2831) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a small amount of head. Light malty flavor with a quick raspberry finish.
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Nearly black, large frothy beige head nice lacing.   Pale roastiness with a slight fruity tinge to it.   Hard to nail down, other than to say it has a fruity sweetness on top of the soft roasted malts.
Smooth on the tongue, moderate roast, slight berries, not as fruity as I thought for a "fruit beer".   However, while it feels fairly dark like an Imperial Porter or Stout, it does have a fruity aspect that most don’t have.
Sweet roasted malts, but also fruity/berryish.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Clean finish.   Seems like a very good fruity Stout.   Best of both worlds, biting roasted malt background and sweet fruity
forefront.   Smooth, roasty, malty, but also has a slight fruitiness to it.   More of a Stout than a Fruit Beer, but regardless its tasty!   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Sweet berry like finish, along with a strong
roastiness.   One of the better Apocalyptic releases from Elysian.   Fruity stout for teh win!
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: The taste was delightful, but something seemed way off. Not nearly as good as I thought it’d be. The Belgian yeast seemed to dominate not compliment the other aroma. Some raspberry finally broke through at the very end. Toward the end the aroma improved a little and the flavor faltered. But both occurred a little too late to effect the scoring.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was basically black in the glass with an average tan head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had heavy roasted and burnt malts; heavy to harsh spicy yeast; lighter dusty and doughy yeast (blocking a lot of the raspberry); and raspberry. The initial flavor was slightly sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and moderately bitter with a little longer than average duration. There was dark chocolate, roasted malt, dark coffee, raspberry, raspberry chocolate, spicy yeast, chocolate syrup, coffee, milk chocolate and dusty yeast. The medium body was a little oily and then dry with fizzy carbonation and a metallic and slightly alcoholic finish.
yespr (28618) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at City Tap House. Pours pitch black with a small chocolate brown head. Aroma is fruity; raspberries, roasted malty too. Smooth raspberry fruity to a dark roasted malty base. Smooth and lingering dark malty with a light citric raspberry note.