NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Draft at Kedzie. Pours a deep brown, slightly murky with a tan head. Nose is big bourbon with candy and raspberry dominating, once the bourbon/oak subsides somewhat. A bit of mellowing time could be good here. On tasting, the body is big and rich, moderate carbonation. Taste is barrelly, somewhat boozy and vanilla. Not much cocoa in here. Tannic and raspberry tartness on the finish. Decent but not great. Could use something to cut through the brashness. User29624 (1687) - - JAN 17, 2013
Tap at the brewery. Pours cloudy brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of Bourbon, wood, raspberries and vanilla. Decent flavor, the Bourbon and wood dominate a bit. Strong beer but decent drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Draft, pours hazy amber with foamy off white head. Aroma is loaded with vanillay boozy berry bourbon. Flavors are strong vanilla and wet wood bourbon with a long hot raspberry thing finishing. Really barrel forward, tannic, boozy and muddled raspberries. A mess of a beer that might be good if I was already drunk. dinkle50 (1585) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Aroma of wine, bourbon, vanilla, oak & a hint of raspberry. Dark brown color with a very thin head. Alcohol finish. Taste is fruity with hints of bourbon. Medium mouth. Not bad, but just a tad too sweet. Really nice overall and a risky move that turned out well. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
5 oz pour on tap at the Milwaukee Brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice brownish pour, good aze, glowing amber and orange edges show firm light. A frothy tannish head atop dies to a film and laces ok, mellow film. Aromas are oak, spirit, a blend of red wine and bourbon mix, nice vanilla, wet wood, raspberry pulp. Toasty and biscuity malts, some caramel, gentle nuttiness, and toffee. Initial is a bit hot and tannic up front, bourbon seems to take the lead for me in the barrel type, vanilla and gentle coconut, spirit, mellow heat. Middle quickly moves back to a firm body, sticky caramel, toffee, and toast. Vanilla, raspberry seeds and pulp, gentle dry tannic skin. A bit hot and barre heavy at times, firm body supports it at others. Heat, bourbon, some toffee and biscuits. Gentle nuttiness, berry and red wine shows up a bit more up front and middle, some lingering tannins as I get further into the pour. Backend is a bit hot and tannic, earthy and woody feel linger, some heat, vanilla. Toast, dryness. I thought this one had some creative elements but overall the execution didn’t come together that well for me. Fun, albeit a bit hot at times. Raspberry and red wine add a mellow flourish but I would have liked to have seen a little more. Dies out a bit or gets pushed to the background.
pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Snifter pour consumed at the brewpub... Pours a murky mostly non-transparent mahogany hued consistency and topped with a thin film of barely off-white head. Some light allowed through later... Muddled raspberry paired with a fairly apparent bourbon barreled note with a touch of vanilla. Fruit comes through more in the aroma it seems... Flavors are more barrel forward, warming, and boozy overall. Some toffee and caramel sweetness through the middle. The finish has a mild bitter component with warm after tones. Medium to fuller bodied with adequate carbonation. A bit boozy but the flavors come together fairly well. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy brown colored body with a bit of a ruby-orange hue. Finger-width, dense and creamy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is bigger barrel up front with lots of wood and some bourbon as well as a good amount of caramel, toffee, and touches of roast. Not really getting any raspberries except for a hint as this warms up. Flavor is similar. A bit more of a noticeable raspberry, but this is definitely barrel and malt forward. Oak, bourbon, caramel, toffee, hints of roast and chocolate, and just the slightest hint of tartness, although I’m really looking for it. Finishes clean and dry with a nice balance between the barrel and malts with just a slight warmth in a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-full body and a soft, light carbonation. Overall, I was definitely expecting something different when this was described as a raspberry brown, but it’s not bad for what it is. Lots of barrel, but plenty of malts to balance. Still, a more noticeable raspberry would have been nice even though it does come out a bit more as it warms. Not bad.