SHIG (3553) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ LCRBM 08: Poured brown with a red glow. Aroma is fruit mainly berries. The taste was alcohol berries very similar to a brandy. Well kept for the past years.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown colored brew. Sweet, fruity, cherries in the aroma. Good full sweet flavor, cherries, some other fruits, brandy. Nice.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle@LCRBM08. Very fruity aroma, raspberry, banana, red berries and black ones as well. Cloudy, red brown color, beige head, good lace. Fruitjuice flavor, sour, bitter, some licorice and very sweet. Sticky and alcoholic. Drinkable but too fruity, bit out of balance and too alcoholic.
JorisPPattyn (7806) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good yellowish head, gone in secs. Dark gold-copper beer, like old brandy. Alcohol wafting from the glass, as, again, old brandy, realy smelling like a glass of vieux cognac . Sweet, alcohol, vinous & brandy-like, brandycake, ending even a bit almondy. Very slick, nearly tear-forming, enormous alcoholwarming. Maybe one of the most brandy-like beers ever tasted.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to iowaherkeye for bringing this bottle to his ’farewell to Iowa’ tasting. Poured a hazy brown-orange color with an off white head. Smelled of pear and raspberry. Medium bodied and sweet with a syrupy mouth feel. I tasted raspberry cough syrup, pear, and toffee. Lots of berries. With the exception of the cough syrup note, I wouldn’t have had any idea this was 13%. Not bad.
pepsican (1440) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks mr. iowaherkeye. This beer makes more sense after I figured out what they were going for. Cola brown pour with a small white head. Raspberry and cherry aroma. Flavor was cherry cough syrup, raspberry, toffee, brown sugar, and caramel. Rough fruit finish.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chris_O’s 19th April 2008 tasting, courtesy of The Wolf. Wonderful raspberry and malt aroma makes up for the murky brown appearance. The tart raspberries dominate the flavour too and this doesn’t work quite as well as on the nose. Smooth and leaves flavour in the mouth without clinging too much. Nice stuff.
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rate from Oct 2007 [Bottle] Thanks to BDR for sharing. The beer was murky brown with light tan head. In the aroma there was cherries and raspberries. In the flavor there was cherries and raspberries and something else... The alcohol was well hidden. Smooth tart acidic finish. Much better than anything from New Glarus.
harrisoni (13248) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chris_o’s The Wolf tasting. Thanks to thewolf for bringing it and to Duff for sharing. Raspberry tart on aroma. That’s lovely. Good in mouth too. Bit too much of hot alcohol though. Good aroma, then just too hot.
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle, via anders37. Pours a nice reddish amber body under a minimal wispy off-white head. Minimal raspberry in the nose that I could identify, just more of a mix of dark fruitiness, as much from the maltiness as the fruit I suppose. Minimal alcohol. The the flavor is pretty great, very dark over-ripe raspberries with minimal alcohol for such a big beer. Not overly sweet, lots of caramel maltiness, a touch of tartness on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with just a little stickiness, nice perfect soft carbonation. Overall, I think that this is a bit under-rated, very natural raspberry flavor, you can tell it’s real fruit.