kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 6/20
1/4 liter tulip glass on tap @ Brew Kettle: Medium coppery amber w/ a tall lasting off white head. Strong raspberry aroma at first w/ hints of vanillla. Vanilla gets stronger as it warms and also has hints of cocoa powder. But there’s no real malt aroma. Well balanced w/ a raspberry up front, but more subdued compared to the aroma. Vanilla is more apparent in the aftertaste along w/ a light herbal hop flavor & some light bitterness. Finish is lightly tart and dry with hints of bitterness. Again, malt flavor is not very apparent and thin at best. Higher carbonation, lighter body, and dry m/f. Not a big fan of raspberries, hence, not a big fan of this beer. Nice hints of vanilla to add depth, but there’s not much else besides raspberry & vanilla to it. I personally wouldn’t have another one, but it may appeal to others.
jsquire (3691) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2004
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I got a sample at the brewpub and it turned out to be more than enough. It was a very pretty deep ruby color with an enticing aroma of raspberries on ice cream. I should have left it at that. The flavor was an odd sweet/tart raspberry, with something astringent in the back. Lemony sourness in the finish and I did not get any vanilla. And I looked. Not my thing.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 1/20
Big raspberry aroma with a little vanilla in there too. Dark, dark red color. Almost like a dark cranberry juice. Very Raspberry flavor; very sweet. Tastes like alcoholic raspberry soda, but was too sweet for me. Had a dry finish. Easy drink, though I could not drink too much because of the sweetness. Overall, lots of flavor, but very sweet. I could not drink more than one.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Brew Kettle. I saw this on the menu and expected to get your regular old rasp.wheat - I was happily surprised! Sure it's got the raspberry aroma (a very little vanilla in there too). Deep dark red - almost brown; could hardly see thru it, but it wasn't hazy. The taste and palate are what got my attention - Thick and smooth, fruit flavors are strong without becoming overly sweet; hints of vanilla and citrus. Surprise ending - Smoke! Yes, smoke - very interesting and it actually helped balance the increasingly sweet flavors. Inventive, well made and much stronger than it tasted (8.3%)