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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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3.9
jtclockwork (17284) - , 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

3.3
brokensail (16648) - 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).

3.7
Tmoney99 (14983) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear reddish amber color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy tart raspberry fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy tart raspberry sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet fruit finish of moderate to long duration. Refreshing drinkable fruit beer.

2.5
Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Reddish amber ale with a light white head. Light raspberry aroma with alcohol wafting through. Sweet corny alcohol in mouth, with raspberry extract. Unidimensional. Mondial 2005.

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.

3.6
Drake (14078) - 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.

2.6
bu11zeye (13215) - 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.

3.2
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 22oz botttle acquired in trade with ppoitras (thanks!). Poured a medium reddish / orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of raspberries with some yeast. Tastes of raspberries. Somewhat syrupy. Sweet with a light tart finish. Wow, 9%, well hidden.

3.8
deyholla (12307) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Sampled from the tap at EBF. Poured a clear amber with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a good amount of raspberry with sweet bread and biscuit backing. Flavor started with sweet grains and breads with a nice growing raspberry note that balanced the beer.


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