BillWyce (959) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes: Labelled as "Limited Edition #8". Poured opaque black with a touch of purple in it and a small, thin tan head. Roasty, chocolatey aroma with some berry underneath. Full body, slightly thick. Roasty coffee flavor, with a mild note of tart berry underneath.
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for fruit-infused stouts, so this tickled me anyway. 650ml bomber purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.
Pours a deep black-brown, with good clarity at the edges, and with a certain sheen of red-pink in the hue. Head forms with frothy ebullience and settles down to a fine ring. Lacing is minor and patchy, but present, at least. Body is surprisingly light, but the carbonation is fine. Overall, it looks pretty good: at least as good as it should look.
Nose is musty and dark, with a mild roasted character than nonetheless remains rather smooth and clean. Some leafy freshness comes through as well: perhaps a slight lift from being truly a straight, dark RIS, but no real raspberry character on the nose at least.
The flavour is where this beer starts to shine: here the raspberry is pronounced, providing a bright, fruity counterpoint to the roast and dry darkness. This is certainly based on a Russian Imperial Stout, which is often darker, roastier and drier than the American style. But the raspberry provides that lightness, the sweetness and the character that stops it from being too intense. On the back, there's a lovely mingling of the charred roastiness and the fragrant berry.
Feel is quite light: the dryness on the palate translates into quite a light, dry feel as well. However, given this is 9.3%, it's quite impressive how clean and light this feels. The booze is extremely well hidden.
Overall, yeah, I'm a sucker. This is a decent (if dry) RIS, made interesting with raspberries and gaining balance and structure in the process. I think that the fruit addition to big stouts is always interesting, and in this case I think it helps a lot. I'm a fan.
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PorterPounder (7062) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 22 oz bottle. Pours an inky black with some purple tints, soft off-white head that clings to the edges of the glass. Aroma has hints of sour raspberries, a touch of bitter unsweetened chocolate. Flavor has some roasted notes with a touch of black potting soil. Bittersweet unsweetened chocolate permeates throughout with the raspberries making a brief appearance in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Enjoyable and would make a good winter warmer.
Beerenberger (1596) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose of fruit, dark chocolate, with touches of leather and vegetable. Pours an opaque black with a rapidly dissipating khaki head and abundant lacing. The taste is initially sweet and then fades to bitter. NICE! Fruit sweetness (hard to say raspberries per se???) bitter chocolate, coffee grounds with a touch of grain in the aftertaste. Medium to medium-light body and medium carbonation. Oveall, an interesting and nicely balanced beer. I wish it were richer in texture but I would drink it again.
Ron (3470) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at MacGregor’s. Dark brown to black with a light brown head. Roasty aroma with some coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of raspberry notes and alcohol notes. Bittersweet roasty flavor with chocolate and some raspberry juice. Medium to full-bodied. Good stuff.
fonefan (43166) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, chocolate, coffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, raspberry, roasted, chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. 
Beerandhockey8 (335) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 22oz bottle to shaker. Pours absolutely black with beige head. Smells like chocolate, raspberries, and oat. Nice thick imperial taste, however sweet berry-chocolate aftertaste, never expect any imperial beers to have any sweet properties. phenomenal beer
ScoWRee (409) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of chocolate, Raspberry and coffee. Pours a deep dark brown with a nice tan foamy head. Taste is very roasty , coffee like. The raspberry gets lost. A nice Stout.
Thisis12ptfont (1094) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep roasted malt aroma with hint berries. Pure black appearance with a thin foam rim. Intense flavors of cocoa, molasses, black patent malt and smooth raspberry notes. Full bodied and thick with strong alcohol presence. I’d give this an A rating. This is a unique Imperial Stout. I was initially put off by the "raspberry" in the name of the bear but it works extremely well as an undertone note.
RobertDale (5180) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Comes almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, raspberries, caramel, and coffee. Great is small doses.