White Chocolate Raspberry
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #456
ABV:
10%
Score:
89
Ranked #15,157
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 18.34%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
43
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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89
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no dating that I noticed on it. Thanks to Brutaltruth for this one! Served in a snifter, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber/pinkish color with not quite an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like white chocolate, raspberry, vanilla and a slightly medicinal berry aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some bready/grainy malt flavor noticeable too. The medicinal character isn't strong and does ease up somewhat as the brew warms, but there's enough of it to bug me which knocked down my score for this. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. If it wasn't for the medicinal flavor/aroma, this brew would be a winner with me. With that being said it's not bad by any means and I had no problems drinking the bottle, but it could have been better. But still worth a try if you get the chance to since I know the medicinal stuff is hit or miss with different people.

Dec 12, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Orange with red and pink hues along with an off-white head that disappears somewhat quickly leaving behind minimal lacing.
S - Definitely white chocolate raspberry. The sugary, vanilla, milkiness of white chocolate along with sweet raspberry is definitely on the nose.
T - Follows the nose: sugar cookie, vanilla, milk all put together make a nice, creamy, white chocolate flavor along with bright and sweet, yet tart raspberry. Some maltiness as well.
F - Medium leaning towards full bodied with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O - Really glad I saved this one for winter. Another great dessert beer from the Blackwater Series.

Dec 12, 2020
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Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a snifter. Beer is a blood orange color, clear but with small artifacts in it (yeast?), had a 1/4" bubbly head that dissappeared in less than a minute. Smell is a perfect blend of white chocolate and raspberry juice, with a small yeast and malt scent mixed in. Taste is first raspberry juice, then the well blended white chocolate joined in. Malt and then faint hops ended the mouthful. Beer is mildly sticky with low carbonation. A slight aftertaste lingers, kinda like a very tasty cough syrup. Alcohol is well hidden throughout the mouthful, almost totally hidden.

This beer is pretty good to me, however some beers of this brand are not quite as good-- almost like the beer is not properly blended. I had one that wasn't blended and it was not good. However my experience has been to wait 3-4 weeks and retry the other beers in the 4 pack-- every beer after this one was blended well and tasted good. This could be a Christmas beer, or winter beer seasonal.

Nov 21, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours amber in color with a pink hue, one-finger foamy white head has short retention

S- aroma is spot on; creamy white chocolate and vanilla, with a blast of fresh pressed raspberries, reminiscent of a raspberry cordial candy

T- whipped marshmallow and creamy vanilla up front is immediately followed by a hit of tart raspberry. Mid-palate gives some white chocolate notes as the raspberry turns slightly medicinal. The finish gives a cough syrupy raspberry with more vanilla on the linger

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- the white chocolate and raspberry come through on both flavor and aroma, only downside is that the raspberry has a bit of a cough syrup flavor on the finish

Nov 17, 2020
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akaizer from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle. Poured out with a quickly fizzling white foam head (a trace lingers behind) with a surprisingly light looking reddish-orange-rasberry body. Scent comes across as quite sweet (unsurprising) with the raspberry coming across first but quickly mixing with the white chocolate to produce a pretty enjoyable (if touch too sweet) scent. Taste has a solid flavor of raspberry and white chocolate with a solid presence of alcohol (it is 10% ABV, so this is not surprising). The feel is lighter bodied, a bit of effervescence on the tongue, and a slightly sweet aftertaste that fights a bit more of the alcohol. This is a nice change of pace but is a bit outside of my baliwick for more dessert oriented beers (which I would prefer a touch heavier in the feel department).

Oct 29, 2020
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dkoehler42 from New York

3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier makes a line called the Blackwater Series that feature higher octane and flavors. The White Chocolate Raspberry certainly fits that model. It's a stout with an exceptionally sweet and fruity nose. I don't know if pink is the right color but it is definitely a little more red. It tastes just like chocolate raspberry candy and has a very smooth mouthfeel. I would like a little more non-sweetened chocolate notes to contrast the overly sweet raspberry flavor. Like many others of the Blackwater Series, I would definitely drink this again, but it's definitely something to sip and savor.

Oct 26, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12oz bottle from Kings Beer & Wine 7-22-20 for $4.19. No bottle date visible; consumed 10-13-20.

Beer poured a raspberry red with a pretty good white head with the initial pour.

Nose is chocolate and raspberry forward.

Taste follows the nose with a huge but light malt base displays the adjuncts very well. Finishes warming and sweet. Would make a better winter time dessert beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and fairly smooth.

