heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 On tap at the brewpub, shared with pintbypint. The body is brownish red with a slight haze. I appreciate that this was served in a snifter when poured from the tap. The aroma is massive with peaches and vanilla with light hints of the raspberries. I love the subtly here. The taste is raspberries with bourbon and slight oak. This has a dry white wine finish. Very well done and not in your face like some other fruit beers. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden, I had no hint it was that high when drinking. I tried a shot of this again at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2005. I stand by the previous rating. Sampled yet again from a bottle, still solid, and I gave it the same rating. I noticed less of a dry finish than I got on tap at the brewpub.
pintbypint (2593) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Hazy brown, plum highlights. Light swirl of off white head. Slight sour raspberry aroma with chocolate. Flavour is berries and chcolate malts, and alcohol. Alcohol is there but doesn’t overwhelm the fruit/chocolate character of the beer.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 I was lucky enough to have two samples of this beer - one on Thursday and one Saturday. Very similar experiences from a nip bottle then a bigger one. I love the aroma of this beer - the way the earthy, coppery metallic melding of strange raspberry sugars and baked overturned-ground- after-plowing plus eastern european strong lager yeast...Wow. Flavors are melted harsh caramel and raspberry and seedy. Very nice beer. Thanks to GoBrew on Thursday and Wohlfs on Saturday!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Might as well throw my two cents in, as I’ve had this about four times in the past week. Lightly carbonated with a full body. Taste is full on chocolate and rasberries. Alcohol is masked extremely well. Freakin amazing beer. Still needs time also. Wow. <Re-rate>. Now that it’s revealed that it’s 10.6%, the rating has to come down.
Had a sample of the first batch the other night and the current (2nd batch) is so much better.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2005 Tap. Reddish brown in color, maybe some purple?? A touch murky. Long lived tan head and some lacing. Aroma reminds me of chocolate coated raspberries. Medium to full bodied. Not as cloying as I would have thought. Alcohol is there but nicely subdued. Rich chocolate, caramel and raspberry blend together very well. Wow! Rerate from a bottle. Going to give this one the perfect 5.0 now. Sublime, well-blended, big and potent. This belongs on the upper shelf and would be the deserted island beer.
Pailhead (4783) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap: Aroma of raspberries and cream with chocolate. Pours a muddy brown with an off-white head that fades to a ring somewhat quickly. Lots of raspberry in the flavor but not extremely tart like a lot of raspberry beers. Tartness comes more in the finish. Chocolate and caramel become noticeable in the finish and even more so as it warms. Tartness increases as it warms also. Very well done.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft may 7(2004 batch)Dark red color, tan head. Huge malt and raspberry taste. Very full. Good complexity with some caramel hints mixed with the raspberry. Sweet smell, fruit like but very mellow and pleasant.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks to EDA. Brownish orange, no head. Chocolate rasberry aroma. Big malty rasberry flavors. Alcohol carries the flavors nicely. Like a liquor. Would be great in a bon-bon, squirting out when you bite down. great flavors.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2005 Thanks Mike. Bottle. Deep dark in color with a nice pink head. Sweet rasberry aroma. Smooth tasting. Creamy and smooth. Sweet tasting. Full bodied. Enjoyable rasberry tartness. Syrupy rasberry. Very nice beer. Enjoyable. Drinkable.
jtw (1094) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 draft at the brewery, available one night only! this has tons of raspberry overtones, with a lot of malt and alcohol undertones. lots of dark red fruits and cocoa chocolate flavors eventually turn into a raspberry finish. 13% is virtually undetectable. pretty damn good, not a session beer, but still pretty damn good.