Rapscallion Creation - Rapscallion
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Reviews by DrewS:
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
Wow, there is so much going on here with this brew, forgive me if I miss something. Pours out a clear, dark, reddish brown with very little head that disappears quickly, like champagne. Quite vinous in aroma, grapey, with hints of plum and malt. Sip after sip reveals different layers of flavor. I can taste some strange resinous, grassy and almost bark-like flavors imparted by who knows what, hops probably - not bad but different. Then there are notes of a multitude of different dark fruits, plum, concord grape, and raisin, all with a touch of molassas and brown sugar. Sweet with more flavors of roasted malt in the background. Slick on the tongue and fairly drinkable. Luckily, alcohol gives a bit of warning in the mouth before the damage can be done to the head and is nicely warming from beginning to end. A great beer, rich and complex. Thanks to Murph for this awesome brew.
01-22-2003 18:00:51 | More by DrewS
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4/5 rDev +0.8%
Appearance This one is a clear brown in color with a monster head that foamed all over the tasting booth on an easy pour. It took ten minutes of chit chatter with the brewery rep before it went down enough to drink.
Smell I wish I would have had more time to let this nose open up, but when youre trying to taste a zillion Belgian beers in five hours time is of the essence. What I could find were some big, very dark malts that were almost kind of roasty. What I didnt find was a hint of the 9.5 ABV.
Taste Yep, this one is wound tight as a drum. The darkish malts did come out to play, though. I also picked up some dark fruits, like dark cherries, and maybe a hint of dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel This one is almost full-bodied with some light carbonation and very dark bittering notes. Towards the end of the glass the dark fruits and sugars came out nicely.
Drinkability This was pure velvet without a hint of alcohol. Its a big boy though and deserves your respect. A great example of a Strong Ale.
Comments I had this at the 2004 Belgian Beer Fest and the Rapscallion booth was by far my favorite. Although I described this beer as dark, dark, dark, it wasnt overly heavy and is a fine candidate for cellaring. Six months under the staircase and Id probably give it straight 4.5s.
11-15-2004 20:29:44 | More by RoyalT
3.93/5 rDev -1%
The Rapscallion Creation pours into my tulip glass a deep ruddy brown with streaks of garnet and a half inch of khaki colored head on top of the brew. Aromas of dark baked bread along with fruity, black cherry tones. Molasses, cinammon, cocoa and spice are there along with an earthy yeast tone. Roasty with a touch of nuttiness. Enjoyable.
First sip brings a dark, roasted, bready maltiness upfront with a nice melding of dark fruit flavors. Cinammon, molasses and spicy yeast character works in midway through each sip of this brew. There's a sprinkle of cocoa powder as well. Finishes quite fruity with a touch of sweetness on the way down. An interesting brew for sure, alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick with plenty of carbonation. A fairly filling brew but it goes down smoothly. I could see myself definetly having this again. A tasty brew that has lots of unique character, for some reason the yeast makes me think of Unibroue. Thanks to MuddyFeet for the chance to sample this one. Hopefully I'll cross paths with this beer again sometime!
02-21-2006 03:39:30 | More by orbitalr0x
1.7/5 rDev -57.2%
Poured a hazy ruby/dark brown...3/4 inch of frothy head that retains decently for a short couple of minutes and reduces to nothing, leaving almost no lacing.
Smells a lot like black currants. Other sweet fruits are all over the aroma, including some phenolic smells. Not bad.
Taste is EXTREMELY tart & sour - also ends very dry and...smoky. Tastes of moldy wood and moss with extremely tart green apples. Medicinal flavors. This is really too much and am struggling on how I am going to be able to drink this. I really do not like this.
Mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated and milky.
There is no way on gods green earth that this is even remotely drinkable, for me anyway.
I am not a fan.
11-05-2006 03:57:15 | More by Doomcifer
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
12 oz bottle with a “Brewtrak” number of 0010.
