jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
6.3oz. bottle 2004 thanks to Sully. I was really looking forward to trying this one and it did not disappoint in the least. Murky brown color with no head. Ugly looking beer, but that is my only complaint. Smells like someone spread raspberry jam onto a thick slab of dark chocolate. Heavenly! Flavor was lots of chocolate malt, raspberries and raisins. I can’t believe this beer is 18% alc/vol, you can barely notice it. Excellent!
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to odeed for sharing. Aroma is chocolate, raspberries, and apricot. Body is brown with ruby edges. taste is oak, a bit of smoke, raspberries, cherries, and chocolate. mouthfeel has a nice warming sensation, and is silky.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 many thanks goes to styles for hooking this rare brew up.the eisbock poured a dark red with very little white head.i could smell aromas of raspberries,chocolate,earth,and a little sour finish.the flavor was what i would describe as "drinking dessert".cheesecake,raspberries,chocolate,and a tiny bit of sourness to round it off.this is simply outstanding.thanks again styles.(2004 BOTTLE OPENED ON 12-28-07)translucent brown/orange with no head.honestly atthis point it smells alot like a pinot noir wine.although the raspberries are still around in the back.smells a bit syrupy as well.the flavor is nice and complex.i taste maple syrup,raspberries,chocolate,white icing,red wine,and caramel.this has aged very well.alcohol is not detectable at all.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 beer pours (decants) a deep brownish red, with a pretty small head that laces well. pink tints in the lightly tan head. rich sweet malty nose w/big notes of chocolate and caramel (almost butterscotch, but Not diacetyl), rounded out by some warming alcohol notes. raspberries first show up in the flavor, providing an interesting tart fruit balance to big sweet chewy malt body. also some balance provided by alcohol. raspberries start to punch their way thru the malt nose as beer warms, also releasing rather pleasant alcohol notes (not headache inducing higher alcohols.) amazing balance and drinkability for a beer of this size.
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 6.3ozer picked up at Wonder’s Pub in Madison. Aroma of white chocolate covered raspberries and chewy caramel. The chocolaty-caramel aroma really grows. It smells like a candy that I just can’t put my nose on. Rich mahogany-ruby color with a thin off-white head. Time to take a drink,...Oh my gosh! Wonderful chocolate and caramel explosion of sweet raspberries. The fruit blends very well into the comlex eisbock. The initial flavor is amazing and rich, but then it fades fairly quickly. The finish is abrubt, but then a lingering, sweet, warming sensation sticks around in the back of my throat. Medium body, very easy to drink for a beer this strong. Left my palate fairly clean. Overall I really enjoyed this one, perfect after dinner drink.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 #300. 2004. Thanks to Footbalm for this EXTRA! I have aged it as long as I can, it has been in my cellar since late May. 6.3oz bottle with a pretty wax covering. Served at 69° in my NB worthy glass. The color is deep, dark red that borders on brown. The smallish head dies away quickly. There are striations of suspended particles throughout the beer. The smell is killer, it seeks you out. I am typing and am 1.5’ from the beer and still I smell it. When I get my nose down there it is most predominantly raspberries (of course) , but there are notes of prunes, caramelized turbinado sugar, grape must, flowers?, and a smell reminiscent of cognac/brandy, not sure if it is the alcohol, if so, it is not abrasive at all. The mouthfeel is huge, almost like a syrup. The flavors are complex caramel, raspberry, strawberry, vanilla, yeast, tart citrus, the flavor is reminiscent of a raspberry liquor. Almost not too different from the spiced black raspberry liquor, Chambord, mixed with a caramelly dopplebock (might have to try that???). This would be heaven with a rich, chocolate dessert! Fruit beers are tough for me to properly evaluate, but this is just amazing.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow this is something ! The aroma speaks loudly of raspberries, plum and soft wifts of alcohol. The color is deep mahogany with some glints of garnet. The first taste is not what I had anticipated, by that I mean I had thought for sure that raspberries would dominate. Not the case... I tasted chocolate, spice notes (nutmeg everso faint. Malt melanoidens.. It was actually dry in the finish. This would make a nice finish to a wonderful meal with some bread pudding ! The vintage tasted is 2005
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium cloudy with little ring on top .Light brown. Raspberry aroma with blended with medium dark malt, woody, dried plums. Clean. Sticky texture, sweet raspberry front. Good dose of malt base. Moderate amount of alcohol presence. Nice.
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
GTM. It just so happens this will be my 1000th rating. I wonder how that happened? After waiting patiently in line for a miniscule sample, with others who were not waiting so patiently, I became concerned that they would run out before I reached the table. Luckily, out of the blue, MrFacto cut in line ahead of me for his second sample, grabbed my glass and gave it to the guy pouring before he got his own. Thanks again, Facto! Together with my driving to the Kuhnhenn brewery on a Sunday during a rain delay at Comerica Park only to find they weren’t open, this was one of the most hard fought ratings I have procured. So to those who whine about how can it be possible to rate a beer with such a small sample, send me a bottle and I’ll re-rate it! Nectar of the gods. Liquid gold. Bourbon barrel aroma with no discernable hint of raspberries, especially if you didn’t know to look for it. Thick, dark orange, brownish body with not that much in the way of head. Perfectly balanced. Unique. Like NG Raspberry Tart, but with more malt. Damn good.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 12/26/2005 - Bottle to myself sample! 2004 bottle. Clear dark brown body, no head. Sweet chocolate mousse aroma with condensed sweet raspberries. The flavor thins out a bit with a tingly carbonated raspberry/alcohol over smooth creamy caramel.
’05 GTMW samples (2 in one glass). Reddish-brown appearance. Toffee, caramel, raspberry, milky aroma. Reminds me of a strawberry cream oatmeal mix. The flavor stars with raspberry and follows with a very well-blended creamy, caramelly sweetness. Rich mouthfeel.