kramer (4347) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small fizzy light brown head that faded to a thin film. The nose is a pretty nice mix of raspberry notes and rich dark roasted malts with some chocolate and light burnt coffee. The flavor is rather sweet with a heavily roasted thick maltiness. The raspberry remains in the background for the most part, coming out on the finish a little, mixing with a heavy and thick sweetness. It comes across as a little too burnt and slightly acrid though, making it not the most easily drinkable of beers. The alcohol is on the hotter side, especially for this ABV. I think the heavily burnt malt somehow enhances the alcohol flavors adding to the lack of drinkability. Thick and sticky with soft fizzy carbonation. It coats the mouth so heavily that the finish just lingers on forever. This one would be OK in a small dose, but a bomber of this is a bit of a chore.
jeremytoni (2834) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with almost no head. Terrible fake raspberry flavor with a quick finish.
ReggieDunlap (2769) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma smells of shellfish and raspberry. Flavor is dark bitter chocolate, burnt notes, and mild raspberry. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a very dark chocolate/burnt raspberry finish.
Ratman197 (8468) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poured aclear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of roasted malt, raspberry, bakers cocoa and a hint of coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of raspberry, roasted malt, bakers cocoa and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering roasty raspberry finish.
mikesaum (519) - Newark, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 Pours black with a sliggt khaki head, leaves good lacing. Aroma is kinda weak, roasty with a bit of dark and sweet fruit, kinda vague. Taste is better, roasty taste with dark chocolate raspberry truffle notes, could use more chocolate and raspberry notes but overall its not bad, maybe it needs some age. Good but not for 12.99.
Derek881 (917) - St. Petersburg, Florida, 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 (826) - 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 (3062) - 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 (359) - 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 (4229) - Marietta, 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.