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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This special ale is full bodied with an amber/ruby hue. The ruby color is achieved from using a 1/2lb. of fresh raspberries per gallon of beer. This seasonal has a rich malty character with balanced hop bitterness and finishes with a potent berry taste. At 9% v/v, this strong ale is overflowing with flavor.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Mostly clear amber, minimal off-white head. Aroma ok although unexciting, some malt and bread and faint fruit. Medium-full body, some alcohol. Flavor is mildy sweet and syrupy and malty and there is a little hops and definite although not overly prominent raspberry to be detected in the background. Normally not a fan of fruit beers but in this case the raspberry actually keeps it more drinkable, preventing the alcohol and syrupy flavors from being overwhelming. However, I am not clear that beer should require fruit flavors to make it work.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2012
22oz bottle. Labeled of course as the raspberry barleywine, thanks FDA. Pours out a nice deep ruby hue, slight browns, decent carbonation. Aromas are not overwhelming raspberry, but mixed with sweeter caramel malts, shines through. Palate most would think, is cloyed, however decently balanced because the bitterness does hit home in the finish with a caramel raspberry entry. Decently boozy however, the 9 percent isnít very well hidden, but in the end I would have been surprised if it were. 22ozís of this should be shared for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5022) - Utah, USA - DEC 2, 2011
22oz bottle, labeled as Raspberry BarleyWine, from AirForceHops
Appearance: Pours Slightly hazy ruby/amber with a medium sized off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, caramel and raspberry
Taste: Lightly roasted malts, raspberry with a nice mild bitterness in the finish
Nice, semi-sweet with a lively mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3519) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2011
(bottle - 22 oz) Slightly red amber pour with a creamy looking white head. Sweet fruity aroma with a good amount of raspberry tartness in it. Flavor is loaded with the raspberry sweetness that lingers all the way through to the finish which is sweet and malty and tart.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sailracer (412) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Tap. Pours a light reddish amber with a bit of haze. Has a light raspberry smell and mild flavor. I didnít really taste the alcohol in this like in many other strong beers. It went down very smoothly.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5822) - Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2011
22 oz. bottle from cletus. Pours a reddish amber color with a medium sized pinkish head. The aroma is raspberries with some sweet caramel and lightly toasted bread. The flavor is heavy on raspberries with a mildly tart component. Alcohol is warming. This is a bit thin for my liking, but the flavors are decent.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rocbyter (1906) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2011
Strong raspberry aroma with a light amount of malt. Clear reddish color with a medium off white head. Mild beginning with a sweet and tart finish. High carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bvc (1160) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Bomber, thanks Ben. Clear copper orangish amber. Sticky malt sweetness, plenty of raspberry, apple, light smoke and maple as well as vodka. Apple, light raspberry, burnt sugar, vodka, darker malt...thiner body but adequate carbonation. As a fruit beer, itís fine but not mind blowing. As a barelywine, like the label says, it isnít close to style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear reddish amber color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy tart raspberry fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy tart raspberry sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet fruit finish of moderate to long duration. Refreshing drinkable fruit beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Reviewed from notes. Pours a moderate amber color with a decent white head and a bit of light lacing on the way down. The nose carries quite a bit of raspberry along with some caramel malts and a bit of toasted bread as well. The flavor isnít quite as multi-faceted as the nose, with the raspberries really taking over and everything else taking a back seat. The feel is fairly sweet with a bit of raspberry tartness. Medium body. Overall, a bit heavy on the raspberries. Perhaps a candidate for aging.


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