mmather (122) - Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the Falling Rock. Another crafty use of ingredients by the king of never throwing a beer away (I mean that in the most endearing way possible). I never would have thought that raspberry and a barleywine should be brought together, but this combo is wonderful. The caramel from the barley wine and the raspberry were blended to almost perfection and aged perfectly. A bit more hops or a bit more raspberry and this beer would have been a train wreck. One of the most wonderful concoctions ever. It should be done again!
Kevin (2023) - Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2006
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
draft at falling rock. 9-06. i wondered why i was asked if i was diabetic by the bartender, then i took a sip. i have a new definition of cloying. caramel apple and raspberry medicinal alcohol notes with a very rich chocolate flavor. the flavors are at odds here. i can’t tell if this is supposed to be kids cough syrup, a raspberry creme filled chocolate, or just an unpleasant beer. i settled on the last on. i love raspberry, this is not good raspberry flavor to me. too damn sweet.
Ernest (6013) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught, Falling Rock. Head is off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel), with notes of raspberry syrup and alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Simple and very sweet but ok.
Ratman197 (8856) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Golden City Brewery[ end of keg] poured a murky coffee with cream color with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, light raspberry and oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of malt, light raspberry, oak and toffee with a dry bittersweet finish.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Scents of wood, berries (mainly raspberries), sweet dark malts and caramel.
Cloying, sticky raspberry and malty sweetness combine with a major lack of carbonation and a very thin body to achieve complete unbalane in my opinion. Too fruity, too sour and too sweet.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Falling Rock on tap - There is a strong raspberry smell, and a slight odor of hops, similar to an abbey. The taste is initially bitter, with a sweet raspberry middle, and a bitter berry finish... really there's not a whole lot to it.... you can taste the alcohol, its really too sticky.
3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Falling Rock on tap. The owner gave quite a story about this oak aged barley wine, using something like 1.5 lbs of whole raspberries during the brewing. It is slightly murky, with a deep amber color. Big hoppy sweet berry aroma, but not exactly resembling raspberries. More like starwberries and blueberries. Sticky and cloying, you can taste and feel the high ABV. Overly fruity, very sticky, with burning alcohol on the tongue throughout the drink.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap at the Falling Rock in Denver. Smells of wood and berries. Coloration is a deep ransparent ruby. Taste is complicated: sweet up front, smokey in the middle, and a bitter berry bite in the finish. Good mouthfeel and a definite alcohol bite. An interesting twist on the barleywine style.