NikkTwist (3345) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2017
UPDATED: APR 18, 2017 Draft at Bainbridge. Opaque black pour with a solid beige top. Great lace. Watery chocolate raspberry. Cocoa nibs. Burnt hazelnuts. Meh middle. Sharp dark raspberry flavors on the end. Minor tobacco and black pepper. obguthr (6666) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2017
Draft: Milk chocolate nose. Black, thin fizzy head. Charred oak, cardboard, black chocolate. Perfumey, berry finish. Medium body , easy carbonation. trapped (3614) - New York, TURKEY - JAN 11, 2017
Draught @ Albion. Opaque dark brown with creamy tan head, chocolate aroma, sweetish chocolate raspberry taste with little bitterness, thick body, longish chocolatey finish with berry flavor. The raspberry has not improved the taste but rather brought a strange bitterness to it. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Pours a flat dark black body with a small fizzy brown head. The nose is pretty intense on the chocolate and roastiness with a more subtle raspberry fruitiness. The flavor is quite a bit more intense on the fruit though. Very heavy raspberry with a heavy roasted maltiness. Lots of burnt malt character to this one, with the chocolate enhancing the roastiness. Rather full bodied with a chewy texture and soft fizzy carbonation. Not so sure this is an improvement on the regular version, I think I prefer that one. ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2016
12 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a small, light tan-hued head.
Smell: Moderate roast suggesting day-old coffee, low-grade chocolate. Not really finding any raspberry. Probably for the best, though there is an odd, slightly vegetal undertone in the nose.
Taste: A sweetish, cola-like taste and a bit tangy. Though a little jumped from the regular NF, it’s basically the same mild roastiness, lifeless chocolate. Slight dingy berry flavor, though it doesn’t really express itself well as something you’d call raspberry. Tangy, acidic finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.
Overall: It’s just not good and may even be a slight step down from the standard version.
Beerdedone (3457) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with a medium sized tan head. Aroma of chocolate & raspberry. Flavor was lightly sweet with dark chocolate, raspberry fruitiness and light roast chinchill (5318) - South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2017 12 oz bottle; bottled on 28 Dec. 2015. Revisited in October 2017.
Faint dark malts, sweet chocolate and vegetative aromas with more prominent raspberry aroma. Improved (largely less vegetative) after it sat for a while.
Flavor: Quite a bit of raspberry and chocolate but not so much as to be objectionable or to entirely mask the dark malts. The level of raspberry clearly exceeds the other components. Faint or absent vegetative notes help make the flavor better than the aroma suggests. Mildly sweet bitter-sweet mix with a mildly bitter aftertaste.
Overall: recommended. altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle from Perfect Pour. Nice dark body with medium head. Nose is chocoalte floral, fruits. Taste is chocolate and berries. Alcy. but too sweet and fruity in my opinion. Okay. joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Bottle to shaker glass, pours black with red hues under strong light. One finger quick light tan head. Decent lacing and good retention. Aroma of dark chocolate. Taste is mainly sweet, lightly bitter. Medium to full bodied, adequate carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Finishes long and bittersweet.. Tasting notes of dark roasted malt, slight raspberry, dark chocolate, oak and vanilla. This is a very well made, palatable Imperial Stout that doesn’t go overboard with the fruit.