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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hershiser2 (3590) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2017
Bomber in the $6 range from The Wine Thief - Downtown, New Haven, CT. Pours an orange color with some floaters, small soft off-white head. Aroma is raspberry, light grain, light alcohol. Flavor is very raspberry, but not sweet or bitter - just there, along with some toasted malt and grass. Hides the booze well. Jesus, this is 9%?

tapefuzz (755) - 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.

barrelagedluv (45) - 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!

Bebum (1056) - 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

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.

PhatB420 (841) - 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.

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

puboflyons (3467) - 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.

DarkElf (3066) - 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.

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.

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