Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2012. Pour is deep red/brown with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, roast, raspberry syrup, and milk chocolate. Flavor is much heavier on the chocolate with notes of raspberry, dark chocolate, oak, roast malt, dark honey, and warming booze in the finish. Lingering taste of licorice and tart raspberry.
BiiruBierBeer (245) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Iíve had the 2007 version and the 2012 version and I really donít understand the hype behind this one at all. Both had a heavy licorice smell and the 2012 had a bit of a raspberry smell as well. Both tasted exactly like red Twizzlers licorice and Iím really surprised to see nobody mentioning this given that both bottles I had tasted nearly identical to Twizzlers and Twizzlers have a very distinct flavor to them. I was hoping for heavy raspberries and got licorice instead. There was a slight raspberry taste to the 2012, but not a lot and not nearly as much as the Twizzlers licorice taste.
CanIHave4Beers (3351) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 Bottle, shared in a location remote to my dining room.
The beer almost looks as though still, with a deep reddish brown color.
The aroma offers a huge raspberry character with some chocolate, some "mead like" honey, and some surprisingly mild booziness.
The flavor is enormously sweet, but itís got a very true raspberry, even seedy raspberry flavor to it. Itís boozy but surprisingly not boozy in an off putting way, the booze finds a way of being a warming as well as a balancing factor in the beer. Itís got a whole bunch of chocolate character to it as well.
The beer is ridiculously viscous, just short of syrupy, and decidedly moth coating.
I am not a lover of sweet drinks generally speaking, but Poltorak, Tokaji, Pedro Ximenez, & Ice Cider when well made are just as beautiful as any drink despite their almost impossible richness and overwhelming sweetness, this among the few beers that is to beer what those drinks are to their respective libations.
gEUS (1261) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 version - 375 ml bottle at home. Pours clear dark amber, no head. Aroma is the perfect balance of brandy/cognac, raspberries and caramel. Medium palate with nice fruity sharpness of the raspberry, loads of rich sweetness but -bummer- the alcohol is really coming through in the end. Little smoke in the aftertaste is nice. Taste is close to rumtopf, a cherry soaked German alcohol specialty. Pity of the abundant alcohol.
jdb288 (576) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 bottle opened in 2014. Murky red/brown pour with no head. Huge raspberry aroma here. I do get some muted chocolate notes. A little boozy. Fresh/concentrated raspberry flavor along with milk chocolate in the taste. Coats the tongue...ends with a fruit juice astringency. Tons of flavor here.
charule (1250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to my good friend artmcd8 as a present. Poured dark hazy brown red with no head. Aroma super raspberry sweet jam. Light carb med bod. Jammy raspberry light tart taste. Complex. Pretty awesome.
Clownoisseur (264) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., many times. Appearance is a vibrant and deep red. Ruby and pink hues. Medium carbonation provides a half-finger of off-white head that can be revived from the fine lacing with a couple swirls of the glass. Aroma is loaded with tart raspberry jam, coupled with rich caramel, vanilla and a slight alcohol. Taste has a great sweet/tart combination from the raspberry that is calmed by the full-bodied caramel and vanilla that follow. Sticky, syrupy and fulling coating of the palate. The alcohol almost sneaks by unnoticed, but can be detected in the warming finish. A true sipper and a great dessert beer. Kuhnhenn never fails to amaze me with their bold offerings.
Hair6a11 (1384) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle; Pour is murky dark amber, with a very modest off white head into this glass. It retains poorly - but that was fairly expected. The nose is dominant raspberry tart, jam, juice - Thereís an earthen note, with caramel and toffee presence here as well. The flavor profile is bittering, but mostly from the alcohol note thanks to the ABV. Itís not entirely meshing well, and I bet it needed a little age. I could be wrong, but its not what I remember from a past vintage. Itís medicinal, raspberry juice, moving to seeds and earthen oak presence - thereís caramel and a hint of more toffee here. Thereía also burnt sugar and a candy note here as well. Itís interesting, its unbalanced - and I was expecting more.
weihenweizen (1865) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Refrigerated 2010 winter release (three and a half years after bottling, 2007), 6.3 oz. brown bottle with red wax poured into a snifter, big thanks to Drake for trading me this top want. Pours translucent dark brown with crimson highlights and almost no head. Nice raspberry aroma, no carbonation, no lacing, smooth texture, and medium/thick body. Taste is caramel, some chocolate, some raspberry, and long vanilla finish. Expected more raspberry, abv is well covered, pretty easy to drink, but I hope this has more raspberry fresh.
Lectvay (157) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012. Dark orange-brown, very little head. Strong aroma, fruit, raspberries. Really sweet and thick. Tastes exactly like those French raspberry hard candies that come in a round tin. A pretty amazing beer, and a great experience to drink it. I guess I couldnít really get past how much it reminded me of those candies. Was hoping Iíd like it more.