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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cstuartj (1016) - Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Dark black with a hint of red. Thin tan head. Nose is faint, caramel, roasted oats. Taste is thin, the sweetness of the berry comes through. Not that great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1311) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 A - pours nearly opaque brown with a red lining. High fluffy tan head with some lacing. S - chalky vegetably toasted malts up. Hints of coffee, chocolate, and a quiet raspberry syrup. M - very heavy thick bodied beer. Creamy, fluffy. Mediocre palate. High carb that releases at the end. T - vegetal rooty earthy malts come on quite strong and linger in the mouth. Tangy raw cacao, milk chocolate and raspberry syrup on the end. O - quite simplistic vegetal, toasted malts. With a chocolate raspberry end. 7- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
25th September 2012
The ChrisO small midweek tasting. Clear dark red beer, big pale tan head. Light palate, semi soft. The dark malts are light and creamy and the mild raspberry is well integrated. Drinks below it’s abv. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2012
On tap at Kloby’s: pours a mostly opaque black with a thin-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet dark malty nose with some raspberry notes and roasted malts. Starts with pretty good fullness and a slightly phenolic fruitiness and heavy roasted bitterness with decent malty sweetness and raspberry flavor before a drier roasty finish. An interesting brew, but could be a little cleaner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demmbonz (624) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2012
Bomber to snifter. Very dark but not black. Quite honestly the raspberry is nearly unnoticeable. Pretty good RIS though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maxwelldeux (4033) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours an extremely dark and very thick brown color with a fairly small head. Roasting and raspberry flavors are present throughout the nose. Nice and flavorful, with the roasting and fruit flavors in there. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1993) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2012
2012 bottle to snifter. Pours dark brown black with a large fluffy creamy khaki head that slowly settles to a foamy film and coating lace. Aroma has good roasted malt and faint raspberries. Taste is just the opposite with the raspberries really showing through with the roasted malt and coco and subtle tobacco blending in nicely. Palate is full and fizzy with a good chalky dry finish. Very impressed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
A - Pours a dark black color with a hint of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is mix of roasted chocolate malts, dark fruits, raspberry, black licorice, vanilla, earthy hops, coffee, and a bit of booze. T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some dark fruits, raspberry, black licorice, and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, some more sweet berry flavor comes through with some earthy hops and some coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, dark fruits, raspberry, coffee, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. Good russian imperial stout with good complexity added by the raspberries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (11111) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle at Chriso - 25/09/12. Sorry - can’t remember who brought this one but thanks all the same! Dark chestnut brown with a very thin tan head. Alcohol hits you on the nose from the off allied to a certain nuttiness, raspberry, roast malt and other dark fruit tones. Taste follows nose, roasted malts become more apparent still getting the raspberries and a little chocolate come into play. Higher end of medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkable but not really my idea of an imperial stout, a little to light and fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (8036) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle at ChrisO. It pours very dark brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, sweet berry, raspberry yoghurt, jam and treacle. The taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, sweet berry, ash, raspberry yoghurt and light acidic notes, with a bitter, roasty finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Not bad.

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