Red Wine Aged Imperial Raspberry
Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant

Red Wine Aged Imperial RaspberryRed Wine Aged Imperial Raspberry
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #168
ABV:
not listed
Score:
83
Ranked #24,348
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 17.75%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
32
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Red Wine Aged Imperial RaspberryRed Wine Aged Imperial Raspberry
Notes: An Imperial Raspberry Ale aged for one year in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 32
Photo of REVZEB
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If asked "does this beer accomplish the vision of a raspberry fruit beer with wine elements?" then the answer is yes. Now is it a stellar beer, eh it's ok. The raspberry is upfront in your grill in the taste, with earthy, vinous, and woody notes supporting. Smell has a vinegar twinge that is not pleasant, but otherwise same as taste. Feel is just a step away from good, but can't put my finger on what is missing, maybe to slimy or not enough depth beneath the fruit? Fine try but nothing to seek out

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

later batched were aged in pinot noir barrels instead of cab, but i wonder how much difference it really makes. there is so much raspberry to this beer, im not sure the nuance of the various red wines would impact it all that much. i liked this one a lot, and reckon its a really interesting beer, lighter in color and weight than expected for something like this, i have not seen a lot of fruited strong ales in this style. a little red to the color, light brownish, as red from the fruit as it is brown from the grain, an odd color, but a great aroma, sweet fresh raspberry, woody red wine, oak, some toasted malt sweetness, a little tart from the fruit too, pretty complex, and increasingly so as it warms up. the flavor is driven by the tart side of the raspberry rather than the sweet, even though there is plenty of residual sugar here, it seems more grain derived than fruit. lots of wine tannins, a little sharp for a moment up front, but smoothed out by a richer malt base that supports these flavors beautifully. carbonation is really high too, which lightens the beer considerably, no sign of alcohol really, smooth oaky fruity finish. delightful beer from a brewery i wish i knew more about. they seem to have a pretty impressive barrel program going!

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Photo of Skater_Rich
1.12/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was by far the worst beer I have ever had, the taste was like hoppy cough syrup and the aftertaste was violent. This should have been drain poured after it was brewed. I was hoping for something similar to Rubaeus, but this was like Robutussin. Not to mention the food was just as bad at Shoreline as this beer was. I wouldn't send enemy's to this place in fear that they might think I actually like it. Sorry but this is not a place for craft beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a reddish brown color with a thin off white head. The smell was of earthy raspberries. The taste has kind of settled out a bit from what I'm guessing since this bottle was cellared for quite some time before drinking. However the remaining flavors of raspberry were in there but the barrel notes weren't all that prominent. Overall it's an okay beer, not one I would drink again unless it's a fresh batch.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The complete title of the beer as posted on the Shoreline website is Imperial Raspberry Ale Aged in Wine Barrels, as part of their Bourbon Barrel Bottle Series.

The beer was sampled at the 3rd Annual Illinana Mayfest beer festival on 5/26/2012. Poured into the sampler glass, the ale was a cloudy dark color with a tint of red. As far as scent goes, the head released a strong vanilla aroma. The barrel aging was very apparent. The initial taste was spicy and tart raspberry. Not only does one get a real flavor of raspberry to the point where you may want to pick the seeds out of your mouth, but there is a certain strong spiciness to the beer. The oak becomes a little more apparent in the after taste, which is warming with a pleasant fruitness. Though a little thin, this beer is sweet, refreshing, and certainly complex.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to someone for sharing this in line at DLD. Served in a taster glass. Pours a decent brown color with a bit of an off-white head. The nose carries a good dosage of raspberries and light earth along with a bit of red wine and oak in the background. Flavor is mostly raspberries with a bit of vinous oak. Touch of bready malt in the background. Medium body and a dry finish. Okay, but too fruit heavy without much complexity.

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Red Wine Aged Imperial Raspberry from Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 32 ratings