User29624 (1683) - - NOV 17, 2007
It doesn’t seem like too many people like this beer as much, but I thought it was great. It was a little watery...but I thought it is great to have more of a lighter oak aged beer. The raspberries were strong in this beer and a little sour. Well balanced, I might have had two :) xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2007
On tap at FoBAB ’07. Dark brown with some red, no head. Cherry, strawberry aroma that is a little wild. Very fruity flavor, little sour, earthy. thin/watery. A little dissapointing. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
On tap at FoBAB 2007. Reddish brown in color with a thin beige head. Sour notes all over with browning cherries and raspberries. Light watery flavors. But what is there is raspberries, bakers chocolate with a little bit of tartness and oak. Overall too watery. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
On tap at FoBAB 5. Poured clear, deeper reddish-brown with a deep cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter chocolates and raspberries with a very desserty appeal.. almost like cake (and I like a good chocolate and raspberry cake). The flavor had lots of deeper raspberry seeds and chocolates with even sweeter chocolate riding through the finish.. more raspberries at the back as well as some oak tartness.. solid. Medium-bodied with a nice tart appeal.. warm, but not overly boozy.. good beer. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2007
on tap at FoBAB V: pours reddish brown. nose of raspberries. flavor is watery, slight funk to it but hints of chocolate. the fruit doesn’t have a fresh taste and this is pretty watery. not into this at all.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Snifter. Dark brown body, minimal head. Served too cold! Leafy, viney hop aroma with an unripe raspberry bite to it; reminiscent of the raspberry bush not the sweet fruit. Big flavor - sweet caramelly brown ale base with a heavy JD barrel addition and tart raspberry. Somewhat dry finish with lots of wood char. Big flavors in this guy but they feel lumped together rather than well-blended. Perhaps a swing towards sweetness instead of tart/bitterness would have made the fruit and barrel work better together. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Personal Milestone: Fruit Beer Rating #100 (out of 3579) !!!!! (Also - U.S.A. Rating #2222)
And what a dandy it is. Looking nearly black in the snifter, the dark brown body is capped by a creamy brown head. (Wish it lingered longer!) It has an aroma of lightly tart raspberries blended with milk chocolate and lightly roasted, sweet malts. Very creamy, soothing mouthfeel. The malty sweetness is cut by the tart fruit in the flavor and a bit of vanilla is stirred into the mix. The finish is dry, fruity, and mildly sour. Very nice beer.
Chicago folk - Get to the RB soon. This isn’t a big batch.
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