DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared with Timfoolery. Pours a dark brown. An overwhelming amount of berries on the nose. Tons of berry flavor on the palate too. Could have had a little more body to it. Very good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bytemesis (5195) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler thanks to TheAlum, shared among friends. Pours dark black, small tan head, good lacing. Aroma is chocolate covered raspberries with a bit of vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is fully sweet, a bit of fruity tartness, lots of raspberry; basically liquid raspberry truffles with just that faintest hint of bourbon to bring it all together. Medium body. This is way to sweet to drink a lot of, but as a desert beer it truly excels.
barn0216 (532) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler. Raspberry licorice and chocolate aroma, reminds me strongly of dark chocolate cake with Raspberry sauce. Slightly too sweet (same) flavors blending with light roast bitter. Woodford pokes through here and there as well. All in all, pretty good.
madvike (3135) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler shared at the Funk Factory release - Pours black with a tan head. Nose is dry cocoa, chocolate fudge, seedy raspberry, and chocolate cake. Taste is the same--raspberry seeds and flesh, chocolate fudge, cocoa. Tastes like a booze-soaked chocolate raspberry cake. Thick and slick, with mellow carbonation. Phenomenal.
vtafro (5267) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Black pour with ruby brown head. Raspberry sweet aromas, chocolate and sweet malt aromas
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Haymarket: Jet black. Swampy, bubbly tan film laced the top forming a semi-chunky collar at the edges. Aroma has a nice roasted malt base & all of a sudden you’re hit with a beautiful mirage of semi-tart raspberry purée drizzled in understated vanilla cream. Lots of dark chocolate, bittersweet seeps its way into the mix with the finish showing the only remnants of mild wood, bourbon, & a slight hint of coconut. It tastes like someone filled a Tootsie Roll with raspberry jammy jams & melted that shit down to a compote. Rich chocolate, burnt toffee, just a hint of roasted malts & charred wood with a strong overcurrent of seedy raspberry jam; hints of tartness transition into a delicate back-end sweetness. Little bit of booze lingers in a berry & dark cocoa finish. Lovely stuff, tasty as hell.
drfabulous (5233) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at brewpub. Big bourbon and raspberry to this one. Dark in color. Sticky. Very balanced and a nice mix of flavors.
rxeight (2041) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at 2014 fobab. Smells like lots of barrels. taste comes through as backyard, berries and stout. I’ll go as far as saying that this is better than the BCS fruits. Damn tasty.
Also had this at 2013 fobab. Guess I never rated, but I remember enjoying it more than backyard.
Pailhead (6032) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap: The aroma consists of big chocolate raspberry, light roasted coffee, and bourbon. It’s a dark brown with minimal orange highlights and a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of chocolate. Moderate-heavy raspberry comes in to play in the middle and mixes with light bourbon and barely a hint of coffee in the finish. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat soft mouthfeel. Overall, this is about as drinkable Imperial as you can have.
beastiefan2k (2969) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at brewpub. Comes to me completely black body. This is basically a beer version of those cheap chocolate liqueur filled candies. The raspberries are there, the thin alcohol is apparent. This is in line with the thin body. Its kind of cool but it isn’t really my thang.