UrbanCaveman (146) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at ~40 degrees F.
Appearance: See my notes for the Eddie Fitz - pours a deep dark brown that turns black in the glass, forms a thin head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: Roasted black grains and berries leap out of the glass, with hints of coffee and chocolate swirling about as well.
Taste: At the beginning, while cold, this beer tastes as if one had a cup of weak coffee, dropped in a significant amount of burnt toast crumbs, and then mixed in a bunch of a slightly sour, unsweetened berry syrup. As it warms, the berry flavors fade a little, allowing for some dark chocolate to emerge and mingle with the other flavors, and the burnt edge comes off the grain bill.
Mouthfeel: As always, Great Lakes nails the porter mouthfeel, yielding a light, drinkable beer that never strays into "watery" territory.
Overall: Not up to the standards of the Edmund Fitzgerald, but still not a bad porter at all. The chocolate and raspberry serve less as focal points, and more as accents to the blackened and coffee profile.
ICEatALAMO (1087) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The pour is dark. The aroma is a nice malty chocolate smell. The taste has very little raspberry, mostly chocolate. A good porter.
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alobar (2999) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark cola brown with no head and excellent lacing. Aroma of raspberries, roasted malt, and chocolate. Definitive raspberry flavor with dark chocolate bitterness. Nice beer.
NikkTwist (1890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Good Dog. Opaque pour with a slim white head. I love chocolate and love raspberry but not so much in beer. This one has a dark chocolate raspberry flavor that barely makes it for me. Juicier than expected. Medium-full bodied. A silky chocolate raspberry truffle. But ... not a proper beer for me.
hershiser2 (1323) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Woot! A new Great Lakes beer in Charlottesville. Thank you Wine Warehouse!
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a reddish tint. An inch of tan head.
Heavy raspberry aroma, caramel, and coffee.
Taste is a wonderful blend of coffee, raspberry, and chocolates. Yum.
bigtaster (758) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle into a snifter. Pours a very dark brown with a large tan head that lingers. Nose is raspberries, chocolate, tobacco, cherries. Medium body, medium carbonation, sweet. Smokey, tobacco, and chocolate finish. Just a bit sweet for me, some artificial raspberry flavors here.
JStax (3450) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a dark brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma has ashy qualities, that become muted upon tasting. The taste gives a nice raspberry zing with subtle chocolate sweetness. It is actually on the verge of tartness. Higher carbonation with tight bubbles. Medium body and pretty easy drinking. Decent dessert beer.
milewide (1682) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Average head and body. Raspberry taste was evident. A decent porter.
TheCaptMatey (176) - Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark amber-brown colour with a 1/2 inch tan head. Aroma is toffee and dark chocolate with backing notes of raspberries and coffee. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate and coffe malts with an earthy bitterness and raspberries. Light medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering flavors of raspberries following a a dark roasted malt finish. As usual, GLBC sticks to the traditional elements of the style with small "improvements" following the addition of fruit.
superspak (3170) - Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 9/13/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raspberry, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, light coffee, light toffee, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of raspberries, chocolate, and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of raspberry, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, light coffee, light toffee, and roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, light coffee, light toffee, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of raspberry, chocolate, and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited porter style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of raspberry, chocolate, and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. The raspberries had a bit more prominence in the aromas, but were very well balanced in the flavors. I was initially expecting the fruit flavors to be a bit bigger initially; but it turned out to be focused on the style with the fruit/chocolate additions accenting the main style. A very enjoyable offering.