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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thedm (5136) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 28, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black colored body and an excellent lacing. The mild aroma was raspberry and dark malt. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish with a medium roasted malt aftertaste. The ok flavor contained notes of roasted malt and raspberry. An OK brew just nothing special.
BrianWillum (222) - København S., DENMARK - JUL 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nicely coloured black beer with a medium head that disappears after a short while.Taste is good with hints of coffee, smoked malt and raspberry, but aftertaste is too bitter.
stevoj (2869) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Berts. Tastes more like a chocolate covered raspberry than a stout. Aroma is all berries, taste brings in subtle roast malts, but berries still dominate. Sweet and a bit of fruit on the finish.
flemmingwillum (1098) - Nysted, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #1092, flaske fra Voldby
Sort øl med flot, brunt skum. Duft af bær, røg, lakrids, salt og ristet malt. Smag af hindbær, läkerol, ristet malt, røg, lakrids, alkohol, salt og en markant bitterhed. Cremet, medium tyk og blød.
FraekkeFyr87 (147) - - JUN 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is full of raspberries, chocolate, coffee, caramel. and roasted nuts. The color is pitch black. The taste is full of raspberries, liqourice, chocolate, coffee, smoke, rum and sweets. A really nice beer with a long finish with sweet and bitter notes.
stouby (4065) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Ølfestival 2015. Dark purple with a tan head. Aroma medium malty (roasted, light burned, notes of tart raspberries, dark chocolate). Flavor medium bitter, light sour. Medium body, soft carbonated.
mstrcrwly (666) - New York, USA - MAY 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bomber poured into a snifter..dark pour with a fluffy tan head..aroma of coffee,chocolate,raspberry..tastes like it smells..nothing special.
yiannnos (1095) - , CYPRUS - MAY 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle. Raspberry chocolate aroma. Sweet, medium bodied, raspberry chocolate flavour
angelkostvo (895) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, burned sugar, a bit of tart raspberries, hops, bitter chocolate. Taste is a bit weird, it has some soy sauce flavour... otherwise its medium bitter, slightly sour, slightly sweet a bit salty. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. I was expecting a lot more.
oh6gdx (22531) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@Tommyknocker, Helsinki (2012 vintage). Black colour, small beige head. Aroma is fruity, liquorice, some raspberries and mild wooden notes. Flavour is raspberries, toast, some syrupy and wooden notes along with quite strong hopping to it.