joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy reddish brown w/ frothy tan foam. Aroma of freshly picked raspberries over a rich, dark maltiness (chocolate, caramel) w/ notes of iron & wood. Nice sticky, syrupy feel. Lovely flavour of tart raspberry & sweet dark malts. Luxurious & decadent.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small bottle into Duvel tulip. Sampled at Stuffed Sandwich, San Gabriel CA, courtesy of cquiroga and his mad trading skillz. Smell is freshly picked raspberries over milk and dark chocolate and musty cookies. Dark yellowish brown in the glass with a thin tan head that mostly diminishes. Lots of sediment. Looks really viscous. Silky melted chocolate and alcohol at first in the mouth, and then the raspberry explodes at the beginning of the finish and lingers a long time with alcohol numbing both sides of the tounge. The finish gets a bit dry late and astringent. For 18%, the alcohol is incredibly hidden. Women would call this "sinful." There’s a bit of a grainy feel in the finish, and an acid tang. Beneath the rich, deep melted chocolate in the full mouth are some portish dark fruits like plums, right before the raspberry kicks in and dominates. This packs one of the most intense flavor and mouthfeel punches I’ve ever experienced. I’m officially a Kuhnhenn groupie now, I think.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
rbsg 05. the kimchee/crockett alliance had failed to get in on this elixir in the auction, but the great poet MartinT was generous enough to let me in on it.
hazy deep red. smells like the best raspberry ever. like I’m smelling every single part of it. the flesh, the seeds, the juice, the stalk, the earth. amazing. malty, hard candy, port, wood, caramel, butter, pastry with icing sugar and of course the raspberry. extremely well balanced. gorgeous stuff. thanks to whoever brought this to the gathering!
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brownish prune, limited off-white head still impresses for 18%. Huge rooty nose, explosive green character, like the branches of a raspberry in its woodiness. Funky yeast notes emanate in the form of an hairspray concentrate. Welcoming chocolate and vegetal tones wouldn’t fit together in any other beer, but the acid character, the woody nature and the truffle richness appear like they all came from the same tree. Plenty of raspberries underlying flavors, but the alcohol is the big loser, nowhere to be seen which is most impressive. Slight oiliness on the palate, medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Strong presence in mouth, less fruity, possibly less acid than expected, a nice acetic backbone remains subtle, woody, though you have the impression that the tartness grows from sip to sip. If a dessert beer exists, you have one here, full on truffles and not too sweet at that. Worth seeking big time.
asheft (2651) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
[bottle at RBSG]
Reddish-brown orange with a very thin white ring. Aroma is sour and malty with a blast of potent raspberry. I have recently had a number of raspberry beers and what struck me about this one was that it actually tasted like it was beer: barleywinish grain and considerable hops bittering balanced against farm fresh raspberries and no hops flavour. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and a clean finish. Total balance--50% raspberry / 50% beer.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. Reddish mahogany color, very thin head but with that much booze I was surprised there was a head at all. Massive aroma of tart raspberries, underlying malty sweetness from the eisbock. I sniffed this beer for quite a while. Great flavor, somehow balanced with the big raspberry and big malty sweetness. Pastries, sweetened chocolate, raspberry, dough, butterscotch. Full bodied, incredibly easy to drink. Where the hell is the 18%? This is incredible, I have been floored.
Crockett (1028) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 Truly something special. And, I think I speak for everyone at RBSG ’05 in saying that; nobody got enough of it. Absolutely spectacular. Poured a murky red. Nice full tan head. Gigantic aroma of fresh tart raspberry. So sweet but unbelievably balanced you don’t notice. I had no idea of the alcohol content. Buttery rhubarb with bready crumble and puffed pastry. Whipping cream infused with soft salt cured lemon zest. Mildly astringent. Berries soften out in the end yielding right where it started with all those raspberries. It was overwhelming and sexy. I can’t even dream that somebody couldn’t love this. A pastry chef’s delight.
After nearly a year and 5 months the raspberry has dropped out a lot. Chocolate and Madiera have really picked up in the pronounced nose and overall flavour of the beer. Aging doesn’t seem to be a problem. I am wondering if the alcohol content is being reported shorter than it used to be (around 18%). It packs quite a kick, but as far as I can remember it was higher than the 10.6%abv on 061105. Gorgeous beer. And I am sure that everyone will agree that the 6.?oz bottle is a little small.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05’ (Montréal) Grand Tasting
Mahogany mud color, no head, no lacing. Nose of ripe raspberry, pixy stix and fluoride treatment, not quite as fresh as it could be. I grew up in a yard that had fresh raspberries year round, and this isn’t quite there. The flavor is nicely tart, lightly medicinal but incredibly balanced, creamy and with no hint of alcohol whatsoever. Very delicious, but at a price.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005 RBSG - Wonderful aroma, cotton candy. Great raspberry flavor, certainly not cloying, cotton candy sweetness with the raspberry. Followed up by roasted maltiness and chocolate. The depth of this is incredible. For this being 18%, I cannot detect the alcohol.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2006 bottle. ruby mahogany body with a small off-white head. beautiful aroma! lots of berry aroma with a touch of sweetness. flavour is lightly tart with chocolate notes. the balance is just ridiculous, there is nothing that you could improve upon in that respect...dangerously drinkable. Fantastic.