ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004 bottle. Pours a light orangish-yellow, with some bright hints of burnished gold in there. Light beige head, clear appearance. Aroma is wonderfully fruity, lightly spicy (hot cinnamon). Very estery with a dose of mild bready malt on the end. Flavor begins well enough, with a light hops flavor (papery, lightly floral and bitter). Some dry caramel malting along the way, with more of a strange zesty spice. However, this beer went horribly flat and watery quickly, which did not help the papery, dry, astringent nature of it. Hops dry the beer out excessively and though it does not get overly bitter, it just tastes stale and like chewing on paper. A dose of fruity esters, a touch of alcohol on the finish.
boto (1826) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. bomber: This one opens with a loud pffft. It poured an fairly clear amber color. Suprisingly little head and about no carbonation. The aroma is quite mild. It is malty sweet, with some hints of fruitiness. Maybe some hops down in there also. Malty sweetness, with some hops in there to balance them out. No real bitterness to the tatse. A hint of spice. Very smooth. Good beer!
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Amber coloring with some redness. Decent white head. Sweet malt aroma. Taste of sweet malt and a bit of fruit hops. Smooth but nothing special. Hints of spice in the finish.
fishonmyplane (402) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Re-rate: This time around, the beer tastes like it might be expired. I wish this company would put more information on the labels - they don’t tell you enough about the styles of their beers, or which ones are seasonals. Anyway, this one just just a little off - almost skunky.
I still think Berkshire is a pretty good brewery, but I will put in a little more due diligence before I buy their beers in the future. Their beers really have a sharp dropoff in quality if they aren’t fresh.
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Signature nose, fruity-apricot/peach, honey with a toffee malt backbone. A tad hazy orange brown color. O.K. head that diminished quickly. Roasty malt, fruity sweet hops flavor. Kinda creamy, bitter, fizzy, dry finish. I liked it, just not what I might think of to sustain a New England winter.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Nearly opaque reddish-brown, large off-white head. Strong well-balanced odor of citrusy hops and caramel malts, quite lovely. Flavor very interesting, woody, malty and musty, like UnionMade I'd say its in Old Ale territory, though my knowledge of the style isn't vast. Light sweetness, relatively dry most of the way through, light bitterness at the end, a bit on the thin side. Good, not great, but worth trying a 2nd time I think.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy deep briwnish amber, with a very lively almond head. Aroma is big and malty, with some estery fruitiness and mild hopping. I'm guessing it's an old ale, or something in that vein. Definitely a winter warmer. Flavor is big and malty, with some light esteriness and mild hopping way in the nosebleed seats. Sort of bland, which is disappointing. Although it's good, this is my least favorite Berkshire beer so far.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great winter beer. Not as overpoweringly sweet as many winters. A nice blend of malt and slightly biter hops, a fair amount of citrus fruitieness and some spicieness.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber color with a thick head and good lace. Grainy malt flavor with hoppy accents. Slightly sweet and hoppy flavor with a grainy finish. Medium bodied and a touch dry.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep, brown-amber color. Aroma is somewhat of sour cherries soaked in coffee (with the cherries the dominant aroma). Flavor has some coffee-with-fruit notes, too. It’s pungent, but in a fruity way. Very malty, but not over-sweet. Very rich and multi-hued (fruit, coffee, chocolate, beer malts). Interesting.