heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 6.3 oz bottle. Aroma is dead nuts for hot cross buns on easter morning, complete with the frosting (special recipe--with almond extract) Sweetness and fruitiness. Cardamom note as well. Flavor is quite nice and mellow. Alcohol is amazingly hidden. Thick, with a sweet finish, but never cloying. Rasberry character is present and attractive, but never dominating, long smooth rich luxurious malty finish, with only traces of balancing hops. This is utterly fantastic. Thanks a ton for sharing.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 500th rating on RB. Pours a light red-pink with a dirty pink head, quickly dissapearing over a purple body. The aroma is quite unique. Fruity raspberry and a bit of cherry. Sweet malts, definately noticable as both carmel and chocolate, and a faint alcohol. Sweet syrup and chocolate as well. The flavor is a homemade raspberry jelly followed closely by a toasted malt that is very clean, cleaned up by a finishing alcohol character. Chocolate makes an appearance at times as well. This is a very plesant beer. Not overly fruity like lots of fruit beers. Itís has great definition of flavors in itís recipe. A shining example of a well assembeled beer not relying on alcohol or overpowering hops to provide a great experience. Thanks to Sully for this one.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared a bottle with illini08 on Thanksgiving. wonderful aroma heavy with raspberries. a reddish brown pour with virtually no head. flavor was like a raspberry white chocolate syrup with plenty of alcohol noted. more of a sipping liquor than a lager beer.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tanks JCW. 2004 bottling. Pours with a scant head and a cloudy, muddy, dark brown body with only the faintest hint of red. Aroma of a chocolate covered cherry that has been melted, covered with warm, simple syrup, then baked in an over for three hours, then poured warm into my glass. If you missed the subtleties of that statement, just think that I believe the aroma to be "satisfactory." Flavor is unbelievable. It is the cooled, liquid form of the aroma (Refer to above). This is quite sick. Truely one of the best, most expressive fruit beers I have ever tasted.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After all the hype, this baby has held up. Raspberries abound in the aroma as it sits murkily in the glass. Virtually no head. Intense berries and hot chocolate overtones. Rich and viscious on the tongue. Wonderful lingering fruit. An extraordinary dessert beer.
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 2004, bottle. Pours a deep dark garnet, almost black if you look at it right. Not much head or bubbles. Nose is tart raspberries, chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Taste is nice. The sweet and the sour seem to create a perfect harmonious balance with eachother, neither one really dominating, but yet bothbbeing assertive. Not a whole lot of complexity, but not bad. The raspberries are there, but they are more of a fresh flavor, not syrupy or overly chemical in nature. Nice malts, lots of chocolate and caramel. Medium-thick bodied, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very velvety. A good nightcap beer, but could use a bit more complexity. I am willing to try on draft and compare.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like raspberry cream,with a smell of a raspberry liquor and mocha. Deep hazy red with no head. Light raspberry and chocolate, very clean mouthfeel, finishs like a raspberry, carmel chocolate, like sipping the reserve Grande Mariner, nuances of the flavors, not a huge syrupy beer. This beer is solid through and through.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared a bottle of this with Duane. Aroma of alcohol and tart berries. Taste was just the same with the booze dominating the palate. Slightly tart finish to it from the berries. Iím glad to say that Iíve tried it, but Iím not impressed with it.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
187ml bottle thanks to Styles: Brown body, somewhat murky, with pink/red highlights when held to light. The aroma is sweet raspberries (though theyíre somewhat restrained compared to many other beers with fruit), apples, subtle orange, caramel, dry aged chocolate, and a hint of biscuit. The taste is dry, almost bitter raspberry (I like the no sweeteners added here very much), and a subtle chocolate that just grows and grows over the sampling. At first the chocolate-raspberry taste takes on a light caramel note, then a light alcohol-soaked bread, a nice grainy-wheat flavor, and a hint of roasted malt and hops hidden in there barely detectable. Medium bodied, light-medium carbonation, sweet yet not at all syrupy or sugary. Finishes with a long drawn-out chocolate-raspberry aftertaste, highlighting the fruity qualities of the berry while still retaining some grain-like qualities of the malt. If one holds the beer in mouth and agitates with the tongue (ok I couldnít come up with a less-lame term for it....move shit around in your mouth) then distinct flavors of dark chocolate with real raspberry flavorings dusted with chocolate come to the party. Very nice
fidemaster (253) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2006 Very Very Very berry. Very sweet. I guess if i wasnt in the mood to drink beer maybe this would be ok. I cant see how this can be called beer. I also dont get how Leinenkugals berry gets a 2.4 and Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock gets a 4.4 similar strong flavor of fruit, huhn has more alcohol. that is about it oh well. If someone could tell me why this is a great beer i would appreciate the message.