Jow (1862) - New York, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at AZ crews’ driveway tasting. Pours dark brown with nose of raspberry truffles for sure. tastes of chocolate truffles, maybe some tobacco and mostly of raspberry syrup to me a little too artificial feeling than fresh fruit. that being said its pleasant and nice creamy mouth feel.
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A big thanks to dcschiller for sharing this. Dark brown pour, fudgey brown head. Flavor is exactly damn what it says on the bottle! Raspberry truffles! Sweet berries intertwined with fudgey notes, vanilla...awesome!!
kcorum10 (319) - Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hello raspberry! Pours a dark brown with reddish head. Taste of RASPBERRY, RASPBERRY, RASPBERRY is overpowering. Finishes with a mild flavor of chocolate and a creamy mouthfeel.
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from csteele! Thanks Chris!! Pours dark brown with a trim espresso head. Aroma is raspberry and chocolate. Taste really follows suit and reminded me of GI BCS Bramble, especially in the body, which was relatively thin. Cool beer!
b3shine (4412) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle to taster shared by someone at Dark Lord Day. Looks good; a fairly opaque dark brownish-black with beige lacing. Smells solid; dark malt and raspberry. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Solid, but not spectacular.
crossovert (6343) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2013 DLD tick. Thick, boozy version of the beer with a great raspberry flavor, I don’t get the mediinal qualities.
2nd bottle batch 94 - Dark brown pour with a carmael head. Cocoa smell, some raspberry, rich flavor with coffee, dark cocoa, and a tart raspberry finish. Motor oil like consistency. Score upped.
jbickus (16) - Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love the other two versions i’ve tried and this one doesn’t dissapoint. Dark pour with a tan head, little bit of raspberry in the head color. Smells awesome, alot of chocolate at first, with a little raspberry on the end. As the beer warms up I get more fruit, but the chocolate is outstanding. Taste is pretty much as advertised, tastes very similar to a raspberry truffle. Pretty good balance on the chocolate and raspberry, wish it had a bit more raspberry in the flavor. A little botter, but it works with the idea of a dark chocolate. Solid beer.
ryecatcher (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle (Thanks again, Alex!) Pours a stouty opaque brownish-black, medium espresso colored head that dissipated a little quick, decent lacking though. Nose is fresh raspberries, chocolate and some roasted barley. Mouth is smooth and medium bodied (a bit thinner than I’d expected), some berries and berry-related tartness up front, then some bittersweet chocolatey notes and pipe-tobacco, some coffee and then a medium bitter finish. Really nice and I do dare to wonder what a barrel aged version of this would be like.
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with big, foamy brown head, some legs / Dry nose of roast barley, tobacco, grass, prune, raspberry / Medium to full body, some chew, some initial sweetness from the berries, then dry in the middle, fruity acidity, a touch thin, with otherwise fine balance with lots of bitterness throughout / Flavors of bittersweet chocolate, raspberry, dark roast coffee, tobacco, prune, biscuit / I mostly can do without the fruit juice, which weakens the body and detracts from the classic stout flavor profile. That said, given that this sort of beer has its fans, it is well done.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml waxed bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #94.
A: Pours a dark black color with a light khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin, bubbly ring. Soapy looking lace is left down the glass.
S: Rich dark chocolate with a great blast of raspberry jam. Very sweet and fruity. Faint fruity yeasty in the background that’s reminiscent of regular Abduction. A little roasted malt with some milk chocolate.
T: Tart raspberry jam. There’s a rich sweetness with a faint tart aspect to it. Dark chocolate engulfs the raspberry flavor profile and is complimented by a light roasted malt. The base Abduction is there with the normal dark fruit yeast and accompanying chocolaty tootsie roll.
M: Heavier bodied with a silky and oily mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation with a sweet and tart raspberry finish. Very rich and creamy as well. Highly drinkable.
O: I’m glad this has a tart aspect to it with out being sour. Fruit and chocolate go really well together and Pipeworks fucking nailed it. Decadent and rich, this is a win in my book. I actually like the bottled version more than the tap version I had at this years Stout Fest. Booze is very well hidden and it makes for a very drinkable beer.
Serving type: bottle