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Raspberry Porter - Tree Brewing

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 66
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Tree Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Graham5161986 on 11-21-2008

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Photo of tbeckett
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From old notes.

A - Poured deep red and bright. One finger of beige head with minimal lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Mild berries, some roast, tobacco, berries our more later. A little chocolate too.

T - Sweet berries, a little roast, chocolate. Finished nice.

M - Decent carbonation, medium to full body, and a dry finish.

O/D - Raspberry was clearly there and played well with the porter. Nice and balanced between the two elements. Not my favourite style, but this one was done well.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very dark brown, almost black; thick, frothy, but not dense head the colour of mocha

Aroma: black currant, ripe raspberry; something sharp and acidic

Taste & Mouthfeel: hit of bitter chocolate at first which turns to something reminiscent of dark cherry or raspberry chocolate cake (think black forest); somewhat watery texture and flavour, doesn't have great staying power, possibly due to lack of hops; tart bitterness in finish which amplifies over time; a little short on carbonation

Overall: initial flavour is great, but its missing the solidarity and backbone to stick around and maintain impact; could do better in stout form

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Photo of Kremlock
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby with a slight amber hue in it. Head poured 1/2 inch think and then went down to about 1/32" It clings to the glass.

S: When I first poured it and the head was still about 1/4 inch I could pick up on roasted notes, subtle chocolate and nuts. Once the head went down there was now hints of raspberries (raspberry jam).

T: Taste like raspberry dark chocolate bar. Raspberries and dark malts are balance together, sort of like a tango together. The end finishes with a slight hop bitterness and raspberries. The raspberry flavour is very complementary and does not compete.

M: Highly carbonated, a bit thin but yet pleasant.

O: Now I know why it took me 2 months to find it at the LCBO. This is a well balanced and well flavoured raspberry porter. My only complaint is that the carbonation is a bit high for my taste but I do thin it is within style (high side)

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Photo of mintjellie
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cola brown in colour, brilliant clarity. Massive beige head shows great retention and some lace. Noticeable raspberry aroma with an accompanying nutty note. Raspberry jam up front, mildly sweet, followed by strong nut and biscuit notes. Light chocolate as it approaches room temperature. Finishes short with slight earthiness and very low bitterness. Just shy of medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and creamy, yet light. I like the aroma and flavour of this beer, but I have to deduct points for this really not being much of a porter. If it were sold to me as a raspberry brown ale, this would easily get a half-point nudge upwards in both categories. Maybe even a full point up in flavour for its structure.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a little bit of a dilemma as to whether or not this should be a porter or a fruit beer (basically, how much to hold it to the style). In general, I would say it was a very good fruit-porter, but don’t expect something very fruity – like a frulli – from this brew.

Look (3.5/5) – pours a rich, reddish mahogany color that is dark enough to look blackish. the head is a bit of a letdown: it came up well on a good pour to about two to three fingers; it was beige in colour; fell a bit too quickly with little to no lacing present. Very good clarity, though it was hard to tell given the darkness of the brew. Slight visible carbonation.

Smell (4/5) – I get more of the berry character on the nose than I do the palate. The aroma has the usual porter characteristics as well. There is the usual coffee/chocolate-like roasty and toasty flavours with a bit of burnt flavour and nice toffee-like caramel. It has that porter-like flavour that always makes me think of duty coffee and chocolate. The raspberry or fruity notes come in towards the end and blend well with the sweeter malt notes. Not a lot of hos or alcohol present here.

Taste (4/5) – A fairly good porter flavour with the character that I’ve ground accustomed to: there was quite a bit of coffee-chocolate malt in partnership with decently complex background malt characters that included some crystal and a whack of toffee-caramel notes. Not a whole lot of melanoidins going on, though. The bitterness is a good balance with the grain bill here, though hop flavour isn’t really there. It finishes with a nice fruitiness, which is very subdued: this reminded me of a rich berry-chocolate cake, where the berries are pulled firmly into the orbit of the rich chocolates, though they were even less independent here. For the intense malt and slight fruit flavour, the finish was surprisingly dry.

Feel (3.5/5) – definitely on the lighter side of body – and, to be honest, the lighter bodies of porters never quite sit right with me – along with a good level of moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth, but a

Overall, I was impressed with this brew as both a porter and a fruit beer. There was a good job of blending these elements in a subtle way where the fruit added to the porter slightly and the porter did not become a venue for fruit to take centre stage (which wouldn’t really have worked as well, I think). Maybe a bit more body would have helped supported the complexity of the substantial flavours presented here, but overall I don’t have any gripes with this brew. Very nice. (3.5/5)

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Photo of Antikythera
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 650mL bottle with my husband. We poured it into glasses.

