nearbeer (5555) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2015
22 oz. bottled 10/13/2015. Pours pitch black with a lasting creamy film of foam. Nose is rich with dark chocolate and vanilla. Some hints of soy sauce, oaked whiskey and berry. Flavor is sweet with chocolate, then some whiskey and raspberry. Oak and dry cocoa in the long finish. Heavy body has a smooth medium carbonation. Definitely a dessert beer and I’d like it just a touch less sweet, but this one never gets overtly sticky and remains pretty drinkable. NachlamSie (3533) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Gifted bomber. To be honest, the sound of a raspberry, honey imperial doesn’t sound great to me. The use of raspberry is in no way subtle in the beer, but it works in a way that makes sense and there are enough beer qualities to keep this from tasting like alco-pop. Rich raspberry aroma and flavor come through the roasty, chocolatey malt body. Bourbon barrel aging adds a pleasant oaky, vanilla flavor. Olde Hickory definitely achieved what they set out to make. I’m sure people go nuts over this one. JaBier (8156) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle shared by a friend. Black pour with a thick light brown head. Aroma of malt, raisin, raspberry, blackberry and chocolate. Malty and chocolatey flavor with raspberry and raisin before roasty finish. Angelmonster (199) - Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Reviewing a 2014 bottle
Pours a pitch black body, head is espresso foam colored. Head retention was good and lacing was average.
Smell immediately transported me to the Colorado Convention Center during GABF. Idk why but I got a whiff of a used taster glass, and I mean it in the best possible way. Heavily roasted malt, bourbon, and sweet raspberry jam dominate the nose. Hops aren’t present and alcohol scent is moderate.
Taste is very smooth and balanced. Charred malts, sweet raspberry and honey, and bourbon meld nicely together. Fruit isn’t too sweet or medicinal tasting and alcohol isn’t overpowering.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Head stayed for awhile and added a nice texture to the beer. Wish it was a bit thicker overall.
Overall this was an outstanding fruit stout and one of the best raspberry beers i’ve ever had. Well balanced between sweetness and bourbon but I think a tad more bourbon and a thicker body would have pushed this beer to world class status. Regardless, definitely looking forward to more of this, Olde Hickory really knows how to make imperial stouts.
P.s. Maybe next time I should drink it fresher to compare JBPortland (1557) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2015
22oz bottle 2014 vintage pours dark brown black with medium tan head. Nose is sweet sticky berry, cherry, dark chocolate, bourbon spice. Taste is medium bodied, sticky sweet jammy berry, bordering on medicinal, bitter dark baker’s chocolate and sweet bourbon dark fruit. Finishes sweet, berry juice and cacao, hershey syrup. Prettygood but a bit too unbalanced towards the jammy side for me.
j12601 (13027) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle at James’ for a tasting with Ferris and Kraddel. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Sweet paper and chocolate cherries. Medium bodied, sweet cherry, large amounts of roast and chocolate. Lingering cocoa and bitterness on the finish. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle: Thanks, Mike. Pitch black, dark as hell with a fine-bubbled, burnt-tan foam that slowly rises up to a few millimeters before quickly sifting away into nothing. Huge barrel aroma; oak, vanilla, bourbon, underlined with thick brown sugar, molasses, cocoa beans... Raspberry is subdued at first, but emerges with some warmth... & it is lovely. Jammy sweet, puréed undertones coupled with a moderate honey sweetness. Blended so nicely with the barrel, not artificial at all. Chocolate covered raspberries dipped in bourbon. Flavor is equally as impressive. Molasses, raspberry jam, bourbon soaked wood, vanilla, chocolate, burnt brown sugar, figs, even a touch of maple syrup. Great balance of sweet, tart, roast, & heat from start to finish. Big, thick mouth feel. An absolute pleasure. Maybe not as good as BC Bramble, but pretty damn incredible. Martinus (4692) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of raspberry, caramel, coffee, malts, very fruity. Sweet flavour, fruity sour notes, caramel, raspberry, malts and coffee. Elegant body. Finish caramel, coffee, roasted malts, cacao. Enjoyable, complex brew.Countbeer (6591) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2015
(from 66cL bottle @ Kamiel’s place. Thanks for sharing!)
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2015 Bomber: Vintage 2013: Shared with Iluvatarmilan and Martinus in a Chouffe glass:
Pitch black with a brown lacing.
Aromas of wood, oak, honey, red fruit, hair, sweet coal, roast, vinous, light mocha... Very nice!
Flavour is a vinous mix of red fruit, bitters, roast, honey, oak, malt roast, light earthy, wood roast, light vanilla...
Aftertaste is a mix of red fruit, oak, bourbon, honey, bitters, malt roast...
Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied.
Complex, even a bit easy bit very delicious! mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a tiny tan head. Aroma brings out loads of raspberries upfront, with light chocolate and roast in back. Flavour is much more roasty than the nose suggests, with roasted malt, raspberries and low-to-medium sweetness. Very fruity and finishing medium roasty. Very nice stuff.