Raspberry Strong Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

BA SCORE
85
very good
308 Ratings
Raspberry Strong AleRaspberry Strong Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
berkshirebrewingcompany.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
308
Reviews:
180
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
15.12%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
22
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2017-06-14
22oz bottle served in a big snifter. Pretty sure @mr-jj gave this to me. Don't see an obvious date.

Pours a reddish clear with a medium head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is raspberries with a hint of booze.

Taste is raspberry, oak, some odd bitter flavor (maybe a slightly different take on what I would describe as fruit skin bitterness). Combination is not bad, but not overly successful.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and smooth. Overall -- not bad, but not overly successful.

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Photo of acurtis
3.02/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mattycasey
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brureview
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle date:

Poured a raspberry-copper color in a Stone Snifter with a 1F head.

Deep raspberry aroma, highly unusual for the style. With warming , light chocolate.

Very carbonated-piquant.

Complex taste: deep raspberry, fruit overtones, light chocolate which settles in with warming.

Spicy, hoppy, tart finish, with light bitterness.
Different approach to the style. Another excellent beer from Berkshire.

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

Photo of muchos
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L. Clear ruby-tinged golden, ample head recedes to just a ring in minutes.
S. Noticeable tart raspberry, nice sweet malt balance.
T. Juice. Big dominant raspberry, somewhat tart, sweet caramel, peanut brittle. Sweet raspberry aftertaste. Is there alcohol in this?
F. Smooth, below average carbonation.
O. Would be excellent for dessert. Big sweet ripe raspberry flavor. I thought it was a real treat, but expect a sweeter beer than you expect, if that makes any sense. Cheers!

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Photo of ChrisMyhre
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oldejoe
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks. Nice ruby-red, golden brown, with little head.
Smell. Strong fruits a tad into the over-ripe stage, a bit sharp.
Taste. Strong fruits, mild spices, a bit too syrupy and floral, very little hop touch. Not much of a barley wine character.
Feel. Fairly sparkly for no head, medium-full body,
Overall. Pretty good at the fruity part, weak on the barley wine; probably just needs to sit in the cellar for a year

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shy5
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of riderwbd
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Johnct
1.78/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Really bad. I want to believe it was a bad bottle, because it tasted like old cranberry juice mixed with bud light. I honestly can't imagine this is the same beer as the one the rest of the reviewers had, but it is.

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Photo of dental
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoostaBia
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of parris
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmc181
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm not typically a fan of fruit themed brews, but this is quite tasty. The fruit is very aromatic, but still very balanced to taste. Great if you're sitting down for one or two.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NJBeer265
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like a sweet raspberry ale. Maybe the keg was bad but not much body.

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Photo of SABERG
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerEsquire
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is not your girlfriend's gateway fruit beer! Well balanced (malty, sweetness, bitterness) strong ale that is cloudy in appearance and supports a healthy dose of fresh raspberry tart w/o being too sweet - can have more than one pint.

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Photo of Dizzy242
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Raspberry Strong Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.77 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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