badgerben (4387) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, blood red color with a head that vanishes immediately. Chocolate and maple aroma with a very deep raspberry hit. The chocolate and caramel stick through on the taste, now coupled with strong caramel. The caramel and raspberry did not mix in a way I found particularly appealing and left some sort of strange twang on the aftertaste. I could get by it. Think of the densest chocolate cake drizzled with caramel and filled with raspberries. Thatís what this is.
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
RATING #500! 2004 bottle thanks to styles. Murky burnt orange pour with only a ring of beige head remaining. There was a cool shimmery copper reflection off the top. An explosion of freshly-pressed raspberries escaped almost before the cap was lifted. Rich, toasty chocolate and caramel were not far behind... along with sweet alcohol esters and darker spices. Aroma opened up more and more as the brew approached room temperature. This was absolutely decadent from the first touch on the lips through the long satisfying finish. Fresh raspberries imbued both sweet and tart notes, both intricately laced throughout the flavor... complemented by dark, Swiss chocolates, chewy caramel, spices (nutmeg and vanilla), and a hint of floral. No flavor dominated, and I canít think of a flavor aspect that wouldíve made this better. So very smooth across the palate... with some mild graininess distributing the multitude of flavors to the proper taste buds. Finish was long and remniscent of freshly-picked raspberries dipped in warm caramel-laced chocolate. This was absolutely brilliant!
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this certainly met my expectations. Never before have I gasped "oh my god" when a beer first hit my tongue. An explosion of raspberry and chocolate in the mouth, with subtle caramel. Creamy and soft, with no alcohol showing at all... I wish the bottle wasnít so tiny! Iím almost done with it already and feel like Iíve hardly started. A wonderful treat, well worth every penny. My new #1. Thanks, SuIIy!
Sregnar35 (952) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2007 Tasty and sweet. Smells like a chocolatey barleywine, with some raspberry. Color is dark red with a small head. Flavor is tart raspberry, dark chocolate and sweet malt. Lingering bite from the alcohol is nice.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was perhaps the most aromatic beer I have tried besides Lindemanís Framboise. It poured a muddy brownish red color with almost no head. The aroma was that of what I can best describe as a chocolate covered raspberry and the flavor was much the same. The finish was sweet and this made for a really great beer. If you can find it, try it. You wonít be sorry. Recommended.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great, warming brew, shared with my wife tonight. Not overly raspberry, mellow, like a raspberry chocolate. No alcohol noticable, I wish I had more. Vanilla and malt noticable too. A great beer to celebrate christmas with! Thanks Duane!
auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 2004. A fiery west coast sunset of burning orange and rose, fading into a deeply hued crimson and garnet. Rimmed gracefully with a gentle edge of tan. Bold flow of fresh concord grapes, sour aged raisins, hewn oak and gentle nutmeg spice, rubbed and pressed fresh roadside raspberries marry with the gentle warm fusels of aged port. Gentle copper kettle caramel sifts through the fruit, rising to a head of freshly shaved Belgian Chocolate atop strong vinous qualities. Aroma grows and glows as a warming intoxication with many levels, from a seductive exotic musky spice to a gentle thin order of fruits and supple fragrance. A truly delicate and graceful perfection of dancing volatiles. Flavor begins entirely unassuming with a concert of gentle vinous, malt and reduced berry sauce, effervescently exploding across the palate. As the film begins to creep across the palate, it files the mouth with a symphony of graceful and delicate floral profusion. The flavor is not as bold and complex as I would have expected and is honestly the weakest part of this beer. Starts slowly and shows strongest in the finish, aftertaste and smack. First, typically clean fruity malt, then an explosion of nutty and buttery raspberry, caramel and chocolate in the finish, filming the mouth with a continuous delicious delight. In the back, an utter detonation of black cherry combined with sweet fresh lime juice and a hint of zest. A heavy level of chewiness adds amazing texture, with astounding weight and body. Yet, the alcohol is deft and hidden better than any could hide it, with only a slight warming of the back of the throat to remind that this is a slightly sinister beverage. A lot of raw brown sugar, touched with molasses and the drippings of a pineapple core. In the finish, a clingingly sweet raspberry caramel, lingering to eternity. Palate is supple and silky. A surprising level of carbonation, bringing the beer fully to the mouth, dispersing evenly. Then it all lingers in the same raspberr
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, wohlfs and I stashed away a bit of this, Clear maroonish color, no head, no lacing, nice aroma of chocolate, raspberry, plum, and alcohol, tastes like a chocolate covered raspberry with a touch of alcohol. this is a fine sipping beer, Iíll definitely save what i have left for nice occasions.
fordest (1964) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 bottle. Huge thanks to SuIIy for this one. Not much head on this deep copper pour. Aromas of rasperry and dark chocolate. Flavors of more raspberry swirled in vanilla and caramel. Sweet and fruity, but not over done. Alcohol was there, but not overpowering and not much heat. Delicious stuff.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Beeryum for sharing this one. This eisbock/fruit beer poured a muddy brown color form a 6.3 oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is raspberry and fruity touch of chocolate. A full bodied eisbock. Lots of raspberry notes. Some chocolate as well. Interesting and complex. No sign of alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and raspberries.