A: very pretty dark and reddish porter with a warm beige head.

S: malty and tart. Can you smell tart? I think I can.

T: tart, complex, chewy. The beer that eats like a meal. But where are the raspberries?

M: substantial and creamy, as a porter should be.

O: I'm rating this as a good porter but a lousy fruit beer. I can't taste or smell the fruit. It's bad enough that American-style fruit wheat beers barely smell like fruit, but put that amount of fruit into a porter and it's completely overwhelmed. If you want a porter this is very nice and a bit different; if you want raspberry go elsewhere.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tree Brewing's "Raspberry Porter" @ 5.0% served cold from a 650 ml bottle
A-pours a cola brown with some red hues when held up to the light , a one finger tan head that takes it's time dissapating leaving some small lacing along the pint glass
S-hint of raspberry , nutty roasted malt
T-ok tasting at first , followed by a little to much syrup giving it a sweet/sour raspberry finish
MF-as this is an English Porter its just a little to thin , not enough body
Ov-dissapointing beer from "Tree Brewing" they've made better beers than this , not on summer beer list

cheers LampertLand

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Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown with lots of ruby in light, about a finger of tan/off white head, light lace. Smell is roasted with a bit of tart berry, some chocolate and a bit of jam as it warmed, also some coffee. Taste is of chocolates and roast with some raspberry under that, fairly moderate bitterness, chocolate and berry aftertaste. Medium carbonation, lightish-med body, ok weight, thin at times. This was far better than expected, flavourful and quite nice.

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Photo of liamt07
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip. Weird dating - these are bottling dates (apparently), and mine was stamped 06/10/12. Really don't think this is that fresh...

Dark brown body, with some reddish hues. Tan head, good retention and lace. Nose of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, some roast and fairly mild fruity and berry notes. Raspberry becomes alot more noticeable upon sipping, some tartness derived from this as well. Sweet fruit notes, chocolate, cocoa and light roast. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is a tad high but is forgiveable. A good fruity porter, certainly exceeded my expectations based on previously experience their Blackberry porter (blegh).

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. Half a finger of cream coloured head formed and quickly receded to a thin layer.

S - Roasted malts with a slight tart/bitter profile and lighter raspberry notes present. A lot less raspberry than I expected, which is a good thing.

T - Well balanced mix of sweet raspberry jam and roasted malts. An overall tartness is present as well that nicely cuts through the sweetness. A dry, roasty finish.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate to heavy carbonation. Too much carbonation for me.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle
5.0% ABV

I tried this beer on June 2, 2012 after purchasing bfrom the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a beautiful ruby red colour with a thin tan head. The aroma was weak, but what aroma ther was consisted of raspberry, grainy malt, and floral hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is raspberry, acidic notes, and weak yeasty notes. The worst Tree beer I've had to date.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Raspberry Porter is coloured just that: almost equal parts raspberry and porter, depending on how you hold it into the light. The darkish brown colour blends seamlessly into the deep red and, with the aid of pristine clarity, makes for a strikingly lustrous complexion. Head does form but doesn't stay. It appears fast, disappears even faster.

Though this label doesn't show it, I have seen the words 'English style' printed on this offering previously, as they always have been on the Spy Porter (of which this is a spin-off). It definitely smells "English style" with its aroma of sooty, coffee-ish roasted malts. Raspberries are faint (if at all detected) in this ashtray of nutty and smoky grain.

The berry taste is thin in the flavour profile too, but unmistakable once spotted. The syrupy sweetness of it, however, casts serious doubt into its authenticity, a suspicion that quickly becomes a certainty. While it doesn't interfere much with the porter, it does disrupt the natural nutty sweetness of the malt. Funny that the brewery brags of not pasteurizing the beer and using no preservatives, yet leaves out the artificial flavour part...

The mouthfeel has enough nutty sweetness and coffee-like roast to warrant a higher score than was given. Considering the cloying, artificial raspberry taste that lingers like candy, however, it's lucky to be sitting where it is. I enjoyed Spy Porter for precisely the former reasons and don't care much for this offering solely because of the latter.