Overall another good dessert beer from Southern Tier which are always fun to try!

Oct 14, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This fine brew pours a
luminous ruby tinged amber with a nice head of white foam
that settles to a thick ring, thin clumping layer, and shows faint
lacing. Nose of herbal elements with raspberry and
confectioners chocolate (white) with vanilla touches.
Flavors lightly exceed the nose with white chocolate
and raspberry notes with a persistent herbal element
I can not put my finger on. Touches of cola come through
as well on the finish. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium
effervescent carbonation, and a sweet finish that is lightly
dry with a little cloying going on there.

Overall, a unique desert brew.

Split this one.

Cheers

Oct 08, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

2.49/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a globular glass. No freshness dating could be foud.

Looks good enough In the glass. Slightly hazy amber with pinkish highlights body. Small white head shrinks to a thick ring leaving a little lacing.

Aroma, of chalky raspberry..........

.....and then the taste. Bloody awful. Tastes only of raspberry cough syrup. Slightly metallic. Very medicinal. No chocolate, no abv presence.

Mouth a little about medium. Finish the aforementioned raspberry cough syrup.

Overall, one of the worse beers I've ever had. Down there with Sam Adams cranberry and cherry beers. Drain pour.

Sep 20, 2020
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Danzifer from Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Doesn't look like a stout at all. Has the viscosity however. Quite interesting. I think this would make an great dessert. Don't even wanna think about the nutrition facts on it :)

Sep 08, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

1.72/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Southern Tier always has some interesting concepts for beers, and this is one that I couldn’t pass up on

Pours a cloudy amber with red glow around the edge and just a finger of white head that quickly fades to a ring of bubbles and leaves minimal lacing

Good lord, this smells fucking awful. The only way I can describe it is cherry cough syrup with sweet vanilla and milk chocolate. This is the most offensive beer I’ve ever smelled

The taste is thankfully not as bad, but still utter garbage. While it starts off with mild vanilla and lightly tart raspberry, this quickly fades to another round of cough syrup, which is slightly (only slightly) less objectionable here. It offers nothing else past this, making it essentially undrinkable

Objectively speaking, the feel on this beer isn’t too bad, actually quite light for 10%, but the awful components can not be ignored. It is smooth and finishes dry, but even that can’t save it

This is supposed to be a milk stout? Where the fuck is the sweet creaminess? Where the fuck is the mild roast? How on earth does this thing call itself a stout?!?! I love most of what Southern Tier puts out, but this was a huge miss. The absolute worst beer I’ve ever had, drainpour immediately after finishing the review. I deserve an apology for having to drink this

Aug 28, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

3.29/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't see a date listed on the bottle.

Appearance: The body of the beer is transparent with a ruby-orange and tea-brown color. It has a short white head that is very short lived. No lacing. There is a thin white ring that remains around the surface when the head is gone.

Aroma: Approaching the glass there is an immediate aroma of chocolate, then a strong vanilla scent. It punches out a raspberry aroma shortly after.The strongest aroma here is vanilla.

Taste: Up front there is a very strong vanilla flavor. This is followed by raspberry and a medicinal flavor in the middle. It tastes a bit like a bitter aspirin. Towards the finish there is a light bit of alcohol, more of that odd aspirin, and a ton of vanilla. The aftertaste is strongly vanilla but as the beer drinking experience goes on, that bitter aspirin flavor starts to build up even more in the aftertaste and fights for competition with the vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It is lighter bodied and there is a hint of alcohol heat. There is an odd bitterness to the beer but it doesn't impact drinkability too much. The beer is surprisingly drinkable.

Overall: It's an odd beer. The label states that this is an "ALE WITH NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS ADDED" but it doesn't state what these are. Fortunately it has a ton of vanilla flavor which is great, but it also has this odd bitter aspirin taste. The label calls this a "White Chocolate Raspberry IMPERIAL WHITE MILK STOUT." There was some obvious raspberry flavor and aroma to the beer, and it came across as chocolate on the nose. As a whole the beer is a very odd combination of flavors that didn't quite work well together. It's worth drinking for the vanilla character, but the rest of it is either lost in the background or tastes strange. I can't say I'd recommend it unless you want to try something new or different. I doubt I would buy it again.

It's a miss for Southern Tier and a miss for the Blackwater Series in my book. I bought a four-pack thinking it would be another great beer and I wish I had bought a single.

