KajII (711) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour was a pitch black with a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that was mostly lasting and produced some really excellent sheets of lace that coated the glass throughout.
The aroma had a pronounced raspberry and mocha odor with a nice roasted chocolate malt and a mild leathery yeast with a nice hint of dark roasted coffee.
The taste was malty and a bit sweet with notes of coffee and raspberry right off and then became slightly bitter sweet with a nice dose of cocoa and a lightly roasty sweet raspberry finish. The flavor lasted a wonderfully extra long time letting the raspberry mocha taste settle nicely on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was just a few shades under full in body with the texture being a tad oily yet just a little dry and having a nice soft carbonation.
Overall a uniquely tasty mix of flavors, which in turn created one fantastic tasting Porter that had a nice fruity roastiness to it.
Lemke10 (544) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thumbing thru my beer fridge I found this all the way in the back, the last remaining bottle of the 4pack I purchased in the fall of 2011. I remember that I had to purchase this because I had never seen this brew before, and since then I never saw it again. I don’t know if this being currently offered by Sprecher’s or not but nevertheless here’s the review for it.
It pours a perfect dark brown/black porter color with a fluffy, light brown head. The scent has good roasted malt tones mixed with cocoa and raspberries. Overall this is a very inviting scent.
With a semi-bold taste, this porter also delivers sweetness throughout and well into the after taste. Initially there is that robust burst of toasted malts and burnt sugar which then turns into a sweet, chocolate raspberry finish. It is complex yet decent and tasty.
A porter with raspberries and cocoa is awesome in of itself. It was fairly well executed and well made yet it still doesn’t quite deliver that “great” or “fantastic” feel to me, just a “very good.” I think I should feel a little lucky to have found this brew with such ease. Like almost all Sprecher’s beers, this is a must try!
drpimento (1936) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2012
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Opened the bottle at a good temperature and immediately smelled raspberries. Poured with a smallish light tan, creamy head that settles to a nice thin cover and a little lace. Color is a clear, dark red brown with some bubble trails. Aroma is overpowering rasberry with some roast malt in the background somewhere. Flavor’s like nose, has berry and carbonic tartness clashing with some bitter and sweet. And it doesn’t work at all. Body is hurt by the clashing and strong carbonation. Finish is like flavor, unfortunately persistant, and I’m dumping this. Bleh.
eboats (1081) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 27, 2012
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Seemed to start well as I did not realize there was supposed to be raspberry until I smelled it. Really fruity aroma which I thought was pleasant. The tartness of the raspberry carried over into the flavor, and for the first few sips was rather enjoyable. As I found myself continuing to drink this the tart flavor started to almost get sour and candy like at the same time. It ended up making my stomach churn, and I had to dumb most of it down the drain. Interesting, but not something I would ever want to drink again.
rubbishystuff (1584) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Randy. Interesting beer starts tart and refreshing and ends chocolatey with the raspberry extract on the verge of cloying. Not very roasted in flavor. You can smell the raspberries even at a distance from the glass. In the end I’m going to have to say it was not bad at all. Serving: Bottle
DasBierChef (1080) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A unique brew with a neat flavor profile. A bit overwhelming on the raspberry, but still not bad.
TheAlum (4359) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz bottle from the brewery (Glendale, WI). A couple more rates left from the Milwaukee trip in March to get through. Pours a rich blackish dark hue, firm haze, and deep blood red edges show some glow. A frothy light brown/tan hybrid head sit atop, remain a decent layer as it laces pretty well. Dark and ominous, though not thick. Aromas are bakers chocolate, touches of toffee, toast, and biscuits. A distinct dark chocolate / raspberry puree element, raspberry chocolate, bready malts, touches of roast. Mellow. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch on the light end of it with gentle roast and toast elements up front, touches of bakers chocolate, raspberry, and mellow caramel. Toffee, biscuits, black malts. Middle throws a touch more cocoa, dark and bitter with mixing raspberry elements. Doesn’t show more sweetness, sticking fairly dry and mellopw toast and roast complimenting well. Backend offers dry roast and cocoa elements, gentle toast, black malts. As the beer warms a bit and we get further in, a distinct raspberry tang starts to strike the palate a bit. Lacks complexity but the flavors and taste work for it. Aroma is a touch lacking, head dies down further. Solid.
EMunk (98) - USA - FEB 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty good porter but I did not think the raspberries worked for it. Something I would try again, but not crave.
chandler0201 (625) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black pour with little to no head. Aroma of chocolate and hint of raspberries. Flavor of coffeee, raspberries, and some chocolate. Malty mouthfeel and smooth finish with some bitterness. Nice example of style.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
16 oz bottle. Pours dark, almost black. Not much aroma. Medium mouth feel. A little roast malt with overlying raspberry flavor. Finish is burnt malt with some subtle tart raspberry.