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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12851) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2008
(22oz bottle, labeled as Raspberry Barleywine) Cloudy dark red-brown body with soft beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, raspberry syrup, lacking the tartness I associate with fresh raspberries. Taste is moderately sweet, raspberry, some earthiness, light alcohol astringency. Improves somewhat as it warms. Medium body with light stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
22oz bonus, no date from John jjpm74. Clear brownish orange with a one finger beige head, fading to a ring after a minute or so. Dominant aroma of raspberry syrup--tart, but plenty sweet--with just a hint of oyster crackers. Flavor adds a bit more of a beer flavor with some caramel and light chocolate goodness, Some tartness, but not too much. Also some raspberry seeds. Apparently there are some hops because the dry finish actually has the bitterness peaking around a 3 to 4--some alcohol warmth is present. Low carbonation with a medium full body. The aroma actually only got a 7 1/2 and the flavor 8 1/2. This was actually pretty good, and the closest thing I can compare it to is Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock, but it still doesn’t come close to that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2380) - USA - APR 15, 2008
Lovely red color and fast-fading head. Pleasant aroma of flowers, berries, and light hops. The taste is a real charmer - the raspberry comes thru boldly but is not overwhelming. It is malty sweet, and could have a little wheat in it. It is a little like a wine cooler, but without the vinous sourness. It escapes the problems of other fruit brews, like not enough flavor or too much sourness. It might be the first raspberry ale I have tried. This is a very fine fruit beer, an original effort, and moderately priced, too - thanks, BBC!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Also labeled as raspberry barley wine (six of one, half a dozen of the other). Rich, strong raspberry aroma. Flavor is a rather cloying malty sweetness with s nice raspberry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2008
Ruby tinted amber beer with a creamy tan head. Aroma is quite fruity with loads of bright raspberry aroma. Some very light raspberry tartness and lots of juicy fruity character. Warming brings up some lean sweet malts. There’s not a lot of character malts or crystal in here, just lots of sweet pale malt and fresh raspberry character. As it warms up it really starts to come together, with a light bit of chocolate, sweet malts and tart raspberries. Lightly tart and quite a nice brew. It has some of the qualities of KRE, but dialled down a lot. Regardless it works very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5110) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 This beer is labeled as a barley wine! The label looks just like the one shown here but it says barleywine instead of strong ale. It has got to be one of the strongest fruit beers I’ve ever tasted. Acquired in a trade with RCL. Very tart raspberry aroma. Attractive reddish orange appearance. It is mouthwatering before you taste it. Medium bubbly alky brew slaughters the palate. Decent carbonation for a BW. Strongish kick ass flavors. Difficult at times. Dull raspberry indication. Quite unique. Thanks for the chance to taste this unique brew. Ray, I owe you one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1825) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 13, 2008
22 oz botttle. Pours a clear beautiful cranberry color with a 1/2" white head. Random lacing coats my glass thru to the end. Nose is raspberrys and slight alcohol. Palate is medium with moderate carbonation . Flavor is a nice light flavor of raspberrys and some chocolate . Also some maltly flavors and just enough alcohol to remind you that this is a 9% brew. Very good effort from Berkshire.

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