Appearance: After a hard pour the brew only yields a one-fingered head that holds on with a semi-sticky lace. The extreme dark brown colour lets very little light through.
Smell: Straight up mild tartness, faint cherry? Hint of herb that has a ghost like tobacco smell. Earthy yeast and a dry wood in the back ground.
Taste & Mouthfeel: More smoothness than crispness showing that the carbonation is on the low side though it makes up for it with a dreamy slick and creamy full medium body. Tartness is there front to back with hints of ripe fruit; bing cherries, black currants and raisins. Light charcoal taste lands at the same time the mild herbal phenols want to set in. A good showing of toasted grain middle to end as things dry out and the tone of nutty yeast and light puckering wood tannins give the palate a nearly clean slate for the next sip.
Drinkability & Notes: First off the 9.5% abv is quite hidden, the blending of 10% beer that was aged in wood is perfect and certainly makes a solid presence on the palate. Sip after sip I go back for more.
02-01-2003 11:56:31 | More by Jason
4.13/5 rDev +4%
12 ounce bottle, dating system is a mystery. Pours with an active head, settles down to a tiny bubble film. Color is sort of chocolaty brown. malytnose detected. Flavor notes of raisins, figs, jam/jelly. Musty and earthy. Some spicing. Sweet, complex and strong. Vinious notes. This tastes like a belgian double or a dark saison to me. The glass that was included with the fourpack indicates the brewers were thinking Belgian style as well. Nice interesting brew.
05-16-2004 17:36:12 | More by Billolick
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
Rapscallion Creation Dark Reserve Beer 12 fluid ounces. Brewtrak #14. Four pack that came with a Rapscallion glass. Purchased at Gordon's Liquors, Moody Street location in Waltham 9/2004.
Appearance: Dark mahogony, deep brown. No head to speak of, some clingy lace.
Smell: Alcohol, tartness, heavy fruit.
Tastes: Fruit, malt, some hops and fait alcohol taste.
Mouthfeel: Very nice, great texture, almost chewable.
Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable, beware the near 10% abv.
This is a very special brew. I wonder how much it has changed since Dann left Concorde. Sadly I will never know.
09-21-2004 04:12:42 | More by fdrich29
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
Pours an almost black w/ some ruby highlights w/ the assistance of natural light. A half finger of tan off white head produces and disappears almost instantly...very similar to a cola...looks like one too.
Aroma is decent...raisins mostly w/ a nice sweet malt finish, no alcohol detected at this point.
The taste is very unique...bittersweet at first w/ a tobacco-like flavor. A hint of chocolate too, w/ again...no alcohol apparent and this is enjoyed at darn near room temperature.
Mouthfeel is slightly above average...a bit too carbonated for me to become a highly drinkable brew. I am real surprised this brew is 9.5%, but as I finish the pint, I can feel it go right to my head...good thing I am not trying to make a session out of this one.
A pleasant surprise...my favorite by Concord so far.
08-09-2005 00:03:28 | More by warriorsoul
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
Pours a bubbly dark, dark amber with a small dusky head. Looks like I'm looking down in to a moat. Nice little ring of lace around the goblet.
Smells distinctly of cherry, fig, smoke, and steak. Yea I said it, steak. There's an essence of mingion hiding in there.
Exceedingly sweet. I mean suck your tounge out sweet. Huge candy sugars give rise to a depth of fruit tatse that I haven't encountered before. Lots of grape and gum. Big fat gobs of licorice and vanilla. Amazing. Finishes as it started, sweet, with just a hint of alcohol warming at the end. Brilliant.
Huge is an understatement for mouthfeel
I can't see this being the kind of thing you'd drink all night long. But is is a great fireplace sipper.
02-23-2004 01:23:13 | More by yankeeheel
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
This is a descent belgian ale. It pours a very deep brown color. There is a off-white foamy head. It is nicely carbonated. The smell is heavy on the malty side. The taste is malty, almost overly sweet. The alcohol is there but nicely hidden. The mouthfeel is restricted to the palate, the tongue feels ignored. A good beer, but not the best example out there. I do recommend giving it a try.
