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RATINGS: 873   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Real raspberries abound in this chocolate caramel after dinner treat. Aged for a smooth texture and drinkability. This lager beer will handle additional age very well.
Original: 10.6% ABV
2012: 15.5% ABV


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
joshuah (37) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2005

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 3, 2005
This is a great beer. I want to thank beeryum for bringing this to the 2005 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. Dark brown color, tart raspberry flavor that ís well balanced. Loved it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 nice black cherry body with no head...aroma of sweet raspberry, sugary malts, raison, prune, and candied yam....flavor is quite similar with an added emphasis on a chocolate finish....add a touch of smokiness, toffee, coffee, and nutmeg....nice palate, and a great beer....thank you silphium

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2005
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2005
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2005
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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
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.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2005
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2005
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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2005
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.


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