MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks owed to Normyk for this long time want. What a special little beer to just give away, essentially.
Split with Ryan011235. Poured into two taster mini snifters.
A- This little bottle is quite the spectacle. Little mini 6.3 fl oz clear bottle, dipped in a burgundy wax that matches the beer inside. The tiny presentation is an interesting contradiction to the huge beer that’s inside. The bottle looked like it was going to turn out flat, but thankfully I am presented with a very small head. It fades down to a collar before disappearing completely. The thick, concentrated beer leaves a solid coating on the side of the glass. The color is a lovely, deep sanguine red.
S- This aroma is in your face raspberry puree. Its very juicy and fresh. It calls forth images of raspberry preserves or a slice of raspberry pie. Although raspberries are the main characteristic here, it is possible to pick out a slight notion of the malts below. I can pick out a slight bit of rich chocolate. This is undoubtedly the most raspberry-strong aroma out there.
T- As expected, raspberry preserves are right in your face. It starts sweet and juicy but moves into a more leafy, wild raspberry flavor. There is a suggestion of tartness with a some bitterness at the finish. A little bit of rich chocolate is blended with the raspberries. Naturally, alcohol doesnt let itself be forgotten but it doesnt crash the party either. Its big and spicy but not bigger than those delicious raspberries.
M- Carbonation starts out kinda prickly. It does die down, especially with all the swirling Ive been doing. Once the carbonation has subsided a bit the sheer thickness of this beer can be fully appreciated. Its very syrupy and chewy. The juicy raspberries cling to every surface of the palate.
D- Nursing my little pour is a test. I would have easily been able to drink more than this whole bottle.
Lectvay (109) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012. Dark orange-brown, very little head. Strong aroma, fruit, raspberries. Really sweet and thick. Tastes exactly like those French raspberry hard candies that come in a round tin. A pretty amazing beer, and a great experience to drink it. I guess I couldn’t really get past how much it reminded me of those candies. Was hoping I’d like it more.
beechner224 (599) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share thanks to mcbacus.pours a cloudy brown, no head. For being like 7 years old, still get the raspberry. Tasty beer.
Homer321 (1591) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
187ml bottle shared be mcbackus. 2007 bottle. Aroma is a fruity, vanilla, slightly oxidized. Pours a nearly flat reddish brown. Taste is a vanilla cream fruity pie goodness. Slightly sweet and a touch of alcohol warming. Really fantastic.
DrewFace (701) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share thanks to Mcbackus. 2007 vintage. Murky, reddish brown, no head. Raspberry, semisweet, malty aroma, and then more raspberry aroma. Tons of raspberry juice, caramel, vanilla, slightly oxidized papery flavor.
BlowOffTube (435) - Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish light brown like pour no head. Chocolate covered raspberry aroma. All raspberry with chocolate taste in a medium body little carbonation. Little alcohol burn little syrupy.
djd07 (3225) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle thanks to Daniel. Pours a cloudy brown ruby with no head. The aroma is strong raspberry candy, tomato, and oak. Thin mouthfeel with strong acidic raspberry, tart, and very sweet finish. Very good.
RussianDragon (280) - - MAY 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for providing both ’04 and ’07 vintages. Pours a nearly still translucent burgundy with no head or lacing. Aroma is chocolate liqueur and dark fruits (raspberries, cherries). Flavor is more chocolate than raspberries, with vanilla notes. Overall very drinkable - alcohol is well-masked. Notes from January 23, 2010.
biggirlpanties (177) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Nip bottle shared with GT2 thanks to CaptainCougar- an old wedding present that we saved. Celebrating our first home! Bottle opens with no hiss, pour is murky deep brown and flat. Nose is oxidized, tawny port, black cherry, candied dark fruits, bourbon, simple syrup, sherry. Awesome- pretty much perfect. Taste is cranberry, milk chocolate, tootsie roll, diluted sherry. Finishes watery and papery. Over the hill.
olr1984 (1036) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle sampled at dark lord day. thank you to the stranger who poured me some. pours a hazy purple reddish with an off white head. raspberry cherry and a slight vanilla finish taste. amazing beer
hombrepalo (1799) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Won this in Fantasy Football. Shared during DLD 14. Pours a cloudy purplish-brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of raspberries, overly ripen apples lying in an apple orchard, alcohol and earthiness. Flavor of sweet, semi-tart raspberry, apple, chocolate, and caramel with a dry oak finish. Bit hot!