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RATINGS: 914   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
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Real raspberries abound in this chocolate caramel after dinner treat. Aged for a smooth texture and drinkability. This lager beer will handle additional age very well.
Original: 10.6% ABV
2012: 15.5% ABV

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2005
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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GonZoBeeR (2984) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2005
Aroma:Sugar,raspberry,dark fruit,caramel..... Appearance:dark brown with a good head... Flavor:Very good mixe of Raspberry,alcohol and caramel... This is a very great beer!!!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
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...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2005
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
2005 RBSG Montreal Friday Night Tasting. 2004 6 oz. bottle. Red amber colour with a thin layer of off-white foam. Toffee, light raspberry, alcohol, fruit, and light orange aroma. Toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, and chocolate flavours, big raspberry finish with light alcohol peeking in. Full bodied, rich, and incredibly smooth. Complex flavours but very well integrated. No sign of 18% abv at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2599) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2005
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2005
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 30, 2005
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!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 28, 2005
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.

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