Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a ruddy burnt orange to brown color with a solid sustaining finger’s worth of off white foamy head. The head must last for a good minute before gently dissipating and creating some light speckled lace.
The aroma starts off with some sweet to spicy estery fruit flowing upon rich caramel and toffee malts. Some grassy notes. Clean earthy and spicy hops beat feet upon those malts to add a little bit of zing. Sly herbal notes underneath and then a little bit of chocolate.
The flavor balances very nicely between the sweet to spicy to fruity and caramel/toffee blended flow all combining extremely nice and right on into the aftertaste and on into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable flow smoothing out on my tongue. The use of the malts in this beer really helped smooth out some of that "zing" I smelled in the aroma as it doesn’t let in any cloying features but just really feels absolutely wonderful.
Overall, an English pale ale with a little beef. Feels just a tad heavier than some others of it’s style, perhaps the chocolate in it, but if anything for a medium ABV-ed beer, it’s heartier than expected and definitely could still go with some fish n’chips. altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2009
In Northfield, MA. Dark brownish head with healthy fizzy head. Fruity, citrus nose. Some fruits in the taste. Gets dry and malty in the finish. Quite peculiar, really. A bit fizzy in the mouthfeel, with a sweet and malty finish. Not sure about this one. Don’t want to seem weird, but subsequent sips remind me very much of sushi... jkwood04 (5472) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2013
On tap in a plastic cup. Pours amber with a light beige head. Aroma of caramel and a little toffee from the malts plus some dough and floral hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent amber ale. Kavu (5249) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2014 A small taste from a bottle @ Bauer Wine & Spirits. Pours clear chestnut with a medium head. Aroma is malts with some spices. Flavor is malts with some pumpkin, some spices and a hint of hops. Lighter than most winter warmers, which suits me just fine. Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
22-ounce bottle courtesy of HikerCT. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a bright light brown color with a single-finger off-white head that has some spotty lacing. The nose carries a bit of light caramel and some bread, not too much else. The flavor is equally bland. Some bread. Maybe bread crust, too. Yay! Not much in the way of spicing, so at least it’s not overspiced. Medium body and quite chewy. Blah.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-17-2011
muzzlehatch (4975) - 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. Huhzubendah (3775) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle split with hobbie100. Thanks Richard!
A: Orange-brown hue with a medium-sized head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
S: Fruits, spices, malt.
T: This was my favorite of the five Berkshire Brewing beers I had the opportunity to try recently. It was the most complex and interesting, and of course had the best flavor. Spices are integrated nicely into the overall flavor of the beer, with no artificial tasting fake flavors. I have had many winter warmer beers that I found less than pleasant. This was a pleasant surprise.
M: Medium body, good feel.
D: A solid beer. I’d definitely drink it again. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Mildly piny aroma to start, turning extremely sweet in the nose. The sweetness is amazing with hints of cocoa powder as well. An interesting and pleasant aroma. Mildly hazy copper color with an off-white head. I’d like this to be darker. This is a weird ale. There are some mild piney hops throughout with some roasted malts and lots of sweetness, but not overly cloying. Almost milky and cream-like. A bit spicy and just very different. Enjoyable, though. 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. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed dark amber with a moderate off-white head that lasted through two-thirds of the glass and left lots of spotted lace. Pleasant aroma of caramel, malt, and just a hint of fruit. The flavor is equally enjoyable with caramel and malt with some very mild hops at the finish. Smooth mouthfeel that borders on being silky. Good stuff and underrated.