Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2002
I know this is good, despite not being a big fan of Eng. Strongs. Fits style fairly well...quite frothy head, wonderful reddish color. Super malty, and the ringwood + 7.7% makes it quite sweet. Went well with super peppery teriyaki steak. Thanks Jayme. JoeM500 (1908) - 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!!! thedm (6182) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 22, 2003
This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized light brown mostly diminishing bubbles that left a no lacing and a transparent dark amber colored uncarbonated body behind. Its aroma is a very nicecaramel malt one and its mouthfeel is initially strong with a high alcohol content feel that smoothens in its finish leaving a lingering malt hop feeling and flavor. The flavor is a medium strong malt hoppy one with elements of spice. IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2004
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. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Crystal clear amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose is loaded with caramel, butter and toffee... everything malt. The flavor isn't balanced at all. Very malty and sweet. Nice toffee, caramel, dried plum and light smoke notes. Interesting hops. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Bitter-sweet finish. The beer really becomes great when warmed to room temperature.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2005
(12oz bottle) Crystal clear amber body with large off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, floral, caramel, some orange, light bread, tea. Taste is medium sweet, floral/orange, apricot, some caramel, tea. Light alcohol warming. Smooth medium body. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 21, 2007
Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a large creamy off-white head. Sweet lgithly aged malt. Dark fruits but a touch of paper. My fault on that part for forgetting it was in the celler for 6 years. Fruity malt with a dry finish and light bitterness. Light warmth. Medium bodied. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2009
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. ChadPolenz (1819) - 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.frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2003
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.
Aroma is sweet and buttery full of ringwood yeast character. Dark amber apperance. Sweet malty taste with some hops for balance, slight smoke flavor and a fruity finish with pear and apples coming through.