07-13-2004 15:37:10 | More by BadBadger
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
Color is very dark, deep dirty brown with red and murky amber tones. Only a small amount of light comes through and head is no more than a finger high. Head has a nice creamy looking texture, is tan in color, and fairly fast fading. Smells delightful with layers of tart dark fruits where cherry and prunes are dominant. Definitely a pleasant tobacco clove presence with earthy wood underneath. Very complex, interesting, smooth, and satisfing aroma. Taste has dark fruit tartness weaving in and out of tobacco, nuts, and yeasty grains. Woodiness and earthy tones throughout the finish cleanse the palate of the tart dark fruits to ready the mouth for more. Not much carbonation but nice medium full body and silky smoothness create a fine mouthfeel. The 9.5% ABV is completely hidden and is a bit of a surprise once you find your glass empty. Really ultra drinkable.
Mmmmm...Very good. Awesome aroma and tasty. Smooth all over and I wouldn't say no to many more of these. I'd like a little bigger head on this one but the color is tantalizing none-the-less.
09-11-2005 02:28:03 | More by tastybeer
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
Brewtrak coding appears to be encrypted in hieroglyphics. My best guess is 0011 (assuming it is double-stamped (triple?) and smeared beyond recognition).
Truly noteworthy coloring. The crossroads joining magenta, amber, brown, and indigo. All darkened and obscured by clouds. The head is substantial; yellowed tan, thick, enduring, and clinging.
While still semi-chilled, the nose bursts out grape jelly. Smuckers spiked with port. With warmth, oak provides contrast and depth, coupled with black cherries and subtle toasty clues.
There is no denying the jammy grape qualities that carry over to the taste. Big and bright, and sort of cloying. But just when it reaches the "Jesus...ease off it already" point; it does.
Freed from its red grape blinders, the mouths beholds a labyrinth of fermented nuance. Caramelized apricots and cherry skins. Lime and lemon tartness battered against toasty Munich malts. Bready peanut butter and toffee. Crisp green apples, cores intact, glazed with equally crispy brown sugar. Further on there are materializations of cloves, and dates and figs, and cocoa powder, and brandy-soaked peaches. All of this is soaked in a soured woody oakness. Musty and misty, and earthen. Contradictory and lovely.
Still, though, the grape jam remains king.
Potency is largely cloaked. But the port-essence suggests its presence.
Generally full in stature, but given some reprieve via carbonated airiness.
Truly an arcane Creation. Akin to a fattened, port-infused Oud Bruin on mescaline.
Bizarre and fascinating.
I love it.
Big time thanks to yankeeheel.
05-09-2004 09:06:39 | More by cokes
4.47/5 rDev +12.6%
A very deep mahogany body reveals dark amber highlights at the base of the glassand its foamy light-tan head rises up quickly but then gently backs off leaving a solid 1/2" of head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace. The nose is interesting, but not necessarily inviting. It's mildly tart and quite woody, earthy and musty. It almost smells like a partially smoked wet cigar... intriguing but odd! In the mouth it displays gently caressing bubbles that tingle the tongue before warming to become nicely creamy. The tart note found in the aroma is brought to fruition (no pun intended) in the flavor with a tart but juicy sweetness that's just like a dark black cherry! Dark fruit skins follow and it's reminiscent of fat juicy raisins, deep red wine, prunes, and a light touch of sharp black currants. It's astonishingly rich and fruity! It finishes with some more red wine character (must be coming from the combination of dark fruitiness, brettanomyces, and alcohol) and an earthy/mossy/herbal hop constituent that helps round it out and lends a great deal of complexity to an otherwise straightforward juicy/tart ale. It dries a bit and softens to reveal some lingering nuttiness and a mild touch of vanilla. Wow! Astounding! Well worth seeking out!
