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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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An extremely rich and complex beer. The addition of raspberries during the fermentation process results in an almost purplish opaque color with a beautiful brown head. Warm chocolate and roasty notes compliment the hop bitterness.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Black color. The aroma is not very strong. There are hints of chocolate. The taste is slightly bitter. Body is light and fluffy. There is a hint of raspberries on the finish, but it’s barely there for me. Overall a nice brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (2085) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 5, 2013
Sampled at the W&C Ballas open house. It poured a dark brown color with a brown head. The aroma was of roasted malt, cocoa and lightly hoppy. The taste was lightly bittersweet cocoa, more roasted malt, a bit of florals and a mild raspberry aftertaste. This was very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sawbuck (246) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Surprising Hop aroma,,not much else. Smokey ebony color...dark brown head. Complex flavor up front. Smokey sweet chocolate, with hints of vanilla, and spice. Not big on raspberry but I like that...not over-the top. Finishes with a bitterness that lingers somewhat too long.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Tap at Valhalla.. Pour is dark black with a light off white head. Aroma is raspberry, chocolate, roasted malt, coffeee. Taste is sweet chocolate with a nice dark fruit compliment. Very sticky and oily in the mouth. Viscous. Like syrup. Overall average brew. Clever and creative. Too sticky and thick.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1390) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 Draft at Moriartys. Tulip. Opaque pour with a nice foamy tan head that mostly disappears. Nose is funky and medicinal. Burnt stout notes with some deep dark raspberry flavors. Charcoal. Leather. Asphalt. Cigars. Red fruit vegemite. Black pepper. Cloves. Smoked chocolate blackberries. High ABV not hidden. Spicy finish. Impressive range of dark flavors. Raspberry is certainly present but does not dominate. Much more a juicy bitter stout.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomer (1529) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - FEB 24, 2013
at a tasting, thanks eyes_wide_shut and YK23, small stable beige head, quite clear very dark brown colour with burgundy red hues, aroma of raspberries, flowers, , pinee wood, light coffee, dark bread and some grassiness,flavour of charred wood, dark chocolateand a touch of soy with some fruity sweetness in the back, fruity sourness balancing the richness. Excellent..

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (1983) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with thin tan brown head and moderate lacing. Atoms of roasted malts, dark chocolate, slight sweet raspberry, and coffee. Taste falls short if aroma, but it’s all there, raspberries feel like an afterthought. Pretty good, Vadim Bora is way better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (2612) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Tap at Cincy Beerfest. Chocolate, coffee and herbal hops aroma. Near black with a large tan head. Ashy coffee, chocolate, and piney hops flavor. Full creamy body, light carbonation. I tasted this with a group and for some reason I was the only person who couldn’t taste raspberry. In fact, it tasted more like a really full bodied black IPA to me.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (1089) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2013
2012 bottle About a half finger of head on an almost black body, it does seems to have a blue hue to it. The aroma is nice with milk chocolate, raspberry, alcohol and The taste is a letdown. The raspberry is there with the roasted malt and chocolate, but it doesn’t flow smoothly. The texture is great. Soft and smooth with low carbonation. Worth trying, maybe some aging will help out the taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (6978) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Draft. Raspberry, chocolate malt, and hay hops aroma. Black with moderate head. Sweet raspberry and chocolate malt aroma. Smooth and tasty.


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