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Rapscallion Creation - Rapscallion

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89
very good

108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 11-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of SteveP
2.21/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cask GBBF. I think this took the award for the crappiest beer at GBBF. Confused muddle of flavours. Leather and vinegar and mint and acid aroma. Blah! Undrinkable nonsense of mixed flavours. A rotten mess.

Interesting to see that they make some kind of claims for this being a challenging and intriquing beer. In other words they just threw some stuff together and hoped it would work, and that beer geeks would get excited about it. Very sad.

Photo of fdrich29
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Crosling
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany.

Fairly subtle, yet interesting nose of dark fruits, prunes, figs and mildly tartness.

The slightly tart characteristics made this beer fairly unique. 10% of this blend is aged in oak, which probably gave it that character. Medicinal start with notes of cherries, plums and chocolate gives way to a dry and tart, mildly fruity finish.

Photo of carln26
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Jumped on this beer immediately when I saw it on the board as the cask beer at RedBones. The color was a deep red/mahogany. Clear, yet it seemed to absorb light. There was a slight head, and no lace (too bad, since this was poured from the cask). The nose was of black cherry, and maybe ribbon candy from Christmas. The taste was alcohol in the front, the black cherry in the middle, and the malt on the back end giving the candy taste I caught on the nose. It had a medium/heavy body. I don’t think I could drink many of these due to the sweetnedd, and the heavy alcohol feel, but it is a very interesting beer. Hats off to the folks at Concord once again.

Photo of shippos
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thans to ppoitras for this excellent brew.

poured into a duvel glass, with a good 2 finger foam at first but settled down to a decent .5" thick cream head with a dark reddish slightly murky from the center to clear at the edges fo the glass. alchol followed by aromas of dark fruiots cherries plums and some carmelized sugar and estery. very lively and an explosion of co2 with brown sugar making a very dominate appearance. sweet but also spicey the co2 cuts through everything, has a slight sour acidity in the finish. the amount of co2 in this hurt the mouthfeel and drinkability a little but still and very good beer.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep brown almost black like color with ruby highlights. A firm bubbly white head appears and recedes quickly leaving only the slightest lace. Aromas are very belgian like with some fruity like esters and yeast, along with a slight sugary aroma. Initially flavors are quite malty, with a fruity estery yeast flavor that gives off some grapes, and raisiny quality. Following there is a slight sweetness possibly from some candy sugar and yet more fruitiness with a bit of fig. This finish is sweet and crisp with just the slightest hop presence. This beer has a nice medium body with just a smooth carbonation that rests well on the pallate. As for drinkability I dont think they get much more drinkable than this, just a great flavor and super smooth without a trace of the 9.5% ABV. A great beer from a non-Belgian brewery.

Photo of BadBadger
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MrNuggets
4.82/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany in colour. Nose is spicy apple and quite alcoholic. Taste is a wonderful mash of fruity flavors. Sharp citrus up front, very acidic. Plums and cherries are held down by strong malt. I even find slight hop bitterness beneath it all. Warming, slight alcohol in after taste. Magnificent, unlike any beer I've ever had.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a lovely brown with a rich creamy head that went on and on and on... I had to let it die down on its own and let it breathe, because it was too good-looking to touch.

The aroma was of rather subdued malt with apple tones... deceptive, like the rapscallion that it is.

The taste was nothing like the aroma hinted at. It was richly acidic, and strong, and reminded me of a perfect barleywine... it had that texture, that mouthfeel, that potent alcohol touch that overlaid everything but did not overpower.

Definitely one to try, if you haven't!

Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from a 4-pack (with glass) from Yankee Spirits, MA. Brewtrack code is 0013 (it looks like).

Poured into Rapscallion glass, formed a big ol' 2" mocha head above a deep reddish brown brew. Beer and head filled the glass exactly to the rim, but then the head continued to form, snowconing up but not over the edge, yet. Dark fruits and yeasty aroma, and the head may never go away! Lacing is incredible, with huge hunks of foamy lace left here, there and everywhere. Taste is initially a plummy sort of sourish fruit, but the malts round it out nicely, and it doesn't go overboard. Very pleasing overall package. Mouthfeel is excellent for what this brew is, and drinkability, well, it leaves me licking my lips for more. Highly recommended.

Photo of ngandhi
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brewtrak 0011

I don't often speak about appearance; the rating usually suffices. Looks goods, looks bad -- whatever. But Rapscallion Creation is scandalous in appearance. Served in a 16 oz flared goblet, it is a black-and-tan body topped with a wildly rocky inch high head that looks like the surface of the moon were it actually made of cheese. And in the time it took me to search the web for an appropriate analogy, the head subsided only a few centimeters, leaving a sticky lace stocking on the rim of the glass and a cappucino white head tinged with espresso.

