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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwalking05 (4147) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Tasted in 2009 (backlog). Amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of raspberry, candy, caramel. Taste is of raspberry, toffee, caramel and chocolate.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fuertecorn (15) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
pours a clear golden amber. Nose is very disappointing with no raspberry to speak of just is some sweet caramel malt and alcohol. the flavor is no better with drab malt sweetness and only the faintest hint of any raspberry.

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 isn’t very well hidden, but in the end I would have been surprised if it were. 22oz’s 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 (5680) - 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 (3793) - 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 (424) - 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 didn’t 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 (6690) - 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 (1935) - 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 (1180) - 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, it’s fine but not mind blowing. As a barelywine, like the label says, it isn’t close to style.


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