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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2008
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2008
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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2008
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2008
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.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2008
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>

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2008
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JUN 25, 2008
I’d say that this is a successful combination of the fruit beer and barleywine genres, so to speak. Strong, but not artificial raspberry flavor can seem a bit overpowering from time to time, as it is accentuated by the alcohol aftertaste. However, the warming effect of this brew lulls you into a sense of comfortablility and enjoyment. Not a bad beer after all.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Bottle. Pours an ruby/amber color with a small white head. Nose of tart raspberries, sugary sweetness dominating the nose. Initial taste is sweet, raspberry juice, earthy malts. Mid palate displays spiciness of the alcohol. Finishing with a mild hop balance and sweetness. Light to medium body. Good head retetion and average palate duration. definitely enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with a thin head. Aroma is sweet malts, floral hops and raspberries. You can catch a drift of the 9abv. This was real easy to drink not enough complexity here.


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