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RATINGS: 231   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
StefanSD (2081) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours a black color with a small khaki colored head that soon recedes to a fine ring. The aroma features a bit of raspberry, licorice and chocolate. The taste is baking chocolate, chocolate liqueur, anise and a hint of berries on the back end. The palate is full and a bit oily with soft carbonation. Finishes long with lingering dark bitter chocolates. Overall: Kind of underwhelmed by this one, I really wanted a more robust raspberry flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7245) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle 650ml vintage 2012 @ Hotel Room, Courtyard Oyster Point, San Francisco, CA
Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, berries, leather and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long roasted, chocolate, coffee and raspberry finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13160) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle, 22oz. 2012 vintage. A pitch black beer, although with a faint brownish hue when the light enteres in the right angle. Finger-thick light beige head. The aroma is most definitely on the dark side, with molasses, roasted malts, licorice notes and a faint berry hint. Full-bodied, softly carbonated and slightly warming on the palate. Some raspberry in the very end, else it’s missing. I’d most definitely like the raspberries to be more evident, but it’s a nice imp stout anyway. A tad too dry maybe. 130813.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5564) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle.Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, grains, raspberries and coffee. Flavo ris sweet and roasted with some burnt notes, grains, coffee and raspberries. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2288) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Black pour with a quarter inch thin off white beige head and light lacing .... aroma of raspberry syrup, light chocolate and roasted notes ... taste is of raspberry syrup, roasted malts and bitter dark chocolate ... creamy mouthfeel with bitter and soft flavors ..... decent and average

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (1869) - SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2013
Pours black with low tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma of molasses and raspberry - for any Swedes out there this is hallonlakritsskalle! There’s also chocolate, hints of coffee, brown sugar and dark fruit. Taste is initially raspberry sweet but this is soon dwarfed by coffee and chocolate bitterness that lingers pretty much forever. Body is medium and creamy. This one is not very balanced, unfortunately.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (698) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2013
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2013
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.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerenberger (1373) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2013
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.


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