Aurelius (4962) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Undercarbonated. Pretty nice aroma - berry and malt with a little cocoa. Clear, medium-dark brown beer with a clingy, light tan head. Bad label. Toasty, a little coffee tartness, pistachio tones. Some off notes as well - potato/squash - the raspberry actually presents a sort of vegetable quality up front. Session weight. It was initially very disappointing, but it kind of grew on me towards the bottom of the bomber. Didnít do well in a back-to-back with Rogue Chipotle - it certainly didnít seem as complex or well-crafted.
DocLock (9494) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown pour with medium off-white head. Aroma of malt, big raspberries. Tastes raspberryish, with a solid caramel malt presence. Medium palate and not super complex, but very refreshing.
mjg74 (2951) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with hint of ruby when put up to light.. Sweet roasty, nutty raspberry aroma. Roasted coffee flavor with hints of raspberry. Tastes like a fruit porter of sorts. Quite good as far as fruit beers go.
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle-bottled in jan 05-pours a deep ruby hue with a small beige head. chocolate covered raspberries waff from my glass in a very nice manner. some roasty nuts going on as well in the aroma (that sounded disgusting!). Ok, this is what i was expecting NB raspberry to be like. Flavors have 3 equal components-raspberry, nutty goodness and chocolate. The fruit flavors never overpower the taste and well balanced with malts. Medium body with average carbonation. A very tasty treat that works well as a dessert beer!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer disinters the 22-ounce brown bottle a deep incarnadine color with a planetary sized frothy tan head that after its disintegration leaves a fine film to cover the glass. Nose is sweet raspberry with light hints of chocolate and caramel, fresh and crisp, a fine smelling beer to be sure, start is lightly sweet with a fair to middling malt presence, the top light to medium in feel. Finish is prickly in its acidity with the hops lenient in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a drinkable beer, but not something I would drink very often.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is notably raspberry dominated. Background of a strong brown malt with a touch of roastiness. Deep brown pour under a creamy pinkish head. Flavor is malty, but overcome by raspberries. Tastes a bit artificial, as fruit beers are want to do. Good overall, though.
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This wasnít too bad of a beer, very interesting considering the raspberry flavor and aromas. But it still was pretty good, and it was pretty smooth.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark red color, tan head that left some lacing on my glass. Aroma has a lot of raspberry in it, very fruity and fragrant. Taste is of raspberries, some dark chocolate malt, not really that balanced in my opinion and not a whole lot going on. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, the fruity flavors hang around in the finish. Though I havenít had it for a while, I remember the BBC Raspberry Strong Ale as being a lot better, with a lot more malty flavors and more body and alcohol to it. This isnít bad though.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle shared with my friend Kathy in St. Louis Park, MN. Vaguely reddish dark brown with a lasting, lasting creamy tan head...nuts and berries both present in the fresh nose but donít necessarily blend well...bitter chocolae underlies the fruity body, flavors mix better on the tongue, sourness from the fruit vaguely present late.
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extremely dark color with almost no head. Nice tart tart tarty raspberry flavor. Iím not a fan of raspberries, but this was pretty darn good.