after4ever (5741) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
7-oz of the ’04. Split it, courtesy of BitBucket. Raspberry patch and yeast on the nose. The berry essence comes through clean on the nose. Raspberries lead the attack, along with some prunes. As it warms, chocolate and some dark nut notes emerge. Very velvety, satisfying mouthfeel. Absolutely a dessert beer, though it is alarmingly quaffable (in my case).
thedm (4857) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This draft brew from the brewery poured no head at all. Actually, I think there was 1 and only 1 bubble in it and it was clear colored and mostly lasting. No head means no lacing either. Well, the body was a semi-opaque dark brown color with no visible carbonation. The aroma was strongly vinous and malty. The mouth feel was not noted, but the flavor was that of dark malts raisins molasses and only a very mild raspberry scent. Interesting flavor and very different from other brews.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow this is something ! The aroma speaks loudly of raspberries, plum and soft wifts of alcohol. The color is deep mahogany with some glints of garnet. The first taste is not what I had anticipated, by that I mean I had thought for sure that raspberries would dominate. Not the case... I tasted chocolate, spice notes (nutmeg everso faint. Malt melanoidens.. It was actually dry in the finish. This would make a nice finish to a wonderful meal with some bread pudding ! The vintage tasted is 2005
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown color,Small head that had a short hang time then faded quickly to leave nothing behind.Aroma of chocolate and raspberries with a semi-sweetness coming through in the nose.The flavor was fantastic with a good raspberry flavor coming through very nicely some chocolate and malt with a nice sweet side.The alcohol is there because i can feel it but it doesn’t seem to be as harsh as one might think it would be at it’s abv.Very nice brew that i might have to pick up a few more for later trials.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy rudy/chestnut colored liquid. Moderate creamy tan head dissipates to a fine lid and ring about the glass. Chocolate covered cherries seem to sum up the aroma. Some toffee and raspberry chews also seem in the mix. Rich in feel, yet the fruit seems to thin it out in the last half of the sip. Lots of caramel and raspberries in the flavors. Smooth and enjoyable. Mild milk chocolate also in the flavors. Not overly complex. This is great for what it is - A dessert brew. The strength shows itself only slightly as the tongue starts to warm. To me this is simply a "Brach’s Raspberry Caramel". A sweet treat, that for it "drinkablity" and strength is awesome.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Styles
Pours a rich brown with an aroma of vinegarized raspberry, with a bit of chocolate cake thrown in for good measure. Flavor is a raspberry cake with raspberry icing. A nice, sweet beer; very refreshing and surpisingly light for such a thick brown appearance. Alcohol is almost nonexistent in the flavor, which only adds to the mystique of this brew. A very good beer; number 5 all-time? Not in my opinion. But it definitely makes the top 50.
Sammy (7740) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What are they trying to accomplish? I have had chocolate and either raspberry or strawberry filling..in fruit wine and liquors naturally or more than naturally sweet. That’s dessert. Yes in this beer there is distinct flavours from the eisbock, the chocolate, the tart raspberry. Yes, very much like an American filled chocolate. To me, this is a fruit beer. I have had good beers with chocolate. I have had Unibroue and other fruit beers. This, the whole thing is an experiment that more or less worked. I know its against the grain, but I have to call the shot..it’s overated.
ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Bottle from walleye, thanks Jim. I dont really know what to say about this one. I havent been hunting it for a long time, so its something new I thought about trying to get. Ill point out the flaws at the end of the rating. This one was from 2004. Smell is amazing, chocolate, raspberry, caramel, small bits of alcohol, very nice, amazing actually, the best part about the beer. Taste is sweet, no alcohol at all, chocolate, and sweet. Very good tasting. Now to the bad: first off, why is this in a 6 oz bottle? I dont think its THAT special that they should bottle in such a small quantity. If anything, bottle 12 oz, and produce less. Secondly, I dont really know why this is a top 50, there are many other much better beers that are not top 50. Hell this thing is top 10, its certainly not deserving of that spot. Thirdly, this beer is really pricey, at 9 dollars per 6 oz. I have a bottle, im going to age it for a long time, but once its gone I doubt this will be something I will seek out again, unless they bottle it in 750ml bottles. Not anywhere close to NGBR. Loses major points overall because of the price, and the small bottle, which really pissed me off. I was expecting something equal to the greatness that is the top 10 beers here, and I found something that is about in the top 200. Thanks for the opportunity to try this jim.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma of this beer is probably the best I have ever tried. It’s like a raspberry chocolate flourless torte. Unfortunately, the flavor didn’t live up to the aroma for me.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 vintage (Thanks HailSquishFace). Pours a cloudy medium brown color with some reddish notes. Pretty much no head at all. Aroma is subdued raspberries, some bittersweet chocolate, malty notes and a little vanilla. Flavor is somewhat sour, with a fair bit of the malts, some mellow raspberry and some wood notes. Certainly a unique brew that I was very glad to get to try.