Saarlander (1920) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2005
A great, warming brew, shared with my wife tonight. Not overly raspberry, mellow, like a raspberry chocolate. No alcohol noticable, I wish I had more. Vanilla and malt noticable too. A great beer to celebrate christmas with! Thanks Duane! auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 2004. A fiery west coast sunset of burning orange and rose, fading into a deeply hued crimson and garnet. Rimmed gracefully with a gentle edge of tan. Bold flow of fresh concord grapes, sour aged raisins, hewn oak and gentle nutmeg spice, rubbed and pressed fresh roadside raspberries marry with the gentle warm fusels of aged port. Gentle copper kettle caramel sifts through the fruit, rising to a head of freshly shaved Belgian Chocolate atop strong vinous qualities. Aroma grows and glows as a warming intoxication with many levels, from a seductive exotic musky spice to a gentle thin order of fruits and supple fragrance. A truly delicate and graceful perfection of dancing volatiles. Flavor begins entirely unassuming with a concert of gentle vinous, malt and reduced berry sauce, effervescently exploding across the palate. As the film begins to creep across the palate, it files the mouth with a symphony of graceful and delicate floral profusion. The flavor is not as bold and complex as I would have expected and is honestly the weakest part of this beer. Starts slowly and shows strongest in the finish, aftertaste and smack. First, typically clean fruity malt, then an explosion of nutty and buttery raspberry, caramel and chocolate in the finish, filming the mouth with a continuous delicious delight. In the back, an utter detonation of black cherry combined with sweet fresh lime juice and a hint of zest. A heavy level of chewiness adds amazing texture, with astounding weight and body. Yet, the alcohol is deft and hidden better than any could hide it, with only a slight warming of the back of the throat to remind that this is a slightly sinister beverage. A lot of raw brown sugar, touched with molasses and the drippings of a pineapple core. In the finish, a clingingly sweet raspberry caramel, lingering to eternity. Palate is supple and silky. A surprising level of carbonation, bringing the beer fully to the mouth, dispersing evenly. Then it all lingers in the same raspberr qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle, wohlfs and I stashed away a bit of this, Clear maroonish color, no head, no lacing, nice aroma of chocolate, raspberry, plum, and alcohol, tastes like a chocolate covered raspberry with a touch of alcohol. this is a fine sipping beer, I’ll definitely save what i have left for nice occasions. fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2004 bottle. Huge thanks to SuIIy for this one. Not much head on this deep copper pour. Aromas of rasperry and dark chocolate. Flavors of more raspberry swirled in vanilla and caramel. Sweet and fruity, but not over done. Alcohol was there, but not overpowering and not much heat. Delicious stuff. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Thanks to Beeryum for sharing this one. This eisbock/fruit beer poured a muddy brown color form a 6.3 oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is raspberry and fruity touch of chocolate. A full bodied eisbock. Lots of raspberry notes. Some chocolate as well. Interesting and complex. No sign of alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and raspberries.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle from StylesJoeMcPhee (10131) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
Pours a rich brown with an aroma of vinegarized raspberry, with a bit of chocolate cake thrown in for good measure. Flavor is a raspberry cake with raspberry icing. A nice, sweet beer; very refreshing and surpisingly light for such a thick brown appearance. Alcohol is almost nonexistent in the flavor, which only adds to the mystique of this brew. A very good beer; number 5 all-time? Not in my opinion. But it definitely makes the top 50.
Amazingly deep dark brown beer with ruby accents. Aroma is of sweet chewy malts, strong aroma of raspberry tartness, toasty sweet malts, chocolate, raspberry aroma. Peppery aroma, toast, sweet chocolate and caramel maltiness wrapped in a delicious robe of ripe raspberry. I can’t believe that a beer can taste this good. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Shared at the "ratebeer" table at the Pizza Port 9th Strong Ale Festival, thanks to beeryum for providing. Wow, this was a standout with a unique array of rasberry tartness balanced with caramel and vanilla notes. Smooth with alcohol well hidden. Excellent! chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Thank you Beeryum for bringing this to pizza port’s strong ale fest. I’ve been wanting to try this beauty for a while and I was not disappointed. Hands down the best fruit beer I’ve had -- raspberry notes are present but not in your face and play nicely against the vanilla and malty tones in the beer. Body is lush and silky. More more more! joshuah (37) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2005