McNeillR (2327) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2014
Rich darkest brown, slimmest head. Iconoclastically and filthy sweet nose, much raspberry tartness coming through as things open up. Charred meat and dark choc, rabid raspberry. Like picking your way gleefully through a chocholate box where you know every taste is well judged silky sweetness and a succulent juicy centre. Port sweetness burns through on the finish, roast and choc come back with more roasted dark fruit linger - but an 11%’er? Nah. Brilliant. allmyvinyl (10823) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle, mule’d by CAGarvie for the "Let’s Do A Chris O" Chris-O-age, vile style
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, thin tan head. Aromas of liquorice, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Taste has liquorice and red fruit, port coming through at the end. Rich, nice. BenH (3436) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of molasses, licorice, dark fruits. Taste of raspberry and licorice, molasses, chocolate, roast. Sweet and a little chalky. Delish cgarvieuk (25222) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2014
bottle at home ... at the Lets do a Chris O tasting...deep black ... thin tan lacing ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... soft dark chocolate roast ... deep roast malts ... meaty .. rich roast ... light raspberry... dark roast and port finsih umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle thanks to Kevin, Jeff, and Tony for sharing. Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is packed with raspberry jam with some light burnt wood, ash and chocolate. Seems to be a bit too much raspberry in the taste though. It’s pretty much all I taste except for a little ash and some coffee-like bitterness. Still a really good beer but I just wish the raspberry was more balanced with the base beer.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Bottle: Oily, deep black hole, much like the rest of Cigar City’s stouts. Slick & thick looking, no head whatsoever. Aroma is very nice with notes of sweet & lightly tart raspberry jam, blackberry, robust chocolate, honey, grapes, & a strong undercurrent of vinous grapes, oak, & port. Yeah, you can definitely tell it was aged in port barrels. Taste is chocolate covered raspberries with notes of port wine, earth, & wood. Big jammy character, lots of raspberry & other berry notes with a decadent, sweet chocolate river flowing through. Silky, large mouth feel... Great stuff, here. Reminds me of a "stout" version of Kuhnhenn’s Raspberry Eisbock. A whole bottle would be intimidating but in smaller doses, this is very, very lovely. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, maple syrup, raspberries, and just a hint of roast. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights along the outer edges of the glass. It has a small tan head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with starts a quick dose of dark chocolate. The finish has moderate sweet raspberry with a touch of tart raspberry. There’s also some faint roast. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. Beardaxe (293) - - FEB 21, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Stout aroma with a moderate raspberry presence. A nice blending on the nose. Taste is similar. The base stout her is excellent and assertive. Nice soy sauce like flavor (reminiscent of, but not quite as intense as, Marshall Zuchov). The raspberry is sharp, sweet, and fits snugly in the middle of the taste. It has a bit of that cloying "fruit syrup" element to it, but never really crosses the line. As the beer warms, it becomes better integrated into the stout. For 11% this drinks really smooth. I can see how some might diss it for being a bit of a gimmick or simple beer, it really is just an imperial stout with raspberry flavor, but it's so week executed that it easily comes off as something more.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Appearance: Pours midnight brown with a thin creamy tan ring.BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Aroma: Chocolate, dark fruit, wet wood, soy.
Taste: Raspberry, umami, dark chocolate raspberry truffle.
Mouthfeel: Sticky, full bodied, modest carbonation.
Overall: A delicious treat. Definitely a dessert sipper type of beer.
750ml and served in a snifter: Pours jet black and had an initial deep tan and orangy frothy head, spotty lace. Beside the raspberries and light red wine notes, there is still plenty of that CCB characteristics of roast, tobacco, walnuts and char found with pretty much all there darker beers. Slight oxidization, faint chocolate sourness from the fruit which helps balance the sweeter malts. Some fusels show as it warms, best to drink this semi-cold. The best 110K+OT since Batch #2 Barrel Aged. Cobar approved and send by beer buddy Eric Starnes, cheerio.