Notes on an aged bottle from 2003 thanks to HopasaurusRex. The same "vintage" I'd tasted for the review above: Soft, smooth, velvety. Very round and supple. Aging has really tamed this beast. The fruit has softened, the hop notes have dropped below the surface and become more of a part of the whole, and even the Brettanomyces character has smoothed. The beast has become a soft, sweet and furry friend that softly pants at your feet wanting for attention. Very drinkable. ... ...almost excessively drinkable! And yet, it somehow lacks in the big picture. I think I like the wild versus the domesticated. It's a trade-off, just like anything. If I were to review it I'd increase the score for drinkability and aroma, bringing it to a 4.6, so I guess the aging worked, but at the same time I still kind of need that GRRR!
06-18-2003 14:53:54 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +0.8%
12oz single, obtained as an "extra" in a massive trade with MuddyFeet
appearance: very dark brown with amber highlights, a nice bubbly tan head with hefty lacing
smell: first aromas are sugary and sour, some nice cherry, grape
taste: sugary and sour as smell indicated but in a very non-abrasive manner...definately some sweet chocolate covered cherry, dark grapes, alcohol noticeable in the aftertaste. some nice medium malts
mouthfeel: sour on the tongue, alcohol burn, medium bodied
drinkabilty: fairly drinkable
Quite an interesting american strong ale. I like the sour nature though and enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Thanks MuddyFeet for the try
10-23-2005 23:19:02 | More by dirtylou
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
A deep burgundy color yet with clarity allowing a wee bit of glow to pass thru under close light.
Fine aroma of candied fruit; no hop nose, but also with what I classify as a slight yeast perception -- nice. After a bit more inspection, I also pick up on spice (expecting phenols).
Great "Belgian-strong" taste... Fruitiness and rich flavors (ripened plum) with tart aftertaste (pomegranite-like). All this "fruit" and yet complimented with a dryish-woody tinge, in line with its medium-creamy mouthfeel.
Overall a warmingly "ripe" example of a Belgian strong ale, sampled at an ever-so-slightly chilled temperature.
10-24-2003 03:59:15 | More by Hobbz
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
Dark reddish purple in hue with a slight coppery tint that is more noticeable when held to a light. The head didnt develop that well, a thin cap of off-white bubbles formed and then quickly faded to a thin collar. I really like the color of this beer; it is fairly unique. It is too bad there was no subsequent lacing. The liquid is eye-candy nevertheless. The nose is complex but it lacks in potency. I easily detected aromas of clove, bubblegum, and medical smells. There were also hints of cherries, plums, and grapes. Rubbing alcohol, I didnt care for this smell as I found it too cutting and it interrupted the flow. Candied sugar. There are aromas of mint, plus some less pronounced herbs at the far back. Grape jelly. I like the nose but it seems to be missing something. I wish there was some malt richness, less alcohol, and more power in the aromas. Still, the bouquet is inviting. Okay. What is going on here? The nose was complex but thin. The palate is uncomplicated but fat. Tasty! The nose lacked richness. The palate has plenty for richness. Malty. There are tons of dark fruity qualities like cherries, plums, and grapes. Minty. Medicinal. The rubbing alcohol qualities of the nose are manifested in a more, rounded taste that provides plenty of heat. I like the heat. There are cloves in the middle with a hint of bubblegum. Juicy like grape juice that is oversweet and designed for children. This beer is not for children however. Marshmallows. The finish is earthy but rich in flavors, sweet and spicy with a kiss of bitterness. The palate is really well constructed; I would have never guessed the abv was so high. I mentioned earlier that the palate was uncomplicated, well now that I have quaffed even more I realize that is a shortsighted comment as the flavors really develop. The more I sip the more depth was uncovered, not many beers can do this; most lay everything on the table at once. Sometimes I like surprises. The nose said one thing and the palate did another. Rich. Tasty. This is a lovely beer. Medium in body, low but natural carbonation that is very fitting for this relaxing beer. If the body were bigger (and it could be) the whole demeanor of this beer would change. There isnt a lot of bulk on the tongue but it seems to work. When the modest-sized body is coupled with the hidden abv and I have found this beer to be very, very easy to drink and just as likeable. If this beer were local I would have some on hand all the time. This beer would be great for a no-nonsense nightcap. It is tasty but not so overpowering that it would keep you awake with thought of its glory. What Im saying is, this beer tastes good, period. Thanks ppoitras for the bottle as part of the 2004 Secret Santa.
