sloth (2582) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6.3oz. bottle, 04 vintage: Largely small tan head, fair retention with a touch of spotty lace. Dark brown brew that glows ruby when light struck. The raspberrys greet you immediately upon opening, fresh smelling and then chocolate coated, interesting to say the least. A small hint of alcohol is apparent also. The body is almost full, lightly creamy, i was expecting a bit more body especially with this big an alc. content. Plenty of chocolate and raspberries on the palate, lightly sweet and fruity, notes of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate with a mild sourness, black patent? Finish is fairly dry, surprisingly bitter, chocolatey and fruity. Big props to EDA for hooking me up with this sucka! Thanks Mike!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #34 - Purply blackened brown cola color. Light brownish spongy cap of thin proportions creeps and keeps to the edges. Some oily spotty lacing glazes the glass.
Aroma is of a raspberry tootsie pop. A nice sweet display of sugared candy raspberry and tootsie rolls. Keeps a highly sweetened dough of fresh white bread among the crystalized sugary topping.
Taste is more blackberry-like then raspberry, fruity and berry loaded, the raspberry is there with its souring tart along with a sugared candy tartness and sweetness mixing and melding together with some interesting Rolo-like chocolate and caramel. Perhaps some strawberry, kiwi, and nectarine juices have been squeezed in. Quite sweet and candyish with a calmer tone of soda pop-like sugar and character. Succulent fresh bread dough keeps an extra thick backing into the chocolate tones which are blended in with a really sophisticated placement and slick texture.
Feel is pretty lively and thickly set with smoothened sweet tart tones and no sticky stuff. Swift, dank, and stuffy yet holds a uniquely refreshing cool briskness. Big time sugared candy impressions are left after each sip. Subtle dryness in the finish with feathery chocolate richness. Its the liquid version of a Tootsi pop. The 13.5% is never evident in any of the character, but definately hits with an after effect of sleepyness.
At $30 a 500ml bottle this is one spendy, trendy treat to save for special occasions or for a dessert drink after fancy dinners.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 30, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to beerhandy for sharing this one with me!.. Poured a brownish red color with a small white head. Aroma was great.. raspberries, vanilla, caramel, toasted malts and chocolate.. Flavor was just as great with a sweet caramel flavor just a bit ahead of the raspberries with chocolate and toasted malts coming in behind.. This was a very well balanced beer that hid the alcohol well.. I can’t wait to get my hands on more!!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2006 Re-Rate: Pours a reddish brown color, very small off white head. The Aroma is amazing, the best thing i’ve ever breathed in. raspberries and alcohol hit the nose sharply, vanilla cream and light chocolate notes round out the aroma. Flavor is incredible, sharp with alcohol and raspberries, very full on the palate, with a sweet finish, that doesnt get to sour or bitter. A perfect balance.
WOW! HUGE thanks to Footbalm for hooking me up! Pours a dark raspberry/berry color, sediment at the bottom. Small off white head. Aroma is gorgeous, so subtle and rich, raspberry, vanilla, wood. Flavor is full of raspberries, chocolate, caramel, oak and vanilla, amazing.. Incredible blending of flavors.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks Matt!!! YOU THE MAN! The aroma was vanilla bean, light chocolate, sour raspberry, oak cask? The appearance was a visible yeast shot, brown/dark red appearance with a thin brown head. Good lacing. The flavor was PERFECTLY blended vanilla beans, light chocolate, raspberry.
HEAVEN IN A GLASS
The palate was smooth and velvety. Oh, and you can’t taste ANY hint of alcohol.
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like a nice smooth not overly sweet raspberry w/ nice vanilla and oak scents. Pours a mahogony w/ a good tan well lacing head. Palate is well coated warm and smooth nice mouth feel but a touch thin. Flavor is a sweet raspberry alcohol a weak bitterness and a nice malt along w/ a touch of oakiness and hints of vanilla beans. This is some great stuff.
Thanks to Matt for sharing this one.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled in mid-May: Pours a semi-cloudy ruby mahogany with a thin off-white head. Wonderful candy-like Chambord aroma with rich raspberries dipped in caramel and dark chocolate and a touch of fruity tartness. Starts with a nice caramel malty sweetness turning tart and fruity toward the dry, lightly warming, milk chocolate finish. Great raspberry flavor and balance throughout with nice complexity. Many thanks to jtw and wohlfs for the trades!
hopdog (9461) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, tonight is my Birthday. As I sit here, 1 year closer to death, what better way to drown my sorrows than in a glass of this fine beer. Big thanks to EDA for this one! Poured a hazy brownish-red color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate covered raspberries, tart cherries, and other dark fruits. Tastes of tart raspberries, chocolate, caramel, and light alcohol (but no where near the 18%). Very easy to drink. Amazing. I had this one after dinner and what a perfect after dinner/desert beer.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky red-brown color with a tan filmy head. Raspberry, cocoa, and acetic acid aromatics. Sour raspberry flavors give way to a whisper of sweet chocolate. Intermingling in the finish creates a tart yet syrupy raspberry finish.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap: hazy/murky brown with nice beige head that fades to a ring of bubbles. Aroma is chocolate covered raspberries. Flavor much the same with the perfect balance between sweet and sour raspberries. The more it warms the more the chocolate starts to take over. Maybe even a little caramel in the flavor. Body and mouthfeel is like pure syrup, perfect. Just can’t say enough about this, you have to try it to believe it.