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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.


2.8
tapefuzz (614) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2017
22oz bottle. Pours Orangey amber with a foamy white head. Aroma is raspberry. Taste is syrupy raspberry and some malt. Light hop bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Sticky but slick mouthfeel.

1.8
barrelagedluv (33) - Pittsburg, California, USA - MAY 16, 2017
I poured this into a snifter ready to enjoy a hearty classic barley wine with a fruity twist. It fails on both counts I’m sorry to say...With little to no lacing, it looks like kool aid mixed w/ cheap rose wine. The smell is metallic and flaccid. It tastes like cough syrup, with a sour aftertaste. A plastic cup would be a more apt vessel to slurp down this Ill conceived concoction in!

3.8
Bebum (1008) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 3, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2017 Cloudy amber/orange color. Very full body, hot and rich mouthfeel, flavorful, well balanced, average length. Sweet, bitter, crisp. Fruity, pumpkin, yeasty, spicy, alcoholic flavor. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 21, 2015
This was poured into a chalice thinking it was an actual barleywine. Actually, initial aroma and taste makes me think, there’s none of the sort. The appearance was a ruddy red to amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light foaminess glazes along the glass nicely. The smell has some sweet red raspberries with a stealthy tartness underneath. Light cocoa enlivens the aroma as it warms. The taste was mainly sweet through the red raspberries. The cocoa makes a sly presence sweetly. Tartness is minor. There’s a nice little combination of the cocoa to raspberry in the aftertaste and that leads to a sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. It makes for a decent session and is somewhat dry on my tongue. Overall, its a fruit beer through and through. I wish BBC wouldn’t have slapped "barleywine" on the label, there’s no such qualities. Still, its good for what it is and I could see myself having it in the warmer months.

3.9
PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Bomber into a small Allagash flute. Pours cherry raspberry amber with lively moving carbonation and constant bubbles. Faint head and light lacing, smog whiteish. Raspberry aroma, cedar, apple, fig newton jam, juicy berry punch towards the end. Taste is sweet raspberry, syrupy, sugar, juicy berry, jam preserves, finishing with a slight tart push, then raspberry pop tart filling. Almost drinks like a champagne, abv is present but doest hinder. This is fun. Knocking back a bomber with Marco and Rufus was a grand idea.

1.6
skjensen (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2015 does not count
Light barleywine at the start with raspberry finish. Not really either one. A little mixed up. Could work in the right situation

3.3
puboflyons (3438) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 14, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle. It pours reddish-brown with a short-lived white head. The aroma feels more like a barleywine than the name suggest with a good barley malt character and more of a hint of raspberry. The body is medium. The raspberries really kick in on the taste making me forget that this is a barleywine. It carries a punch that makes my head spin. I can see why people are not enthusiastic about it but it is definitely one of a kind.

2.3
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
23-Mar-14 (22-oz bottle)
Can’t say I’ve had a raspberry Barley Wine before. This pours a cloudy, amber-brown body with half an inch of tan head that settles to a ring. The nose is sweet, very caramely malt, some toastiness, and of course plenty of raspberry, though it smells more like jelly than actual fruit. As expected, it’s sweet and fruity on the palate too, but I did not expect that the jelly-like raspberry flavor would actually dominate the sweet, caramely malt like this. It’s full bodied, sweet to the point of cloying, and medium in carbonation. Overall, I can’t say I’ve enjoyed this, and I’m not sure adding fruit to a Barley Wine is a good idea. It’s just too much sweetness on top of more sweetness. A little berry tartness would really help this beer though.

1.9
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bomber. Pour is a deep clear ruby amber with a thing off white head. Smell is raspberry overload with a touch of the caramel malt in the background. Taste is sweet and tart with raspberry syrup and not much other flavor going on. This reminds a bit too much of blackberry brandy when you combine the scent, taste and pallate. I hate giving bad ratings but this is one those times. Just an overly sweet fruity syrupy disaster and doesn't at all resemble what a barleywine should be.

2.3
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Blind #10 - bomber A: pours a copper-on-cherry ale with a single finger of peanut head which falls quickly to a shameless nebulous of the same circling the surface like a shark on standby. Soap suds on the collar. Spotty lacing. When I agitate this liquid, the foam forming becomes a canvas for the ale to show it’s cherry hues. (3.5) S: Sweet and cherry like. Initially, I get this woody, cherry and vanilla smell on the front end of a Flanders or Oud Bruin. I await in vain for a second wave of the cider vinegar I am more familiar with in aforementioned styles. Retains the sweetness and even touches on strawberry. I’m caught off-guard. (3) T: Still sweet and saccharin raspberry-esque. The beer is really, really sweet. Underlying bitterness is there and attempts to wrestle the alcohol into submission, and makes a valiant effort, but I think the sweetness accentuates it. The beer is like maraschino cherry and raspberry liquor. (2) M: Oily and nearly flat. Slightly dry finish. Hints of alcohol burn on the finish as well. (2.5) O: Too sweet for me. Reminds me of timmerman’s Strawberry. Not a bad beer, just not my cup of tea. The beer would benefit from a lactobacillus addition IMO. (2) Guess: Raspberry American lambic Reveal: Berkshire Brewing Co; Raspberry Barleywine Style Ale Man, this blind tasting shit is hard. Makes me feel like an asshole too. Thanks for getting me to try this Cuzco! Serving type: bottle 05-30-2011


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