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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Sammy (8571) - 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 (177) - 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 (943) - 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 (650) - 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 (3118) - 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.
mcdav2154 (448) - GERMANY - AUG 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 wax dipped bottle. limited edition no. 8. Black body with a thick brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, raspberries, and floral hops. Taste has a dark chocolate type of sweetness with the bitter hop bite on the end. Definitely taste the raspberries but it’s not overpowering. Bitter chocolate hop bite stays on the tongue after swallowed but not in an offensive way. Creamy mouth feel. Easy to drink for a full bodied beer. Enjoyable. Prost!
Sigmund (5088) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle with waxed top, vintage 2013, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.3%. Black colour, large and lasting tan head. Aroma of ripe raspberries
and moderately roasted malts, hints of chocolate, wood and coffee. Moderately sweet and fruity flavour with distinct notes of raspberries, chocolate, coffee, liquorice and bittering hops. Long, salty and medium bitter aftertaste.
78samh (141) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
’12 bottle pours a dark black little head. Aroma is fruity raspberries and dark roasted malts. Taste is raspberry and cocoa. A hint sour. A little thick and no booziness.
NeoHippie2 (978) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 17, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of watery cocoa and just a faint touch of raspberry. Flavor is roasted cocoa and super light raspberry. Just not anywhere near as flavorful as I expected it would be. Bland.
VsXsV (2246) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, dried fruit, bread and red berries. Taste is light to medium and light to medium bitter with notes of chocolate, dried fruit and red berries. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.