egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a hazy reddish-pink, color with a thin, light tan / pinkish head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel and toffee malts, honey, nuts, light chocolate, raspberry, and light tart cherry as well. Taste of dominant chocolate, caramel malt, some earthiness, lots of tart raspberries, and roasted java, with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Thanks Mike!
DYCSoccer17 (3355) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Mondial 2005. Very sweet raspberry fruity aroma. Smells gorgeous. Mild chocolately malts in the nose. Almost like a raspberry pie with chocolate covering. Amazing. Transparent dark amber color with tan head and bright red raspberry seeds present. Very pungent sour raspberries to start turning slightly boozy with lots of earthiness and chocolate roasty notes to finish. A great apertif to be consumed in small amounts for dessert. A great beer worthy of its high regards.
kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. I donít know what I did to deserve trying this beer, but thanks to Don and Evan for the pleasure of trying it. The beer pours a dark murkey ever-so slightly rubied brown color with a complete lack of head. The nose is incredible. Dark fruity and chocolate tones ride below a very intense, but not fake raspberry. Wow. Intense. DAMN. The flavors are huge. Syrupy raspberry sweetness and tartness hit upfront, assaulting my tastebuds. This moves to a slight chocolate and fig, but the raspberry is so big, its harder to find the subtleties. The brew is huge and thick and syrupy. Wow. Overall, this beer is in a league of its own. For one, the alcohol is nowhere to be found in the flavor or the aroma. Its not even overly warming after drinking it. The flavors are big and lingering, leaving me craving the next sip. I have to pause between sips, but it keeps me craving more. This is an experience I will not forget. Everything about this beer is intense, minus the alcohol presence. Very, very good.
Suttree (5259) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2005 Big thanks to Springslicker for sharing - he couldíve very easily not told me about having this one and kept it all for himself. The aroma is amazing - Fresh raspberry, of course, but, well, imagine it like this - Raspberry pie with a homemade crust. Or raspberry jam on a graham cracker. Maybe its raspberry compote and butter on toasted homemade bread. Just amazing. Smooth raspberry flavors meld with milky, red wine notes. Hints of honey, maple, molasses, and bread are in there, too. Lasting aftertaste. Really well made, obviously, with much more depth and complexity than I would have imagined. Thanks again, Jay!
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 Thank you, thank you, thank you Wohlfs! The enormity of recieving this beer is overwhelming!
The aroma is as good coming from this as any Iíve tried. Iím still smelling it in my mind the next day. Really heady stuff here!
Deep dark brown color, with a diminished head expected of an Eisbock. Almost laces.
Complex flavor is perfectly balanced between the raspberry and the maltiness of the Eisbock. The raspberry strikes me for itís naturalness. So many fruit beers taste artificial and not at all like the fruit from which they supposedly come, not this one. Buttered toast with raspberry jam! The raspberry is not too tart, not too sweet, just perfect! No medicinal notes at all as high alcohol beers utilizing fruits can have. The overall sweetness of the brew is also near perfect, playing back and forth between the malt and the fruit as it works towards an incredibly long and satisfying finish. Not cloying, not sour, just perfect! The alcohol content is completely masked in this. This easily jumps into my top ten list as one of those beers that make you say WOW! You only taste beers like this every once in a long while and it makes tasting all of those regular beers in between worth it when you get one like this! Thanks again Steve!
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours prown with a thin tan lacing. Smells of chambord, with some woodiness and butterscotch there. Taste is very rich and chocolatey with some rasberry notes on the finish. You can really feel the buttery notes of the rasberries in the mouthfeel. Neither sweet nor tart.
zathrus13 (1723) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 Pours cloudy brown, with a small head. Aromas, sweet raspberries, malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, raspberries, malt, and vanilla.
Not as raspberry dominated as expected, and whereís the alcohol??? This canít be 18%, can it?? Great stuff, thanks to Eyedrinkale for this bottle.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark amber with a minimal film of a head. Aroma of strong sweet malts and raspberries. Flavor is more pronounced raspberry with lots of malt backbone, some chocolate, and a sweet and slightly lingering finish like a fruit liquor. Very nice and smooth. Only slight hints of alcohol as it warms. I think Mike (eyedrinkale) said this one was 15% from the bottle this year- but maybe its 18%. Either way it was pretty smooth and awesome.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible aroma, sweet caramel and toffee, dried dark fruits, raspberry, cotton candy. Dark ruby color, thin off-white head. Rich flavor, sweet malt, tart raspberries, caramel and toffee, balanced by alcohol bitterness. Extremely full and syrupy, warming in the chest. A great eisbock with the perfect raspberry compliment. Thanks to wohlfs for sharing!
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
huge thanks to eyedrinkale for sharing this at heavyweight. deep reddish brown body with small amounts of white head. aroma is just amazing, tart raspberries and sweet chocolates. flavor very much the same. along with the smooty silky body, this reminded me of of godiva chocolate liqueor, except better. the sweetness was at the perfect level, never becomming cloying or overbearing and there was NO hint of alcohol anywhere in the beer. i would give anything in my cellar for more of this.