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RATINGS: 955   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 465   ABV: 15.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Real raspberries abound in this chocolate caramel after dinner treat. Aged for a smooth texture and drinkability. This lager beer will handle additional age very well.
Batch 1 - brewed 2002, bottled same year 10.6%
Batch 2 - brewed late 2004, released 2005
Batch 3 - Brewed 2007, released very end of 2007
Batch 4 - Brewed 2012, released 2013 15.5%
Batch 5 - Brewed 2014, released late 2014
Batch 6 - Brewed 2016, released late 2016

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Batch 2004, bottle. Pours a deep dark garnet, almost black if you look at it right. Not much head or bubbles. Nose is tart raspberries, chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Taste is nice. The sweet and the sour seem to create a perfect harmonious balance with eachother, neither one really dominating, but yet bothbbeing assertive. Not a whole lot of complexity, but not bad. The raspberries are there, but they are more of a fresh flavor, not syrupy or overly chemical in nature. Nice malts, lots of chocolate and caramel. Medium-thick bodied, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very velvety. A good nightcap beer, but could use a bit more complexity. I am willing to try on draft and compare.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Smells like raspberry cream,with a smell of a raspberry liquor and mocha. Deep hazy red with no head. Light raspberry and chocolate, very clean mouthfeel, finishs like a raspberry, carmel chocolate, like sipping the reserve Grande Mariner, nuances of the flavors, not a huge syrupy beer. This beer is solid through and through.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Shared a bottle of this with Duane. Aroma of alcohol and tart berries. Taste was just the same with the booze dominating the palate. Slightly tart finish to it from the berries. Im glad to say that Ive tried it, but Im not impressed with it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2005
187ml bottle thanks to Styles: Brown body, somewhat murky, with pink/red highlights when held to light. The aroma is sweet raspberries (though theyre somewhat restrained compared to many other beers with fruit), apples, subtle orange, caramel, dry aged chocolate, and a hint of biscuit. The taste is dry, almost bitter raspberry (I like the no sweeteners added here very much), and a subtle chocolate that just grows and grows over the sampling. At first the chocolate-raspberry taste takes on a light caramel note, then a light alcohol-soaked bread, a nice grainy-wheat flavor, and a hint of roasted malt and hops hidden in there barely detectable. Medium bodied, light-medium carbonation, sweet yet not at all syrupy or sugary. Finishes with a long drawn-out chocolate-raspberry aftertaste, highlighting the fruity qualities of the berry while still retaining some grain-like qualities of the malt. If one holds the beer in mouth and agitates with the tongue (ok I couldnt come up with a less-lame term for it....move shit around in your mouth) then distinct flavors of dark chocolate with real raspberry flavorings dusted with chocolate come to the party. Very nice

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fidemaster (296) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2006 Very Very Very berry. Very sweet. I guess if i wasnt in the mood to drink beer maybe this would be ok. I cant see how this can be called beer. I also dont get how Leinenkugals berry gets a 2.4 and Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock gets a 4.4 similar strong flavor of fruit, huhn has more alcohol. that is about it oh well. If someone could tell me why this is a great beer i would appreciate the message.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2005
2004 Bottle. The nose is all raspberries, right from the removal of the cap. There is chocolate and caramel and dark fruit and citrus. Great nose. The pour was a dark brown with purple highlights. Now for the taste... WOW! Chocolate covered berries. This is a dark chocolate truffle. No hint of the Huge 18% ABV, only in the warming of the throat and tummy., and in the mild tingle in the mouth. This is a wonderful brew, and many, many thanks to Wohlfs for thinking of me with this one. I an indebted to him.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (36180) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2005
[At RBSG 2005] A muddy brown beer with a small disappearing off-white head. The aroma is very spicy and with strong notes of raspberries, but also with lesser notes of oranges and caramel. The flavor is pretty much like the aroma with a strong accentuation of the raspberries and the spices, that I cant pick apart. Lovely. Thanks Mike (eyedrinkale)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (6042) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Cloudy rudy/chestnut colored liquid. Moderate creamy tan head dissipates to a fine lid and ring about the glass. Chocolate covered cherries seem to sum up the aroma. Some toffee and raspberry chews also seem in the mix. Rich in feel, yet the fruit seems to thin it out in the last half of the sip. Lots of caramel and raspberries in the flavors. Smooth and enjoyable. Mild milk chocolate also in the flavors. Not overly complex. This is great for what it is - A dessert brew. The strength shows itself only slightly as the tongue starts to warm. To me this is simply a "Brachs Raspberry Caramel". A sweet treat, that for it "drinkablity" and strength is awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2005
Cloudy brown color,Small head that had a short hang time then faded quickly to leave nothing behind.Aroma of chocolate and raspberries with a semi-sweetness coming through in the nose.The flavor was fantastic with a good raspberry flavor coming through very nicely some chocolate and malt with a nice sweet side.The alcohol is there because i can feel it but it doesnt seem to be as harsh as one might think it would be at its abv.Very nice brew that i might have to pick up a few more for later trials.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (4138) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle Shared at the "Pitonka mini RB fest" poured a dark murky redish brown witha small off white head that had hints of pink in it and its lacing. Chocolate and raspbery were the aromas. Flavor had mostly the same componants. Cherry/Raspberry and chocolate. Very smooth and quite thick. Very nice but not quite up to the hype. Thanks Matt for sharing


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