TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). Pours a a nice dark brown, opaque some lighter edges that show brighter sunset light, and a decent light brown head thayt dies to small, still laces ok. Aromas are a distinct light sweetness of vanilla and cream, followed up by chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and a faint bourbon barrel and oak combo, no real booziness, the raspberries donít shine through. Initial is medium bodied, a combo of vanilla, chocolate, faint coffee, caramel, lighter bourbon barrel and oak, a touch of died out raspberries and tannins associated with them provide a kiss of bitterness to compliment the touch of booziness, a bit creamy and smooth, the beer has a slight sweet edge with the barrel complimenting it very well and the berries providing a deeper element and light tannin. A bit thin, but quite tasty, with a light tangy tartness in the finish.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blackish color with a light head. Aroma of raspberries, chocolate, vanilla, and light bourbon. Flavor ranges from tart rasberry to bitter chocolate with some vanilla, oak, and bourbon in between. Tasty and unique - this oneís pretty good.
tmoreau (2823) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4oz. sample at Yorktown. Jet black/brown color with a thick, foamy, tan head which reduces quickly, leaving a light, clingy lace. Malty sweetness in combo with chocolate and berry in the aroma. The flavor continues these notes with a little tangy edge, light bourbon/alcohol, medium hop bitterness, and a silky mouthfeel. Reminds me of a lighter bodied, creamy version of a well known BB cherry stout, with light raspberry in place of the full cherry flavor.
kseecs16 (1210) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the pub 12/23/2008. Opaque with a big creamy tan head, thick lacing. Hints of raspberry and barrel notes in the aroma as well as the flavor complimented by richer chocolatey notes on the tongue. A bit tart sweet and fruity with dry roasty character. Finish is tart with some booziness that is slightly warming. This one just seemed to get better as you sip it.
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft... DLDí08... Pitch black ale with a small, fat-bubbled, khaki-colored head. Good retention. Lots of vanilla along with notes of coconut, sourmash, berries and chocolate establish an eclectic, enjoyable aroma. Medium to full-bodied with a 2%-milk mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Well-balanced. Burnt bitterness with bourbon and dark berries. A touch acidic with very little residual sweetness. Warm alcohol soothes, but doesnít overwhelm. Crisp, lightly tart, dry finish.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is black with a ring of a brown head...smell is rich and roasty with hints of raspberry...the taste: wow...faint chocolate roastiness with STRONG raspberry flavor...almost medicinal...too sweet and medicinal...I would love the fruit free version I am sure, but this was just hitting you over the head with fruit...a worthy effort though...
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Psst! I think weíre looking at a new Master of the Barrel in the Chicago area here....
Poured into a snifter (I canít imagine how Drnk_McDermott rates a goblet!), this has a black body with a firm yellowish tan head that leaves swirls of "lace" in its wake. It smells like chocolate dipped raspberries accompanied by scents of oak and vanilla. Very smooth and soothing on the tongue. The flavor is full of dark malt supported by bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a fruity taste that Iíve tentatively identified as raspberry. Very satisfying brew.
If I was a fan of Stouts or Fruit Beers, I probably wouldíve given this a good rating.
Nice work, braumeister Tim.
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drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at RB yorktown. pours black with small soapy white barely something you might call a head. chocolate, raspberry, and bourbon in the aroma. a nice raspberry presence but this clearly a bourbon stout with a chooclately, vanilla, bourbon, and oak profile. the raspberry notes compliment it very well. really nice balance in the flavors. the mouth feel is pretty thin initially but it coats the palate sufficiently. another winner from RBY.
DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft goblet. Okay, I call this stout instead of "fruit beer" to differentiate between beer aged on fruit from beer fermented with fruit. Are you with me? Good.
Heady chocolate raspberry smell from the goblet as Iím taking my notes. Poured black with a ring of brownish foam on the edge. The oatmeal stout is apparent in a very smooth beer taste. Raspberry is very complementary, not overdone. Bourbon and the described oak and vanilla come up, too. Any advertised chocolate would be coming from the malt roast, but thatís been very well mellowed by barreling and the oatmeal. Very smooth, like a light raspberry liqueur, silky bubbles. Yeah, Iím probably rating it too high for its own good, but letís open the floor on this beer to discussion, startingÖ now!