SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2002
black malts pervade the palate with the twang of raspberry sourness to the finish dankfor20 (196) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 15, 2002
i was a little weary of this but i was pleasently suprised. i mean i didn't think fruit and stouts should go together but the raspberrie is not at all overpowering. The imperial stout flavor is definately there. but is toned down a bit with the raspberrie. smells great too. definately worth tryin. jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2002
Black with the slightest ruby edge. Thin brown head and lace. Nose of rasberry expresso. Medium to thick bodied. Creamy with big rasberry flavors,maybe a tad to sweet? Some tartness and slight coffee bitterness to balance. Worth a shot! argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 (3/25/08, 12oz bottle) Creamy, small tan head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, some chocolate, faint raspberry. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee up front that gives way to raspberry. Some alcohol in the finish mixed in with light raspberry astringency. A few more sips and the contrast between the coffee and raspberry begins to soften, but still, I can’t say that I enjoy the interplay between them. Creamy medium-full body. (7/4/6/3/12)
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2002
(4/13/03) Looks about like its sibling, the Old Heathen Imperial Stout (same ABV too) -- pitch black and a small mocha head. Aroma is strong coffee supported by light raspberry. Taste is much the same, a good thing relative to the first time I tried it. I don’t think this is as good as the Old Heathen, largely because I don’t like the interplay of the coffee and the raspberry. (7/4/6/3/12)
(7/6/02) A beer the color of a black hole. But the taste is syrupy and dominated by the raspberry. The imperial stout’s texture is present, but the flavor isn’t. I don’t see what others enjoy about this beer -- several of us tried this and none of us were impressed by it. (6/5/4/3/9)
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Bottle...This beer rocks!...The aroma is all about milk chocolate, raspberry puree and caramel. Pours thick and dark. Can’t see through this well-used motor oil even when held up to a 150 watt bulb. Light brown creamy, medium-sized head. Fully diminishing with minimal lacing. The flavor, like the nose, is filled with extremely rich malt, milk chocolate, caramel and raspberries. Very well-balanced with a hint of roasted nuts, buttermilk and maybe a gentle touch of brown sugar. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Long, astringent, lightly bitter, dry finish. Excellent beer. It can’t be beaten as an "after-eight" beer!
austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
It seems they took a thinner version of their Imperial Stout and steeped it in berries for awhile. Very nice - and an fruit-flavored stout is a somewhat unusual thing. Perhaps because I would think you've got to use so damn many berries to overcome the stout roastiness. The alcohol is undetectable and the beer is great! Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2002
Brown head, black body, fresh & roasty nose... somewhat heavy mouthfeel, smooth and oily. Malt backbone seems a little thin, relatively speaking. Raspberry flavor is under a few layers - in the back, but slowly climbs it's way to the top. Halfway down the glass you have a nice puckering sourness developing. Not overly fruity, which I liked. Very subdued 'fruit' flavor; more of a zingy tartness... that builds and lingers. Hides the alcohol and melds with the hops so well, it makes you wonder if there are any! (and that's a compliment to the beer, BTW) Pretty good sipper, especially for those who like a little tart/sour/bitter now and then. I liked it. TAR (2787) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2004 Nearly opaque chocolate. Fat, rocky, light brown head. Tea leaf aroma mixed with plump raspberries, herbal hops, and coffee beans. Heavy on the roast, as with the bittersweet chocolate and light phenolic esters. Medium body with a lovely fluffy feel. Lovely raspberry-flavored coffee bean mixed with chalky malts and mild phenols. Remnants of chocolate-coated raspberry and leafy hop flashes. Solid example. JFGrind (2071) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2002
Poured well on draft to reveal a dark stout with a dark head. Aroma of raspberries is not overbearing nor is the raspberry flavor in the beer. Has all the alcohol (8.2%) you expect in a imperial stout but the subtle raspberry flavor masks the usual malty alcohol taste. Makes a great last beer of the night or a first one of the day to get your taste buds flowing. amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2002
I guess I aam just not a stout man, but this is just a biter beer with burnt coffee and rasperry flavor. Looks and smells better than it tastes.