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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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An extremely rich and complex beer. The addition of raspberries during the fermentation process results in an almost purplish opaque color with a beautiful brown head. Warm chocolate and roasty notes compliment the hop bitterness.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4402) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
650ml bottle pours a deep amber almost black color with a 2 finger light brown head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is raspberries with medium roasted grains and chocolate. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with a medium roasted grain and hop bitterness with the raspberries adding some tartness to the mix. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent Imperial stout, which I highly recommend to others.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3403) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
Deep brown,lasting tan head.Nose of light roast, tinny notes.Big bitter dry roast profile,vague berries, long bitter finish.Not worth the hefty price

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8755) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
[ Bottle ][ 22oz ][ glkaiser ][ Bonus ][ Southampton RIS Snifter ][ 12.15.14 ]
>> 2012 bottle, pour clear deep brown with healthy beige foam. Good retention and lacing. Nose is rich raspberry chocolate silk cake. Chocolate frosting. Taste is bit muddled with bitter cocoa powder, dark chocolate shaving, bitter soil. Dustier, earthy finish. However, it isn’t sticky sweet and there are no off flavors besides a touch of paper oxidation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bax (1173) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2014
(bottle 14/12-2014) [’13] medium brown head, dark brown color, roasted aroma, full body slightly oily taste, long roasted taste, balanced taste,slightly berry taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1908) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Sweet malt aroma with a hint of fruit. Black color with a medium tan head. Sweet through with a mild bitterness in the middle and finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukasmh (250) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark, but at closer sight it’s a really deep clear reddish color, with small creamy beige head. Aroma has a lot of freeze dried raspberries. Chocolate, roasty malts and rich and dense. Taste is very similar. Chocolate-raspberries truffle. Smooth chocolaty taste and texture along a balanced amount of raspberry. roast malts and some dried fruits too. Finish is more dark dry and slight bitter chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (455) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle thanks to LukasMH. Pours almost pitch black with a small, off white head. Aroma has lots of dark, rich chocolate, some licorice, slight, "freeze dried" raspberry, dark roast. Taste has a very smooth body, but lots of bitter, fruity raspberry notes. roasty bitterness, chocolate is both dry and slightly sweet. Not a whole lot of raspberry, but a nice balance. Again smooth body and medium low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StilleStorm (899) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2014
DWF; Bottle, big. Drunk at Cardinal. Pours black with lasting, creamy, lacing off-white head. Nose is heavy roasted malt, caramel, coffe, yeast ,chocolate, light herbal, licorice, nuts and spice. Taste is moderate sweet and light bitter with a lasting, warming finish. Body is full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tomskalle (9) - - NOV 29, 2014 does not count
Drukket i godt lag på Cardinal. Lukt av mørk sjokolade, kaffe, vanlije og brent malt. Smak ligger nær lukt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (2006) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
From bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with light head. Aromas of roasted malts and fruit. Flavors of chocolate and raspberry with alcohol notes.

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