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RATINGS: 114   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (1932) - 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!

3.4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8214) - 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. Thereís 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.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (3804) - 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 Iíve 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1467) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Pours a clear ruby with a slight amount of light tan head. Nose is like syrupy chewing gum. And raspberries too of course. The flavor carries a sweet and even raspberry flavor that is firm but not overpowering by any means. But the fruit doesnít stay as the only definition of the brew. Feel is syrupy on the tongue with a decent level of bubble hitting you as well. I love the fruit beers and think this one is spot on. Very much worth trying and I am glad I brought this one back from my trip to Boston.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/10/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Extreme Beer

clear dark red, fine white head, light tart raspberry aroma, sweet raspberry flavor on a nice but non descript malt backbone, all about the raspberry but itís well balanced between the sweet and tart

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: *4

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - JUL 23, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Very good - Its no RUBEAUS (Founders) but very tasty nonetheless. Just enought Rasberry to make it fruity, but has a strong malty beer taste as well. Very refreshing

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3272) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2007
22 pz. bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with a thin off-white head that disappeared before the glass was half empty. Very nice aroma of raspberries. The flavor was raspberries nicely balanced with some caramel. The raspberries were not overpowering as in some other fruit beers and definitely tasted like real fruit. Some hops bitterness at the finish. The alcohol was very well hidden as there was no bite to speak of. Overall very nice.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dingy, lighter raisin color with a thin head. Nose is dried raisins, but a little off. The raspberry flavor is not fresh, but seems to continue with the dried fruit theme. Not enought sweetness, but a tad tart actually. I was expecting more of a robust raspberry flavor, but rather it was muted, dry and overall fair at best.


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