Howlader (677) - - JAN 30, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Large format bottle split with friends at a tasting in June 2013, Washington DC (first beeradvocate tasting)
AppVin (2) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2011 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2012 Superb use of the fruit in this one. Aroma of fresh ripe raspberry, chocolate and honey. The palate is flush with the raspberry but of the fresh kind, thats slightly bitter with notes of the fleshy seeds, roasted coco nibs, toffee with a great weight to it all from the honey. A higher than usual level of carbonation and a slight brisk acidity really keeps it refreshing. Really long finish like a great wine. Again really nice use of the fruit in this stout, one of the better examples of an Impy fruit stout. I will also say that this needs some time and would benefit from some aging but would be perfect with Thanksgiving in a few weeks. Grab one before they are all gone.
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong cherry aroma and flavor. Just a little hint of honey and chocolate. Head does not last long but is beautiful. Full palate that leaves you craving chocolate.
Jcro32 (19) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely black, not even a flicker of light makes its way through this beautiful stout. Dark tan head, almost like wet beach sand in color. Nose is woody with a roasty vanilla and a dark chocolate finish. Not much raspberry in there though. Taste is immaculate, bourbon, dark chocolate, honey, and raspberries. This one lives up to the story on the label which seems to be a rare occasion. Even at $13 a bomber itís worth it. Very pleasantly surprised with this!
jhimstedt (5) - Wacotown, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh 2012 bottle. Super complex, layers and layers. If you donít like fruit in your stout then pass on this one, raspberries take center stage and backed up perfectly by the roast and chocolate. The hops are pretty nonexistent but the tartness of the fruit balances well with the malts. Good mouthfeel, but not sticky sweet. I like
ChainGangGuy (4348) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Gurgled forth a black, viscous-looking body with a frothing, very dark tan-hued head.
Smell: Hearty, fresh, moist dark bread before the coffee-accented roast overtakes it, along with bold notes of spiced honey, melted chocolate, and pureed raspberries. The barrel character is there, yielding a bit of bourbon, oak, but it takes a back seat to the other scents.
Taste: A start of bitterish chocolate sauce, dark caramel, and a heavy roastiness rubbing shoulders with a spiced dark German bread taste and a whisper of the honey. Lindley Park maintains this spiciness, adds some warming alcohol, and a touch of bitterness. Then, itís raspberries, baby! As with the aroma, the barrel-aged quality is there, sure, but it is not at the forefront of this brew. The flavors leisurely roll this way and that, leading to the drying, chocolate-covered raspberry, honey-dosed coffee finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Delicious! Today, I am a raspberry stout fan.
Erzengel (2338) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUN 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Don for sharing this one in Cologne! Smooth-mild. Very smooth. Chocolate, toffee, espresso. Deep in aroma, the aftertaste is long, intense-deep, not too roasted. Sourish-fresh, also in the aftertaste :)
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes. First reviewed 1/23/2012. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.
The beer itself has a nearly black mahogany color with dark ruby edges. Not much light makes it through anywhere in the glass. A small tan head forms initially and fades pretty quickly.
The aroma and flavor are fairly consistent. There is a little bit of honey in the aroma, not as much in the flavor. Some milk chocolate, some dark, bitter chocolate, slightly tart raspberries all work very well together. a little bit of booze tingles the tongue and warms the stomach. The carbonation is on the light and creamy side, working well with the chocolate covered raspberry flavor and full body.
As someone who has a soft spot for raspberries, the chocolate covered raspberry flavor is pretty dead on accurate and enjoyable.
stumpyiliz (212) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of emacgee, Cheers Ethan!! Dark thin pour, with a light tan head. I suggest over pouring the suds to produce the amazing fruit on the nose that dissipates with the head. First sip, holy crap its Chambord in a malty oaky bourbony beer!!! the tartness is prevalent throughout the entire bottle, but the dryness of the oak comes through and sits on your palate for at least a few minutes reminding you to respect this one. . . until its time for another sip. I would put this beer up against a a fine Cuban cigar next time I get my hands on a bottle. I would also recommend drinkn this one at around 55F. The flavors when colder, just donít come around.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Have had this one a couple times now, and noticed I never gave it a proper review. 22oz bottle, split with my wife, poured my allotment into a snifter. Pours a deep, thick black. Small mocha head on top. Light lace left behind. Scents of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate. The mouth is creamy and smooth with subtle carbonation on the palate. Bourbon starts this one off. Chocolate rounds it out, and thereís a slight tangy fruit finish from the raspberries. Mild wood character noted as well. This was a treat the first time I had it, and itís still good after a half year in the cellar. Looking forward to seeing what a little more time will do to this one.