daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Dark pour, tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, raspberry. Flavor is rich and full bodied, some tartness from the raspberries and some nice chocolate...yum. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2008
From a handbottle. Courtesy of Stine. Pours an oily dark black, rimmed in ruddy brown, topped with a thin layer of creamy tan head. Healthy dose of fruity raspberries in the nose, along with some warming alcohols. Hints of chocolate and roast, accompanied by notes of molasses. There are gentle barrel expressions hidden amongst the fruit, bringing out a touch of salty pretzel. Medium full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with a slick, oily texture. Lots of fruit up front on the palate, enjoyable, but has an artificial, syrupy flavor. A mild, raspberry seed acidity greets the force of the black malts mid-palate, complimenting the dark chocolate flavors quite well. As the flavors linger, the roastiness becomes more and more apparent, developing a molasses laden espresso coffee sensation. The barrel characters come through much stronger in the final smack, leaving behind a pleasing bourbon warmth and charred vanilla-caramel flavor lingering on the tongue. Remarkably more drinkable than the BB edition minus the raspberries. The raspberries help cut some of the biting bourbon harshness. Could use a bit more refining in terms of getting a fresh raspberry flavor into the beer, but the flavors seem to well integrated as is. Thanks, Eben! JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2008
Big thanks to Stine for a handbottle of this one - Blackish color with a reddish tinge and almost no head. Aroma dominated by raspberries with some light chocolate. Taste is very raspberry with some chocolate, roast, and light vanilla. Not too much from the barrels until you let it rest on the tongue. Not bad at all - raspberry isn’t my thing, but this one is very tasty. hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Hand bottle courtesy of Stine (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a very small sized off white head. Aromas of raspberries, chocolate (chocolate covered raspberries), with some vanilla, wood, and roast in the background. Tastes of raspberries (starts out sweet and ended tart), wood, light bourbon, roast, chocolate, and berries. Raspberries has always been my favorite fruits for beer and I liked the Raspberries in the aromas. The Barrel Aging a little more apparent in the tastes but by no means overpowering. Stine (1782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Color of rich dark chocolate, clear around the rim and showing some crimson hue. Aroma is all syrupy raspberry, heated and drizzled over chocolate pancakes; some burnt honey, molasses, and bourbon influences of toasted vanilla and wet earth scattered throughout. Slightly watery. The impact of the rich and savory raspberry impartation on the taste is mostly to mask the brutal assault of bourbon that suffocates the original version, lending a friendlier light to the very flavorful venison, biscuit and cocoa nib malt profile. The fruit flavor tends to be very earthy, coming off as a ground blend of an entire raspberry plant with seeds, stems, and fruit, watermelon, and strawberries; this provides a welcome temperance to the harsh, tangy bourbon that dominates the earlier version. Palate is oily and soft, and medium to full bodied with mild carbonation; finishes with a dry heat of alcohol, gaining no favorable separation from its harshly barreled and unfruited predecessor at that point. More make-up has succeeded to at least partially powdered away the flaws in this case.