JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Dark bronze with a fair head. Alcohol, bready yeast and massive malts make up the nose. A really fine nose it is. The alcohol is evident at first sip, but in no way is it overpowering. Sweet malts are strong but not overly sour sweet like most doppelbocks. Bitter at the end with a lingering alcohol effect. Very good! Go Cubs!!! ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2011
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 that’s 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.kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2009
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", I’d 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 aren’t as sticky, rich or cloying as the individual confectionary components. There’s 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 isn’t 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. It’s actually quite refreshing, although the beer doesn’t finish completely clean but does leave a pleasant, mild taste of candy and malts.
Mouthfeel: Proportionately speaking, this is a rather thin brew. There’s a slightly watery consistency, as the slightest fizzy texture while it’s 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. It’s a beer that with a little more strength would make it a heavy hitter instead of just a good position player.
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
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. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2006
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.
can8ianben (1603) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2007
An interesting offering as a unique beer of their brewery. I liked the complexity of the malts, the alcohol is hidden well, but it didn’t make me want to drink more of it (seems like that is the theme over at Cooperstown Brewery) elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 14, 2008
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. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 Original rating 05/14/10: ... 6/5/7/4/15 = 3.7 ...
Pours a nice frothy head over a rich, cloudy, dark orange/ruby red. Thousands of little bubbles slowly and deliberately rise to the surface. Gorgeous. The head actually stays atop the beer as I drink it, right down to the bottom.
Has a malty aroma with a mild sweetness. However the sweetness is the overwhelming characteristic of the smell. A slight bitter hint of malt at the end. Seems to have all the characteristics of an English Ale. Some butterscotch from the (I’m guessing) Ringwood yeast; sharp and sugary.
Has a very strong pungent flavor. Heavy malt and some sweetness, but overall has a strong, somewhat sour taste. Any hops that might be in this beer are completely overpowered. But the malt is pleasant with the perfect sweet/sour mix. Lots of yeast, a sugary finish: plums, grapes, dates. Minor alcohol burn on the way down.
Density is very thick and chunky. Remains on the palate for a little while, but has a smooth aftertaste. Fizzy; the fact that the carbonation is slight on the tongue is a bonus. As strong as this is, it is surprisingly easy to drink. Has a good combination of malts, thickness, sweetness, fizzyness and drinkability........
==RERATE 07/10/14 ==
Color is super-cloudy, dark carrot orange. Doesn’t quite have sediment,but the fluid is murky as hell. Looks awesome. Interesting that when I opened the bottle, it foamed up and bubbled out like a volcano.
The aroma is unusually metallic. Sugary, almost like a barleywine. Supremely grainy, with an almost lacquer-like scent. An earthy grain bill. When you let it warm up, a sort of Sour Ale component kicks in; I’m not sure if that’s a byproduct of the yeast (I thought they used Ringwood), but it’s unusual, in a good way.
Flavor is more sugary malts, with very little hop presence. More finished wood sealant. As it warms up a bit, the sugars really explode. There is a mild sugary sourness that I really enjoy.
Feels thick and chewy, and sits around after after you’re done with it. This is an intense beer, make sure you decant it properly and let it warm up. bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2006
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
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.