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RATINGS: 239   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6850) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 4, 2012
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rustyham (1722) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2012
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JPDurden24 (1578) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 30, 2012
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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11327) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2012
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3889) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2012
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (6333) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2228) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2012
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!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2012
22oz bottle. Large tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raspberry, roast. Taste is sweet, roast/coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some raspberry, lightly medicinal. Medium-full body, some stickiness, quite drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluejacket74 (1312) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2012
22 ounce bottle, bottled on date of March 12, 2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a while. Thereís also a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is a bit weak, it smells like raspberries, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. I would say the strongest flavor in this brew is a medicinal raspberry one, with there also being some roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some coffee noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. At $12.99 a bottle, I wouldnít buy it again. It was nice to try and itís not a bad beer, but I donít think itís worth the price. But if youíre going to split a bottle with someone, then why not?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brenn79 (1512) - Idaho, USA - JUN 8, 2012
22 oz. bottle,PDT 2/13/12- Pours almost black with red highlights when held up to the light, the head is thick, creamy and mocha colored. The aroma is chocolate followed by tart fruit, I wish it was a stronger aroma, but what is there is really nice. The taste is chocolate, I do detect the raspberries mid palate, coffee is in the finish, it also finisher mildly bitter and somewhat dry. The body is medium full, but light for this type of beer, carbonation is medium. Overall a mixed bag, I understand the appeal of adding fruit, especially some sort of berry, chocolate, which is often found in Impy stouts and berries kind of go hand in hand, but I donít think it meshed all that well. With some age maybe this would be a wonderful beer, but for my money I wont bother.


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