OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
Cuivrée en couleur, très faible mousse beige pale. Malt, houblon citronné et floral d’influence anglaise, un peu boisé, traces de cuivre et haut indice de sucre en arôme. Noisettes, vieilles feuilles de menthe et léger caramel en bouche. Corps plutôt mince, carbonatation effacée. Échantillon en fût au American Beer Fest, Boston, 18 Juin 2005. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2005
Bottle 22 oz bomber. From my best friend, Scott, Poured a dark amber, clear, with a small fizzy white head. Aroma was sweet+caramel+hops. also apples and fruit. Nice. Taste was caramel, burnt a bit, with some fruit in there as well. Tasted some cinnamon, smooth, good beer. Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle. Clear light orange with a fluffy off white head that left some nice lacing. Nose: Citrus hops, some piney hops, caramel malt, green apples and peaches.
Taste: bread, peaches, toffee and some undifferentiated spices. Medium bodied. Finishes with a nice hop bite.
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2005
The last of the goodies sent to me by OldGrowth, Many Thanks Tom. This beer reminded me of Stone’s Lee’s Mild, possibly because its been so long since I had the latter(and my memory doesn’t serve me as correctly as it once did). Light amber colored, translucent looks like a cup of tea. Flavors are very earthy, with a cinnamon, maple flavor that is balanced with a mild dose of Noble hops. Thin bodied. Finish is most spice with a lingering flavor of old leaves. CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Nicely surprising beer. Bartender told me it would be "maltier" than most beers, but this beer had great balance, was very drinkable, with a good kick. Nice, nice winter ale.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2004
this was surprisingly tastey... nice caramel and malt notes... heats ya up right quick... had the pleasure of meeting Old Growth at Bauer... good times! ClarkVV (6709) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2004
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 (2211) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2004
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 (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2004
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 (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 15, 2004
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.