Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark purple with a purple head and some lacing. Aromas of tart raspberries and musky malts. Kind of surprised me with how good it was. Flavors. Oh yeah, good stuff. Sour and barnyard. Raspberries, brown sugar, and musky. Fluffy palate, thick body finishing tart and dry.
DomiNate (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice purple head covered the dark crimson red pour. Beautiful lacing covered the glass. The head dissapated very quickly and just left the aroma of a raspberry pie. Just like grandma used to make, crust and all. This brew makes you want to grab a fork and eat it. Taste was very tart and very raspberry! Smell matched the taste perfectly and made this a wonderful brew. Thanks BŁck Dich! Happy Birthday!
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 28, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick bright ruby red with crimson edges. The head & lacing is like purple grenade, everywhere. The aroma is like sweet boysenberry syrup, raspberry, tart, one dimensional aroma but thatís what it said. The flavor is so good with sweet raspberry & light tart musky clean malt & raspberry. Good! Very sweet fruit beer but so much more present than usual. Thanks Slikwily!
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very interesting "beer" that, in my taxonomic opinion, might be better served under a non-beer status. But as it is, this is a real pleasant beverage. There is no doubting the raspberry nature of this concoction. In fact, that is about all you can taste. The color is dark ruby red and looks very much like a wine. The aroma is raspberry and sweetness. The flavor, however, is quite sour (not shit itís called "tart") but not puckeringly so. Tastes like an unripe raspberry. This drink has a big reputation. And while I did enjoy it, it just tasted like expensive Purple Passion to me. Good, for what IT is, but what is IT and whereís the beer?
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Really nice pour. Dark burgundy with a thin retentive pink head. Nose is sweet and of strong raspberry. The flavor notes are berry (of course), malt, and quite sweet. There is a slightly bitter taste that is very pleasant. There is almost no hint of alcohol. The finish is a little dry and bitter (in a very good way). There really isnít anything that I can say about this that has not already been said. It is definitely worthy of its high ranking and accolades and is a must try. Thanks to Kevin42 for bringing this back from Wisconsin.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I feel like Iím comparing a kumquat to durians rating this "beer"- its character is strongly dominated by delicious raspberries and not traditional barley or wheat malt or hops. In fact, I donít think I tasted anything but sparkling raspberry juice- but oh, how delicious this ale was. Iím not surprised by the low ABV- I believe I could easily slam this like a Budweiser. This is a must-try, even if it doesnít quite merit being called an "ale" IMO. Thanks Jason (JCapriotti) for the bottle!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a nice looking beer. A fine collapsing pink head that sits atop a Dark red body. The aroma is a huge burst of fresh raspberry. Pure unadulterated raspberry. The flavor is absolutely brilliant for what it is, luxurious raspberries envelope the mild malt flavors. The palate is also very nice, medium with only a mild bit of sourness, or tartness if you will. This one rally pushes the limits of what a beer is. This is as close to fermented raspberries as tou can get, almost raspberry wine, but still a damn fine effort from a great brewery.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much anticipated. Pours a beautiful deep ruby red with a brief but appealing pinkish head. Aroma was inticingly raspberry. Flavor was tart raspberry. The first few sips were wonderful but the more I drank the less satisfying it became. Damned if I know why.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
God what a presentation. Fizzy, moderate fully red head, that lingers thin and white. Aroma of raspberries immediately that never goes away. Gorgeous clear deep garnet color (except late when I swirled in the yeast in glass #4). Full fruit raspberries (natch)and blackberries and citrus (grapefruit and orange). Sharp and acidic. Nothing late to mellow the bite. I would love to rate this higher, but lacks the complexity of itís Belgian counterparts. This may be a byproduct of its low alcohol. Could not detect any yeast character. Higher volume of wheat could help balance out the acidity...but thereís no way I could produce anything close to this beer.
DocLock (9683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you to Nexxus for this one. Iíve been wanting to try this beer for ages, and I was not disappointed. As I opened it, my brother (who was sitting 10 yards away) said "Wow, I smell that already." The color was a deep reddish merlot color, with an awesome pink head. Huge raspberry aroma permeated every olfactory pore. I also noticed slight malt and hops in the aroma. The taste was incredible, with tons of raspberry goodness, in addition to some malt and hops. The finish was very tart and very smooth. Part of me feels bad rating a fruit beer this high, but I defy anyone to deny the absolute incredible taste, aroma, mouthfeel, and overall presence of this beer. Just incredible.