DanielBrown (3601) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beverages and More, Mission Valley, San Diego. Very dark colour, only held up to the light can I see some brown. Very, very nice raspberry aroma. Delicious beer. Tastes like a raspberry and chocolate pie: a superb combination. Fresh and light, but a vivid flavour and a sweet aftertaste. Top notch.
Braudog (5465) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with huge tan head. Robust berry aroma ... nicely rounded-out lightly bittered beer with the raspberry topping. Well done in the style that I usually don't dig too much.
flemdawg (522) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh picked raspberries dominiated the aroma, but a brief whiff of malts made an apperance. Clear brown in color with a firm off white lasting head that left excellent lacing. I was waiting for a hit of the raspberries, but it never really came. More like a nudge. I could taste them, but just a little bit. They were present through out the taste, but never dominated. Malts and bitterness were present to compliment the berries. I was a bit dissapointed, but it was still good.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rich brown pour with generous tan head. Obvious rasberry aroma along with fizzy mouthfeel. Tastes of rasberry & malty cocoa. Kind of thin without full richness. Overcarbonated.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown (almost black) appearance with a red hue. Thick tan head. Aroma smells of fresh red raspberries. This is a nice natural smelling aroma. Most fruit beers I've tasted smell artifical. Flavor is strangely balanced between a fruit beer and a brown ale. As a result, it tastes like neither. Its got the tart raspberries, but at the same time the sweet carmel malt... weird. Much much lighter than I expected. Pretty ridiculous lacing on this mofo. Not a bad beer though.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color of coca cola, this beer also gives great head. Thick and frothy like a root beer. Aroma was raspberry and hops....lots of raspberry. I was expecting a sweeter flavor that what I got. Didnt get as much fruit either. I guess that mouth is what detects the brown ale genes of this beer. Chocolate and caramel with notes of fruit, med-full bodied somewhat bitter finish. Very interesting.....not bad.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-brown color with a sweet, mild aroma of fruit. Flavor was a mix of chocolate and raspberry, not too sweet or too fruity. Looked heavier than it tasted-thin body was not expected. Being a fan of sweeter beers, I really enjoyed this.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep ruby color with a large off white head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The raspberry notes are very evident. The flavor is sweet and choclately. Not much else. The aftertaste was similiar to cherry cough drops. Just ok.
mribm (448) - Hurley, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Bottle. Poured a very dark brown, almost black. It had a nice firm tan head which quickly dissipated and left moderate lacing on the glass. The nose was a slight scent of raspberries. The flavor consisted of more raspberries surrounded by chocolate. The finish was more raspberries and a nice long lasting hoppiness. I really liked this beer, because of the added chocolate flavor. A lot of fruit beers are one dimensional. This beer was like a gourmet dessert. Definitely worth trying again!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2004 Dark brown color (transparent) with a generous off-white thick creamy head. The aroma was pure raspberries...strong, sweet, and tart. The flavor was a delightful mix of tart raspberries, chocolate, and roasted nuts. Crisp, refreshing feel (not expected in such a heavy looking brew.) Wonderful fruit beer. The whole thing comes off very well.