egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purple color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of wood, bacteria, brett, and lots of sweet juicy raspberries. Taste was woody, with light vanilla, lots of raspberry, and a lightly tart finish. Really a solid attempt.
Slipstream (1860) - USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Southampton release event. Now what is the difference between a blackberry and a black raspberry? This had a lovely light aroma of fresh raspberry and a black grape/magenta pour. The flavor though leans more toward a sour cider - this is not one of those jammy, sugary fruit brews. I did not detect the wine barrel aging so it must have been pretty subtle, but the overall experience was close to a wine. An enjoyable brew for sure, but I am still not totally sold on lambics - in most cases I would rather have a glass of wine or cider.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark red-grape fruit color. Large bubbled puffy pink head drops to crater ring. Nose is seedy raspberry, lightest acetic. One-note Favor sweeter, bit seedy with light pepper, juicy sweet but short finish. Stinging body contrasts the sweet profile. Low sourness, bordering on NG raspberry tart. Like the flavor and seed, but too one-note.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Garnet purple pour with a frothy pink head. Huge raspberry and lactic acid, hints of acetic acid, and vibrant funk. Flavor holds massive raspberry seed, cherry pit, and lactic acid. Super sour palate with ample carbonation and a puckering finish.
Travlr (9808) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Very dark purple color, no head worth mentioning. Aroma of intense fruit. Taste is more fruit, moderately tart finish. Nice.
Jow (1663) - New York, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the release to end my week of Southampton release drinking. Pours deep purple with tinge of brown and small soapy head. Nose is amazing taking me back to days of eating black raspberry ice cream growing up. Tastes of black raspberry through and through. Also some lemon tartness and grassy notes. Refreshing and really a greatbaddition to RIS release
beerbill (3177) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught at the Publick House during their release party. Pours a very pretty clear purplish red with a thin pink head. Very pleasant aroma of tart raspberries along with just a bit of funk. The flavor is outstanding and is filled with tart raspberry, malt, oak, and again just a hint of funk. Clean and bright on the palate. The raspberry is incredible, so fruity and fresh. For me, this beer was the star of the release. Wonderful!
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at SPH for the Release Party. Pours a clear, blood purple with medium pink head. Gorgeous color. Nice funky nose with hints of acetic acid and grape jelly. Small wet paper character. Cleans up a bit over time to seedy raspberry and thick sorbet. Taste is effervescent up front with prickly, stinging seedy raspberry tartness more like a sharp Berliner Weisse. Palate is light, spritzy, super refreshing with a clean, Berliner Weisse presence blended with the seedy intensity of something like Cantillon Lou Pepe Framboise. Very seedy. Very yummy. Very clean with no acetic acid or vinegar.
Not sure if the SPH folks check ratebeer very often, but Iíve posted 2-3 threads about wanting a brewery to make a black raspberry lambic. Now someone has tried it, and I will haughtily say "I told you so."
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Southampton Publick House during the Imperial Russian Stout release. Pours a deep ruby to garnet color. Dusty raspberry, funk, wood on the nose. Long acid, and a whole heap of raspberry seeds. Tart but nicely balanced, there is a hint of acetone, but I have a feeling that will go away with a bit more aging. Black raspberry all over the place, full of seed flavor. Wood, malt, raspberry. Long acid and raspberry on the finish. Lovely acid. Great stuff.
callmemickey (1835) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Deep purple body. Thin skim of a pinkish-purplish head.
S: Jammy raspberries, mild funky notes that conjure up a damp cellar.
T: Bold tart, semi-sweet raspberries, other notes of cherries and blackberries, funk, and leather like-red-wine tannins.
M: Juicy and refreshing. Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Nice tartness and acidity. Perhaps a little thin in the finish.
O: An impressive offering from Southampton. Would love to see this become a semi-regular offering.