Synthetic and syrupy fruity flavours are better left to things like Italian sodas, despite that berries (raspberry, in particular) make an innate pairing for the coffee-like bitterness and dark roast of a beer like this. Admittedly, some brewers have pulled it off. More, however, have cheapened themselves in trying. Tree Brewing is capable of much better things.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Near pitch black with a mahogany hue and a solid amount of dirty beige fizzy foam head. Decent retention that quickly forms a creamier ring with lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malt aromas of dark chocolate and fainter dark coffee coupled with tart fresh raspberries that are quite detectable. Not surprisingly, this vividly reminds me of a dark chocolate bar with raspberries (Mmm). Soft caramel and other citrus fruits hidden deeper. Quite natural smelling as other BA's have pointed out. I'm impressed.

T: Tart and nearly sour raspberries are very prevalent and upfront, with more subtle dark chocolate, coffee, and some burnt toast towards the back end. Citrus flavours of grapefruit blended in with raspberry. I'd say this porter leans more towards the hops than malts, but as a result provides quite a refreshing fruity vibe.

M: Light bodied with a moderate-high carbonation. Semi-sticky texture with quite a lingering dry mouthfeel.

D: Quite tasty and worth a try especially if you're a #1 fan of raspberries. I typically prefer more robust maltier porters but this is a great change and quite fresh tasting for the summer.

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Photo of korguy123
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.
Best before on the bottle is 06/10/2012

A- Dark roasty black/brown pour, ruby highlights and a half finger off white head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Raspberry jam, and fresh raspberries has a touch of an artificial smell. Coffee, chocolate and a touch of char.

T- Fresh pressed raspberries with a touch of sugar added. They are tart but not overbearing. Dark roasted coffee with a touch of baker's chocolate. Nice and roasty finish.

M- Light side of medium, doesn't feel nearly as thin as the review below me describes but this is an English porter ans most porters are lighter (I've had a ton of porters that would be far superior as stouts with a little more body)

O- I was half expecting an over sweetened mess of a beer, I was happy to taste that the raspberries are perfect in this and compliment the roast of the beer well.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650mL from the LCBO's spring release, enjoyed on the first cool evening after a week of relentless humidity.

Poured into your standard conic pint glass. Chocolate ruby in colour, the pour leaves a fairly stable head of off white foam, nice icicles of lacing. Good lookin brew.

Nose is raspberry jam, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt.

Surprisingly tart, but the raspberry flavor is subdued. Roasted malt gets a good presence, and the finish is decidedly grainy with some mild hoppage here.

This a brew that really could have used with some body - it just feels washed out and lacks that fullness that a porter provides. It feels more like a Raspberry Brown Ale.

It's not bad, but it's not doing it for me. Too thin, and not enough of either flavor to really take the brew to the next level. Probably a once and done.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml Bottle from the LCBO Ottawa for 6$

Appearance - Brown colour with an average size fizzy white head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a short while before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, raspberries

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and of course raspberries. Not much in the way of sourness though, more like a sweet jam raspberry. There is also a bit of grains and something odd that I can't put my finger on. It ends with a sweet chocolate/raspberry aftertaste.

Overall - Another beer that falls into the category of 'happy I tried it, but wouldn't buy again'. Maybe if it was in a smaller bottle..

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, very dark brown with striking red undertones. A surprisingly white head fizzes before dissipating quickly. Mouthfeel is satisfying, but “standard” and with little texture.

A pleasant aroma of roasted dark malted barley, in which the raspberry is surprisingly subtle. More prevalent in the taste, it complements the chocolate and coffee tones of the beer. The flavour ends with a decently bitter hop finish, albeit with more raspberry left at the back of my throat than I'd personally choose.

Very glad to have tried this beer and think it's very well done, but not a style of which I'd drink more than one in an evening!

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Photo of kjyost
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 660 mL bottle acquired from the MLCC, and poured into a Perfect Pint glass at ~4C, with a second serving at ~10C

Deep clear brown, with a hint of ruby red on the edges with a glorious tan head that is there forever and laces well. The nose has some roasted / burnt notes with a dose of raspberry in there too, nice enough pairing. The body of the beer though has a nice raspberry flavour paired with a roasted body with a hint of cocoa, but the bitterness (from the roasted malt) starts to kill the fruity flavours and sticks on the tongue becoming the dominant flavour. Otherwise a well put together beer, but not one I would go for again.

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Photo of Converge
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into a 10oz nonic. Bottle is dated 12/02/12, so it's not exactly fresh.

A - Thick tan head about two finger high, receding quickly. The colors is a deep cherry red that lets through a bit of light still.

S - Distinctly raspberries, with lots of chocolatey notes as well. There's something sort of skunky, maybe it's a bit old? Or maybe still too cold? Either way the aroma is really nice still. A bit of honey sweetness in there as well. Not much bite to it at all here though, no roasted malt of hop presence.

