VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber - Raspberry Barley Wine Ale - Poured a nice reddish amber in color with a small white head that hung around for a while and provided some lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty sweet and strong of raspberries. Flavor is not as sweet as the hop bitterness balanced it nicely. Raspberries not as prominent in the flavor profile. Little evidence of the alcohol level. slightly bitter/sour in the finish.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At least 1 year old (labeled barleywine). Pours a warm reddish orangy amber with a thin offwhite head. The nose is full of raspberries. Sweet with a good dose of malt. Akin to a lightweight Fort, as there are no signs of alcohol. A heavier body, but not what I’d expect with a high ABV beer like this. The flavor is a letdown after the nose on this. A blunt raspberry tingest astringent maltiness. The alcohol peeps out. The raspberry almost tastes a bit fake, maybe like Robitussin? I have to guess this would have been a bit better fresh. There’s something sharp in the finish, maybe it’s the acidity of the raspberries. Lingering raspberries and light cream.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Raspberry Barleywine" on the label.
Pours a gorgeous, clear ruby, with a half inch head of off white.
Retention is short and a placid surface was evident quickly. A few streaks of lacework throughout the glass.
Aromatics lead off with raspberries, juicy malt, and alcohol. The raspberry character is fairly pungent and seems to work well with the malt.
On the thicker side of medium bodied. Sticky, slick, and tacky mouthfeel.
Ripe raspberries, caramel malt, and a firm bitterness starts the palate. Warming alcohol steps forward along with a mild tartness, and an odd, lingering bitterness.
Finishes with sweetish berries, sustaining bitterness, and lingering alcohol.
Certainly a unique beer, but the bitterness doesn’t mesh well with the fruit for me.
markwise (5168) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a slightly red caramel brown color with an aroma of berry and lots of it, and a tad bit of malt and alcohol. Flavor is berry, and Ibrew2or3 is right: sickeningly sweet at times and a good deal of alcohol. Interesting, glad I got to try it.
sebletitje (9073) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of BA trade.
Pours amber, tan head.Aroma fruity - raspberry, hoppy and just overall weak aroma.
Taste of raspberry and hops, lingering tartness of the raspberries with a light hoppy finish.
No idea how this one falls into the barleywine category as pet the label.
Ibrew2or3 (8074) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
OK Sea Bass, what did you bring us here. The bottle says barleywine, ratebeer has strong ale in the title and it has been entered as a fruit beer style. What the hell is it? Diving in I may find out. Pours deep clear copper with thin near tan head. The aroma is big hits of raspberry extract with just hints of malt and no barleywine fruity esters. The taste is big in raspberry goodness. The raspberry can be pretty darn tasty from time to time if you choose to ignore the pure extract nature of the flavor. It is nearly sickeningly sweet with none of the tartness that comes with the actual fruit. I get just a hint of malt in the background. This one disappoints on all levels. It is hardly even a fruit beer since it didnt taste like actual fruit was use during brewing. Putting barleywine on the label is just criminal.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a clear cola brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet with notes of ripe fruit, raspberry, malt, some phenol notes. Flavor is malty and sweet with notes of ripe fruit, raspberry, some notes of caramel and honey and a subtle hop presence. Generally medium body with a slightly sweet and bitter finish.
boto (2086) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bomber: This one pours a ruby amber color. There was a bit of an off white head on it, but that disappeared to nothing very quickly. No lacing at all. The nose is raspberry. Not overly strong, but it masks most everything else. I get a whiff of alcohol and caramel malt coming through also. Pretty smooth taste. Some raspberry, but not overly done. Some caramel malt. A touch of sourness to the finish. This is actually pretty good. I would definitely buy more.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2008
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle... Hazy, singed caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, fat-bubbled, off-white head. Lots of raspberry in the nose. Smells artificial, but still pleasant... sweet and fruity. Full-bodied with prickly carbonation. The high abv is well-hidden. A touch more tart than sweet. Fruity. The tanginess is cool, but kind of odd. Astringent, grassy, dry finish. <b>Thanks to beerbill for the bottle!</b>
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a very attractive looking beer. deep brown with rudy red tint just barely letting light though the glass. pretty nice flavor with the rasberries not being aritficial. was very surprised to see the ABV on this one, you cannot tell at all. But might have liked to get some alcohol notes to see how it paired witht he fruit.