bdleedahl (600) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 5, 2017 Bamaboy1975 (248) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for fruit-infused stouts, so this tickled me anyway. 650ml bomber purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.
Pours a deep black-brown, with good clarity at the edges, and with a certain sheen of red-pink in the hue. Head forms with frothy ebullience and settles down to a fine ring. Lacing is minor and patchy, but present, at least. Body is surprisingly light, but the carbonation is fine. Overall, it looks pretty good: at least as good as it should look.
Nose is musty and dark, with a mild roasted character than nonetheless remains rather smooth and clean. Some leafy freshness comes through as well: perhaps a slight lift from being truly a straight, dark RIS, but no real raspberry character on the nose at least.
The flavour is where this beer starts to shine: here the raspberry is pronounced, providing a bright, fruity counterpoint to the roast and dry darkness. This is certainly based on a Russian Imperial Stout, which is often darker, roastier and drier than the American style. But the raspberry provides that lightness, the sweetness and the character that stops it from being too intense. On the back, there's a lovely mingling of the charred roastiness and the fragrant berry.
Feel is quite light: the dryness on the palate translates into quite a light, dry feel as well. However, given this is 9.3%, it's quite impressive how clean and light this feels. The booze is extremely well hidden.
Overall, yeah, I'm a sucker. This is a decent (if dry) RIS, made interesting with raspberries and gaining balance and structure in the process. I think that the fruit addition to big stouts is always interesting, and in this case I think it helps a lot. I'm a fan.
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Good beer, not even close to great for an imperial stout. For the abv it's not complex enough. Portland
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone TaktikMTL (7975) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2017
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d'une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Légère odeur de framboises et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d'un mince col beige mousseux et d'une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de framboises avec une pointe de chocolat et de céréales grillées. Durée moyenne de l'arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de torréfaction en arrière goût. (Rating #7880) jonas (8035) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 31, 2017
Bottle. Darkest brown, dark brown head. Brilliant chocolate mousse nose, lovely! Medium light mellow mouthfeel. Light oxidized roast and chocolate, light cardboard and wood, don't get much berry, chocolate milk finish, hint berry retronasal. SinH4 (6265) - Garching b. Mï¿½nchen, GERMANY - AUG 31, 2017
Bottle. Darkest brown color with tan ring. Aroma is frozen raspberry, chocolate. Taste is chocolate, raspberry, burnt. Doesn't work out well. Ritzn (1808) - GERMANY - AUG 31, 2017
Black with little brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, lacto, rasins, some flowery stuff. Taste is dry dark chocolate, with sweet and sour raspberries. Quite balanced. I love raspberries. Quite smooth. A bit too alcoholic for drinkability. Nice.
FinnIckler (892) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 31, 2017
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Nose is very raspberries, chocolate, coffee. Palate is less exiting, raspberry is almost not there. Typical 08/15 imperial stout apart from the nose. anstei (2610) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - AUG 31, 2017
Bottle, at SinH4-5K-MoritzF-10K tasting. Pours black. Aroma is raspberry over chocolate and coffee. Body is heavy, strongly burnt, roasted, quite sweet but mostly bitter. A really dark beer. Good. jfb (6648) - GERMANY - AUG 31, 2017
(bottle) deep brown-black in colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of raspberry schnaps and grass, slightly green and metallic, with a hint of yeast, some toasted malts and cashews. flavour is mostly raspberries and toasted grain, slightly smoky and rather ethanolic, with a touch of bran flakes with milk, toffee and a rather dry light roasted-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with average carbonation. BuckeyeBoy (8476) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2017
22 oz bottle pours out dark brown topped with a tan ring of ahead. Nose is sweet raspberries dark chocolate roast malts. Taste is more of the raspberry notes Chocolat some molasses caramel maybe and some pit fruit. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2017
My Bottom Line:
This liquid dessert juxtaposes sweet chocolate, raspberry jam and cough syrup in a thick mouthfeel.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the brown-hued black.
-The cougy syrup allusions are too medicinal to my liking.
-Alcohol heat is prominent.
-The flavour profile is tad rough.
-This is too sweet for me to truly enjoy it, but it will have be appreciated by those in the mood for sugar and decadence.