So the name has beat me to it, but I smell the heavens when I sniff this beer. Not the stuff of the Bible or Greek myth -- oh no. I smell what Heaven rightfully should be -- the chocolate cakes of every dead French dessert chef, Churchill's cigars, and Elvis' fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches (okay, okay, it's mostly just chocolate, but you get the point).

The palate is rich with a transforming mouthfeel that is better than every beer on the planet from the classic British session ales on cask to Three Floyd's Dark Lord. It's a debilitating liquid ooze tinged with carbonation that briefly passes through my cheeks and gums on its way to my soul.

Rich malt comes through an emminently fluffy, cotton, maternal head -- Rapscallion Creation makes me want to drink beer through my down pillows. Cocoa rich with a soft acidity and sourness that's almost bourbon-aged in character. A Flander's Black? This is what New Holland Dragon's Milk could only hope to be.

This doesn't taste like it was _aged_ in oak, it tastes like pure oak without the tannins and . . . aha! . . . the website says this is aged in oak. Nothing else could account for such depth of flavor and body.

They say they tried to cut down on the lactic acid in this batch (http://www.concordbrew.com/Brewtrak/Creation%200011.htm) and the sour character is light, so they've done a good job but, hey, shut up, Nilay (that's me). Stop criticizing this fucking beer. It is worlds beyond you and worlds beyond whoever's reading this. Some beers are vinous in that they taste like wine -- Creation is vinous in that it feels like it was made like wine -- like the grains somehow bore fruit and sweated for three months through the scorching sun of Cote-Rotie.

Fruit. Leather. Chocolate. Acid. Beef.

Forgive me, Lord. My spirit is free.

Relax, relax.
ng

Photo of gentlebubbles
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

on cask at Redbone's

Reddish dark brew lightens to copper at the bottom. The strong white head would have topped an inch if the server hadn't tipped some out and topped up the glass. Toffee scent. Caramel, butterscotch and clove swirl through the heavy body. Unfortunately it takes on flat, syrupy, and warm qualities from the cask. It needs more carbonation to lift it. The clove taste steadily grows until I can't take it anymore. No finish. I couldn't either.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.
Head-spinning complexities.
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling this brew at room temp in the included logo snifter. I have had two bottles explode and figured I need to open this one and drink it before another casualty. This bottle forths up immensely upon opening and gives a huge beige fluffy head in the glass as I pour delicately. The color is rich dark brown color with some deep plum color tints present. There is very little light penetrating the glass. Aroma is rich and sweet like ripe pears and plums. Actually makes me think of a berry-laden scone on the nose. First sip reveals a fairly thick body and soft rolling carbonation. I get a flavor similar to a scone again with biscuity yeast tastes and fruit flavors, also with hints of banana poking through. No hint of alcohol on the nose or in the taste. This is a very tasty brew and I will try some others in the line next time I travel to MA.

Photo of BeefyMee
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice color. Very, very dark reddish brown. But I had to coax the head out.

Smell: Vinous and sort of just like artificial grape flavor. There's also an alcohol aroma that's more like rubbing alcohol than anything else.

Taste: This really seems like either a Belgian strong dark or a Fantome-like saison. The taste is very vinous again, I'd say like Merlot, with a strange underlying flavor. I can't quite put my finger on this mystery flavor but it is almost chocolatey in some sense. Not even a trace of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Simply great. Not very tangy or alcoholic but surprisingly rich and creamy.

Drinkability: One is good but I wouldn't have another. I can start to feel the alcohol in my stomach and throat and the wine-like aspect might get on my nerves after a while.

Beef Notes: For a 10% beer, it's hard to really find the alcohol. Very clever, guys. Maybe I'll get it again for a holiday dinner or something. Oh yeah, and for god's sake, let the beer warm up a bit! You'll be much happier.

Photo of krberg
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of yankeeheel
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, this brew is a deep mahogany with a brownish head. The malts evoke rich chocolate and caramel flavors while a sharp hop presence alludes to fruit but isn't developed beyond it's sharp and bitter finish. The 9.5% alcohol is partially veiled, but the alcohol is an occasional flavor. The full-bodied mouthfeel is excellent, and the head from a soft pour remained as long as the beer was in the glass. This is a beer to be appreciated slowly. It wouldn't serve as a session beer, and would be difficult to pair to any foods except for some rich desserts.

