richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
huge thanks to eyedrinkale for sharing this at heavyweight. deep reddish brown body with small amounts of white head. aroma is just amazing, tart raspberries and sweet chocolates. flavor very much the same. along with the smooty silky body, this reminded me of of godiva chocolate liqueor, except better. the sweetness was at the perfect level, never becomming cloying or overbearing and there was NO hint of alcohol anywhere in the beer. i would give anything in my cellar for more of this.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to CaptainCougar for sharing this treat. Poured a clear dark ruby color with a minimal off white head. Aroma was amazing. Like a big scoop of Haggen Das raspberry truffle. With a perfect sweetness. The flavor was a little tart with raspberry upfront and some peppery/bitter alcohol at the end. Dry finish. the biggest suprise to me was that for the abv level it only gave a mild warming sensation. Very nice. I would like to see how this ages.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle # 44 and a cool looking bottle it is. Big thanks to wohlfs for the bottle!
The second the seal on the cap is broken a wonderful raspberry aroma begins to waft through the air. Lovely murky brown-reddish pour. Frothy light mocha head. Light weeping lace. The aroma just gets better as it is poured. Sweet rich raspberry with cocoa, pancakes covered in butter and maple syrup, all eaten in a field late in the fall with light organic decay permeating the air. Astounding aroma. Canít stop sniffing, my head is getting light. Interestingly I am not detecting the faintest whiff of alcohol in the aroma. Ok finally on to the taste. Another big wow, raspberries, but not over the top and not at all raspberry syrupy tasting. The cocoa is still here and the lager yeast really starts to shine through. Sweet but never cloying. Alcohol never detracts and lends a pleasant numbing effect to the affair. Full bodied with assertive carbonation up front then it softens and just glides down your throat. My expectations where high and were exceeded. A superb beer and a must try. Certainly worth the price of admission.
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 On tap at the brewpub, shared with pintbypint. The body is brownish red with a slight haze. I appreciate that this was served in a snifter when poured from the tap. The aroma is massive with peaches and vanilla with light hints of the raspberries. I love the subtly here. The taste is raspberries with bourbon and slight oak. This has a dry white wine finish. Very well done and not in your face like some other fruit beers. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden, I had no hint it was that high when drinking. I tried a shot of this again at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2005. I stand by the previous rating. Sampled yet again from a bottle, still solid, and I gave it the same rating. I noticed less of a dry finish than I got on tap at the brewpub.
pintbypint (2700) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Hazy brown, plum highlights. Light swirl of off white head. Slight sour raspberry aroma with chocolate. Flavour is berries and chcolate malts, and alcohol. Alcohol is there but doesnít overwhelm the fruit/chocolate character of the beer.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 I was lucky enough to have two samples of this beer - one on Thursday and one Saturday. Very similar experiences from a nip bottle then a bigger one. I love the aroma of this beer - the way the earthy, coppery metallic melding of strange raspberry sugars and baked overturned-ground- after-plowing plus eastern european strong lager yeast...Wow. Flavors are melted harsh caramel and raspberry and seedy. Very nice beer. Thanks to GoBrew on Thursday and Wohlfs on Saturday!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Might as well throw my two cents in, as Iíve had this about four times in the past week. Lightly carbonated with a full body. Taste is full on chocolate and rasberries. Alcohol is masked extremely well. Freakin amazing beer. Still needs time also. Wow. <Re-rate>. Now that itís revealed that itís 10.6%, the rating has to come down.
Had a sample of the first batch the other night and the current (2nd batch) is so much better.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2005 Tap. Reddish brown in color, maybe some purple?? A touch murky. Long lived tan head and some lacing. Aroma reminds me of chocolate coated raspberries. Medium to full bodied. Not as cloying as I would have thought. Alcohol is there but nicely subdued. Rich chocolate, caramel and raspberry blend together very well. Wow! Rerate from a bottle. Going to give this one the perfect 5.0 now. Sublime, well-blended, big and potent. This belongs on the upper shelf and would be the deserted island beer.
Pailhead (5073) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap: Aroma of raspberries and cream with chocolate. Pours a muddy brown with an off-white head that fades to a ring somewhat quickly. Lots of raspberry in the flavor but not extremely tart like a lot of raspberry beers. Tartness comes more in the finish. Chocolate and caramel become noticeable in the finish and even more so as it warms. Tartness increases as it warms also. Very well done.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft may 7(2004 batch)Dark red color, tan head. Huge malt and raspberry taste. Very full. Good complexity with some caramel hints mixed with the raspberry. Sweet smell, fruit like but very mellow and pleasant.