DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 20, 2005
(22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade) I was really looking forward to this beer, particularly since I think vanilla and raspberry really sounds like a tasty combination. Unfortunately, the aroma of this beer has pretty strong components of soap and paint. Absolutely brutal smelling, and it’s nearly impossible to put the glass near my face any more. The flavor is better (it can’t get any worse), but still shows considerable signs of sickness. Slightly sour, but incredibly soapy. Medium brown color and fully clear in appearance. The light-tan head pours tall and retains a quarter-inch layer. I need another bottle, hopefully with better luck. liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2005
1/4 liter tulip on tap @ the B.K. A nice change from the usual. Dark red possible purple color influenced from the description. Thick lasting white head. raspberry aroma with hints of vanilla. a great alternative for the special lady who is not "micro’d" yet ( 8.3% abv won’t hurt either). goes great with the chocolate cake. not on the top of my list personally, but a good representation of the "genre." kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2005
1/4 liter tulip glass on tap @ Brew Kettle: Medium coppery amber w/ a tall lasting off white head. Strong raspberry aroma at first w/ hints of vanillla. Vanilla gets stronger as it warms and also has hints of cocoa powder. But there’s no real malt aroma. Well balanced w/ a raspberry up front, but more subdued compared to the aroma. Vanilla is more apparent in the aftertaste along w/ a light herbal hop flavor & some light bitterness. Finish is lightly tart and dry with hints of bitterness. Again, malt flavor is not very apparent and thin at best. Higher carbonation, lighter body, and dry m/f. Not a big fan of raspberries, hence, not a big fan of this beer. Nice hints of vanilla to add depth, but there’s not much else besides raspberry & vanilla to it. I personally wouldn’t have another one, but it may appeal to others. jsquire (4514) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2004
I got a sample at the brewpub and it turned out to be more than enough. It was a very pretty deep ruby color with an enticing aroma of raspberries on ice cream. I should have left it at that. The flavor was an odd sweet/tart raspberry, with something astringent in the back. Lemony sourness in the finish and I did not get any vanilla. And I looked. Not my thing. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Big raspberry aroma with a little vanilla in there too. Dark, dark red color. Almost like a dark cranberry juice. Very Raspberry flavor; very sweet. Tastes like alcoholic raspberry soda, but was too sweet for me. Had a dry finish. Easy drink, though I could not drink too much because of the sweetness. Overall, lots of flavor, but very sweet. I could not drink more than one.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2004
On tap at the Brew Kettle. I saw this on the menu and expected to get your regular old rasp.wheat - I was happily surprised! Sure it's got the raspberry aroma (a very little vanilla in there too). Deep dark red - almost brown; could hardly see thru it, but it wasn't hazy. The taste and palate are what got my attention - Thick and smooth, fruit flavors are strong without becoming overly sweet; hints of vanilla and citrus. Surprise ending - Smoke! Yes, smoke - very interesting and it actually helped balance the increasingly sweet flavors. Inventive, well made and much stronger than it tasted (8.3%)