BrewDog Rake Raspberry Imperial Stout

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
10% imperial stout aged in a Smokehead whisky cask with 25kgs of fresh raspberries.

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Christian (13823) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2009
Dark brown with a small off-white head. Strong peat and iodine aroma. Chocolate and iodine flavour, with a hint of tartness.

cgarvieuk (26029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2009
Bottle @ RBESG Grand Tasting 2009... Red ... some raspberies and smokehead whiskey nose ... smokey smokey smokey ... some bitter raspberries ... little tart ... but too much whiskey...

Will say this if you like the Smokehead your likly to love this.

Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Small sample poured by JW77. Pours a clear, dark mahogany color with a small, creamy, khaki colored layer of foam. The aroma is as intense as can be, smoky as all hell, with loads of acrid peat clashing with sharp, acidic raspberry. Chocolate malt is almost an afterthought as it struggles to fight through an impenetrable shroud of burnt peat moss and vinegary fruit. The flavor is similarly conflicted, with the raspberry and the smoky peat just not coming together for me. The contrast really is striking. Oak tries ts best to glue everything together, but ultimately fails. The palate isn’t as big as on might expect, showing a bit of vinous acidity that seems to thin things out a little. While it’s an interesting experiment, it just doesn’t work in my opinion. Only the biggest Scotchophiles will enjoy this one, I’d guess, and even then the clash with the raspberry is a bit much.

daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Major rare beer opened by JW77 at Cigar City. Dark brown pour. Aroma is crazy! Raspberries, smoked peat, whiskey, oak and some vanilla. Flavor is great and weird. Tastes like the little seeds in a raspberry, smoked peat, whiskey, oak, raspberry vinegar. Nuts!! Thanks Jon for this one!!

thewolf (12806) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
[RBESG, Sheffield]
Grand Tasting @ The Harlequin, Sheffield.
Pours deep brownish black with a fine, creamy, beige head. Aroma has tart raspberries, lots of peity smoke and whiskey character. Prickly, yet with a fine mouthfeel. Flavour is super-peity with some very nice balance from the raspberries. Long, lingering vinous warming sensation with a slight tartness. Very good, but not as good as I’d hoped.

fonefan (51136) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2009
Bottle @ RBESG 09 Grand Tasting @ [ The Harlequin, Sheffield, England. ]
Clear dark dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is peat, cask wood, smoke, bourbon - whisky, raspberry, some raspbeery sour notes also. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, moderate acidic and bitter with a long long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily and creamy, carbonation is soft. Very nice ;O)) Thanx Tom. [20090719]

Fin (10918) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2009
Bottle purchased via the Brewdog website, consumed 24-07-09 Pours very dark brown with a nice beige head. Much like the Smokehead which I didn’t really get on with I found the aroma was once again germolene, TCP, sticking plasters and hospital disinfectant. I was rather hoping that the addition of raspberries would maybe take the edge off of this one but sadly they didn’t. The taste though was an improvement on the smokehead and the raspberries certainly did their best adding a nice tangy and sour sharpness to the proceedings the smokiness though showed throughout and there was a distinct brininess also. I’m quite sure that this is a well crafted beer but sadly it really isn’t to my taste, still it did better than the Smokehead thanks to the raspberries A3 A4 F7 P3 Ov13 3.0

bierkoning (13695) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2009
Bottle @ RBESG Grand Tasting 2009. Raspberry mixed with Islay malt in the perfect aroma. Iodine. Smoke. Sweet flavor with initial raspberry sourness. The raspberry and the Islay malt battle a constant fight, that remains undecided. Yet the balance doesn’t suffer at all. Endless aftertaste with raspberry and iodine. Magnificent!

Borresteijn (7494) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2009
RBESG Sheffield 2009 Grand Tasting at the Harlequin. Dark brown colour, off white head. Aroma of peat, iodine, roasted malts, raspberry. Flavour is peat, smoke, salty iodine, lots of liquorice root, raspberries, a bit of tartness from the raspberries. Fullbodied. Odd combination, didn’t work for me.

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
A Mes rate. Gravicask at the Rake.
This is an absolute stunner. The base beer is already established as a firm favourite for Sim and I but with the added raspberries it really moves it up a couple of notches. The smoky roasted notes of the glorious Smokehead are so well integrated with the raspberries it’s difficult to imagine them ever being apart. The gritty peat and seaweed of the whisky burns a channel that the tartness of the berries fall into beautifully and once they have both passed they leave an incredible rich chocolate dream in their wake. To say this is the best Brewdog is saying something, but it sits head and shoulders above their already impressive portfolio. Very very very very VERY good beer. More please!!!

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