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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Klimaet (970) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium brown head. Aromas of toffee, dark fruits, malt, raspberries, sweet licorice, perfume, roast. Taste is bitter roasty, bitter, sweet raspberries in the back, sweet licorice, dry chocolate. Actually pretty decent.
Marduk (4501) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @Olutexpo 2015. Very dark brown color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Looks nice. Sweet, roasted malts, very faint fruits in aroma. Alcohol, deep roast, chocolate and tiny bit of fruits in taste. Long lasting roasted malts and chocolate in aftertaste. You were bit cheap with raspberries. But maybe that’s a good thing? Didn’t ruin a good stout. Very easy to drink. Proper brew.
FatPhil (11817) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg (OlutExpo2015) (6:4+:6+:4:14-=3.4+)
Very nice roast aroma, a fair bit of soy. Raspberry is present, but soft. Light palate, saying more like 6.5% than 9.3%, but still nicely full and stout. Great roast in the taste, nice level of burntness, no harshness. Finish roasty and feels a little dry, possibly aided by the raspberry, which barely pokes out at all as a flavour.
tiong (5395) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ OlutExpo 2015
Pours dark brown, almost black with a smooth head. Aroma of raspberry notes, roastiness, malts and syrup. Taste is sweetish, malty and roasty with some raspberry and syrup. Finish is sweetish, roasty and juicy raspberry with some syrupy notes. Okay.
nearbeer (4382) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml. Dec. 13 vintage. Unclouded, opaque ebony with a purple tinge and a lasting thin cream on top. Smells of dark chocolate, caramel, blackberry and raspberry. Tastes of raspberry, chocolate, espresso, blackberries and cream. Almost seems to have some oak in the finish. Medium-heavy body has a smooth medium carbonation and a good balance.
nybol (366) - DENMARK - OCT 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
En stor smag af stout som afrundes af en eftersmag af hindbær, heldigvis ikke for meget humle i den til det.
bartlebier (2820) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
’13 Vintage. 22oz bottle bbDez2018 Limited Edition No. 8, shared post-workshop, courtesy of and many thanks to idiosynkrasie for including this. - Pours a very much thinner than expected opaque burgundy brown. Smells like a Schladerer Himbeergeist shot into a thin milk chocolate milk topped with roasted Oreos, a distinct touch of decongealed raspberry and wafting jenever alcohol. In taste the same literal translation of its ingredients and almost none of the promised & advertised richness and complexity. Instead a decent fresh West Coast hop character complements the artificial raspberry spirit where it has nothing to save. Metallic and thaw water character throughout. Overall not very convincing and a tad unnecessary. Was served after a sample glass, but this worked well in a rote Grütze ice cream float afterwards. - Thesis after having this and North Coast Stock Ale as "complex beers": US (West Coast US?) craft beer "complexity" is paratactical and cumulative (adjunct, ingredient, hop, input-driven), not Old World hypotactical (yeast, time, fermentation-driven).
tlind2 (1375) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
0,65l bottle @ Leijuva Lahna. Deep brown color, red highlights. Fruity notes with roasted malts and red fruit. Oaky flavor, bitter espresso finish. Not my favorite example of the style.
kappldav123 (5588) - GERMANY - SEP 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle looks really good. Beer in the glass deep black, nice head. Starts intense malty, oily, earthy, rusty. Light smokey hints. Also hints of liquorice and black coffee. Light bitterness. Only very light raspberry notes. Warming finish. Not bad.
Kavu (3292) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,66l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours very dark red with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and raspberries. Flavor is roasted malts, raspberries and some hops. Exquisite.