StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Black ruby coloring. Lively, light brown head with speckled pockets popping infrequently at the top. Fills my .5 L boot glass well. Smells of mud, cocoa and sweet malt. Thin feel on the palate. Raspberry presence is no secret - it’s borderline overwhelming. Sweet, tart, fruity tinge. Not a traditional porter and not up my alley. My wife likes it, though, so that’s a bonus. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Had this one on draught in Milwaukee. Deep, dark brown almost black color, thin head, notes of chocolate, smoke and wine ... quite alcoholic in taste. DocLock (10842) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Thanks to JCapriotti for this one. Pours very dark black (slight ruby through light) with medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocoff, some dark fruit and cabernet. Tastes malty, with a nice krieky element coupled with some chocolate, almonds, and cognac. Part Flemish sour, part porter, part kriek, this one is unique and a nice surprise. Medium palate. Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2005
Dark, with a thick, dark head. Slightly smoky in the scent. The raspberry flavor is there, but nicely balanced with the other flavors. Smooth. Apparently I’m in the minority in liking this one, but I was glad I tried it. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Pours an opaque black with an airy light tan head with clumpy lacing. Aroma is dry, earthy and malty, with some roastiness. Starts thin, tart, and way too acidic for a porter. I know there’s supposed to be fruity raspberry flavor, but all I taste is acid. I don’t think there is enough body or alcohol for this to age well either. I like that Sprecher is experimenting a bit though, and hopefully they’ll come out with a good IIPA or Barleywine sometime soon. Actually, they’d probably make a good rauchbier.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2005
dark brown body with thick head...aroma is full of raspberries and chocolate, with a touch of chocolate and cocoa (and a bit of sourness)...flavor is full of sugars. raspberry and cocoa; a decent porter reminiscient of a darker raspberry ale Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Deep mostly opaque brown body, medium/thick cream head. Lots of raspberry in the aroma, with a bit of chocolate and roasted malt, but dominated by the fruit. Raspberry skin and sugarless pulp flavor, poorly balanced by cocoa and roasted malts, which barely cut the raspberry acidity and slight sourness of the body. Thin in body and poorly developed for a porter; this is instead perhaps best described as a "fruit beer" with dark malts. Would have been better with a strong chocolate malt backdrop to balance the raspberry. Alas... humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Pours dark with minimal head. Aroma is raspberry and cocoa as the bottle says. Flavor is sourish with a hint of chocolate. The porter element is weak and unsavory. Overall, the sour taint is too much. Rhubarb is certainly a fitting description. I expected better from sprecher. A let down. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2005
16oz bottle. Pours like a good porter, looks like a good porter, but sure as shit isn’t a good one. The flavor has some sweet chocolate malt with a touch of raspberry tartness, I can deal with that. I do like raspberries after all. The flavor takes a big fatty nosedive into a vat of rhubarb and lemon juice with some chocolate cake floating around. Dunno about aging this stuff. If the overly-tart fruit dies down there isn’t a nice malt backbone to fall back on. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Don’t think rating to style here because I’m blasting a tart porter and liking tart guezues, because those have some added bardyardy/yeasty complexity to their overt tartness. WTF Sprecher, this summer’s IPA better be damn good to make up for this.
Thanks CaptainCougar! Dark color nearly black, frothy head, opaque. Aroma of chocolate and raspberries, almost like something you’d pull out of a box of chocolates. These flavors don’t work together very well in the end, I can’t guess why(seems they should). As someone mentioned, this beer might improve vastly with age, but for now its not to good.