deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2017
Sampled from the tap at Minnesota Winterfest 2017. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has notes of earthy chocolate, earthy tart raspberry, dark grains and a light roasted malts. Flavor has dark grains, peanuts, raspberry and some earthy dark chocolate supporting. gopherfan99 (1829) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2017
Tap; pours black with a tan head; aroma of chocolate and hints of roasted malt and raspberries; taste is light sweet with chocolate, raspberries, and a little roasted malt; finish is dry with a touch of bitter chocolate commonshawn (1259) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Tap at northbound with samuelito. Near black with small tan head. Subtle aroma. Smooth, sweet, and sugary. High alcohol. Some peat. Chocolate in the middle, sweet tart fruit berry feel. It’s decent. arminjewell (9675) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewpub, thick black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big chocolate, raspberry, some slight roasted malt into a bit of caramel, slight coffee note with some slight yeast. Taste was a mix of chocolate, coffee, and raspberry up front, some slight roasted malt, caramel, some spice, finishing sweet. Tasty, but would be tough to drink more than a few ounces. nsquishee (641) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2014
On tap at Northbound. Dark pour with a slightly fruity and chocolatey nose, but less aroma than you’d expect. Taste is lightly tart, medium malty, and slightly bitter/toasty on the finish. Flavors of raspberry, smooth cocoa, and roasty malts. Very nice!
Dave11899 (23) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Third year Snownami poured from a growler purchased on the day of release.
Appears black with a light brown head. Aroma is faint chocolate with a strong fruit note (probably from the raspberries). No other aromas present.
Taste is chocolate up front followed by a slight bitterness that often accompanies brew infused with coffee on some way. Next is an almost lambic taste. Definitely fruit but truly undiscernable. Very little aftertaste other than very slight bitter chocolate. Palate is different than most.
It has an immediate velvet texture until the carbonation catches up. Then there is a sight burn that lasts seconds before it all melts away. Overall a good beer. Low drinkability. Attempts to be highly complex with ingredients but falls short. Especially for Northbound.
I believe if less raspberries were used and either aging it, longer fermentation (or other Brewer tricks), or adding other ingredients could make this beer epic and rival Darkness.
I do recommend this beer however. islay (2764) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Small pour, on draft at Winterfest 2014 in St. Paul, MN. Consumed on 1-31-14. Given the high ABV, I would re-classify this as an imperial stout (listed in the database as a sweet stout as of this writing). Pours dark brown. Grappa-esque smell features chocolate, raspberry, and light paint or paper mache scents. The latter aspects are unfortunate and detract a bit from an otherwise enjoyable aroma. Sweet, rich, chocolate taste also shows a hint of raspberry tang. This is a quite good and enjoyable dessert beer, and it would pair well with rich chocolate cake, brownies, or tart fruits. It was one of the better beers I sampled at the festival and now stands as one of my favorites that I have tried from Northbound. Well done, although it could be even better with some tweaking to the nose. badgerben (5181) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Minnesota Winterfest 2013. Black color with a small head. Light raspberry and chocolate aroma. Flavor is a lighter version of the aroma. XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
On tap at Northbound. Super nice black pour with a ring of tan head. Aroma is some nice chocolate with a hint of dark malt and nice raspberry as well. Taste is raspberry upfront and finishes with a really smooth chocolate and malt, not too sweet.
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On tap at Winterfest 2013. Dark brown pour with head. Fruity and chocolate, yum really good.