T - This porter is just a chocolatey raspberry and honey monster. Gobs of raspberry flavors linger in the finish, but it doesn't really pack a lot of sourness or funk. Definite chocolatey presence, going hand-in-hand with the raspberry notes. For the most part this beer is all sweetness with little bitter or sour qualities to balance. I don't really detect any hops, but I get some coffee/roasted malt in the aftertaste, although it's quite subtle. There's also a strong honey-sweetness that permeates this porter; it almost reminds me of Fuller's Organic Honeydew. I like this, but it lacks a little complexity for sure.

M - There's a nice smoothness to the body, but it feels too thin. Fine carbonation. Definitely a weak point on this one.

D - Decent flavor present, but overall nothing exceptional. I can see myself drinking this one again, but I definitely won't be searching for another bottle any time soon.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - a clear but dark redwood brown, short head with a light red tinge quickly dissipated to nothing
S - strong hints of raspberry and chocolate dominate, very enticing
T - raspberry flavour starts subtle but builds, chocolate and burnt roasty malt, with a bit of a musty finish
M - medium with carbonation presence that lightens it up, finishes full and slightly smoky
O - a well built flavoured beer where the raspberry is prominent but does not take away from the porter-ness of it, would make a nice dessert brew

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown, almost cola colored, with reddish hues around the rim, and it is clear enough to see the carbonation. There is not much in terms of a foamy head, but when first poured there is about a half finger thickness of eggshell colored goodness, which quickly vanishes into a ring. The lacing factor is modest at best, with small patchy foam clumps sticking to the glass. Not the best, not the worst looking porter!

S- Chocolate covered berries is my first impression of the aroma, but upon further analysis, I am able to separate distinct chocolate, raspberry, toffee, and coffee aromas. It actually smells reasonably balanced between sweet malt, fruit and a mild hop bitterness at the end.

T- The flavors follow the aromas closely but with more specific quality. The traditional porter qualities come through easily enough, with coffee, bittersweet chocolate malts, caramel/toffee sweetness and some and hints of burnt brown sugar. The raspberry fruit adds just a bit of tartness which makes this quite refreshing to be honest! The finish provides just the right amount of bitterness, in hop form and a bit of toasted quality as well!

M- Thinner than a traditional porter, I wouldn't call this watery, but it is definitely not full either....even calling it medium bodied is a stretch....medium/lite is about accurate. The carbonation is crispy with the fruit flavors breaking on the palate too...a real refreshing mouthfeel!

O- I like this a lot! It is very well balanced and makes for a very unique take on the porter style! It has all the characteristics of a great beer, perhaps with a little more work on the body....I really like the subtle fruitiness involved here...it's not too much, but really defines what Tree was going for!

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Photo of Tford
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours a deep black with a finger of yellow head.

S: It smells mostly of coffee, but there is some chocolate and raspberries

T: The initial taste consists mostly of hops and chocolate with a little raspberry and coffee. When this subsides, the coffee and especially the raspberries come through; although, hops and chocolate can still be tasted. The tastes are pretty weak for the type of beer, it tastes watered down.

M: This has a medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. It feels very thick even though it isn’t, weird but very good.

O: This would be an excellent fruity porter if it didn’t taste so weak and watered-down. Besides that, it’s okay; I couldn’t really see myself buying it again though.

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Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear, deep red-brown with almost a finger of foamy, off-white and slightly pink head.

Smell. Chocolate and rasberries with a little burnt sugar.

Taste. Bitter chocolate, raspberries, and just a little brown sugar.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. Nice light and refreshing porter. Would be great for warm summer evenings around the campfire.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had this a couple times, but never formally reviewed it.

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, finger of head which quickly receded leaving little for lacing.

S - Fresh raspberries complemented by a nice sweet chocolate scent, buttered bread and biscuit.

T - The raspberry flavours come off the top, though are a tad sour. The chocolate malts come through nicely on the finish with a touch of espresso and tobacco smoke.

M - Thin and watery and a bit prickly going down.

O - A tasty porter with natural rasberry flavours, which aren't artificial tasting, making for a nice ale. The only drawback was the mouthfell, but certainly worth a try regardless.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass dec9 2010

A red hues in a dark brown body with a two finger mocha head that has decent retention and leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S smells like faint chocolate with some raspberry, simple but decent

T not far from the smell but with a creamy raspberry desert flavor that's hard to place

M fairly thin but with enough carbonation too keep things average

D decent brew and something I would drink again if I was in the right mood

a little more raspberry then porter but worth trying but not worth searching for

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Raspberry Porter from Tree Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.