Photo of UnionMade
4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy ruddy brown. Attractive color, with burgundy highlighting. A thick froth of almond colored head rests atop, with a very even beading to the bubbles. Loads of quickly rising carbonation bubbles race up to feed the head. Loads of sticky belgian lace.
The aroma is rich and fruity, albiet a bit light considering the frothy head. Sweet candi sugar, with a pleasing caramel/chocolate maltiness. Plum and fig scented esters waft up from the copious head, with a touch of alcohol. Very soft earthy hops, almost imperceptable beneath the malt and sugariness. A slightly astringent metallic odor, with a suggestion of medicinal phenols. Not unpleasant at all, simply adding some complexity.
The flavor starts with a mellow, hearty chocolate maltiness, drizzled with molten caramel. Belgian candi sugar adds a nearly cloying sweetness, if not for the bittersweet quality of the roasted grain. Estery fruit, with considerable plum and sweet raisin. Hints of apple and fig, as well. A slight yeasty spiciness peeks through in the finish, with a dash of spicy, earthy hopping. Just a hint of phenolic flavor, both clove and that band-aid sterile/medical taste, adding a touch of bitterness. Some light alcohol in the swallow, although it's toned down by the bouyant carbonation. Some chocolate and residual fruitiness linger in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, with a refined, smooth mouthfeel, carried by a fluffy, small bubbled carbonation that dances across the tongue. Excellent.
The brewtrack number is 0011, and I cracked the bottle sometime in early 01/04, so it was about a year old. It was kept at about 38-40`F in total darkness.
This is easily one of my favorite belgian style beers. I was expecting nothing in particular, and it was a pleasant surprise. The flavors are clean, balanced and well wrought, with depth and complexity, but linger on the tongue long enough to savor each individually with a sip. I'm not really big on belgian styles, but this is a winner in my book.

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cascaded into my humble tasting glass a dark red mahogany brown.
Immediately a cream color fluffy voluminous head composed of a myriad of small but not microscopic bubbles welled up and took over.

The enduring foam laced the walls of my glass with abandon, sticking and clinging as if it were glue. The head endured with it’s sculptured form right to the last luscious drop.

A mild if not slight nose of musty earthen tones, yeast flavors, and a hint of malt greeted my nostrils..

Reminiscent of a Belgian Bruin. Tart, malt flavors predominate, a smattering of hops, perhaps a bit of fruit here and there. But I would say that the flavors of malt commingled with yeast enraptured my taste buds.

Mouthfeel was cordial and dry -- very smooth and comforting. Maybe that was the alcohol content performing its stealth mission on my metabolism.

An interesting beer indeed!

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown with a huge, foamy tan head. Lace remains that sticks to the glass the whole way through. Aroma is slightly tart with dark, ripe fruit - plums, cherries?, black currant. Also yeasty. Mouthfeel is mostly smooth with a bit of crispness that remains. Medium to full-bodied. Taste is mostly tart and tangy with the ripe fruits that I mentioned. Gets dry towards the middle and end. Nutty yeastiness. This is really a great brew, and I was surprised how much I liked it. The 9.5% alcohol is very deceiving, as you can't really detect it until after you've finished the bottle. Gives a nice warming feeling though. I liked this much more than Rapscallion Premier.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served at cellarish temperatures in a Rapscallion goblet.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a yellowish head that recedes to a ring and leaves wee blobs of lace.

Smell: Toasty, bready, almost stale cereal smell with hints of wood and dark fruit (raisins, plums). Leather, tobacco, and licorice notes.

Taste: Sweet pruny and raisiny flavors at first, quickly giving way to a sour, woody aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied, probably due to the acidity from the wood aging. Tannic overtones.

Drinkability: A interesting beer to say the least. Of the Rapscallion line, I gotta give the most props to Blessing. This is worth the try, though, mostly so you can taste the effects of bona fide wood aging.

Thanks to Uncle Jimbo and BIF 4.0.

Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out a lovely, dark red colour with a small, but magestic head of off-white foam that leaves very nice lacing. The aromas are of oak, sherry, belgian yeast, cherries, and lambic like sour-funk. The taste is lovely, a nice blend of sour lactic yeast, and fruity (cherry) like malts and hops. The mouthfeel is super creamy and suprisingly light for a beer that is nearly 10%in abv and the drinkability is wonderful. This is akin to a souped up version of a lovely oud bruin or flemish sour red ale. It's a damn shame that this brewery is now closed. Find it, love it, drink it...

Rapscallion Creation from Rapscallion
89 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.