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.
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gopherfan99 (699) - CROATIA - JAN 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; pours nearly black with a thin mocha colored head; aroma is chocolate, roasted coffee, raspberries, and some hops; taste is starts slightly sweet with the chocolate and raspberries; finishes dry and bitter with the coffee and hop hints; very good.
Dedollewaitor (14205) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Odense Tasting January, 2015. Pours njearly black with a off white head. Cocoa, cookies and raspberries. Dusty and ashy. Medium bodied. A bottle and name that promises much but overall a dull and overpriced experience.
culchiem (2731) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brownish black with an off white head. Aroma is fruity roast. Flavour is fruit chocolate, roast and sticky, raspberry only kicks in at the base.
RexTalionis (2788) - FINLAND - JAN 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours near black in color with a tan head. Chocolatey cake, fresh coffee and perhaps some hints of them raspberries in aroma. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Dark chocolate, roasted notes, sweet licorice and dark olives in taste. Not much of raspberries at first, later on some more berry feeling appears. Bitter chocolatey and notes of dark syrupy sweetness mixed with little bit of campfire in the end.
slongie1979 (4) - - JAN 4, 2015 does not count
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice raspberry kick, maybe a little too much fruit for my taste but still an enjoyable beer, nice thickness.
patricks110 (1840) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Imperial Stout falls short for me. Pours a dark, almost completely opaque black with a finger of light tan head. The nose is rich and robust with a heavy roast, light espresso and chocolate accents and a light licorice aroma. From here on this brew is different for me. Fruity and sweet in the mid palate with a tart and syrupy raspberry note. There is an imbalance that I dislike. Too sweet and fruity with a big robust malt and roasted note.
pictoman (700) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle. Black (does it actually have a purple hue or am I seeing things from the suggestion?) with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, mild coffee, and raspberries in the background. Taste is raspberry and chocolate, quite tart. Good, but a little bit too novelty-ish.
reebtogi (4487) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle pours a deep amber almost black color with a 2 finger light brown head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is raspberries with medium roasted grains and chocolate. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with a medium roasted grain and hop bitterness with the raspberries adding some tartness to the mix. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent Imperial stout, which I highly recommend to others.
Crit (3450) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown,lasting tan head.Nose of light roast, tinny notes.Big bitter dry roast profile,vague berries, long bitter finish.Not worth the hefty price
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[ Bottle ][ 22oz ][ glkaiser ][ Bonus ][ Southampton RIS Snifter ][ 12.15.14 ]
>> 2012 bottle, pour clear deep brown with healthy beige foam. Good retention and lacing. Nose is rich raspberry chocolate silk cake. Chocolate frosting. Taste is bit muddled with bitter cocoa powder, dark chocolate shaving, bitter soil. Dustier, earthy finish. However, it isn’t sticky sweet and there are no off flavors besides a touch of paper oxidation.