TomDecapolis (4332) - Lawrence, Kansas, 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 (4092) - 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 (3421) - 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 (5154) - 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 (4196) - 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.
Anareon (13) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Randallís Wines and Spirits. I was very excited to try this beer out; but my expectations werenít met. The nose was very good; raspberry and coffee. Colour and appearance were great. The flavour was overwhelmingly raspberry. I was hoping for much more coffee to shine through like it does in their regular Coffee Stout.
thegreenrooster (2975) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour is a black with a large tan head. Aroma is deffinatly a bit of fresh raspberry but what about the coffee? Flavor is a light raspberry and again whereís the coffee? Has aspects of a fruit beer but almost nothing in the way of a good stout. Iím sure Schlafly fanboys will amp up the ratings on this but for me this is way to light to be considered a good beer. Also way to expensive at $9 a bottle.
sethdude (674) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch with a dark head. Aroma is amazing, rich coffee notes, fresh raspberry aroma, and a bit of pepper. Flavor is tobacco, coffee, fresh fruit, toast, and dark chocolate. Very well balanced, neither the coffee or the fruit overwhelm. A standout.