Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
Aurelius (4174) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
arsol (550) - NORWAY - SEP 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Vighals (1150) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
Darkmagus82 (1219) - - SEP 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
swoopjones (5887) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at Coles, Buffalo NY. medium bodied black pour, chocolate, roasted malts, lighter raspberry notes. average mouthfeel. sounds better than final product
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent enough stout. On tap at cole’s. Raspberry big and integrated with stout. Decent even in summer.
bigda83 (204) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
dfearnley (965) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
kdm1984 (663) - Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
SlovakSniper (3161) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.