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 doesnít mesh well with the fruit for me.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Blind #10 - bomber
A: pours a copper-on-cherry ale with a single finger of peanut head which falls quickly to a shameless nebulous of the same circling the surface like a shark on standby. Soap suds on the collar. Spotty lacing. When I agitate this liquid, the foam forming becomes a canvas for the ale to show itís cherry hues. (3.5)
S: Sweet and cherry like. Initially, I get this woody, cherry and vanilla smell on the front end of a Flanders or Oud Bruin. I await in vain for a second wave of the cider vinegar I am more familiar with in aforementioned styles. Retains the sweetness and even touches on strawberry. Iím caught off-guard. (3)
T: Still sweet and saccharin raspberry-esque. The beer is really, really sweet. Underlying bitterness is there and attempts to wrestle the alcohol into submission, and makes a valiant effort, but I think the sweetness accentuates it. The beer is like maraschino cherry and raspberry liquor. (2)
M: Oily and nearly flat. Slightly dry finish. Hints of alcohol burn on the finish as well. (2.5)
O: Too sweet for me. Reminds me of timmermanís Strawberry. Not a bad beer, just not my cup of tea. The beer would benefit from a lactobacillus addition IMO. (2)
Guess: Raspberry American lambic
Reveal: Berkshire Brewing Co; Raspberry Barleywine Style Ale
Man, this blind tasting shit is hard. Makes me feel like an asshole too.
Thanks for getting me to try this Cuzco!
Serving type: bottle
blipp (5595) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours amber with a white head. Fruity juicy raspberry sweetness with a hint of booze, and sweet fruity and malty finish. A little bit to big, but still pretty good.
Kinz (3163) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richmond 20th. Medium brown, no head. Aroma is caramel and a hint of raspberry. Flavor is rich malt. Slight bit of raspberry. Really liked this. Nice rich and deep bready note.
HopTsing (400) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the bottle poured a rosy, brown brew with a rosy, white head. Aromas of raspberry and malt. Flavors of raspberry, and hops with a acidic finish.
tia (849) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ RG 20. Light brown. Smells like raspberry jam on bread. Kind of tastes like it too.
jkwalking05 (3393) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
fuertecorn (15) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
bbbeer (528) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 isnít very well hidden, but in the end I would have been surprised if it were. 22ozís of this should be shared for sure.
Sledutah (4071) - Utah, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.