poisoneddwarf (1995) - 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.
Larkin (13) - Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle, cellar aged one year. Pours dark with nice lacing and little head. the nose is of sweet stout malt and notes of raspberry. Starts with a nice lightly sweet malt followed quickly by raspberries and notes of dark chocolate and coffee, with and earthy finish.
zach8270 (3904) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Dark roasted malts and light tart raspberry aroma with a hint of spice and yeast. Flavor is lots of roasted chocolate malts with a good blend of Belgian spices and yeast with a very subtle hint of raspberry at the finish. Really smooth.
ryanscourt (1016) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not what I expected. At first taste it's confusing. Can't discern the flavors. Then you realize it's got a raspberry under flavor and the chocolate of a standard stout.
Mrnoluv (235) - long beach, California, USA - JUL 19, 2015
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
One of the worst beers I have had in years!!! Wow, this was incredibly bad. You would think there would be some sweetness to even out the tart, sour, funky taste but not really. Just grab a bottle of Russian River Damnation, pour sour raspberry and wheatgrass and you have the idea of this beer! NOT GOOD AT ALL.
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour, light tan head. This is a fruit beer meets quad meets porter. Interesting beer.
reebtogi (4962) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle pours almost black in color with 2 fingers of off-white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is raspberries with some chocolate and roasted grains and a hint of yeast. Taste is a raspberry tartness with a chocolate malty sweetness and roasted grain bitterness with a dry yeasty finish. Medium bodied with nice carbonation that pleases the palate. Overall, this is a really enjoyable brew with a nice balance.
ffaoe (354) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
awesome raspberry/chocolate aroma, color is pitch black with a foamy light brown head. roasty chocolaty flavor up from then transitions to a slight raspberry flavor. faint aftertaste is of a chocolate covered raspberry.
drjay44 (3034) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Vintage 2015. 7.9% ABV per the label.. Pours a medium, tiny bubbled, well retained, light beige, head, with slight lacing, over a clear, slightly red, dark brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is roasted malts with coffee, slight chocolate, very light raspberry, no hops, balance to the malts.....taste is slightly raspberry sweet, with heavily roasted malts with coffee, slight chocolate, finishing mildly hop bitter, balance to the malts......mouth feel, heavy of medium body, light alcohol, sticky, carbonation creates a creamy mouthful. This is a different recipe from the original as shown by the increased ABV. It is not as complex as anticipated, with the relatively dominant roasted malts, relatively hidden yeast contributions, and light additions from the raspberry. It would be better with slightly less highly roasted malts, which would allow a bit more chocolate cocoa notes and less coffee. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
jgb9348 (5171) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a large-bubbled head just showing a touch of deep brown colours. Strong chocolate and spice in the nose with a bit of raspberry and grain, but a lot of roasted malt and a bit of coffee as well. Medium-bodied; Strong roasty flavours with some lactose and coffee noticeable, but a large presence of malt, raspberries and grain. Aftertaste shows some malt and coffee with milk sugars and some cream noticeable, all finishing with some raspberries. Overall, a nicely balanced beer with a good profile and a touch of fruit. This naturally should be classified as a sweet stout, but a good beer, not great and not bad throughout. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (Foggy Bottom, Eye St NW), DC on 25-May-2015 for US$8,99 sampled at home in Washington on 01-June-2015.
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Berries, roast, and chocolate.