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Red Wine Aged Imperial RaspberryRed Wine Aged Imperial Raspberry

Brewed by:
Shoreline Brewery And Restaurant
Indiana, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An Imperial Raspberry Ale aged for one year in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

Added by Thorpe429 on 05-09-2012

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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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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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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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