StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Bottle courtesy of Styles and Tap @ GTMW.
Glorious hazy caramel color with a tan head orchestrating a lacing symphony. Wonderful aroma of raspberries, cedar and toffee to support a cacophony of ideas. Oh so sweet. Major raspberry characteristics but not catapulting it to an intolerable sweetness. Chocolate and caramel malts dance in the background to deliver some signature eisbock elements. Thick, sweet toffee flavor and mouthfeel. Raspberry seeds and cream cheese danishes round out the finish. Memorable, to say the least.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 Poured by Eric Kuhnhenn (who didnít seem too happy at the moment) at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. One of the finest aromas Iíve ever had from a beer. All the goodness of scotch and raspberries envelops oneís nostrils. The nose had me excited, perhaps too much so. (I had a similar experience with the Creme Brulee Stout. Incredible nose, but not as impressive on the palate.) It reminded me of Chambord on the palate a bit, combined with more oak and butter toffee. This was good stuff, but not the #2 beer in the world. Luckily, I was able to procure two bottles to store away for a few years. I think this will improve with cellaring.
ReRating after sampling from bottle. Iím upping the palate 2 points, but sticking with my overall 16/20 and 7/10 for flavor. I realized last night that Iím just not a big fan of raspberry and white chocolate, and it was the white chocolate note that bugged me last night. If youíre a fan of raspberry white chocolate cheesecake, I know of no better beer for you. ANOTHER RERATE: 2004 bottle. Aging puts on more notes of chocolate, and Iím finding Iím liking this less and less.
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 2004 nip bottle, sampled in July 2005
11026 hook me up with a bottle, has to be one of the best wedding presents we recieved. The wife and I opened this while camping in Washington, after a great day spent at the beach. Has a tan head on top of a purple and deep red body. Amazing complexity in the aroma: bourbon, creamed raspberries, cherries, sweet (but not hot) alcohol, oak, peaches and fruit seeds, very husky and hearty aroma. Amazingly rich and sweet up front, full of wood, tart raspberries and pie (think cobler), some brandy and graham cracker. Warms the throat and stomach, to me it felt a little like heartburn but just about anything gives me heartburn anyways. Rich mocha and woody fruits in the finish, rich and hot at the end. A wonderful beer, hype confirmed!
2004 bottles sampled in early 2008 (3+ years aged)
Looksjust as wonderful as any bottle of KRE, but itís fully consumed in oxidation. Generally nothing left in the nose but a hiuge, heavy dose of wet cardboard and dogfood, and only the faintest, most stale raspeberry flavor is left. Pretty disappointing. A fresh 2007 bottle was opened at the same time, and it was on par as the fresh 2007 from draft, rated below.
2007 vintage on draft at Kuhnhenns
Seems to float in the glass without much presence, no head, not much in the way of legs or lacing. The raspberry note is very nice, very fruity, pulpy, not overly sweet or candied, but the chocolate seems weak/thin, and doesnít match the richness of the 2004 bottle. It doesnít effect my numbers at all, and I hope to drink the 2004 again with about 4 years on it, and the 2007 with at least one to get a better sence of how this beer ages.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: chocolate, mocha, cream, rasberries, strawberries, some minerals, apples, some vanilla, oak, and rasberry seeds
Appearance: dark brown with some red overtones, tan head, lacing
Flavor: chocolate covered rasberries, alcohol, burnt oak, rasberry seeds--if tasted the way it smelled, it would be perfect
Palate: sweet rasberries followed by a tartness and an alcohol taste, chocolate covered rasberry aftertaste
Thanks wohlfs for this wedding gift
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 (640) - 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." Thereís 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 Iíve ever experienced. Iím 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 Iím 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 (6154) - 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 wouldnít 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 (2678) - 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.