Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown with a small head. This beer is primarily comprised of chocolate, raspberries and alcohol. It is a sweet dessert beer. I usually don’t like these, but this was pretty good. Not overly cloying in anyway. It could have standed a bit more of the raspberry essence over the alcohol, but still, tasty. Thanks Josh.
Fritz123 (1199) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Sam! Thanks...brotha! The pour is deep red, almost deep purple. No real head or lace. The aroma is powerful dark raspberries and blackberries. A rather jam aroma but with a boozeness to it. SOme hints of chocolate. The taste is immediate strong raspberry, almost jam like. Some notes of dark chocolate and cordial. Strong booze, medium to thin body, low carb. The flavors are amazing.
Steasy66 (1012) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2015
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
2014 Batch. I was super excited to try this for years, but man did it disappoint. Smells like raspberry medicine, tastes about the same. It grows on you a bit as you drink but damn is this medicinal. 4 of us struggled to finish a bottle.
Theydon_Bois (10655) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at the Cotteridge Convention, from an IP trade with Jredmond - cheers James, 24/01/15.
Murky redish amber with a crimson top.
Nose is sticky raspberries, berry fruit, sweet tunes, Neopolitan ice cream.
Taste comprises raspberry syrup, lightly spiced backnotes, sweet, berry jam redux.
Full bodied, viscous, warming alcohol in a sweet fruit finale.
Solid stuff for style and concept, easy sipper but a little too sweet, can’t say I’d have this anywhere near the top 50 beer list personally!
Hammy78 (802) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage picked out of the cellar by my wife for her 39th birthday. Pours an absolute deep ruby colour. No real head or lace. Nose is super sweet fruity, obviously raspberry, a bit of booziness. Tastes sweet, there is a touch of chocolate taste and smell, it’s boozy though, has some little bitterness, malt, and a firey finish. I like this but it gives me some heartburn too, and I can feel it rather quickly.
Marheb (2648) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Cuvée 2014): Ramassé à la brasserie au début de notre traversée. Un nez de fleurs trempées dans la confiture de framboises très sucrées. En bouche c’est ridiculement sirupeux et sucré. Avec le temps ça se complexifie superbement, des notes boisées sortent de la chaleur d’alcool et contribuent à la chaleur. Le côté sirop est trop important pour la mettre sur un piédestal, J’aurais été très curieux de goûter les précédentes cuvée.
tectactoe (2739) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2015 Tap @ Kuhnhenn: 2013 vintage. Rich ruby red color with a tawny brown centers; a thick, creamy, fine-bubbled beige head settles into a foamy collar after just a couple moments. Aroma is a chocolate covered raspberry dessert onslaught. Bursting with super-sweet & ever so slightly tart raspberry jam & raspberry compote, with underscores of dense baker’s chocolate, red grape, & a robust boozy presence. Very fresh, inviting, decadent, & dessert-like. Flavor is no different. Huge river of raspberry puree & raspberry preserves sliding across the palate on a board of dark chocolate & booze. Tastes like a raspberry jam filled chocolate cake. Only, dipped in a big vat of booze before being served. It’s heavy & robust, but given that it’s somewhere between 13-16% ABV, a little heat is to be expected. Given the ABV, it’s actually pretty "easy" drinking. Often served in small samples, which is perfect. A lovely beer to pair with dessert. Or an evening full of regrettable decisions. Your call.
2007 vintage: Slightly more tart & a little bit thinner. Less of a chocolate presence. Not as decadent. A little more sherry-esque booze to this one, possibly from mild oxidation? Overall still a great beer but fresher is better.
2014 vintage: Opposite of the ’07 vintage, this one has much more chocolate to it. Makes me think of those Tootsie Pops. The raspberry flavored one, of course. Booze is truncated nicely, yet still provides some warmth so you don’t slam this high gravity eisbock like a fucken idiot. Really nice release this year.
Stuu666 (4856) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Sweet fruity raspberry chocolate smell. Syrupy light raspberry taste.
s_hartshorne (2003) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle cotteridge pissup. Red thin head. Aroma is raspberry jam taste is same raspberry ice cream juice so sweet it make your teeth hurt some tartness nice alcohol warmth coming through. Nice syrupy body. I love the sweet stuff right up my street. I thought this would be the beer of night however that was short lived as the next beer new glarus Belgian red somehow managed to be even more sweeter and moreish. Still Very very good!
47574xeCD (408) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Share at Cotteridge 24/1/15.
Deep dark Ruby with little head, Raspberry presence, Chocolate and Caramel notes, very drinkable but a little sweet. Went down nice and smooth..
The_Osprey (2416) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at Cotteridge Wines. Big thanks to Colin. Dark red, hazy, no head at all. Aroma is light raspberry, red wine, molasses, oxidation. Body is medium, rich, no real carbonation. Taste is malty, pretty sweet, tart raspberry, background oxidation like an old barley wine. This is definitely a sharing beer - I couldn’t drink half a bottle of this.