OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2003
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 (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2003
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
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
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
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
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. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Cloudy dark copper, with small light-tan head. Aroma is spicy, peach, green apple, and floral hoppy. Taste is spicy, peach, medium sweet, and floral hoppy. Mild bitterness. Darned good beer. vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Has a apple cider look to it and smell is malted. Taste is of malts, feels heavy and finishes with a slight bitterness. Overall a great heavy beer for the winter. VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Jellied copper with a yellow glow. Small, off white, tiny bubbled head. Slow, big bubbled carbonation. Spicy hop aroma with undercurrents of peach syrup. Crisp, hoppy and boldly flavored. Spicy hops and a dry caramel base injected with the stewed peaches house character. Medium full body. Quite rich, yet briskly carbonated and bitter. Yeast pour darkens the liquid and firms up the now creamy head. Smoother and gentle, yet firmly spicy. Finishes with a ton of green, leafy, spicy hops and a creamy, fruit mix. Very nice winter sessional. Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 Pours a clear reddish orange color with a small head. Huge light fruit/flowery hops nose with a touch of spice. Full mouthfeel, slightly bitter turns to slightly sweet in the finish. A great winter session brew.