footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a murky brown with some bubbles on the side and a oily finish on the inside of the glass.Nose is heaven.Like some Raspberry dessert at some overpriced restaurant in New York City.Lots of chocolate and fresh berries.Are you sure this is 18%?? The dessert like taste is for sipping just like you would take small bites of the overpriced dessert.Lovely brew.Just a little thin on the palate.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a deep red-brown body with no head or lacing. The aroma is sweet and full of raspberry with a nice malt undertone. The flavor is also sweet and full of raspberry with a nice maltiness and the slight hint of alcohol. Medium to full bodied and remarkably smooth.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2007 Dark burgundy color with a small, light pink head, which quickly disappears. Rich caramel, toffee and chocolate aromas, with a mild hint of tobacco leaf , dough and raspberry puree. Flavor is big and bold, luscious and refined in every way. I thought the raspberry flavor was fairly tame, whereas the malt flavor was monstrous and complex, with a chocolate, cocoa and caramel flavor. Light hints of vinous fruits, mainly raspberries were present as well. A delightful beer, from the very versatile brewers at Kuhnhenn.
suiteddeuces (1) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2005 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Unbelieveable beer. Itís amazing this place is 5 miles from where I live. Was not too happy at first about the high price, had one sip, and I would easily pay twice as much for it. Complex chocolate/raspberry taste goes down extremely smooth, changing direction even inch down your throat. 18% and you wouldnít even think it was %5 from drinking it. I must drink beer
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2007 Finally I gave in and tasted the bottle I received. Pours a cloudy amber hue with no head. Aromas of raspberries, honey, jam, and caramel. Flavors of thick sweet raspberries, caramel and a little coffee and chocolate. Quite decadent indeed.
Ernest (5921) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 bottle. Virtuallly no head. Body is dark reddish-brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is heavily malty (caramel, chocolate), with notes of raspberry, cherry pie, sherry. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lighlty acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, soft/flat carbonation, lightly alcoholic. This is a far better beer to smell than it is to drink. The nose is like a freshly baked pastry, very caramelly and chocolatey and enticing, but the mouth experience disappoints after that. Kinda watery, with little balance for the sweetness. This is neither rich nor decadent in the mouth experience. I know many will groan when they see this, but what can I say...this had a very nice nose and hid its alcohol well, but otherwise wasnít remarkable at all.
5000 (5645) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (thanks to MrFacto): Burgundy caramel in color, small pink tinted film for a head, quite viscous, cloudy in opacity, with sparce lacing.   Raspberry and marshmallow aroma, also hints of cherry and chocolate.   Similar flavor, yet it is seemingly artificial in nature.   It seems to be very much like a raspberry and cherry tootsie roll pop, tttthhhrreeeee bites and you are at the center.   ABV is very well hidden, very smooth on the tongue, goes down very easy.   Slight warming finish.   I almost wished this one to taste more alcoholic.   Its unreal how easy this one was to drink for being 18%, yet it did seem a bit artificial to me.   I personally didnít think this was top 50 material, but I did enjoy it.   Perhaps a re-rate in the future is in order.   Thanks again to Matt for providing the bottle at the tasting.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Walleye for this hard to get brew. Had this brew at the end of a very small tasting with....myself. I know its kinda sad. Anyways pour was raspberry brownish with no head. Nose was huge on the berry, with some caramel and chocolate mixing in quite well. Very tasty, just a little too.... desserty rich for me. Not bad, just not exactly what I was looking for in a beer. Overall a very enjoyable experience, would love to have another bottle of this to let sit for some time..
Tmoney99 (9635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled with JCW and Brodie. Raspbeery color with a small head that diminished quickly. Pure enjoyable raspberry aroma that lasted even after the liquid was gone. Medium body with a smooth texture. Strong raspberry and chocolate flavor with a long finish with no alcohol bite. A road trip to Warren is being planned.
TheBeerGod (4910) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle - HUGE thanks to Pailhead for this! 2004 Vintage. Pours a near lifeless ruby brown body with meandering tan bubbles on the surface. Very "still" beer. The aroma is quite possibly one of the best Iíve ever smelled. Rich chocolate (I know lots of us use that when describing beer, but Iíve never smelled it so pure as I have here), raspberries, marshmellow creme, hint of símores and maybe even chocolate covered strawberries. Absolutely magnificent aroma. Smells like dessert to me! The taste is tart raspberries, chocolate covered strawberries, caramel, light alcohol, raspberry jam, raw sugar, and Black Forest Cake. Lots of maltiness throughout this as well. Very rich! Body is as smooth as a babyís bottom! Little to no carbonation, light alcohol warmth and minimal stickiness on this beast. It wraps up with more raspberry tartness coming through - chocolate covered raspberries, more chocolate cake notes, light hints of marshmellow creme, light caramel and maybe milk chocolate. Very delicious beer! Itís a shame this is so hard to get.