JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks CaptainCougar! Dark color nearly black, frothy head, opaque. Aroma of chocolate and raspberries, almost like something you’d pull out of a box of chocolates. These flavors don’t work together very well in the end, I can’t guess why(seems they should). As someone mentioned, this beer might improve vastly with age, but for now its not to good.
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2005 Very dark brown with traces of garnet and chestnut when held to the light. Moderate head of light chocolate bubbles, akin to the froth on the top of hot chocolate. A trail of coarse lace lingers on the glass. Dark malt aromas with hints of raspberries and smoke. Start is smoke filled with middle filled with dark bitter chocolate. Raspberries become noticeable near the finish with a rather sharp bite, that takes away from the feel as there is a sudden urge to spit out the 9 volt that must be in my mouth right now. Seems like the acidity of the black malt and raspberries are fighting for attention. There is a nice malt linger, but it comes some time after the acid has been neutralized. If they are going to make celebration brews, why not start with a classic, like the raspberry belgian brown of yore?
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful looking beer. Dark with a nice head. Smells like raspberries. Hum, taste A LOT like raspberries! A very cool beer with an even cooler bottle! I am curious as to what this beer taste like after a year or so...