Bill Becker (2003) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 2, 2017 MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks owed to Normyk for this long time want. What a special little beer to just give away, essentially.
Split with Ryan011235. Poured into two taster mini snifters.
A- This little bottle is quite the spectacle. Little mini 6.3 fl oz clear bottle, dipped in a burgundy wax that matches the beer inside. The tiny presentation is an interesting contradiction to the huge beer that’s inside. The bottle looked like it was going to turn out flat, but thankfully I am presented with a very small head. It fades down to a collar before disappearing completely. The thick, concentrated beer leaves a solid coating on the side of the glass. The color is a lovely, deep sanguine red.
S- This aroma is in your face raspberry puree. Its very juicy and fresh. It calls forth images of raspberry preserves or a slice of raspberry pie. Although raspberries are the main characteristic here, it is possible to pick out a slight notion of the malts below. I can pick out a slight bit of rich chocolate. This is undoubtedly the most raspberry-strong aroma out there.
T- As expected, raspberry preserves are right in your face. It starts sweet and juicy but moves into a more leafy, wild raspberry flavor. There is a suggestion of tartness with a some bitterness at the finish. A little bit of rich chocolate is blended with the raspberries. Naturally, alcohol doesnt let itself be forgotten but it doesnt crash the party either. Its big and spicy but not bigger than those delicious raspberries.
M- Carbonation starts out kinda prickly. It does die down, especially with all the swirling Ive been doing. Once the carbonation has subsided a bit the sheer thickness of this beer can be fully appreciated. Its very syrupy and chewy. The juicy raspberries cling to every surface of the palate.
D- Nursing my little pour is a test. I would have easily been able to drink more than this whole bottle.
From Feb 2008
I got this bottle in a trade with hoppymeal. Thanks Derek!
It pours from 187ml bottle(2007) a cloudy brown/amber with a very small head of foam that shrinks to just a ring around the glass almost immediately.
The smell is *very* nice. I get notes of raspberry, vanilla, and some caramel malt...maybe? Hard to tell.
The taste has oodles of raspberry up front followed by a *very* malty base that I'm finding hard to describe as I've never encountered that taste before. I can taste some caramel malt, maybe some butterscotch(?), some kind of tartness probably from the raspberry and wow...this son of a gun is *so* tasty and yeah, the abv is right up there and I can feel the warming but I'm enjoying it. Wow. This one gets better and better with each sip. I'm now grabbing the bottle and pouring in my glass every drop that I can get! I'm serious!
The mouthfeel is silky smooth and it finishes with a raspberry/honey flavour that you just wish would never end. Man, this is a world class brew and I'm so happy to have had a chance to try it. Mucho thanks again to hoppymeal for one fine drinking experience!! jc1762 (1651) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2017
Bottle poured into a snifter showing well filtered light raspberry tinged and sparse white foam.
The nose shows pronounced notes of raspberries and cane sugar.
The palate is medium bodied and well carbonated. Strong raspberry forwardness with no sweetness. Strong alcoholic bite with a mild bitterness and a very strong resurgence of raspberries on the end. Advocate_Ames (636) - Steubenville, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2017 Pours a clear red color with a dissipating fizzy foam head. The aroma is candy like of sweet raspberries and cherries. There is a nice bread malt presence hidden behind the fruit. Tasting is very similar to the aroma. The body is heavy and of warming booze that was inviting. There is a mild bitterness that does not allow for a strong sweet flavor dominating in the finish. Overall this is a rather flavorful and interesting brew. Some may not enjoy the finish (cough syrup) but I feel that it compliments or puts the flavors into check. Definitely a sipping brew. skortila (6009) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2017
At cbc, small sample. Old note. The aroma has raspberry, jam, sugar. Bit hazy, reddish coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet, massive fruity, bit alcoholic. Very full. Nice. yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2017
Vintage ’12. Thanks to Matt for this awesome brew! Partagée en compagnie de Marc-André. Robe pourpre tel un vin que le temps a oublié au fond d’une cave. Une mousse à la framboise sur laquelle on a versé un coulis au chocolat. Du pépin de framboises presque acidulé et suret accompagné d’un corps riche et trapu. Beaucoup d’alcool en s’entend malgré laquelle le tout se boit dangereusement bien, tant qu’on ne cherche pas à le boire comme une bière. Il faut appréhender le verre à la manière d’un digestif. On ne boit que très rarement des breuvages qui se rapprochent de ceci.
tderoeck (10615) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2017
18/IV/17 - 12.7 Fl. Oz. bottle @ American BBQ Guy Tasting (ElManana+1’s place) - BB: n/a, 2014 vintage (2017-469) Thanks to Elmana+1 for sharing the bottle!ciocanelu (3097) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - APR 10, 2017
Clear reddish to rusty brown beer, small irregular off-white to beige head, bit bubbled, unstable. Aroma: lots and lots of raspberry jam, sugary impression. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very sweet, alcohol, fruity touch, bit sugary, raspberry jam. Aftertaste: alcohol, raspberry, sugary, sweet, more alcohol, slightly acidic, bit sour.
Murky dark amber color with a bit of tan foam. Aroma has raspberries with brown sugar, caramel malt and toasted notes. Taste starts sweet and fruity with raspberry jam, sticky malt and sugar, slightly tart fruity finish. Medium, syrupy sticky body with low carbonation. The raspberry notes go very well with the sweet, malty flavors. thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2017
Bottle from Clint (starcross) -- thanks a ton, buddy! This is substantially harsher than I was expecting. The raspberry flavor and aroma is readily apparent, but it’s surprisingly medicinal, to the point of smelling and tasting artificial. The malt base is hot, giving off booze and intense caramel sweetness. I shared this with about 6 employees of a local brewery, and it was a struggle to finish it. Korcz (3388) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 20, 2017
As one person in the group put it, "this tastes like a discontinued Yankee Candle that was ’NyQuil’ flavored."
Bardzo syropowe, trochę jak miód pitny/nalewka z malinami. Słodkie, kwaskowate, cudnie owocowe. TimE (6263) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 17, 2017
The foam just goes around the rim. Medium brown amber color. Very big sweet malty nose with burnt raisins, raspberries, brown sugar, brandy, Christmas cake. Very full body, tons of raspberries, chocolate, Christmas cake, very sticky malty mouth. Super low carbonation. Boozy but so delectable and rich. Lingering I had this last time in 2008 and it is just as good.