RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Fresh clean jammy raspberry aroma, clear mousey brown. Fresh juicy raspberry up front, dense caramel midpalate, leads to a building warming finish is almost too strong and definitely a pointed change from the beginning of the experience.

Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2009
Bomber courtesy of Tweety. Good raspberry aroma alonwith some yeasty bread notes. Red body with off white head. Alot of raspberry in the flavor along with a stron bittering. Thicker chewy body texture and what seemed to be some seeds from the raspberries. Filling brew with the fruit lingering on the palate. A creative brew glad I had the chance to try it.

porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 12, 2009
(22 oz. bottle from Kappy’s, labelled as "Raspberry Barley Wine Style Ale") Pours slightly hazy reddish amber with about four fingers of light amberish head. Head slowly recedes to a foamy 1/2" or so and is mostly retained. Aroma is a bit sourish along with a slight bit of vanilla and candyish malt and fairly light raspberry. Mouthfeel is soft and fairly smooth, almost fluffy. Big, weepy rings of lacing. Flavor of some sweetish candy malt and a bit of caramel and vanilla. A bit sourish. Finish is strangely peppery which carries through to the aftertaste. Some fairly subdued raspberry sneaks into the finish but is mostly in the aftertaste. ABV well-hidden. Sort of a strange one, doesn’t really fit any particular style and a bit odd flavor-wise.

kevd193213 (992) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Draught. Reddish amber pour with a thin white head. Overpowering aroma of (no kidding) raspberries. Taste of malt, raspberries and alcohol with a sugary sweet finish. I’m not a fan of fruit beers but this was one of the better ones I’ve sampled.

VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bomber - Raspberry Barley Wine Ale - Poured a nice reddish amber in color with a small white head that hung around for a while and provided some lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty sweet and strong of raspberries. Flavor is not as sweet as the hop bitterness balanced it nicely. Raspberries not as prominent in the flavor profile. Little evidence of the alcohol level. slightly bitter/sour in the finish.

pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2009
At least 1 year old (labeled barleywine). Pours a warm reddish orangy amber with a thin offwhite head. The nose is full of raspberries. Sweet with a good dose of malt. Akin to a lightweight Fort, as there are no signs of alcohol. A heavier body, but not what I’d expect with a high ABV beer like this. The flavor is a letdown after the nose on this. A blunt raspberry tingest astringent maltiness. The alcohol peeps out. The raspberry almost tastes a bit fake, maybe like Robitussin? I have to guess this would have been a bit better fresh. There’s something sharp in the finish, maybe it’s the acidity of the raspberries. Lingering raspberries and light cream.

brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
"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 doesn’t mesh well with the fruit for me.

markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2008
bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a slightly red caramel brown color with an aroma of berry and lots of it, and a tad bit of malt and alcohol. Flavor is berry, and Ibrew2or3 is right: sickeningly sweet at times and a good deal of alcohol. Interesting, glad I got to try it.

sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2008
Courtesy of BA trade. Pours amber, tan head.Aroma fruity - raspberry, hoppy and just overall weak aroma. Taste of raspberry and hops, lingering tartness of the raspberries with a light hoppy finish. No idea how this one falls into the barleywine category as pet the label.

Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
OK Sea Bass, what did you bring us here. The bottle says barleywine, ratebeer has strong ale in the title and it has been entered as a fruit beer style. What the hell is it? Diving in I may find out. Pours deep clear copper with thin near tan head. The aroma is big hits of raspberry extract with just hints of malt and no barleywine fruity esters. The taste is big in raspberry goodness. The raspberry can be pretty darn tasty from time to time if you choose to ignore the pure extract nature of the flavor. It is nearly sickeningly sweet with none of the tartness that comes with the actual fruit. I get just a hint of malt in the background. This one disappoints on all levels. It is hardly even a fruit beer since it didnt taste like actual fruit was use during brewing. Putting barleywine on the label is just criminal.

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