Bamaboy1975 (242) - 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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Svartvit (74) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared during the November THT tasting at deanso’s place. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of raspberry fruityness in there. Taste is very sweet and medium bitter with a nice subtle raspberry finish. Medium body, soft carbonation.
mariuspoenari (1821) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the November THT at deanso’s place. Pitch black with a thin tan head. Notes of chocolate, raspberries, cocoa, roasted malts and some perfumey components. Nice, but the flavor feels a bit artificial.
sjogro (3045) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle at "This is not really deanso’s last THT"-tasting. Big deep roasted malts and some fruity notes. Medium body soft carbonation.
Benzai (14460) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle @ Benzai’s final THT although MrHangover thinks it’s something else. Brownish color, small off-white to beige head. Smell and taste malts, malt bitter, dark malt, very bitter, some raspberry. Ok.
deanso (9486) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Novembers Tht.
Thin ring off white head. Clear black pour. Raspberry.
kermis (11587) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared. Near black with a ring tan head. Aroma of big raspberry, roast, dark chocolate, toffee and caramel. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter. Light full bodied with soft carbonation.
DraftDodger (1168) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copenhagen 5/11 2016. 65 cl bottle from Føtex. Looks very classy with wax seal on the cap and a lot of "Special edition" and numbers giving the impression that it is a rare event to drink this purple fellow. Pours opaque dark brown with lively bubbles and beige head. Settles as very thin layer of foam barely covering the surface of the beer. Aroma is bitter sweet. Some dark chocolate and coffee intermingling. Roasted malts. The raspberry is not very strong which is completely all right with me. Soft carbonation and medium thick palate. Flavor is heavily sweet followed by medium bitterness. Some raspberry sweetness in the lingering aftertaste. A bit cloying to be honest but much nicer than I expected (I was nurturing a fear that this would be close to raspberry Wine).
NosirIwont (2392) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 9.3%. Best before 01.05.17. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a tan/khaki head. Good lacing. Sweet, roasted, fruity aroma. Light raspberry note as it warms, slightly tart. Flavour is roasted with a light raspberry note. Bitter, roasted finish with a lingering dryness and a bit more outspoken raspberry note than in the initial flavour. Mild alcohol burn as well. Overall good; the raspberries are pretty well-balanced and not overdone, making it not nearly as cloying as it could have been – but it is still a wee bit cloying in the long run. And maybe a bit generic too; it’s well-made all right, and the raspberries makes it stand out a bit, but it’s not over-the-top-good. 04.10.16.
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber tucked away since 2012...color is black with a huge head..tons of lacing....beer is not as good as i thought it would be...some berries and chocolate...ok not great.
ALIBALI (964) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Eine beerig, samtige Wohlfühlangelegenheit. Tolle Aromen von Wein, Rotfrüchten und natürlich die unvermeindlichen Röst/Schokogarnierungen lassen das Herz höher schlagen. Hochklassig und im Mund ein extrem rundes Vergnügen. Die Hopfenbittere während des Ausklangs, harmoniert hervorragend mit der durchaus vorhandenen Espressosäure. Stark und ein echtes Kaminbier. Verköstigung zur späten Stund, während der PELAGIC ZONE Record Release Party 2016 in HH. Bernd spendete das edle Fläschen. Thanx a lot :).....