Sopor (2) - Portland, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2006 does not count
2004 batch drank 7/23/06
Dark ruby brown and golden tinged beer pours thickly into my chalice with very little head, just a tan ring of foam.
Smooth melted creamy chocolate with tart raspberry, kissed with dark fruits; plums, prunes and blackberries.
Up front, almost cloying sweetness segues into bitter black/dark chocolate, like 60% cocoa, with tart raspberry and sour prune. The slightest hint of coffee and roast malt come out in the end.
Body is the perfect balance of slick & thick! Delicate carbonation makes for an AWESOME body!
Not super quaffable, but extremely complex and tasty. A must have. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Acquired in a trade from ClarkVV and SuIIy on their way through to Boston, 6.3 oz nip bottle 2004: Hazy mohogany brown w/a thin off white ring of lace around the top of the body. Chocolate, raspberry, and sherry notes at first, w/ raspberry being the strongest. Toasty malt strengthens as it warms, a bit of alcohol, but more of a fresh picked raspberry becomes more evident. Also has some light vanilla notes. Toasty malt flavor & raspberry in equal proportions. Chocolate mid palate into the sweet finish, but overall well balanced for a big beer. Light caramel and sherry flavors mid palate. Finish is toasty malt and sweet w/ a raspberry flavored chocolate. Lingering aftertaste is raspberry and toasted malt. Low carbonation, smooth full body, well hidden alcohol w/ just a touch of warmth. Apertif my ass! This beer is good any time weather it’s with dessert, as dessert, or by itself before dinner! Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 12, 2006
6.3 oz bottle. 2004. Bottle courtesey of Jimbowood. Dark, brownish, rusty color. Little to no head. Smells of pure Malt, with some raspberry. Tastes divine as it hits the taste buds, like a wonderfully sweet Raspberry/chocolate treat. The finish is somewhat alcoholic, almost feels like an ale, as opposed to a lager as the bottle says. I drank this 10 minutes ago and I still taste the raspberries. One of the best beers I have had. droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - JUL 12, 2006
2004, 6.3 oz bottle shared with CalleNak. This poured a brownish red color with almost no head. Sweet aroma with notes of caramel malt, oak, and raspberry. Strong alcohol presence in the flavor. More notes of oak, and caramel as well. Raspberry is not as evident in the flavor as it was in the nose. Full-bodied with a nice lingering mouth feel. I can see why they sell this in only 6.3 oz bottles, strong yet very tasty! gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2006
From bottle, 6.3 oz! Thanks to Immy. Poured a deep purplish brown with a ring of tan that left a decent lacing on the sides. Nose is a raspberry chocolate liquor, molasses and candied dark fruits. Flavor starts with sweet raspberry, then dark bitter chocolate. Reminds me of the best cherry cordials I’ve had, except this one is raspberry. Silky palate. A fantastic after dinner dessert!
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 9, 2006
2004 vintage via trade with Pailhead. Garnet pour with a ring of a tan head. Sweet, thick brown sugar and molasses nose, toasty, with some dried fig notes. Sweet toffee, deep, sweet raspberry and milk chocolate flavors. A touch of vanilla and a rum raisin are shown in the finish. Absolutely fantastic! Thanks Kevin! papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 7, 2006
2004 Bottle courtesy of a trade with cquiroga: Aroma is rich and fruity with a little sherry and a hint of dark chocolate. Color is prune juce brown with just a wisp of foam around the edges. Flavor is also rich with raspberry, chocolate, caramel, brandy, prune and a lightly acidic (tart cherry) finish. Medium bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Rating #500 Pours a muddy brown with little head. The aroma is rich and sweet with lots of toffee and chocolate, some raspberries, but they are definitely subdued. The flavor is rum raisin, toffee, raspberries, some chocolate. The mouthfeel is very soft with light carbonation and a warm finish. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Bottle from walleye, thanks Jim. I dont really know what to say about this one. I havent been hunting it for a long time, so its something new I thought about trying to get. Ill point out the flaws at the end of the rating. This one was from 2004. Smell is amazing, chocolate, raspberry, caramel, small bits of alcohol, very nice, amazing actually, the best part about the beer. Taste is sweet, no alcohol at all, chocolate, and sweet. Very good tasting. Now to the bad: first off, why is this in a 6 oz bottle? I dont think its THAT special that they should bottle in such a small quantity. If anything, bottle 12 oz, and produce less. Secondly, I dont really know why this is a top 50, there are many other much better beers that are not top 50. Hell this thing is top 10, its certainly not deserving of that spot. Thirdly, this beer is really pricey, at 9 dollars per 6 oz. I have a bottle, im going to age it for a long time, but once its gone I doubt this will be something I will seek out again, unless they bottle it in 750ml bottles. Not anywhere close to NGBR. Loses major points overall because of the price, and the small bottle, which really pissed me off. I was expecting something equal to the greatness that is the top 10 beers here, and I found something that is about in the top 200. Thanks for the opportunity to try this jim. railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2006
this was ok but i am not in to fruit beers 2004 bottle with hint of rasberrys and vanilla .too sweet for me still a good beer to drink on a hot summer day