Zombie Date Night
3 Stars Brewing Company

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3 Stars Brewing Company
District of Columbia, United States
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #201
Ranked #16,670
3.9 | pDev: 13.08%
Oct 23, 2020
Aug 13, 2013
Very Good
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4.12 by steevo24 from District of Columbia on Oct 23, 2020
3.74 by Boone757 from Virginia on Sep 12, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Fireboy from Maryland

Pours jet black with a thin fleeting brown head a thin layer of which stays around the edge. The nose is mostly tart raspberry jam with a bit of cocoa and a whiff of alcohol at the end. The taste is pretty much the same as the smell with some nice roasty malt thrown in. The raspberry is not sweet or cloying and fades into the malt and a bit of alcohol. It feels a bit thinner than it tastes. I got this in 16 oz. cans, I'm definitely going back for more! Can't wait to try it at the brewery once we're allowed to do so.

May 25, 2020
3.45 by roadhouse from Florida on Mar 21, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Poured hard from a can into a snifter glass, resulting in a just a bit of head that faded to almost no lacing. Smells of roasty malt and raspberry. Taste is similar, a bit bitter roastiness, but faded to more raspberry as it warmed. Pretty light bodied with light carbonation, a bit too light on the body. Overall good, but a bit strange.

Feb 25, 2020
3.77 by socon67 from New York on Oct 27, 2019
4 by fairdeels from Maryland on Apr 13, 2019
4.04 by srw from Virginia on Apr 05, 2019
4.05 by mjw2808 from Maryland on Mar 24, 2019
4.24 by generallee from Virginia on Jan 27, 2019
3.85 by ladle69 from Florida on May 16, 2018
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Apr 21, 2018
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3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by Guppy314 from District of Columbia

From a can, pours as opaque black with a two-finger frothy tan head. Aroma of Raspberry syrup. Taste is very sweet like chocolate covered raspberries, some roasted cocoa and vanilla. Overall, kind of a flat watery impression like an open soda left in the frig. Really mixed bag.

Mar 21, 2018
4 by RMW66 from Australia on Feb 23, 2018
4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Dec 04, 2017
4 by Howlader from Canada (AB) on Oct 07, 2017
3.45 by Big_V from Maryland on May 26, 2017
4.5 by ckollias from Maryland on Mar 11, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by willricewillsweep from District of Columbia

Had on tap at the brewery, so it was fresh. They handed me a glass with no head at all, almost black in color. Tastes of coffee and raspberries, a bit sweet but otherwise good and drinkable. Not a lot of depth to the flavor, it fades fast, but again what's there is enjoyable.

Feb 05, 2017
3.69 by Dirtyhands from Maryland on Jan 26, 2017
3.71 by Beerasaurus from Virginia on Dec 11, 2016
3.75 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Nov 26, 2016
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3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by FriedSlug from North Carolina

Dark beer with a light tan head that leaves little lacing. The aroma is raspberry, raisin, chocolate, tangy roasted malts. The taste is sweet raspberries and chocolate. There is some tanginess and a bit of roasted flavors. Pretty decent beer with fruit and chocolate.

Aug 24, 2016
3.37 by IMZep from Maryland on Aug 16, 2016
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1.18/5  rDev -69.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by rockaroo from Virginia

look =ok, smell = fowl+, taste: can be tasted over the fowlness for the raspberry and chocolate. total belching yuck.
I was loving this brewery and bought growlers of their Madness for a week straight. Great beer. This Zombie beer shows up at the Total Wine and all the wire on caps are already dislodged like the beer is ready to blow up. Me, stupid, trusts 3 stars, and buys 3.
I'm cool with 3 stars because Madness was great. Swing and a big miss on this attempt though.

May 06, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Pencible from Virginia

A: This poured an opaque black with quickly dissipating dark tan head.
S: It smelled like rich dark chocolate, with some sweet raspberries and roasted coffee.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate, with some sweet raspberries and roasted coffee. It had a clean mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decadent beer. Not terribly complex, but the scent and taste were simply delicious. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol. So it was easy to drink, but good enough to sip and savor. Probably not for aging. Recommended.

