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
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Corked bottle from BC Liquors, Park Royal, West Vancouver; Limited Edition n.8, 2013
Black color, good chocolate flavor with a mild raspberry tart touch, moderately sweet, some booze. Balanced and tasty.
Ferris (10513) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Sweet dark roast, chocolate and some light raspberry note. Deep jet black brown with a light brown head. Solid.
CapFlu (5047) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lasting beige head atop an opaque black body. Nose of seeds of raspberry or even the sweetness of strawberries with a rhubarb finish. Very light by comparison to the 9.3%. Nice flavour.
electrotype (555) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Un nez étonnament frais pour une telle bière foncée. Je pense à des framboises congelées, glacées. La mousse est timide mais crémeuse. En bouche, c’est mi-mince. On goûte les framboises, le chocolat et un brin de café. Le "An extremely rich and complex beer" est un peu exagéré, mais c’est tout de même fort agréable.
mateuszk (1583) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black, beige head. Aroma is chocolate, light roastiness and raspberries. In taste medium sweet, chocolate and raspberry flavour upfront with some licorice and coffee in the back. Full body, soft carbonation, finish is lightly sweet and acidic. Very nice.
Michael27 (157) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2016 Aus der Flasche (0,66) von Getränkefeinkost getrunken. Tiefschwarz im Glas mit stabiler brauner Schaumkrone. An der Nase zurückhalten. Im Geschmack vielfältige Kaffeenoten. Die annoncierte Hopfenbittre ist gut versteckt.
AirForceHops (5664) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle thanks to Adrien. 2013 vintage. carbonation is ok. Aroma is light oak, mild dark fruits and slight oxidation.
The flavor is muted Berry. The base has light roasted malt base with a very weak bourbon finish. Body is a tad thin for an imperial stout but still decent. Dry texture. Again I am impressed that this is still pretty drinkable for the amount of time it has sat in the bottle.
Cuso (7227) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beerlovers. Very dark brown color with small beige head. Aroma of raspberries, whiskey, dark malt, coconut. Taste, coffee, cocoa, raspberries, dark chocolate, whiskey. Tasty.
rusos (475) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Bolime tasting. Black colour, beige head. Aroma coffee, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, raspberry, bourbon, tobaco. Taste is roasted, coffee, raspberry, coconut, wood, noble alcohol. Lingering woody and bitter aftertaste. Very good.
Gurthnar (4480) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bolime tasting 3/2016. Clear very dark colour. Raspberry only very very lightly present in the very beginning of the flavour. Otherwise it is a boldly roasty RIS with lots of coffee and alcoholish bourbon-kind warmth and flavour. Very good.