hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml split two ways. Deep red with purple highlights, murky with some rasberry floaters. Big off white and pink head. Alot of brett, rasberry, and funk in the aroma, with some caramel malts in the background. Taste is overall pretty nice, but doesn’t have as much sourness as I would have liked. Brett, rasberries, oak, light to moderately tart with a big caramel malt backbone. Touches of rubbery bandaid but held in check pretty well. Finishes lightly tart with rasberries, light alcohol, a touch of spice, and light funk. Overall pretty nice, and this should get better with age.
lb4lb (2458) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very big thanks to hopsleeroy for sharing this bottle!
Pours a rich raspberry jam color with a light beige to pinkish head. Smell is nice and fruity and strongly of raspberries, and is mostly dry and tart. Taste is dry, oaky and fruity with a strong raspberry presence. Not cloying or syrupy at all despite the strong fruity smell and is mildly tart. A hint of alcohol in the flavor as it warms, but the dry fruitiness prevails making it a really enjoyable beer. One of the better Weyerbacher beers I’ve had.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Pours a ruddy reddish orange with a short-lived pinkish head that leaves very little lacing on the way down. The smell is mostly raspberries, both sweet and sour, and a hint of funk lingering in the background. There is also a strong candied sugar aroma as well. The taste is much like the aroma but with two distinct stage. The first wave of flavor is sweetness, both raspberries and sugar. The second wave happens as the raspberry turns tart and the funk comes in subtly in the end but not overpoweringly so. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and I was surprised by the big alcohol content as it’s not that noticeable. This is a very refreshing wild ale that is not overly sour and makes for a perfect summer brew.
TheEpeeist (3277) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Clouded crimson with some pinkish froth. Nose is raspberry jam, lemon zest, oak and faint cinnamon. Muted sparkles, sticky, but short of syrupy. Taste is buttered toast with jam, bitter peel and soft yeast. Very tasty with a kick but maybe needs time to consolidate.
JoeinEscazú (1325) - Ozark, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks Ken for sharing. Bottle pours murky grayish brown with maroon tint, grayish tight head. Big, warm raspberry nose is off-putting somehow, a bit savory like a sauce for red meat but not necessarily for drinking. Syrupy, cloyingly sweet, sticking in the throat with an odd savory edge. Barely saved by a lively, sparkling mouthfeel. Saccharine tang sticks to the throat. Warming with boozy finish. Damned interesting beer but hard to like.
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours turbid magenta with dark brown highlights and 2-fingers of fluffy head. Nose is earthy peaty malt, freshly picked raspberries, some of that sour mashy Cantillon aroma. The taste is fresh raspberries with some tartness, loads of funk, earthy, and peaty notes, and some oaky undertones. The palate is smooth, velvety, a bit spicy late, and complex. This one is criminally underrated, and I have no doubt that it would fare well in a blind taste test against the worlds best sour/raspberry ales.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A vigorous pours creates an oxidized-pink, dirty tan colored head that starts out two-fingers in height. The beer is a dark amber, slight plum color that shows a murky, hazed red color when held up to the light. The most noticeable aroma is that of raspberry flesh that has been lightly oxidized (not quite as bright as the fresh fruit pulp). Underneath the expressive fruit are some sour aromatics that even seem to have a touch of acetic acid to it as well, though this is very soft and maybe wholly imagined. A touch of barnyard funk just barely struggles through to be noticed. Really though this is so dominated by the raspberry flavors that it washes out anything else interesting that might be happening in the nose; for this reason the nose is a bit of a let down.
Tart tasting with a sour raspberry flavor that has a touch of pulpy sweetness to it. This finishes with a sharpness that doesn’t quite cut through the raspberry, but seems to be fairly phenolic and spicy. Pepper notes in the finish are joined by some dusty malt notes as well as some curing plastic phenolics and some lightly tongue numbing turpene-like notes. Pretty well carbonated with a nice fizzy texture that helps to offset the fuller mouthfeel of this beer; this beer remains pretty drinkable for its strength, though it is still more of a sipping beer. As the beer warms it becomes more sweet, more so than the raspberry-derived tartness, but this only serves to accentuate other aspects of the raspberry character. Perhaps a touch more funky phenolics come out in the finish at this warmer temperature, but it really doesn’t pick up the complexity much.
Interestingly enough for a beer this strong, the raspberry character makes this quite a simplistic brew. Hints of a funky beer complexity lurk underneath the surface but don’t quite make it out enough to make this really interesting much less balanced. Enjoyable if you like raspberries as the malt and most of the funky notes that I was hoping to find are just overwhelmed. Not bad tasting, just a bit of a let down.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 21, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of hopdog. Pours a murky caramel with a thin white head, Smells sour and oaky. Tastes of sugar and caramel.
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml shared by kmweaver. Rusty red colored body, little head, nose of pungent, coarse, cherries and acidic wood-heavy yeast. Hugely tannic and assertive but harsh and imposing. Mildly puckery up front, some creamed mild cherries and wood on the back, black cherries and highly acidic cola tasted in the finish. A noble effort but overall somewhat simple and disappointing.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2012 sampled (a lot) with the phoenix crew at the bocky bash aka ’eric makes us drink up his beer day’... pours a hazy reddish brown with little to no head. aroma of real raspberry (puree) right down to the seeds and woody stems... lots of brett, wood, wet straw, must, earth and caramel richness. the flavor caught me off guard a bit... it’s quite tart and dry. pleasant but the aroma made no suggestion to it.... real tart raspberries again along with cream, straw, malty sweetness/depth, wood, a touch of alcohol and funky musty dryness. medium body. it gets rich and thick/milky when the yeast arrives. nice...
08 bottle consumed 5/20/12. hazy iced tea. Small white head. Short lived. One dimension....raspberry and alcohol....tart finish. Some greenness,leaves,bs. Crisp but heavy wirh alcohol.