bpreo (1615) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I did not enjoy this brew at first, it has a raspberry flavor added to it, and that was not expected, or appreciated. I drank a few more glasses since that initial taste, and I have quickly grown to enjoy it. My new favorite beer from Sprecher, but only until the Irish Stout is released I presume.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the SLC Holiday Tasting. Near black pour with a ring of head. Aroma of roasted malt, ripe fruit and chocolate. Flavor is the same, but less. Still, a pretty nice brew.
Ron (2530) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This kind of caught me by surprise since I did not read the dark fine print. I was expecting a regular Porter, but this seemed kind of sour at 1st until I read it was flavored with Raspberries. Aroma of chocolate and light berries. Hazy dark brown with a medium glass-lacing tan head. Flavor has lots of tart raspberries and chocolate. Kind of a chocolate/raspberry fruit/herb (cocoa) beer!
decaturstevo (5015) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour with tan head and lace. Chocolate and light sour raspberry. Chocolate raspberry, sour malt with no bitter.Thin watery but very nice drink.
andyhwcinc (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased at Breeze-Thru in Milwaukee, WI; consumed on a Monday night after a terrible Bears NFC Championship loss. This is OK, kinda weird with the raspberries. Appearance is a very very dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, cocoa, and a hint of raspberries. Taste of raspberries and chocolate, somewhat smooth, definitely decadent. It’s good but wouldn’t go out of my way to enjoy again.
Rustyham (1724) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared at the Nashville Beer Summit. I’m surprised at how my scores are so at odds with the Ratebeer scores. Sweet smoky malt, sweet and sour, quite weird. It’s hard to wrap my tongue around, but it’s a nice interesting marriage between roasted malt and sour ale.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared at Nashville Beer Summit 1.0. Pours brown black with a light brown head. Aroma of dark malts and berry. Lighter side of medium bodied, with average carbonation. Flavor of dark roasted malts, berry, and smoke. Green apple notes on the finish. Somewhat odd, and sort of misses the delicate balance between dark roast and fruit.
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz. bottle from grownfool- thanks again, Brian! Pours a deep, dark, basically opaque brown color with a finger-thick tan head that settles into an uneven film. Says ’1985-2005’ with a big 20 in between on the label- is this really from 2005? I guess I believe it, as the nose is a little oxidized, along with notes of roasted malts, smoke, raspberries, chocolate, light coffee, and toast. Flavor of raspberries, roasted malts, smoke, pepper, mustard, and barbecued meats. Really odd, mixed up flavor. It sure is pretty interesting, though. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry, roasty, muddled mouthfeel. Interesting porter.
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep mahogany - almost, but not quite black. Smells like a raspberry truffle with a cup of coffee sitting next to it. Flavor is chocolate covered raspberry, again, with a coffee in the background. A bit of tartness, as well. Pretty good stuff overall.
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The appearance on this is a black color with a beige head. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, and licorice. The flavor has some odd annoying sour citrus tone to it along with more chocolate and coffee. The finish is bitter and sour as well. Overall this beer would be ok minus the sourness from the raspberries, but with it not good!