May 03, 2016
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3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by delta490 from Virginia

This is a very deep brown beer that comes out with an espresso head that just burns off. There really is very little aroma but what does come up is dark malts. The taste isn't awful but it isn't great, either. The raspberry doesn't come across as anything more than an unflavored tart quality and the cocoa nibs don't come across at all. The overall flavor is that of a relatively bland porter. The body is lighter, a little thin and a little too carbonated. A rare miss from Three Stars

Apr 30, 2016
4.13 by rjd722 from Maryland on Apr 09, 2016
3.96 by jmartinger from Pennsylvania on Apr 05, 2016
3.93 by Drew26 from Wisconsin on Mar 25, 2016
3.59 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Mar 06, 2016
4.52 by BradStokley from Maryland on Mar 01, 2016
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3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Got another bottle to retry after a potential bad bottle (see below):
Definitely seemed better, but still seeing it as a beer I'll avoid being "fooled" thrice.

Look is very strange. During the pour, I was thinking this is better than last pour as a nice deep brown head built up. But like a magic trick, wit a little guzzle the head disappeared. Flat looking reminds me of coffee in a glass.

I do get a little bit of the cocoa and raspberry in the nose early, but it still has a cola impression overall. With some warmth

Opening impressions on taste were also a little better than previously. The raspberry was more defined in this bottle, but only as an accent, and that's not a bad thing. I am still missing some sense of roasted notes (or the cocoa) I'd like from this porter. The raspberry cola concept seems to carry through to the taste. Aftertaste has a little cocoa nib lingering, though, that warmth brings forward a tad later in the drink.

Feel is light, overly wet and drinkable, just enough to hurt my enjoyment, but not enough to destroy it. Somehow there is some prickly carbonation in there. Light alcohol astringent tug near end on a warm beer that isn't distracting.

Too much of a raspberry cola mimic for me. It's not like one of those "hard cola" beers, the impression is more subtle.

I might have bad bottle b/c I not getting what others are. Flat look with prickly feel, soda-like flavor (no sour notes). Might get retry and update.

Feb 20, 2016
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4.74/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by dcbeerguy007 from District of Columbia

Annual release from 3 Stars Brewing Company, coincides each year with Valentine's Day. Big chocolate and raspberry character shines above and alongside the big malt notes. Pours black and viscous with a great creamy head. 2016 batch is unreal. Get as much of it as you can. I have several vintages in my cellar. It's delicious!!!!!

Feb 05, 2016
4.43 by Cook82 from Maryland on Feb 01, 2016
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4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mrsadd from Pennsylvania

Drinking a 2015 and a 2016 Zombie Date Night side by side. Both cork/cage.

Both display a lovely nose of raspberries while the cocoa is stronger in the younger of the two.
The color of the black stout is accented by a bit of red around the perimeter of a brown head which displays well but does not linger long enough for a staring contest.

This is a raspberry-cocoa nibs imperial porter. It is sweet by the standard of beer, but not sweet by the style. It actually has a surprisingly dry aftertaste which tends more toward raspberry than toward porter.

That said, the full taste, for the fresh, reveals a bit too much of the malt and allows the aftertaste (Which I would describe as consistent across the 3 stars Portfolio) to be less coherent and more scattershot.

With a year of aging, the malt rounds out to work with the raspberry rather than counter and displays a drinkability quite surprising for the busy-ness of the material and the ABV of 9.6%.

I love raspberry beers (and raspberries. And beer.) and this is easily my favorite dark raspberry beer. It is sweet like beer, not sweet like desert. Yet... it has all of the makings of desert. I'd love to drink this with some peanut butter s'mores.

Jan 31, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lucular from Maryland

This imperial porter does a wonderful job of fusing the chocolate, roasty, rich porter flavors with the bright sweetness of raspberry. I didn't expect the combination to work very well but 3 Stars pulled it off.

Jan 30, 2016
4.14 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Oct 19, 2015
4.17 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Jul 15, 2015
3.59 by alienlifeforcecube from Massachusetts on Jun 21, 2015
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