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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (3381) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (16401) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13543) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3237) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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. Its an interesting beer to makes me wonder what would it be like some sour notes in there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (16242) - , 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bu11zeye (13029) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
thirdeye11 (6159) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
( 22oz bomber thanks to BMan1113VR) Pours clear amber with nice lace but no head. Nose of raspberry syrup, chocolate covered cherries in both the nose and taste and a hot, raspberry finish.


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