JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 11, 2004
On a small pub crawl while onshore for a few hrs from my cruise ship, I hit up Swan’s. As a general statement for all of their beers that i tried, the good news is that they were served at the right temperature. The bad news is that none of them was too good, IMHO.
The aroma of this ale was like raspberry soda. The taste was a bit too sweet. garthicus (2937) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 4, 2010
Thanks to Blankboy, shared with HogTownHarry and I. Appearance: Murky brown, red with a medium off white head. Aroma: A little tinge of raspberry, a little yeast, bran and a tiny amount of hops. Flavour: Tangy raspberry, some bran again and a sprinkle of yeast. Not bad at all. DeanF (2471) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2011
Has a very nice ruby-red body and a good pillow of antique white head. The aroma is all kriek-style fruity syrup, not in the league of Cantillon but more in the league of Lindeman’s.... so what did I give a Lindeman’s Kriek? Oh, probably a six. I’ll assume it’s a six for aroma. The flavour is an odd mix of berry flavours that are muted by some odd cloying detergent crap that is just totally dragging the experience down, man. Somethin’s just off in this one, and it’s a shame - I was hoping to experience at least a British Columbian version of a mass-produced Belgian Kriek, but instead got a fruity mess that is just all over the place. I’ll still finish my 650ml bottle, though. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2008
Bottle. Light copper-red body with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma has some light raspberry, metal, and light jam sweetness. Flavour has raspberry syrup, strawberry, and some sweet cookie and caramel. It’s pretty weak and somewhat muddled together. Lagerboy (2221) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2015
Bomber, as Swans Berry Ale. Clear red copper, some sediment, mostly fading off-white foam. Promising pungent aroma of real fresh raspberries. Sweet berry fruity malty taste, faint herbal hint. Average carbonation, light bodied, low hopped. Just okay. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)
Enniskillen (2060) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Amber with an off white head. Aroma is light blackberry, malt, and caramel. Taste seems to be mainly blackberry, and boysenberry rather then raspberry, also has a caramel note but definantly some candy like fruitiness. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2005
Draught (2005) Really enjoyed this. Toned down berry in flavor and aroma with hoppy undertones. Nice copper with a slight purple/redish tinge. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Nice covering up of the alcohol although I still found this beer to be a little to sweet and sugary, needed some sourness for balance. Pretty good and refreshing. GarrettB (1622) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2014
August 17th, 2012 - Sometimes we run across breweries and their whole line of beers, and they don’t "click." Maybe it’s the beer. Maybe it’s the brewery. But sometimes, out of a whole underwhelming line-up of beers there is at least one that stands out, shining and gleaming in a field of gray, soulless suds. And often enough for it to be an observable trend, this drinkable savior is a sweet brew - something that inspired the brewer. Is that the Swans Hotel’s Raspberry Ale? True, it is better than most of what’s being served, but it doesn’t come to the taster tray wearing a small cape and spandex. The aroma is pleasant, featuring strawberry notes, and the heavy luscious scent of dark, overripe raspberries, but the flavor is flimsy. Transparent, almost untouchable touches of strawberry appear here and there on the tongue, but even under the most serious sensory scrutiny, this ale doesn’t offer up much. This puts it ahead of the other Swan beers (so far) but it’s not enough to redemm the damage done in my tasting notes notebook. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Verbatim from notes 16JUL11
Raspberry Ale: Cherry pine ale with no head, no lace, brilliant clarity. Smells of sweet raspberry, natural. Hunts of biscuity malt. Raspberry is a little subdued compared to say, NG’s offerings, but I think this is not bad. Sweet bready malts hang out iwth the sapberry and have just a touch of sourness. Medium bodi with low carb. Dry finish. Would like a lot more carb. Overall, Not bad, the carb (lack thereof) takes a lot away from the overall impression of this beer.
Serving type: on-tap