pootzboy (1784) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2012
Pours a dark clouded black-breown with some ruby highlights in the pour stream. Smallish off-white cap does not last long and does not lace the glass. (common with high acidity fruit beers). Aroma is nice with all components in balance = roasty dark malts, sweet crystal malts, a bit of char from black patent, nettle-like aroma of the hops and a demure hint of ripe berry fruit. In the flavor profile we see the big roast malts in front with berry and hop flavor in almost perfect balance - finishes clean, semi dry and bitter with fruity tartness. I’m not a great fan of fruit beers but this one is unique in its careful balance between fruit-malt-hops. If it has a fault its that it sits a tad thin in the palate. JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2012
650mL bomber from the LCBO. Didn’t know this was coming in, so I was very pleasantly surprised. Turns out leaving an utter waste-of-time site like the Bartowel brings back things like the element of surprise to one’s life, and you don’t have to engage in meaningless discussion with idiots over the whole damn thing in anticipation. Especially when you actually have a job, or multiple jobs, and a life outside the flaccid beer community of your pathetic province. Who knew? Anyways, pours an opaque dark brown wit a tan head. Aroma has some sharp raspberry as well as classic Porter elements, mocha, dark chocolate, roasted malts, nuttiness. Flavour is strong on the sour rasberry aspect. I was nearing the end of this when it actually hit me that, hey, real rasberries are sour and tart, holy crap that means this is done well. The rasberry element isn’t obnoxious and artificial like many other beers would be, here it is raw and unapologetic, and I respect that. Well-balanced when taken in context. Decent over-all but not really my thing to begin with, oh well. wintyguy (69) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2012
650ml bottle. pours a nice ruby black, with a cream colored head which clings and lingers around. Cacao, slight coffee, sweetness-lots. raspberry very quick to follow, and just a quick it dissapates. Good citrusy hop components. Didn’t blow me away, but would try again. piscator34 (2620) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 12, 2012
Bottled sample Near black in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Aromas are of charred malt, chocolate milk powder, and minerals. Heavy roasted grains upfront in the mouth, with backing notes of milk chocolate, caramel, and a hint of red berries. Light bodied. The amount of roast makes it quite unbalanced. Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark brown with a nougat coloured head. The aroma holds fresh raspberries up front with undertones of roasted malt and light yeasty hints. Bit metallic. The flavour is light sweet and light acidic. Tiny bitter. Tones of raspberries and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is light tart and clean. Light wooden. Light bodied.
cards04 (2844) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 31, 2012
Pours dark amber with creamy head. Fresh red fruit and cream on the nose. It. Has a juiciness on the palate...strawberries and raspberries...some definite coffee notes too. Could have been a fuller, richer tasting beer...tasted watered down, but very easy to sip on northropfrye (3676) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 29, 2012
Subtle coffee aroma, hint of raspberry. Dark black colour with off white head, nice lacing. Taste is coffee and berries, ends a bit watery. This would have been really good if they kicked up the abv and aged it in bourbon. Still, not bad. stantheman (1098) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
From 650 ml bottle. Dark reddish brown in color. Little nose. Taste is a little underwhelming at first try, I’m afraid. I’m getting ’raspberry beer’ at this point. No complexity of note. Will try again later, with a bit more chill on the bottle. Ratman197 (15200) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a smal lasting creamy tan head. Aromasof roastines, dark chocolate, raspberries and light carmel. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of raspberries, roastiness and dark chocolate with a smooth lingering chocolate raspberry finish. patricks110 (2535) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
I am going into this brew with low expectations due to the fact that I don’t usually like fruits in my stouts or porters. The pour is a dark, almost opaque brown with amber notes on the edges. A thin beige cap of head that leaves no lacing. The nose is too sweet and light without the roasty notes of a great porter. Light cocoa and toffe notes with a sweet raspberry note a bit overbearing. Sweet and well malted in the middle with a good breaded malt. Slightly tart, too sweet raspberries with a mild roast. The finish has a hint of roasted malt aftertaste. Too sweet and fruity for my liking, but still a good brew.