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 (741) - 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.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, with a hint of red. Thick lace along the edge. Fruity and mild hoppy notes in the nose, with a solid toated malt background. First pull is sweet, fruity, malty, with nearly absent hop character. Comes off as slightly cloying. Raspberry doesnít really show up until the aftertaste, where it is dominant. Simliar to the aftertaste of NyQuil, only more sweet and bitter. Different, indeed. Likeable as well.
jonas (6100) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - NOV 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ The Yardhouse Pasadena, CA
Quite bron, low head.
Earthy and bandaid notes on top of fruit, some nuts as well.
Medium body, soft mouthfeel.
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark clear ruby/brown color with a smaller light tan head with small bubbles that cling tightly to the edge of the glass. Fruity aromas, akin to chocolate covered cherries. LIght acidic fruit flavors start with some milk chocolate. Reminds me of bridge mix, with jelly. I need something aside from the fruit to cling to . A brew that has few flaws. Seems to be a brew that will be enjoyed by the masses. Nothing wrong with that in a brewery sort of way.
hayduke (3767) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2009 Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Color was red/brown.with nice brown head with big long lasting bubbles. Aroma is raspberry and so is the taste, which make sense. But both are subdued and basically this is a very good brown ale with fruit overtones. This is by far the best fruit flavored beer I have seen.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
My notes say, "raspberry good, medicine bad," which is a good description of the aroma. The color is good with a cherry coke-ish tint and a beige head. The flavor redeems the aroma, itís fruity without being too sweet, thereís a good brown ale lurking in the background. This is a smooth beer with nice aftertaste. I was worried when I smelled this beer, but it came together nicely.
argo0 (12111) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear garnet body topped by tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, raspberry, some nutty. Taste is medium sweet, raspberry (but not sickly so), some nutty. Light-medium body. Nothing special, but enjoyable.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown-red. Nose peaty and malty, a bit of fruit. Flavor has chocolate and roasts, raspberry comes on but is a bit thin. Eh.