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.
Crockett (1031) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2006 Truly something special. And, I think I speak for everyone at RBSG ’05 in saying that; nobody got enough of it. Absolutely spectacular. Poured a murky red. Nice full tan head. Gigantic aroma of fresh tart raspberry. So sweet but unbelievably balanced you don’t notice. I had no idea of the alcohol content. Buttery rhubarb with bready crumble and puffed pastry. Whipping cream infused with soft salt cured lemon zest. Mildly astringent. Berries soften out in the end yielding right where it started with all those raspberries. It was overwhelming and sexy. I can’t even dream that somebody couldn’t love this. A pastry chef’s delight.
After nearly a year and 5 months the raspberry has dropped out a lot. Chocolate and Madiera have really picked up in the pronounced nose and overall flavour of the beer. Aging doesn’t seem to be a problem. I am wondering if the alcohol content is being reported shorter than it used to be (around 18%). It packs quite a kick, but as far as I can remember it was higher than the 10.6%abv on 061105. Gorgeous beer. And I am sure that everyone will agree that the 6.?oz bottle is a little small.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05’ (Montréal) Grand Tasting
Mahogany mud color, no head, no lacing. Nose of ripe raspberry, pixy stix and fluoride treatment, not quite as fresh as it could be. I grew up in a yard that had fresh raspberries year round, and this isn’t quite there. The flavor is nicely tart, lightly medicinal but incredibly balanced, creamy and with no hint of alcohol whatsoever. Very delicious, but at a price.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005 RBSG - Wonderful aroma, cotton candy. Great raspberry flavor, certainly not cloying, cotton candy sweetness with the raspberry. Followed up by roasted maltiness and chocolate. The depth of this is incredible. For this being 18%, I cannot detect the alcohol.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2006 bottle. ruby mahogany body with a small off-white head. beautiful aroma! lots of berry aroma with a touch of sweetness. flavour is lightly tart with chocolate notes. the balance is just ridiculous, there is nothing that you could improve upon in that respect...dangerously drinkable. Fantastic.
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have been fortunate enough to have this beauty on draft (release party ’05) and in bottles (most recently 7/12/05). Poured a deep redddish brown with plenty of unfiltered goodness, topped nicely by a caramel head. Aromas were strong of sweet raspberrys and fruit, along with vanilla, caramel and hints of chocolate. Flavors reminded me of the chocolate covered fruit candies. Alcohol is masked very well here, and the mouthfeel is almost velvety. I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this!!
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance:dark brown with a good head...
Flavor:Very good mixe of Raspberry,alcohol and caramel...
This is a very great beer!!!!!!
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2009 Sensuous raspberry and blackberry coulis over chocolate mousse and dense brownies...Roasted serenity as the perfect crust for a liquorous pie...Heavy throughout the glass, but the tart fingers and warm alcohol heart know how to lighten the caress...This pastry chef is having so much fun, it’s contagious...The 2007 vintage is perhaps not as chocolatey sweet, but it’s still a wondrous dessert brew...
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2006 Re-rate... ’04 Bottle.... This beer rocks!... Still great with lots of chocolate and raspberrys, but not quite the mouthfeel I remember. Less than full-bodied. Adjusted the score. Still a wonderful creation. Maybe doesn’t age as well as it could. Thanks to Dutch70 for the bottle.****Original Rating**** ’04Bottle...RBSG2005... This beer rocks! Mahogany lager with a small, creamy well-tanned head. Raspberry cobbler dripping with rich, milk chocolate sauce; toffee, butterscotch. All things malty, fruity and rich fill my nose. Chocolate-raspberry sauce coats the tongue while my face is lightly slapped with warm, fruity alcohol. Full-bodied and syrupy with light carbonation. Lengthy, fruity, warming finish... and I thought only New Glarus knew how to properly brew using fruit in America. Got to get my hands on more of this mega-world class brew!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful cocoa head, deep magenta hue, edging on brown...looks like a bockish brown, but shows crimson aspects, as well.
Vast aromatics...cream & cognac....angelic...sweetness, light and lively, matched with the power of booze. Raspberry flavor is shy at first, but peeks out eventually (in aroma and taste)...
...which is where we’re going next...tastes like brandy at first, until raspberry slips through, under the coat of çognac...and the result is utterly unheard of ...a graceful, powerful thing, some nuts, chocolate charge the palate elegantly...a sublime sipper and a rich elixir, all at once.
After further examination, "absolutely gorgeous" is good as I can get, for now...uncanny, this balance, this magnificent marriage, and this perfect play of flavors, that harmonizes to create a gentle blend that delivers a rare, unheard-of experience in the flavor, and all throught the experience.
Fantastic balance: never too strong, too dark, too rich, just right...slick, yet graceful, not sickly, not treacly, somehow just the perfect match of a strong dark lager and the raspberry flavor, with enchanting yeast...a magical match of cookie + fruit + liquor.
There’s a slight bite, a bit of hops, then all is mellow, you never really feel the 13%, it’s a sly, subtle sophisticated combination.
Full-bodied, yet not fulsome, and wholly memorable. Unique among beers, this has a flavor and a transcendent effect not felt in many other beers.
They did their work well at Kuhnhenn, and crafted a masterpiece...a $30 bottle masterpiece, though? Ehhh???
Definitely a special occasion beer, and after-dinner dessert brew, only for revelling and toasting, something to mellow the mood and usher in an unheard of feeling among all in company...not an any-old-day beer, by any means.