01-19-2005 12:47:32 | More by bditty187
3.63/5 rDev -8.6%
Red hued brown in color with a tan head that sticks around.
Aroma of rich, sweet malt, hops, and sour notes.
Taste is kind of like sweet and sour sauce (unfortunately, I don't like sweet and sour). Rich, sweet, dark, caramel malt flavor immediately followed by a sour twang. Not sure if this is how it normally taste or if this was just a bad bottle. (Editing because I just checked the website and they mention the sweet and sour character as typical). Either way, the sour notes were too strong for me to really enjoy this one. The alcohol was never noticed in the taste despite being 9.5% ABV.
Above average mouthfeel.
Drinkability would be much better minus the sour side of this beer.
09-03-2003 02:01:55 | More by PhantomVodoo
3.5/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours nicely with what I would consider a perfect head - starts out with a nice one, and diminishes to a "crema". Speaking of crema, looking straight at it reminds me of a dark coffee. Holding it up to the light reveals a reddish-brown coloring.
You can really smell this one. I felt that the smell was not at all like the taste - the smell was a dry chocolatey smell.
Taste - has a sweet/tart flavor that really grabs you on the way down. Kind of like a sour grape, although not quite as pungent. Although it isn't as heavy and the feel is different, it has some flavors in common with some barleywines I've had.
Mouthfeel is definitely like cola in terms of carbonation.
My first one I poured the whole glass into a goblet and drank slowly while reading. Took about 30 minutes to drink, so by the end the alcohol was much more noticeable and overall it felt more syrupy. The one I'm having now I'm drinking a bit faster and really using to describe what I taste.
Overall I liked it and am glad I bought it - I'll enjoy the other two I have. However, this is not completely up my alley. I would order it if I were out, but probably not buy another 4 pack unless it fit into a theme at my local beer club.
BTW - I dig the sexy she-devil on the box-top. Perhaps they should embellish a little more on her!
09-19-2003 20:52:10 | More by bierdfly
3.28/5 rDev -17.4%
Second time around with this brewery, for some reason I cannot get the sense that these beers tate like they are an alocholic version os V-8.
A nice looking beer. Deep ruby in color, with an ocean wash head. There is just something missing from its tates characteristics. i would say that the alcohol is well hidden...amongst a cherry kool-aid flavor, but that wouldn't be it. Overly sugary sweet.
Maybe I am missing the boat with Rapcallion, but I'm not digg'n em.
12-11-2005 04:34:48 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours murky, maroon and brown color. Beer virtually jumped out of the bottle with a big tan head on the beer that settles down quickly but leaves a huge ring of lace on the goblet.
Aroma of tart drak fruit, prunes, raisins and maybe cherries, along with malt and candy sugar. Hint of earth and tobacco in the background.
Flavor starts very tart with prunes, coriander and heavy candy sugar on the palate. Flavor slides into a earthy and roasty middle and then finishes with a dry and yeasty finish.
Mouthfeel is good and very effervescent without being filling.
Thanks to Mikeys01 for the trade for this one.
Drinkability is good because high ABV is hidden but more than one of these may be too many.
02-01-2004 15:39:00 | More by CRJMellor
4.38/5 rDev +10.3%
I believe that the brewtrak # was 0069 or 0009, not too sure as it was rather smudged.
