Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2013JPDIPSO (6216) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 30, 2017
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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Dark brown, with hints of orange when held to the light. color with a moderately sized tan head. Caramel to toasted malt scents. Some light fruit, but not really any raspberry detected. Sweeter start, leading to some roasted malt. Ashy middle. Bit of a burn in the back of the throat. Raspberries come out in the finish and linger along with more roasted malt and dark chocolate. 3/12
thb (829) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2017
2013 edition. Pours deep red - decidedly not black for an RIS. Good head. Aroma of chocolate, raspberry, molasses. Taste is similar. The raspberry really stands out, and is quite pleasant. Lots of chocolate in the finish, too. Doesn’t have the overwhelming sensory blast of a typical RIS, but I’m happy about that, it lets the raspberry stand out. Glad I drank it. vandc01 (405) - North Branch, USA - DEC 24, 2016
2012 bottle. Kinda disappointed - thought it would taste better after aging it for so long.
Still plenty of raspberry tartness nilsas (4052) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2016Svartvit (516) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2016
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 (2637) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2016
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 (3948) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2016
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 (15446) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2016
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 (10070) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - NOV 25, 2016
Bottle shared at Novembers Tht.
Thin ring off white head. Clear black pour. Raspberry. kermis (12869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2016
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.