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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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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4
   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


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mstrcrwly (594) - New York, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Shared bomber poured into a snifter..dark pour with a fluffy tan head..aroma of coffee,chocolate,raspberry..tastes like it smells..nothing special.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yiannnos (1027) - , CYPRUS - MAY 13, 2015
Shared bottle. Raspberry chocolate aroma. Sweet, medium bodied, raspberry chocolate flavour

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angelkostvo (830) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 15, 2015
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22073) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 14, 2015
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (3954) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 10, 2015
650ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Near black colored, thin brown head. Raspberry, marmalade, dark chocolate,pralines, orange. All this in aroma. Flavor has raspberries, dark chocolate, vanilla, roastedness. Lingering finish, lots of raspberry notes. Very pleasant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Koelschtrinker (12158) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 10, 2015
Voluminöser Malzantrunk mit deutlich steigenden Röst- und Karamellnoten. Himbeeren isn dklar erkennbar und fügen sich gut ein, zuerst im Vordergrund, dann unterstützend im Hintergrund. Schokolade, reife Frucht, Espresso. Langer schokoladiger Nachgeschmack, Vanille. 11/12/12/13//13

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (9922) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 5, 2015
Fast schwarzes Bier mit einer schönen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch fruchtig nach Himbeeren, diese überdecken die Röstmalzigkeit, sowie den Kaffee. Geschmack süß röstmalzig, deutliche Himbeeraromen, viel Kaffee, Vanille, erst zum Ende wird das ganze schokoladig, gut!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
exeter (447) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 13, 2015
Pours a dark ruby colour with a wee bit of see through. The head great and lasted to the bottom leaving impressive lace. The taste is boozy and raspberry. The raspberry is very medicinal. taste like medicine, but feels better. Also has slight roasted malts and chocolate. It’s ok

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (8271) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2015
22 oz bottle. Vintage 2013. Courtesy of olio. Cheers! Black colour with a tiny tan head. The aroma is chocolate, raspberries, roasted malt and cookies. Coffee, raspberries, roasted malt, hoppy bitterness and chocolate in the aroma. Quite solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (7344) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2015
65 cl bottle @ Timo A. 2013 vintage. BBE 12/2018.
Pours deep dark ruby red, almost black color with a small beige head. Raspberry comes up front quite dominant, not too much of it though, sweetish chocolate, coffee notes and wood. Bitter malts, hops and raspberry on the flavor, lots of coffee and cocoa too. Very dry and refined. Alcohol comes through a bit too. Very nice.
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