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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


Alexmestas' rating

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alexmestas (29) - - JAN 1, 2013
High alcohol burn, hoppy, sweet. Touch of raspberry which aroma wise gets obliterated by the strong hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4176) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Chocolate cake batter, sweet creosote aroma with faint fishy notes. ’13 vintage. Good bomber, good label, oily coffee pour, darkish khaki head. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, cookie dough, boozy. I don’t get raspberry in this. Coffee roast. Medium heavy body. Mouthy. Roasty cocoa powder finish. Warming. Sturdy, not spectacular. New Leaf Market.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arsol (550) - NORWAY - SEP 13, 2014
Svart farge med tynt brunt skum. Lukter, kaffe, sjokolade og bær. Smaker også godt kaffe og føles som å drikke fløte i munnfølelse. Fin balansert avslutning med noe alkoholvarme.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vighals (1152) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2014
Svart med lavt lys brunt skum. Lakris, kaffe, kakao og mørke bær. Tydelig bringebær i smak, sammen med salt lakris og noe bitter mørk sjokoladesmak. Fyldig, litt oljete, lite kullsyre

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1247) - - SEP 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-22-13- Served on tap in a snifter Appearance- Pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades over about a one minute time frame to leave a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell- The aroma is heavy of a roasted malt smell with some stronger smells of chocolate and coffee as well as a nice bit of a caramel sweetness. Mixed with these smells are some lighter aromas of raspberry as the name would suggest giving a sweeter chocolate and raspberry flavored coffee smell. Taste – The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor with a decent chocolate and coffee flavor up front. It begins slightly sweeter with some almost milky and caramel flavors. As the flavor advances the chocolate gets stronger while the coffee remains relatively constant. During this time a vanilla and raspberry flavor come to the tongue. The raspberry gets stronger to the end of the taste, but never makes the brew too sweet as toward the end the milky, chocolate and caramel flavors dwindle a bit and the coffee flavors get even stronger. These drier and roastier coffee and raspberry flavors mix with a little bit of a boozy flavor to leave a warming dark flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is on the average to slightly lower side for a stout of nearly 10% abv with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. More creaminess and less carbonation would likely have suited the drier fruit and roasted cocoa and coffee flavors a bit better, but overall not bad. Overall – A pretty nice imperial with a moderate and not to overpowering raspberry flavor. A nice one to give a try if you are looking for a brew to just sit back and sip slowly.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5889) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2014
draft at Coles, Buffalo NY. medium bodied black pour, chocolate, roasted malts, lighter raspberry notes. average mouthfeel. sounds better than final product

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8631) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
Decent enough stout. On tap at cole’s. Raspberry big and integrated with stout. Decent even in summer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigda83 (204) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate and raspberry. Taste was dark chocolate, some bitter coffee, and light raspberry. Full bodied and creamy. I liked that the raspberry wasn’t over-powering. Not a bad beer at all.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (969) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Caramel, raspberry, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and booze. Silky dark black with a thin dark tan head. Taste is dark chocolate, raspberry, oak, rye, roasted malt and whiskey.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kdm1984 (663) - Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Pours to enormous pillowy head with decent retention and somewhat uneven splotches and splatters of lacing. Aroma is plenty of raspberry with chocolate and bread in the background. Also some jalapeno. I never believed people who said Founders Breakfast Stout smelled like jalapeno, but now I have firsthand account of an impy that does, so I no longer think those raters are nuts! Moving on, the flavor is raspberry first with bitter chocolate and coffee in the finish. Alcohol exceptionally well-hidden, not at all noticeable until well after the finish when the warmth finally hits. To my surprise, the raspberry flavors linger onward, not being dominated by bitterness. Feels almost slightly light for an impy. Still, a nice beer. Fits pretty well within the Russian impy framework overall. Nuances keep revealing themselves the more I sip. This turned out more interesting than I anticipated, though I wouldn’t stack it up against the best of imps. Has its place, however.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3167) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
Vintage 2012. Corps brun aux contours rouges. Mousse fondante comme neige au soleil. Nez de framboises en confiture et parfums intégrés de malts. Goût de framboises et de chocolat. Aucune douceur frivole. Pointe d’alcool qui anime. Bouche qui pourrait être plus forte. Néanmoins, une texture plaisante et un pétillement contrôlé. Arrière-goût amer de framboises noircies. Bière simple mais efficace. Fidèle à ce qu’elle annonce.


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