Aug 01, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.14/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from the Packie served at room temp.
Pink red in color with a huge amount of carbonation and head. Initial nose is cough syrup fruitiness. Flavor is kind of the same. Bits of white chocolate with a syrupy fruit that feels artificial. Light coffee, alcohol and little else. Interesting but I couldn't drink more than one.

Jul 31, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Modest head production even from a turbulent pour; retention and lacing are fine. Body is a red-infused amber.

The nose is nothing short of sublime, with an incredible aroma of white chocolate and raspberries. None of it smells syrupy, artificial, or overly sweet.

Flavor continues on the palate. As with most white stouts, it lacks some of the robust roastiness of a normal imperial stout, and indeed drinks cleaner and easier than a normal 10% imperial stout. Bitterness is moderate. The stars of the show are clearly white chocolate and raspberries, but they're married to flavors of toast, caramel, honeycomb, and toffee. As with the nose, it's not overly sweet.

This is a wonderful beer, more than just a gimmick.

Jul 25, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured hard from a bottle into a snifter glass, forming a finger or two of foamy off-white head. Reddish-gold color with a ring of lacing. Smell is awesome, delicious sweet raspberry. Taste is a white stout background, with raspberry forward soon followed by white chocolate. Very yummy, sweet but not overly so. Feel is light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Awesome combination of flavors, similar to some of my favorite white chocolate raspberry ice creams.

Jul 25, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark pink with nice clarity; fluffy and creamy off-white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a ton of bright raspberries leading the way. There's a nice amount of chocolate as well. Some vanilla too. Malts are there. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. More raspberries leading the way. The white chocolate blends very well and really comes through in the finish. More vanilla in the mix. I'm also picking up on some peanut shell, specifically in the finish. Moderate sweetness. Low to zero bitterness. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a great brew. It's pretty unique, but is totally what I would expect from Southern Tier. The raspberries shine and the white chocolate isn't shy. Well done. I really like this one.

Jul 24, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear ruby red, with slight orange tint. Slight head, that dissipates almost immediately. (Stout, huh? This takes a mental adjustment. Looks like a gose . ;) )

Smell is essentially raspberry-filled chocolate candy : raspberry, chocolate, vanilla. The raspberry seems a touch tart, from the glass. From the open bottle, it seems sweeter, & a sweet creamy vanilla aroma is more apparent. Mission accomplished with this aspect ; it smells just as labeled, and quite enticing.

Taste is mildly tart, dried, raspberry, a light touch of semi-sweet chocolate, and a bit of lightly sweet vanilla. Moderate bitterness, that lingers a bit. The barest hint of brandy-like alcohol near finish.(I did let this warm for about 15 min, before opening.)

Feel is smooth, lightly oily, with light, very,very fine carbonation bite. Slight warming at the back of the palate & tip of the tongue.

All-in-all, surprisingly (to me) , quite good. :) Most of the Blackwater series are too sweet for my liking, beyond the first 2 or 3 sips. This is less sweet, so more appealing to me. Even with eyes closed, I don't get "stout" - more "strong ale" , but in any event, I like it. ;)

Jul 18, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, copper in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big raspberry and vanilla and a touch of cocoa. Medium-heavy bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Nice and sweet. Tastes like a raspberry cordial with extra vanilla. Nice dessert beer and preferable to the last sweet stouts they have released. Glad I got a four pack.

Jul 18, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish pink color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades down to a super thin ring of lace

S: Raspberries, vanilla, cocoa, and some booze

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of raspberry and vanilla and then picks up some light cocoa powder and lactose. Definitely on the sweeter side. Finishes with lingering raspberry, vanilla, and a touch of booze

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid raspberry dessert beer that definitely brings white chocolate into the mix. The combo of sweetness and booze lowers the drinkability, but it’s not too deterring. Worth a drink if you like the combo of raspberries and vanilla

Jul 16, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear rose pink with a small white cap that disappears immediately. Aroma is raspberry and vanilla, a touch of light chocolate. Flavor follows the nose. Very sweet, glad I shared the 12 ounce bottle three ways. Four ounces was plenty for me. Feel is sticky, lacking carbonation. Overall a nice dessert beer but I won't seek it out.

Jul 14, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber/copper red color with soapy pink lacing, no carbonation.

S - Medicinal sweet raspberry cream hits the nose. Best way to describe it is a cross between sweet raspberry cream and cough syrup.

T - Raspberry cream with a low amount of tartness and light vanilla. Starts sweet, finished sweet.

M - Thick and silky like syrup.

O - The best aspect of this beer is the ABV is completely hidden.

Jul 03, 2020
White Chocolate Raspberry from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 43 ratings