temporrari (383) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2006 Bottled 2004. Pours with no head really. A good swirl gets a thin tan layer of foam that disappears quick. Some haze to itís red/amber color. Aroma is sweet smelling candy raspberries or maybe more like strawberry, big malts, smells like a fruity barley wine. Flavor is fairly different from the aroma. A good amount of chocolate and caramel flavors are present. Very distinct raspberry flavors and some other stuff going on that I canít really put into words. Overall itís pretty sweet, kinda sticky cloying. Whether itís 10.6% or the previously listed 18% I donít know, either way thereís not much alcohol in the flavor or aroma, besides the way it makes your chest feel when you swallow. Itís very decent, I must admit. Overall #5 good? Nah, I donít think so. Somewhat disappointing. Thanks for the bottle Styles.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A dainty little bottle, which seems appropriate for a slow sipping beer like this. Coppery brown when I look at it from the side of the glass, but from the top there are some nice red highlights. A faint skim of light head. Surprisingly little alcohol smell. Subtly sweet raspberry cheesecake. Further layers of angel-food cake, vanilla, dried cherries, roses and leather. The aroma builds and opens as it warms. Profound, deep, melting chocolate-like creaminess, followed by smooth raspberry preserves. An earthy, toasty munich-malt encapsulates the whole, giving cohesiveness to the talented individual components, and never letting your mouth forget that this is beer. A bit of sour cherry in the finish as the flavor evolves. Thick, velvet-smooth palate. A truly memorable tasting. Thanks Hezron, for sending this amazing beer to me!
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(6.3 oz bottle, 2004 vintage Ė drank in January 2006) Ė Poured a hazy deep red/brown beer with a rather large dark foamy head with great retention. Aroma of raspberry chocolate cake is quite evident with some port-like alcohol sensation. Taste is less sweet then expected as well as raspberry, which I had expected to be more dominant. Instead there is strong chocolate and caramel malt with a semi-sweet ending. Did not fit my expectation but is still very good nonetheless. I would now be very curious to try the raspberry-free eisbock.
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(6.3oz bottle, 2004, many thanks Pailhead) Small tan head atop a clear blood-red body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raspberry, fig, toffee, some chocolate, cookie dough, cherry. Taste is a liquid chocolate fudge brownie accented by raspberry, cherry and caramel. Low carbonation in the moderately full body that holds the alcohol incredibly well. I admit I was somewhat skeptical by the reception this beer has received, but I have been won over.
Mendlerlxa316 (2) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Has a great flavor to it with a taste of rasberry hitting the taste buds. This was a great after dinner beer that came to me from a girlfriends father who knows his beers.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004. Complements of SuIIy. Poured a deep mahogany color body with a small tan head. An incredible nose of sweet chocolate and syrupy rasberries. The flavor was bitter dark chocolate up front with a perfect blend of meduim tart and sweet rasberries coming through in the finish. Just an all around incredible creation!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge thanks to axilla for sharing this one! 2004 nip bottle. Clear mahogany body with a thin, ephemeral beige head. Unparalleled aroma conjures up notions of raspberry-chocolate syrup, fudge, molasses, black cherries, pecan pie, and amazing earthy notes. Flavor has decadent medium-high sweetness and nice tartness. Continually brings up new notes such as bitter cranberry chocolate sauce, fresh raspberries, prunes, and peach wine. Extraordinarilly complex and delicious.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown, with a deep reddishness when held up to light, and a small tan head. Aroma is really great; smells like chocolate covered raspberries. I pick up a little of that candy corn nose that others have noted, but I wouldnít have noticed it otherwise. The flavor is sweet and chocolately, followed by some tart raspberry flavor. The alcohol content is pretty much completely hidden. Very smooth texture, somewhat full bodied, and a nice long finish that reminds me of rich chocolate cake covered in raspberry syrup. Though this beer is excellent, itís definitely a "dessert beer", and not something I would go for as an everyday drink.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big thanks to Walt for sharing this beer. The pour is a murky red purple with a thin pink that dissipates quickly. It has that candy corn nose that Walt mentioned with some caramel and chocolate malt. The taste is sweet with some chocolate and some acidic tartness in the finish. The raspberry is pretty subtle. I liked the beer and would like some more. Although I donít think Iíd want it eveyday!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004: Pour is pinkish brown with an almost nonexistant head...smelled sweet and syrupy and exactly like CANDY CORN? Some chocolate as it warmed, but definately just candy corn...maybe caramel too...taste was sweet with some bittersweet cocoa...some tartness toward the fniish, but I didnít get a whole lot of raspberry...alcohol sort of came out more in the finish...very good, but overrated indeed...