Nuffield (3804) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I visited Melbourn in Stamford back when it was independent of Samuel Smith, but I was reasonably pleased to see it picked up by Samuel Smith, if only because it offers the possibility of being more accessible. Say what you will, these can be very satisfying fruit beers. In this case, the raspberry notes are luscious and lingering, with the classic Melbourn smoothness in the palate (though there is some tingling carbonation, too) and a well balanced flavor profile. I had this with a chocolate truffle and it was an excellent way to finish the evening.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin foamy mild lace pink head.Clear dark bright purple red color.Huge raspberry floral fruit front.Slightly sour mild sweet surprisingly thick rich raspberry malt body.Dry sweet clean citrus spice crisp refreshing end.Over the top raspberry, but tasty.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5364) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from a 550 ml brown bottle this beer poured a vibrant pink-fuchsia with a huge dark pink head. The aroma was musty, tart and fruity. The flavor was tart raspberry jam with notes of sugar and must. The finish was medium length berry. Fairly full bodied. Very one dimensional but quite pleasant. Good.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
pour is dark translucent maroon. aroma is of pure delectable raspberry jam with twist of orange essence to boot. flavor is overpowering raspberry with any beer like elements stomped to death by a melee of fruit. palate is the star, while sticky an off note reminiscent nearly of raspberry seeds saves things to an extent.
Cybercat (3983) - Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is very strongly of raspberry - and I love raspberries! There are hints of malt and yeast. It pours clear and a color right on the border between dark copper and mahogany. Head is off-white and fairly thick. Flavor is malty with a firm overtone of raspberry, a little sweet and a little sour; finish is quite fruity-sweet. Texture is smooth and a little fizzy.
TheBeerGod (5532) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Maroon bodied not unlike a red cough syrup. Tall beige and red colored head. Nose is grainy bread, raspberry jam and sugary sweetness. Taste is also very sweet but tasty, not unlike Lindemans fruit lambics. Raspberries/berries with grainy , bready notes, sugary berry jam, and light tartness. Bod is light and very bubbly with a mild tartness.Ends with more raspberry and berry sweetness and tartness, bready malts, and slight grainy flavors and raspberry jam. Not too terrible but if you’re going for a dessert beer, it could be a bit better.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a really attractive deep red, dark pink color with a thin, pinkish head. Aroma is straight up raspberry. This beer is not trying to be anything other than raspberry. Fortunately the raspberry is done very well. a nice tart fruit flavor without being cloying or sweet. If you know what you’re getting into it’s enjoyable.
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purplish-red color with a medium pink head. Raspberries, malt and a hint of cinnamon on the nose. Strong rapberry flavor, not too sweet, with a tart finish. Maybe a little too carbonated. Quite nice and very drinkable.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
In the bottle at the 2009 Crescent Moon Summer Beer Festival. Garnet color with a pink head. Synthetic fruit aroma. Does not smell like raspberry. Up front tartness and a bolus of raspberry flavor followed by a quick chalky dismissal.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
hazy orange color, small white head, quite lacy. nose: strawberries! taste: strawberries! medium baodied, sweet strawberry finish which sticks in the back of your throat. not dreadful, just not pleasant. i expected more from this brewer, but what the heck, i don’t like fruit beer, so it is not all their fault. single bottle from binny’s orland park.