BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in Stone IRS snifter: Pours nearly opaque with with a bit with frothy tan head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of char, caramel, chocolate, oak, and aromatic malts along with some very faint raspberry and raisin. Ashy, leathery, tobacco, and earthy with some minerally component. The taste is rather paint by numbers stout, roast, toast, chocolate, and some toffee and coffee. Is it bad? Heck no, it is very satisfactory. Is it some above and beyond, Heck no. What fruitiness I get here is plummy and not Raspberry (nor Blackberry, nor Blueberry, nor much of any berry I can think of). The mouth feel is oily, smooth and atypical "AB/In-Bev corp" thinned out. A good beer but not even close to meeting my already lowered expectations. Call the boys at Leines (Miller) and ask them how to do a big brewery made but really nice Imperial Stout.
DrSilverworm (4062) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, shared with my sister. Nice thin light brown head, some bubbles on the side of the glass. Blackc olor. Good lace. Smooth, soft carbonation. Dry finish. My sister said she couldnít detect any raspberry flavor in this at all. I think Iím picking up on a subtle tart flavor in the aftertaste. Thereís maybe a slight raspberry flavor, but yeah, itís very subdued, less than I expected. Roasty malts, some light bitter cocoa. Along with the tart taste, thereís a good bitterness. Itís a nice taste. A good one to share. But not $13 good. Maybe $10 good.
Mora2000 (5159) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. This is my 200th RIS rating.
The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt and chocolate notes, with not too much raspberry. The fruit notes come through more in the aroma. I get a raspberry and cream component to go along with the roasted malt and chocolate. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium carbonation and thick, chewy mouthfeel.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a nice tan head. Malt and light roast aroma with chooclate and light coffee. Raspberry and roast flavor with chooclate. Medium-plus bodied. Raspberry and chocolate linger with toffee.
Rustyham (1685) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12. Strong sweet smell of chocolate and raspberry. Collie is deep dark black. Aroma is cool. Flavor is got burnt today, very fluffy Mouthfeel. Dry, light, No raspberry.
JPDurden24 (1384) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Bourbon aroma is overpowering with only a small raspberry character. Flavor has some raspberry and chocolate and booziness. Itís ok, but could be a little more balanced.
Travlr (9942) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, thick beige head, good retention, solid lacing. Aroma of bourbon hits you from across the room. After the initial impression itís mostly the blueberries that are prominent. Taste is chocolate covered blueberries with an edge of warming whiskey that comes in late. Very nice.
jkwood04 (2949) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, the raspberry, a little coffee, and some bitter hops. The flavors all blend pretty well, but the raspberry might take away from this imperial stout. Thicker texture. A pretty good beer.
mcberko (4843) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a dark brown / black with a medium beige, foamy head. Aroma of light raspberries, a Belgian-like candied sugar quality, Flavour of fairly prominent alcoholized raspberries and candied sugar, layered over a roasted malt and chocolate cake base. A bit of a metallic and burnt aftertaste, leaving the raspberries behind. Watery body, with not much depth. Not so good, and certainly overpriced at more than $10 per 22 oz.
BREWMUSKCLES (2092) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
love raspberry and chocolate paired together and with coffee.... I canít be expected to be impartial at all. nice malt flavor wafting in and out with a bit of hop pronounced in the carbonation as it rolls in your mouth....majestic!