kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours an amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of oak, wood, caramel, raisins, honey, ripe fruit, apples. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of raisins, honey, apples, apricots, some mustiness. Mouthfeel is syrupy and malty.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2004
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Clear copper body topped by a foamy beige head. Hardly any aroma at all. Weak scent of caramel if anything. Watery texture. Flat. Thin. Flavor was almost nil. Just not a good beer.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber with a large tan head. Had a real hard time pulling a nose off of this. Got some yeast and some ripe fruits at first. Flavor is prune, fig, booze, caramel, some citrus. Decent hop bitterness, toasty malt and raisin. Nice.
guzzler67 (1643) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber appearance with an average size head and a small amount of lacing. Fruity aroma, replicating cranberries, followed by sweet, caramel malts as it warmed. Taste starts sweet, turns fruity in the middle and finishes on the spicy side. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Enough subtlety to keep things interesting. Relatively high abv was well hidden.
Chad9976 (1604) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
American breweries are often able to take niche styles from other regions and make them uniquely American while still maintaining their original heritage. I think thatís a good way to describe Pride of Milford Special Ale as it certainly tastes like an American beer on the surface, but just a little contemplation reveals its true English roots.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.
Appearance: Hazy blood red/burnt umber color with noticeable carbonation. Forms a small, tannish/yellow soapy head which fizzles away quickly and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Genuine aroma of caramel and toffee candy, but not sugary or rich. Slight dark fruit notes with a cereal malt scent as well.
Taste: As much as I hate umbrella styles of "____ strong ale", Iíd say Pride of Milford Special Ale definitely falls into the category of an English strong ale (Americanized). The majority of the palate is in line with the aroma of caramel and toffee candy flavors. They make for a sweet flavor, but arenít as sticky, rich or cloying as the individual confectionary components. Thereís a somewhat familiar backbone of English malts - slightly bready, slightly toasty and slightly cereal-like. German doppelbocks also tend to have these components, but this beer isnít nearly as robust.
The middle of the palate imparts a light bitterness, with the finish delievering another bout of candy sweetness combined with almost iced tea-like sensation. Itís actually quite refreshing, although the beer doesnít finish completely clean but does leave a pleasant, mild taste of candy and malts.
Mouthfeel: Proportionately speaking, this is a rather thin brew. Thereís a slightly watery consistency, as the slightest fizzy texture while itís in the mouth.
Drinkability: Weighing in at 7.7% ABV, Pride of Milford Special Ale would seem to be a middle to light heavyweight of a beer, but it drinks like something of a much lower weight class. The palate is flavorful but not cloying, and the tepid, thin body makes its chuggable, smooth and slightly refreshing. The alcohol will sneak up on you, though, so handle this beer with kid gloves.
Overall, Pride of Milford is one of, if not the best beers by the Cooperstown Brewing Company. Itís a beer that with a little more strength would make it a heavy hitter instead of just a good position player.
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/12/08 notes: bottle. Pours a light amber-orange with a small head. Has a Medium mouthfeel with soft carbonation that is fairly sticky. Mellow flavors include roasted malts, caramel, cascade and fuggle hops with some fruitiess. All flavors were blended together gently in a charmingly mellow sort of way. 7% Alcohol is hidden nicely, and I think this may be tops from the Cooperstown brewery.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
surprisingly good. looks great and tastes pretty damn good. A very representation of it style. Nice acl. content - has a strong alcohol flavor with a lasting after taste.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light copper color with some golden glowing around the edges. Small to medium sized ivory cap. Leaves some light topping once its faded and the lacing is splattered with spots.
Aroma is quite nice, seemingly light but delicately enhanced with a certain subtle complexity that fits a strong ale. Warmingly toasted and bready with a pleasing little dollop of white grape and apricot jam.
Oooo...as in moo, a very nice taster. Toasty and warm, lightly fruity and hoppy. Buttered toast, slippery caramel, dried apricot, and a mellowing warm tone is located all throughout as it begins to finish with some yeasty dryness and hop oil warmth adding some lovely little additions of herbal spice, then back again with some caramel returns and more subtle warming. The malt backing is quite adequate and largely placed as to make a subtle balance and play between the warmth, hops, spice, and yeast. A pleasure to sip. Subtlity is the name of the game in this one. Great finish. The hoppy spices are perfectly intertwined into the finish.
Feel is clean, smooth, and warming with a certain medium tilted body that leans to the malted side of things. A good thing here. Very balanced and well rounded. The texture is so easy to take in. A very drinkable ale, sipable in large doses.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle: reddish copper with a nice off tan head. Sweet tangerine malt aroma and a flavour to match. Some piney bitterness adds a slight depth to the flavour and texture. The balance in this one is the best thing going for it: not overly flavourful or interesting. But drinkable and tasty in its own way.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2004 Pours a clear red/orange/brown color, beige head, some lace. Aroma is definitely of sweeter malt, some fig. Flavor is malty and sweet, akin to a barleywine, some caramel as well. Medium-full body, alcohol not masked all that well IMO. Quite good though.