Ernest (6010) - 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 wasn’t remarkable at all.
5000 (5980) - 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 didn’t 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 (9957) - 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 (4999) - 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 I’ve ever smelled. Rich chocolate (I know lots of us use that when describing beer, but I’ve never smelled it so pure as I have here), raspberries, marshmellow creme, hint of s’mores 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 baby’s 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! It’s a shame this is so hard to get.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was sampled at Pitonkatonks house to celebrate the arrival of Facto, Buck Dich and Indiana Red. This beer pours a very raspberry red color...as expected a red with hints of slight purple and magenta. There was absolutely no head or no lacing with this beer unless it was physically induced by swirling. Facto was totally correct in that the only way to truly drink this beer is to smell it for at least ten minutes. Aroma is of raspberries, chocolate and marshmellows....the sweetness and somehow mellowness of the aroma is entrancing with that slight hint of alcohol present. Oddly though, I would have expected there to be more of a pronounced alcohol aroma, but there wasnt. The flavor is noticeably full of raspberries but once again has subtle chocolate undertones and TONS of marshmellow candy sugar sweetness. Carbonation levels are held well within check. Full flavored body and so complex on many levels. The chocolate is just so subtle, but its still there and it just lingers for minutes. Definitely a beer I’d take well over an hour to finish and savor. I will fully be expecting Facto to get me more of this!
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 Bottle shared with Tmoney99 & Brodie,sent to me by Styles(Thx Chris!) Very good cigar beer. Aroma of brown sugar,chocolate and rasberries and a little alcohol. Due to the small bottles none of got more than 3 ozes. Well made, thin bodied(but not for an eisbock). This beer never let on that it was 18%, frankly I have many a beer that tasted of alcohol with less than 10%. This beer is a true accomplishment.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Deep raspberry brown in colour with a small tan coloured head. The aroma was of rich sugar coated raspberries, some oak, brown sugar and maybe even a bit of chocolate. The flavour was of raspberry port, quite sweet (not cloying), some chocolate, cherries and caramel. Extremly complex mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with a lingering raspberry sweetness. Very well balanced, outstanding stuff. Way to drinkable for 18%, not even a hint of alcohol. This reminds me of growing up and visiting my grandma and sitting in her garden eating raspberries.
boto (1789) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 14, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
6.3oz. 2004 bottle: There was a faint "pffft" when I popped the cap. This one poured out a cloudy slightly reddish-brown color. The head was about non-existent. The aroma is interesting. Definite notes of raspberry, but also a sourness to it. Also notes of a rich maltiness and some oakiness. It also reminds me somwwhat of a port. The raspberries are a big part of the taste, but not overpowering. There is an initial mild sweetness, that is followed by somewhat sour aftertaste. There is also a bit of a thickness and silkiness to the palate. The are also flavors of caramel and toffee in the mix. Absolutely no taste of alcohol, which is suprising given the 18% ABV. This is extremely nice. Much thanks to Pailhead for this fine brew!!!
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6.3oz 2004 bottle, Sampled September 2005
Pours with the faintest trace of carbonation that creates a very small ring of fine bubbles that bubble up from the etched marking at the bottom of my Duvel tulip. The beer is a hazy amber-red color that shows a thin wispy tan head when roused. The aroma is thick with raspberries, but there is a rich malty note to it that stops it from becoming pure raspberry. As I go in for a deeper smell of the aroma the rich maltiness of this beer becomes much more apparent. My nose has become used to the raspberry note and I now get rich concentrated notes of caramel, toffee, and a toasty maltiness underneath the dominant raspberry note. Actually the more I think about it the more it seems to smell like a raspberry flavored chocolate malt ball.
The beer is quite thick on the palate, yet it is not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. There is some sweetness here but it is malty sweet as opposed to the typical sugary sweetness that I was expecting. The thing that really lingers on the palate after the beer has been swallowed is the rich concentrated maltiness; notes of toffee and toasted biscuits. Because of the relative dryness of this beer, the raspberry flavor is not allowed to dominate as much as it could. The raspberry is certainly noticeable, but it is not too overwhelming. Actually after my first sip of this I was sorely disappointed the flavors just seemed to clash, and were quite jarring. It got better with subsequent sips though. The maltiness, as in the aroma, really reminds me of chocolate malt balls, definitely interesting.
Despite my first impression, I am definitely enjoying this beer. It is not cloying, like the New Glarus beers, and the raspberry notes are not overwhelming. In fact they are in a good balance with the rest of the beer. All of the flavors are concentrated and over-the-top, but none of them are out of whack with the rest of the beer.