isis69 (1) - USA - AUG 22, 2007 does not count
This is my all time favorite beer. I am so glad that it is served year round now, of course I do miss the sales that used to happen in May on the beer. c’est le vie detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Pours a beautiful deep copper, topped by a quarter inch of soft tan foam. This dies back to a thick film and thicker ring. Minimal lacing. Delightfully earthy caramel malty aroma - sweet and woodsy and maple and cottonwood buds and dark honey.
Oh tasty. Sweet and dry at the same time - caramel and honeymalts. Oak and vanilla and hazelnut and leather and maple syrup. A hint of alcohol that begs further exploration. An interesting ’feel’ - it seems light and sessionable and mind-numbingly alcoholic at the same time. Medium-full body, gentle but substantial carbonation.
The epitome of balance and construction. Bold yet subdued. I’d trade my chainsaw for three pints of this on cask. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
This is a rich, delicious, warming old ale, brewed with imported English malts (pale, crystal, and chocolate), imported East Kent Golding hops, and American Cascade, and Mt Hood hops. Rich, delicious, and comforting malt flavors and aromas marry with assertive hop character and alcohol warmth. It makes for a very special beer, and one that has become legendary in New England brewing circles.
Geary’s Hampshire Special Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, garnet color, with a slight tan head, and a soft carbonation. The nose is just packed with aromas of sweet and toasty malt, earthy yeastiness, and piney hop character. The palate is lush with big flavors of sweet malt, toast, toffee, and earthy mushroom flavor from the Ringwood yeast used in the brewing of this beer. Hampshire Special Ale finishes with toasty malt character up front, then softly slides into a slightly warming alcohol burn(7% abv)
This beer as an old ale is perfect. It is a very comforting brew that one can relax with on a cool New England afternoon, or the coldest of New England nights. It would work well with a number of hearty dishes, but I believe this beer is best when it is sipped and savored. If you can find this beer in your market, seek it out, it is outstanding. I’m so happy that it can be found in mine, and it remains one of my all time favorite beers. It is heartening to know this beer is available year round now, but for me, this will always be a special Winter brew.
tqreynolds (3) - USA - FEB 12, 2007 does not count
One of my alltime favorites. Easy to drink and tasty all year ’round. I find this to be the best of the southern maine microbrews. fernans (55) - Rhode Island, USA - MAR 23, 2012
This one of my favorites. A unique Ale in style and taste. Hops are alive bit intrusive. Taste is malty but not sweet with earthy overtones.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2002
(00-01 edition) Clear amber/orange color. Thin head and lace. Huge nose of cookie dough like malt,caramel,maybe a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg(there is some kind of spice) and others. Medium bodied. Huge, rich malty backbone, assertive but well melded hopping,wisps of caramel,spices and chocolate, all infused wonderfully with a cozy alcoholic warmth. More like a lower abv barleywine then a pale ale. This is outstanding. mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 <HTML>This is my favorite Christmas beer so far this year (well maybe 2nd after Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale). Poured with barely any head, which was its only downfall. Otherwise, it had a delicious malty/caramel aroma and flavor which hid the alcohol well. I think this will be my New Years Eve drink of choice.</HTML> MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Pours clear orange with a nice whitish head. Malty carmel aroma, with a slight hop note for balance. Big malty carmel flavor, with a lingering hop finish. I really enjoyed this easy drinkin' winter brew. RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pours a clear amber brown with a light tan head. On the nose it is tar like with a slight alcoholic tone to it. There is something else that is extremely prevalent that I just can’t put my finger on. Peat, maybe? On the mouth it is...whoa...sorry...was tasting and typing at the same time. Smooth and even. Strong caramel tones on the mouth. Feel is good, with a lower carbonation. Thicker with an almost syrupy feel. Definitely drinkable, but it’s definitely a strong English ale. Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 3, 2001
I absolutely loved this beer. The hops were perhaps just a tad too strong, but the malt shown through nonetheless. Great dark color, too. Yum.