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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This special ale is inviting with its ruby hued appearance from the generous use of half a pound per gallon of fresh raspberries from a local farm only a few miles from the brewery. Luscious malts and a balanced hop bitterness support the rich sweet/tart character of the fruit. This brew is dangerously drinkable, challenging the notion of what a “fruit beer” is.

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3.6
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Nose is of raspberries - tart and fruity with undertones of caramel, toast, and a touch of iced tea. Pours dark reddish(raspberry color) brown with a thin non lasting head. Tart fresh raspberry flavors on top or some caramel and toast. Raspberries throughout, malt base here and there, some alcohol shows up in the finish. Malty, but fruity with nice fresh characteristics balances the beer. Perhaps a touch thin, but I really liked this one and would drink again.

3.3
Beerdedone (3446) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small beigh head. Thin aroma of raspberries, light caramel and some notes of fruit. Flavor was sweet raspberries a bit of caramel and a touch of chocolate.

3.3
brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
A: The pour is fairly standard for a barleywine, good amber/copper color with a thin white head. S: This beer certainly does not disappoint on the raspberry front. Lots and lots of raspberries, but certainly of the artificial/extract variety. Almost a candy-like sweetness to the nose. T: Some sweet caramel malt, toffee, and (you guessed it) a lot of raspberry extract flavor. This one is sugar/candy sweet and you might even use the term cloying to describe it. M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation. D: The flavors were fairly nice, but after awhile, the sweetness was just too much for me. This is definitely a beer to only have a small pour of (yet the brewery puts it in a 22 oz bottle).

3.6
Drake (14062) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2010
22 ounce bottle courtesy of CrellMoset and aimeefausser. Thanks! Pours a hazy strawberry color with a medium offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of raspberries, caramel and a bit of nuttiness. The taste is tart raspberries, caramel, toffee, leafy hops. Medium bodied. Decent.

3.5
madvike (3293) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle - Amber pour with a nice off-white head. Smells of raspberry, with a bit of chocolate - smooth and well-integrated. Taste is smooth raspberry with a bit of caramel and a touch of heat. Nice warmth on the finish. A bit watery and a little thin, but overall a very smooth, pleasant beer.

3.4
edmedina (21) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2010
The head is sparse and dissipates quickly. The color is deep copper with a hazy look. Aroma wise it is very heavy raspberry. I can also get a citrus smell but it is over powered by the raspberry. Taste wise raspberry. Nothing else to be honest. Mouthfeel is slightly tart with a bitter liquor bite to finish. Over all the raspberry does a great job hiding the high alcohol. It’s an interesting beer to makes me wonder what would it be like some sour notes in there.

3.5
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2010
bottle pours pinkish amber. Thin raspberry and bread/nut malt aroma. Flavor is rich biscuit, caramel malt, lots of raspberry in the finish. Slightly medicinal, but good.

3.9
jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Reddish amber pour. Very fruity malt nose. Taste is strong raspberry preserve, resin and spruce. Rated 5/14/05

2.9
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle. In marker is written "AGED! 2009" on the label. Not sure if this made the beer more expensive or a warning to those scared off by an older beer. anyways....pours a deep, syrupy coppper color with a small foamy white head. Nose is sweet raspberry puree with a light caramel note. Palate is thin and syrupy with a big tart finish. Flavor is raspberry puree and sugars with a caramel syrupy note.

2.6
bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
(22oz bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours an amber body with a small white head. Aroma of chocolate, raspberry, nougat, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate covered cherries, raspberries, and corn syrup.


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