Pours a very dark ruby color with a nice big brown head due to a vigorous pour. The head (too) soon fades down to a lace over the top of the brew. Slight burning alcohol aroma is the first to hit the nose but is only there for a flash before the brew's complexity emerges. Some big dark fruit aromas with definite fig and plum and some slightly vinous qualities. Great big maltiness accompanies a nice big sip of this stuff. Nice chocolate flavors tail into a warming alcohol feeling. After the brew is down the gullet I find that there is a very nice lingering fruity quality to this brew. Nice dark plums, raisins and figs. Nicely medium bodied, a little light for the big flavors, and nicely warming. Excellent brew and definitely something that I will be purchasing when I head up to MA in a couple of months. The only thing I really would like to be different about this has nothing to do with the beer. The glass that comes with the brew would be well served by and etching on the bottom to help the head along. A very enjoyable experience over all.
11-25-2002 16:43:37 | More by Murph
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Brewtrak 00 10...barely readable.
Appearance: Pours an extremely dark mahogany color with touches of red and brown. It's head comes in the form on a thin tan cap that shrinks to patchy islands floating around on their own. Opaque body...no light enters or escapes.
Smell: Very interesting aroma with this brew! A touch of a musty, sour character. I pick up on faint tart cherry, a touch of spice, and an organic scent that could include wood or herbs. A touch of alcohol is present as well.
Taste: Very tart and acidic with notes of cherry, spice, and bread. There's a malt undercurrent, but it's squashed by the acidity. The sweet and sour flavors fight for dominance, and the sourness wins in the end. Finishes with a slight medicinal flavor. The flavor's not quite as impressive as the smell, but it's quite good.
Mouthfeel: Has a fairly thin body with a sharp and dry, acidic mouthfeel. Finishes very clean and crisp.
Drinkability: Pretty good, consider it's just under 10%abv. I could easily sip this as a nightcap.
A thank you goes out to Mike (kunzbrew) for the sample.
02-04-2003 16:29:09 | More by MJR
3.2/5 rDev -19.4%
According to the brewtrak notes this was bottled in 03/22/03. I got it out of a cooler 03/12/04
Dark brown with very little head. I just had two bad Rapscallions (I've only ever had 2 Rapscallions) so I'm kind wary of this beer.
Smells like wood, nuts and molasses. Odd combo, but good.
Mmmm, sweet and sour and nutty. I'm getting a little "bottlecap" taste here too. I guess this beer wasn't stored correctly. Lots of alcohol taste. As my palette aborbs the flavors I'm left with chocolate. I guess I found the Nutella of beers.
The mouthfeel is pretty thick. It seems on par with the flavors.
Its a little too sweet and filling for me. I just don't see myself drinking a lot of this beer.
This is a beer I will save for when I am already drunk and my tastebuds have gone to bed. At 9.5% it will be a nice fast kick into a land devoid of rational thought. For this sunday afternoon, I think I'll put it down the drain and drink something I actually like.
03-14-2004 20:40:03 | More by krberg
3.48/5 rDev -12.3%
When I picked this up, I was actually expecting a Black Beer. This is more like a doppelbock, I thought. The color was a deep ruby, not much head or lacing. Fruity/spicy smell. Hints of oak come through also on the nose. As it was colder, the alcohol definitely came through. Quite fruity and spicy up front. Malty throughout. When it's colder, lacks much body, but gains more mouthfeel as it warms. It appeared to be highly carbonated upon pour, but did not turn out that way. I'll try this beer again, really should let this warm up prior to drinking.
05-01-2006 20:50:47 | More by tboom29
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
Served in Rapscallion glass included w/ 4 pack.
Deep, dark, ruby color with a small head. Spicy, slightly tart aroma - dark fruits, woody, interesting. Taste is very nice: slightly tart, hint of cherry, plum, and an apple-like dry sweetness. Slightly sour. Quite the amalgamate of flavors. Smooth, full, and clean - 9.5%, really?...I detect no alcohol. Very balanced.
A very tasty and interesting ale. Complex and unexpectedly strong. Super easy to drink for such a powerful brew. Recommended.
09-21-2005 01:59:36 | More by wedge
Rapscallion Creation from Rapscallion
89 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.