Derek881 (1253) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a large bottle into a small glass at a beer tasting. The beer had a viscous dark brown color with a deep rust hue and a good creamy dark tan head with good retention, and great lacing and cling. Its aroma featured dark fruits and raisin, with a presence of raspberries, and had some floral, earthy, and grainy notes, and light caramel. Its taste was sweet and malty with fruit, featuring raisin and strawberries, and some very light bitter grainyness and a touch of alcohol and sour effect. It was a wet beer with a watery body that had a smooth, creamy mouthfeel with low to average carbonation and a drier finish. Thanks for sharing, Eric.
magsinva (1105) - Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2013 Bottle from wegmans sterling - pours pitch with a tan head. Aroma has fake raspberry and booze. Taste is burnt bitter with a dry ashey finish. Disappointing. Updated 8/12/2012, the 2012 edition doesn’t have the burnt issue, but it doesn’t have any raspberry, either. Some day they might get this one right.
DiarmaidBHK (4242) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Wegman’s Sterling. Pours black with an inch of brown foam that leaves a lot of lacing. I definitely get the raspberry a bit on the nose and the tongue but as others have said the stout tastes burned. Finishes a little off. Disappointing.
junon (430) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 14, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2013 Well it certainly looks beautiful. Ends there though. Thin for a stout much like a porter. taste? Everything tastes burnt. Tastes like robitussin. Not a fan.
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle - $11.98 at Sherlock’s in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a black body topped off with a sizable (though, it settles fast), foamy, beige head.
Smell: Heavily roasted malts, giving a noticeable creosote aroma, along with acrid coffee, bitter chocolate, boozy wafts, and raspberries, natch.
Taste: Again, there’s the astringent, blackened maltiness. A lightly sweet touch of dark chocolate helps, but it’s in far too short of supply. Then, there’s the raspberries. Sometimes, you’re treating to a really great raspberry taste. Other times, it’s a slightly medicinal, off-putting Smarties flavor. It certainly leans towards the latter here. Burnt, berryesque, warm finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: It’s definitely not Olde Hickory Lindley Park, that’s for damn sure.
llcooldave (1189) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in the glass. Strong raspberry nose with a touch of roasted malt. Strong bitter coffee and dark cocoa flavors with a touch of smoke. Overall, fairly tasty and drinkable.
strongpieman (1648) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Thick, black pour with a tan head. Raspberry is there, but not overpowering, Full body, smooth. Well done stout with added sweetness for a change.
calebrum (40) - Saint cloud, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smokey, coffee-like, subtle raspberry, very filling and delicious. Dark and deep. Not bad, bro.
cards04 (2686) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with some ruby highlights. Aromas of raspberry and dark chocolate. Raspberry and dark chocolate flavours, roasted malts too. Very smooth. Decent stuff.
northropfrye (3297) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of tomatoes, black coffee. Black body wth brown head. Not too bad, but a bit underwhelming.