GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
poured an opaque plum color with a salmon head that disipated quickly. By far one of my least favorite beers of all time. tasted more like a raspberry syrup I would put on a waffle than a beer. Ironic that all the malternatives got booed off of this site while this berry beer is lauded as one of the best. a rose by any other name...
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours with a dark maroon body topped by a thick, pink head with lots of lacing. It looks sort of like a red wine, except it has a large foamy head. The aroma is sweet yet tart and full of raspberry notes with a slight maltiness and a little woodiness. It reminds me of a raspberry pie or tart. The flavor is sweet and full of raspberry, yet tart with a slight maltiness and a touch of wood. Medium to full bodied, syrupy yet dry.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I needed something refreshing to soothe the palate, after the shock that is Stone’s Ruination. This dark bburgundy beauty more than delivered. She poured with a vanishing pink head. Upon the first sip, I knew she was the one...she drew me in with her sweetness...toyed with we in touches of sour...held on to me with her strong oak grip...then let me down softly with a gentle finish. What is her ring size?
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not nearly as over-the-top as the cherry variety. Still, quite good. Some dryness definitely helps to avoid any cloying raspberry sweetness. Not a big fan of fruit beers, but New Glarus is always worth a sip.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice dark cherry red color,small red head that faded slowly leaving little behind.Strong sweet raspberry aroma.Now this is a nice brew.It starts off almost like a nicely carbonated raspberry soda,sweet and full of fruit flavor,then in the middle it changes to a raspberry flavor with a little bit of a woodsy like taste a little acidic as well.Then it changes back to a nice flavor of raspberry soda again with a slight sweet and sour twist,with the sourness hanging on for awhile.Very nice brew and by far the best fruit beer i’ve ever had.It makes me glad to know i have another one for a hot summer day.Thanks go to Jcapriotti for sending this very fine brew my way.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
absolutely marvelous, my friends. this stuff really whips a pit bull's ass. not as sweet as lindeman's, though definitely more tart. a deep, complex finish. this stuff has character. each sip finishes with a smile...
RugbyMike (14) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The drive to Wisconsin is well worth the effort to get this full-bodied, lush framboise. The hoppiness is on the lighter side allowing the full raspberry flavor to shine through. Drink this with good friends who appreciate the style. It is lost on pilsner drinkers for the most part.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2004 Insane! Just a crazy amount of fruit flavor - it's so full of raspberries, you'll think a tub of jam was dumped into your beer. Very sweet, yet moderately tart, too. A bit too much for me, as I could only handle one 4oz glass of this. But you've got to respect the artistry and craftsmanship. Most fruit beers suffer from a lack of ingredients, but this beer has an embarrassment of fruit riches. Very thick not beerlike in the least. Despite all the praise and respect, I would not buy this beer again as it was just wayyyy too tart for my taste.
rauchbier (3645) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle conditioned? Deep ruby red, thin pink head and good condition. Incredible raspberry aromas that seem to avoid being to sweet and cloying, with some background malt battling its way through. Huge explosion of fruit on the tongue, not too sweet or syrupy, with just a hint of nuttiness to give it balance. Superb long raspberry jam in the finish with a hint of citrus. Many thanks to whoever it was who brought this beer to the ZBF, and to MatW for sharing its delights.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2014 Monolithic eruptions of the freshest raspberry life spurt from the permafruit, and our discovery buds are enveloped in pulsing raspberry seed fragments...Swimming through the thick warmth of this geothermal divinity, fantastic microscopic citrus fruit are seen eroding the pie crust rocks all around, as our buds do not want to go back home...The surrounding craters harbor plentiful dark raspberry bushes that even push their depth in flavor to reach that of sweet chocolate...This expedition into the most succulent essence of the raspberry proves to me, once again, that the otherworldly resides on our world...