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
Gerbeer (1946) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with light head. Aromas of roasted malts and fruit. Flavors of chocolate and raspberry with alcohol notes.
hawanna (2266) - GERMANY - NOV 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,65 l bottle from Biervana
Berry / raspberry, dark Chocolate, roasty, floral, brown, hazy, minimal head, brown foam, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
ClubGonzo (4175) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a purple-hued black body with a large creamy light beige head. Nose is chocolate, raspberries, leather, cocoa, coffee and hints of vanilla, alcohol, toffee, caramel and nuts. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, raspberry, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, burnt sugar and hints of alcohol, licorice and toffee. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Lovely imperial stout with just the right amount of raspberries. Smooth.
zoucrew102 (587) - - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, 2012 vintage, shared by ctomson. Thanks buddy! Roasted malt aroma with chocolate notes and a bit of raspberry sweetness. Pours black with a thin light brown head and no lacing. Starts with a rich roasted malt flavor. Finishes smooth with chocolatey flavors and raspberry notes coming through at the very end. Good, flavorful stout.
ctomson (28) - - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice stout with a smooth pour. Decent barrel stout. A mild sweetness from the raspberries but no raspberry flavor. A light foamy head with a small coffee flavor to it.
adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home, thanks to the rotbox for saving this one for 2+ years. Pours a black appearance with a thin brown head. Some oxidation, lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, light smoke, and some fruits/berries in the nose. Kind of thin body. Lightly sweet. Weird berry flavor. Chocolate, coffee, and oak in the mouth. Ehhh.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Not really a surprise, but as good as I was hoping it was. One of my favorite brews from Widmer. Kinda steep on the price, but worth it once or twice. This is what Lost Coast Raspberry Brown (a gateway beer) would taste like if you replace "brown" with "imperial stout". The raspberry aroma and flavor are at the same level, pleasantly obvious, but more on the back end and not taking away from the beer at all. Adding to it if anything. Nice bitter chocolate and slightly hoppy stout. Very flavorful and aromatic. "
wedgie9 (2029) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Tasted on 6/30/12 at the 1st Annual Chimipalooza, from bottle. Pours nearly opaque dark auburn with an average tan head that leaves a nice collar of lace. The nose is all dark chocolate and darkly roasted coffee. The flavor is very dry dark chocolate and coffee with an added fresh raspberry note. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long bitter coffee and raspberry finish.
BVery (6842) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at JL Beers in Fargo. Very dark pour with a clingy light beige head. Heavy roasty, chocolate cake batter is quite a good description, and I get just a hint of tart/sweet that I wouldn’t necessarily pick out as raspberry. Very good nonetheless.
Aurelius (4322) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate cake batter, sweet creosote aroma with faint fishy notes. ’13 vintage. Good bomber, good label, oily coffee pour, darkish khaki head. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, cookie dough, boozy. I don’t get raspberry in this. Coffee roast. Medium heavy body. Mouthy. Roasty cocoa powder finish. Warming. Sturdy, not spectacular. New Leaf Market.