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RATINGS: 923   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Real raspberries abound in this chocolate caramel after dinner treat. Aged for a smooth texture and drinkability. This lager beer will handle additional age very well.
Batch 1 - brewed 2002, bottled same year 10.6%
Batch 2 - brewed late 2004, released 2005
Batch 3 - Brewed 2007, released very end of 2007
Batch 4 - Brewed 2012, released 2013 15.5%
Batch 5 - Brewed 2014, released late 2014


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (3166) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2015
(Cuvée 2014): Ramassé à la brasserie au début de notre traversée. Un nez de fleurs trempées dans la confiture de framboises très sucrées. En bouche c’est ridiculement sirupeux et sucré. Avec le temps ça se complexifie superbement, des notes boisées sortent de la chaleur d’alcool et contribuent à la chaleur. Le côté sirop est trop important pour la mettre sur un piédestal, J’aurais été très curieux de goûter les précédentes cuvée.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2015 Tap @ Kuhnhenn: 2013 vintage. Rich ruby red color with a tawny brown centers; a thick, creamy, fine-bubbled beige head settles into a foamy collar after just a couple moments. Aroma is a chocolate covered raspberry dessert onslaught. Bursting with super-sweet & ever so slightly tart raspberry jam & raspberry compote, with underscores of dense baker’s chocolate, red grape, & a robust boozy presence. Very fresh, inviting, decadent, & dessert-like. Flavor is no different. Huge river of raspberry puree & raspberry preserves sliding across the palate on a board of dark chocolate & booze. Tastes like a raspberry jam filled chocolate cake. Only, dipped in a big vat of booze before being served. It’s heavy & robust, but given that it’s somewhere between 13-16% ABV, a little heat is to be expected. Given the ABV, it’s actually pretty "easy" drinking. Often served in small samples, which is perfect. A lovely beer to pair with dessert. Or an evening full of regrettable decisions. Your call.

2007 vintage: Slightly more tart & a little bit thinner. Less of a chocolate presence. Not as decadent. A little more sherry-esque booze to this one, possibly from mild oxidation? Overall still a great beer but fresher is better.

2014 vintage: Opposite of the ’07 vintage, this one has much more chocolate to it. Makes me think of those Tootsie Pops. The raspberry flavored one, of course. Booze is truncated nicely, yet still provides some warmth so you don’t slam this high gravity eisbock like a fucken idiot. Really nice release this year.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6476) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Sweet fruity raspberry chocolate smell. Syrupy light raspberry taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
s_hartshorne (2262) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle cotteridge pissup. Red thin head. Aroma is raspberry jam taste is same raspberry ice cream juice so sweet it make your teeth hurt some tartness nice alcohol warmth coming through. Nice syrupy body. I love the sweet stuff right up my street. I thought this would be the beer of night however that was short lived as the next beer new glarus Belgian red somehow managed to be even more sweeter and moreish. Still Very very good!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
47574xeCD (647) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle Share at Cotteridge 24/1/15. Deep dark Ruby with little head, Raspberry presence, Chocolate and Caramel notes, very drinkable but a little sweet. Went down nice and smooth..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (3218) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle share at Cotteridge Wines. Big thanks to Colin. Dark red, hazy, no head at all. Aroma is light raspberry, red wine, molasses, oxidation. Body is medium, rich, no real carbonation. Taste is malty, pretty sweet, tart raspberry, background oxidation like an old barley wine. This is definitely a sharing beer - I couldn’t drink half a bottle of this.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
24th Jan 2015: Cotteridge Wine meeting. Cheers Colin for sharing this, the sweetest beer of the day by a country mile. If you like lashings of raspberry jam on your toast this is your beer heaven, however I found it just too syrupy for my delicate palate and my sample was enough for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (11378) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottled, sampled at The Cotteridge Convention, many thanks to Theydon_Bois for this one. Reddish brown with off white head. Really sweet and jammy raspberry beer, syrupy, quite smooth. It really is the drinkable version of Raspberry Jam. It’s fine but a little too much for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (2596) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle share. Cotteridge Beano. Sweet. Smooth. Rich, and boozy. Raspberry jam. Some relief by way of some light tartness. Overall, too sweet for me.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (4470) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2015
Bottle at Cotteridge wine convention; hazy light red/copper pour with a thin bubbly white head, raspberry aroma, taste has ripe fruit, jammy, some cherries, very sweet and sticky but nice, great blended with Armand 4 Lente for some sweet and sour action.


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