Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Draft. Vintage rating. Pours an amber body with a white head. Sweet with raspberry notes, some light rye, etoh warming, a hint of berries and some sweet alcohol notes. Decent fruit beer. PilsnerPeter (3046) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Tap at Mugs Ale House: Pours a deep hazy copper/amber color with fading head. The aroma has lots of sweet raspberry preserves, whipped cream, and a sweet bready rye malt back. Simple, but somewhat appealing. The body is huge and slick, slightly cloying (goes down the esophagus slowly) Huge flavor with some sweet raspberry presence, along with a huge body. Rich rye sweetness meshes with the raspberry fruitiness. Peppery alcohol is apparent, almost like a boozy chocolate raspberry cake. Just a touch of toasted rye malt residuals peak through towards to finish. This stuff is just a sticky, simple giant. Beyond it’s lack of complexity or profile, it’s somewhat dessert-like. and in moderation would be an acceptable aperitif. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Tap at firewaters. Pours a deep almost murky brown with weird rusted violet highlights at the edges. Aroma is spicy, phenolic, syrupy sweet raspberry extract - fruit must, and a solvent alcohol presence. Flavor is murky and jumbled together- lots of fruity sweet caramel malts, light spices, breadiness, hot alcohol, solvent, off raspberry, and a typical slick mouthfeel from most weyerbacher beers which I hate. 3fourths (9349) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Draft @ Paradiso in DC. 10.5% from Weyerbacher has me worried. 10.5% with rye and raspberries from Weyerbacher has me really worried. The dark brown head and thick, viscous rolling body doesn’t relieve my concerns, and the boozy-sweet wino nose doesn’t help either. Going in for the kill, I’m greeted by a massively chunky and syrupy mess of bran-flavored raspberry liqueur that stings the palate. Combine this with the disgustingly syrupy presence of rye and you have what I would consider one of the worst ideas for a beer recipe I’ve ever tasted. Sure, they brewed it well, the process resulted in no glaring flaws, but the initial conditions are all fucked up. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2008
I generally don’t indulge in fruit beer, but the fact that this was brewed with rye intrigued me. Cloudy dark ruddy pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma basically of raspberry jam on top of dark bread. Flavor revealed more tartness in the raspberries, but still generally sweet and jammy. Some rye, breadiness, spice and earth notes underneath, which prevent this from coming across as a syrup-bomb, but still are not enough to adequately balance the jammy sweetness. Where’s the booze? I was expecting some vinous or warming character given that this is 10.5% ABV, however the alcohol seems to be hidden like a nefarious rootkit waiting to crash the hard drive which is my brain. Overall, I just wanted more rye and/or spiciness to balance the sweetness. Growler from Bierkraft.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Sample at the open house. Aroma is all raspberry light malt behind it. Pour was a hazy red. Flavor was mainly raspberry lightly malt and some ryeness. Palate was sweet yet relatively clean. Not too shabby. pineypower (3344) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Tap at Weyerbacher open house. Pours a nice slightly cloudy reddish amber color with a small lacing white head. Aroma is of raspberry and some sweet malts. Taste is complex and very nicely balanced, raspberry isn’t overpowering. Almost reminds me of a raspberry cookie. Impressed with this one. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Draft at Weyerbacher Open House. Nice red body with thin head. Aroma is rasberry, cheery. Flavor is lightly fruit, berry, cherry, delicate malt and rye. Smooth and very drinkable. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2008
The yeast was nice and the rye made it seem a bit dry so it seemed okay but the raspberry mix made me think Bartles and James. I believe proper glassware is in order here. It was better than the pineapple blanche as it had a slight creamy carbonated character to it. The alcohol is very well hidden. On tap at Weyerbacher Open House. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 29, 2008
On tap at Weyerbacher Open House 08. Pours a lightly hazy brownish amber with a medium creamy/bubbly off white head. Aroma of raspberry, some rye notes, bready overall a nice raspberry nose. Flavor was a mix of the same. I liked how the drynesss of the rye toned down the sweetness of the raspberry. Nor sure which yeast was used but seems to have some Belgian esters going on.