GarrettB (1117) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
May 13th, 2011 - Well known for their dark beers and stouts, it’s rarer to find one of Samuel Smith’s fruit beers on the shelf. This is a somewhat sad state of affairs. Samuel Smith handles the fruit style with aplomb, demonstrating balance in skill and adaptability. The brew’s body is very dark purple and cloudy, almost magisterial, with slight hues of pink trailing from the beer and threaded throughout the foam. Fresh and flowery, the Organic Raspberries appear, though not as raspberries, but plying smells of thick strawberry jam and deep, ripe cherries. The mouthfeel is almost all carbonation and mineral water, and the fruit flavor makes me feel like I’m standing in the shallow end of the pool. This also reminds me Hansens’s soda, though not quite as unpleasant. The taste falls a little short, but after taking in the entire bottle, I think this is a satisfactory fruit beer, if a little light and ephemeral.
GuideDogSaint (513) - Xiamen, CHINA - JAN 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
550ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours hazy red brown with a dissipating white head. Can get the raspberry aroma from a mile off. Just immense raspberry with some sourness. Nice.
Theydon_Bois (10377) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at the Anchor Tap, 03/01/15.
Cherry red with a decent crimson covering.
Nose is raspberry syrup, light straw, faint smoke, light cherry and red berry notes.
Taste comprises raspberries, sweet notes, berry pulp.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sweet close.
Decent enough fruit beer, better than I’d expected, if a little sweet overall!
radiomgb (2423) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle purchased at the LCBO in Peterborough, Ontario. Deep red in colour with a pinkish coloured head, good retention, excellent lacing. The aroma has lots of raspberries, white sugar sweetness, a bit tart. The flavour is quite sweet with lots of raspberries, jam and juice, tart as well. Sweet mouthfeel, light body, medium carbonation. Finishes long and sweet with more raspberries. The raspberry flavour in this is nice. Never syrupy, actually tastes like real fruit.
ryanscourt (835) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, similar to framboise but not as sour. Would be very nice poured over vanilla ice cream. Not sure I could drink an entire bottle.
mR_fr0g (4169) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Dave. Aroma is nice fresh raspberry, tart woody pips, clear reddy pink, lasting pink head. Flavour is composed of tart sweet raspberry, woody sryup little artiifical. Palate is a bit sweet, tart raspberry, moderate carbonation. Decent fruit beer.
allmyvinyl (4475) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle from drinkmonger, Tollcross. Pours clear dark red thin pink head. Aromas of raspberry and syrup. Taste is sweet, with a chalky note. Sweet finish. Ok.
ciaranc (1015) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from The Vineyard. Raspberry colored, nice pink head. Nice raspberry nose, smells like ribena. Flavour is quite dry, fairly acidic, a touch of yeast and a little sweetness around the edges. Nicely balanced. Light and fizzy.
Beerdedone (2785) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep red with a small pink head. Aroma of sweet fresh raspberries. Flavor of fresh raspberry jam, fruit and had a slight tartness.
Oakes (12849) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Reddish, sweet, fruity like raspberry candy. Very sweet, uber candy, and not really balanced. I wouldn’t say "offensive" but I wouldn’t say "beer" either.
Zwiebel88 (258) - GERMANY - OCT 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Leuchtend, rötlich, kein Schaum. In der Nase Himbeer, Himbeermarmelade, leichte Muffigkeit, Süße. Am Gaumen süß, Himbeer, etwas Säure (vergleichsweise wenig), leicht bitterer Abgang.