kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle) nice black with tan head. Aroma is coffee with hints of raspberry. Flavor though is dominated by the raspberry. Not as much coffee flavor as the regular coffee stout.
BBB63 (5960) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Shawn at our little tasting: Deep brown with a small frothy head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of raspberries, chocolate, vanilla, walnut, tobacco, cold pressed coffee, and some ashy and metallic esters. The taste has fake and artificial raspberry syrup tone over lightly acidic city roasted coffee. There is some bready, nutty and toasted malt, hint of charred black malts and herbal hop bitterness, quite flabby and unfocused, ashy finish. The mouth feel is thin, lively and smooth. Disappointing, the worst beer of the evening by a long shot. I just do not get the ratings for this beer, perhaps when not tasted around other far superior stouts it may have a chance to impress a bit more, who knows.
SrSilligoose (3222) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from phaleslu. thanks peter! aroma of fruity raspberry and smooth yogurty cocoa and chocoalte. fruit character is somewhat superficial. roast characeter would be a decent compliment, some nice milk chocolate, but the raspberry fruit characeter is too artificial to be enjoyable. okay.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 12/02/10. 750ml Capped bottle. Deep thick brown with slight rudy red highlights. Finger width of light khaki head. Definite aromas of raspberries! Undertones of fudge and toasty malts. On the fuller side of medium bodied. The mouthfeel is nice. The sweet and bitter blast of raspberries hits the palate immediately and blots out the rest of the ingredients and flavors. Luckily, this overt berry note ebbs and melds wonderfully with the chocolate and coffee nuances of the stout backbone. Definitely estery with the coffee astringency and dark chocolate bitterness playing supporting roles. Bright effervescence that accents both the acidity of the coffee and the tartness of the raspberries. This beer sways through the palate between the sweet and sticky to the bitter and astringent. Great roll of the palate and the flavors really go together quite nicely. Great dessert beer! But what can I say, Iím a Fanboy!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of coffee, raspberry, roasting, and a hint of chocolate. Poured very dark brown in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, raspberry, slight coffee, and light chocolate. Medium body. Slick, creamy, then slightly sticky, and lightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Raspberry, slight coffee, light chocolate, and light malt finish is medium sweet and lightly dry. 7%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
TomDecapolis (4436) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Josh for sharing. Pours a deep almost black with a small bubbly tan head. Aroma of earthy roasted malt, raspberry there rather up front as well, coffee is there. Smells like a cup of raspberry coffee. Flavor of the same mix of coffee/raspberry/chocolate. Dry and a bit too thin. Body is lacking.
markwise (4425) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to the Atlanta Crew for sharing this one. Pours red-brown with a tan head. Nose is dark cherry, coffee, brown sugar, and bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is similar with berries all over the place, coffee mild in the background, and a bit of cocoa/ earth. Interesting take on mixing these flavors.
vyvvy (3880) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown with a nice dense sturdy tan head. The aroma definitely shows both the raspberry and coffee - nice blend with neither overpowering the other. There is some smooth roasted malt hiding the the back, but the additives are what shine through. Medium smooth body with very gently carbonation thatís there, but not very assertive. The taste starts off with a smooth coffee flavor, cream, light roast of the malt, just enough raspberry to offset the coffee from taking over too much. Iím not a coffee fan, but this seems like much better than normal coffee. The finish adds a bit of bitterness and a hint more of raspberry. Nice beer, Iíd want a lot more if I was a coffee fan. So it goes. I wonder if Iím a fanboy??
phaleslu (6278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Culinaria, which used to have a nice craft beer section. Pours a hazy mud brown color with some moderate ruby highlights and a small tan head. Initial aroma of coffee, raspberries, and toasted chocolate malts, but as it warms, it loses almost all hints of raspberries and smells more like coffee grounds than fresh coffee beans- kind of like what happens with coffee itself. Flavor of coffee, raspberries, and burnt toast. Initially very acidic in the mouth, there isnít much beyond these three notes. It mellows out as it warms, but once again loses the raspberry in favor of roasted coffee and toasted oats. Some chocolate and earth, too. Medium-bodied, with a mouthfeel that shifts from acidic to roasty and carbonation that is initially sharp but settles into a more average level. Lingering roast in the finish. It probably didnít help that I had this a few nights after the Goose Island Black Cat BCS, but this is a little harsh on the palate and the coffee drowns out most other notes. Still, not a bad beer and an admirable effort.
Strykzone (4811) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought at the Ladue Schnucks. This is currently the "hot" beer in St. Louis. Very dark black with a three finger tan head. Decent retention. Aroma is raspberry with coffee underneath. The flavor is a good balance of the two. The coffee offers deep roasted flavor. The coffee is not big but is still a robust coffee. Raspberry adds a bit of tartness and even some bitterness that resembles a hopped effect. I was curious how the brewers would manage this balance but they did a nice job.