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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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3.6
boto (2211) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2008
22oz. bomber: This one pours a ruby amber color. There was a bit of an off white head on it, but that disappeared to nothing very quickly. No lacing at all. The nose is raspberry. Not overly strong, but it masks most everything else. I get a whiff of alcohol and caramel malt coming through also. Pretty smooth taste. Some raspberry, but not overly done. Some caramel malt. A touch of sourness to the finish. This is actually pretty good. I would definitely buy more.

2.5
hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle... Hazy, singed caramel-colored ale with a small, creamy, fat-bubbled, off-white head. Lots of raspberry in the nose. Smells artificial, but still pleasant... sweet and fruity. Full-bodied with prickly carbonation. The high abv is well-hidden. A touch more tart than sweet. Fruity. The tanginess is cool, but kind of odd. Astringent, grassy, dry finish. <b>Thanks to beerbill for the bottle!</b>

3.3
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2008
This is a very attractive looking beer. deep brown with rudy red tint just barely letting light though the glass. pretty nice flavor with the rasberries not being aritficial. was very surprised to see the ABV on this one, you cannot tell at all. But might have liked to get some alcohol notes to see how it paired witht he fruit.

3.3
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JUN 25, 2008
I’d say that this is a successful combination of the fruit beer and barleywine genres, so to speak. Strong, but not artificial raspberry flavor can seem a bit overpowering from time to time, as it is accentuated by the alcohol aftertaste. However, the warming effect of this brew lulls you into a sense of comfortablility and enjoyment. Not a bad beer after all.

3.5
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Bottle. Pours an ruby/amber color with a small white head. Nose of tart raspberries, sugary sweetness dominating the nose. Initial taste is sweet, raspberry juice, earthy malts. Mid palate displays spiciness of the alcohol. Finishing with a mild hop balance and sweetness. Light to medium body. Good head retetion and average palate duration. definitely enjoyable.

3.3
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with a thin head. Aroma is sweet malts, floral hops and raspberries. You can catch a drift of the 9abv. This was real easy to drink not enough complexity here.

3.1
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2008
(22oz bottle, labeled as Raspberry Barleywine) Cloudy dark red-brown body with soft beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, raspberry syrup, lacking the tartness I associate with fresh raspberries. Taste is moderately sweet, raspberry, some earthiness, light alcohol astringency. Improves somewhat as it warms. Medium body with light stickiness.

3.8
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
22oz bonus, no date from John jjpm74. Clear brownish orange with a one finger beige head, fading to a ring after a minute or so. Dominant aroma of raspberry syrup--tart, but plenty sweet--with just a hint of oyster crackers. Flavor adds a bit more of a beer flavor with some caramel and light chocolate goodness, Some tartness, but not too much. Also some raspberry seeds. Apparently there are some hops because the dry finish actually has the bitterness peaking around a 3 to 4--some alcohol warmth is present. Low carbonation with a medium full body. The aroma actually only got a 7 1/2 and the flavor 8 1/2. This was actually pretty good, and the closest thing I can compare it to is Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock, but it still doesn’t come close to that.

4
Slipstream (2626) - USA - APR 15, 2008
Lovely red color and fast-fading head. Pleasant aroma of flowers, berries, and light hops. The taste is a real charmer - the raspberry comes thru boldly but is not overwhelming. It is malty sweet, and could have a little wheat in it. It is a little like a wine cooler, but without the vinous sourness. It escapes the problems of other fruit brews, like not enough flavor or too much sourness. It might be the first raspberry ale I have tried. This is a very fine fruit beer, an original effort, and moderately priced, too - thanks, BBC!

3.4
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Also labeled as raspberry barley wine (six of one, half a dozen of the other). Rich, strong raspberry aroma. Flavor is a rather cloying malty sweetness with s nice raspberry finish.


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