Aroma: Smell is very toasty with a fruity nose throughout.
Appearance: Thick off white head that slowly dissipates as it warms. Beer body is dark with a reddish hue from the blackberries. IMHO the color reminds me of merlot.
Taste: Has a berry tart flavor right up front but diminishes over the tongue to bring out the roasted malt. Not too warming but is quite fruity. Very pleasant after taste that is neither harsh nor bitter. Mouthfeel has a nice carbonated tartness that is cleaned up quickly by the roasted malt. I feel this beer has a perfect balance.
Overall: A wonderful beer to call my 2011 Christmas Ale!! One of the best I have ever brewed!
I have to give it up to eschatz and his Requiem Raspberry recipe: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f75/extr...spberry-56285/
This brew is modeled off his original recipe. I encourage all of you to try it as well.
Amt Name Type
10 lbs - Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 69.0 %
1 lbs - Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 2 6.9 %
8.0 oz - Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 3 3.4 %
0.50 oz - Columbus (Tomahawk) [10.90 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 20.0 IBUs
0.50 oz - Cascade [6.40 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 5 9.0 IBUs
0.50 oz - Cascade [6.40 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 6 2.3 IBUs
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) [50.28 ml] Yeast 7 -
3 lbs Fruit - Blackberry (0.0 SRM) Adjunct 8 20.7 % (Secondary)
If you brew it please let me know what you think!