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 ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottled. 2004. Pours a still caramel color- no head. Raspberry dough-like aroma. Also smells a bit sweet and hot. Thick, sweet raspberry flavor with vanilla notes. Seems to hide the alcohol well in the flavor. User37895 (3042) - - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 Woo hoo, Bert! What a kind beer buddy. 2004 vintage, appearance was burgundy brown with no head and lots of sedimentation floating around (mmmmm, good). The aroma was rich raspberry and rich chocolate, smelled like raspberry black chocolate cake, fine godiva chocolates. Flavor was chocolate and lightly tart strong raspberries. Definitely not cloying sweet, really quite nice, a great evening sipper if only it was more available. Mouthfeel was silky smooth, full, very nice. This is a great beer to experience. Re-rate, 2007 vintage in Mar 08, bottle from the generous Styles: Certainly a very nice production, but not quite as rich and decadent as the first time, caramel notes certainly playing a much larger role, the chocolate a little bit less over the top, raspberries, though, still present, assertive, and highly enjoyable. Alcohol also more detectable this time through. Quite drinkable, far from cloying, very nice product. Numbers would probably come out more like a 4.0 this time around. Dropping from my 4.4 rating to in between the two. xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Bottle 2004 special thanks to Boutip. Beautiful petit wax coated bottle - no cork - wax meant as a substitute? This bottle screams romance. Powerful aroma of raspberrie woods, summer. Chocolate caramel looks and flavor, in addition to aroma flavors. No head, appearance similar to a barleywine. Tastes a bit like a "chambord" or after dinner sweet-sour liquer, but with a good, robust maltiness supporting it. strength and flavorfulness of a barleywine. Hard to believe probably but it wouldn’t be a stretch to share this bottle as a special treat, as its so flavorful that even a small glass could be savored for a bit. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2006
Alright, its been a while since i’ve originally had this beer, but I couldn’t post my rating until I was sure of what I had tasted, so after Wohlfs was kind enough to bless me with a second bottle of this I will finally give this beer its due respect. I will not however that the first bottle (the big really limited edition bottles) where much more complex then the smaller bottles, maybe it was extra aging, i’m not sure. The smaller bottles seemed much more tart with a much stronger raspberry taste. The larger bottles had a intense complexity of caramel, vannilla, raspberry, chocolate, malted milk balls, and breadiness. Both were insanely smooth. I will rate this on the big bottle sample cause it got the higher score, but I will say both were incredible. Thank you Steve for giving me the chance to try this not once, but twice.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2006 Big big thanks to jtw for this one, been chasing it for a while. Bottle 2004: Mahogany pour, with a very thin tan head. Aroma had raspberry, roasted/chocolate malts, and a bit of alcohol. Flavor, raspberries, a little tart, and more rich dark malts. This was damn good, and well worth the wait.
Re-Rate 2004 bottle (12/12/06): Chocolaty flavors have taken over from the raspberries. The fruit is still there, just really takes a back seat. Still really good, but different. 4.4
Re-Rate on tap at Ashley’s (12/13/06). This stuff is just amazing, raspberry is back in front. I guess they have been keeping this barrel refridgerated the past 2 years, so it’s kept the raspberry from declining. Excellent beer. 4.7 Lubiere (14110) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2006
Reddish brown ale with no head. Aroma of choclate and raspberry, smooth and pleasing, with enticing character, and warming alcohol. Very nice. A black forest cake enters the mouth. In mouth, smooth raspberry liquor, chcolate alcohol, chery blossom in a bottle. rich and smooth. Mondial 2006. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2006
This beer isn’t really a dark red, and it’s not really a dark brown. I mean..it’s brown, but look slike squished raspberrys mixed in brown with a bit of red. There was no head on it, but it seemed pretty lively. I’m always bad at aromas, but this one let the raspberries through very well. There was a chocolate note, and some caramel in there as well. I decided to have this for desert and a desert it truly is. It’s pretty thick and is reminiscent of chocolate raspberry cake, but the chocolate doesn’t come through that well and the raspberries, while promenant, aren’t quite the same - more subdued I think. Nuffield (4185) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2006
2004 bottle. Not easy getting all that wax off the top, but built some anticipation anyway. From the first phhhssst of the cap I could smell the beer. It poured out a dark brown with really quite lively carbonation (thin streams of tiny bubbles) and a surprisingly rich caramel-cream foam for its abv. The aroma is very accomplished--it has a vintage quality but not like a 1986 Lees which is just oxidized caramel. Rather, it’s like caramel melting in a wood pot, with some raspberry toffee, partially dessicated oranges, vanilla, and tootsie rolls (cheap chocolate candy) thrown into the mix. The palate is rich enough, coating my lips with stickiness, but there’s a lot of carbonation, too. The flavor is fine, though I can see how it doesn’t turn everyone on. I had a chocolate raspberry cake today actually (for my 35th birthday, happy birthday to me!), and that may have reached a little bit better balance of the two; the raspberries here are very subtle, amid a dense caramel-chocolate, rum-raisin (you said it Tad), and a slightly toasty toffee, like a creme brulee. Extremely drinkable, not tasting anywhere near 10.6%, though by 2/3rds through my bottle I’ve had enough for one sitting and would prefer to go on to something else, like a port perhaps. Very nice beer, though in the sweet, fruity, high alcohol category I think there are a lot of other beers and drinks (fine ports and meads) that clearly surpass this in my enjoyment category. Thanks the_lutheran for passing a bottle my way (in exchange for my being a research subject for him!) TChrome (1480) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Beer pours dark red color with a tan color at the fringes. Aroma is raspberries, very alchol popish, like Big Red with vodka, some rum and raisins. Flavor is that of a base brown ale with lots of raspberry flavor; hot alcohol finish. Some raisin flavor too. Quite delicous, but not up to the hype for me.