Berkshire Scotch Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Scotch AleBerkshire Scotch Ale

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ppoitras on 04-16-2006

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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by DrJay:
Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear chestnut color with a beige/tan cap, ~1/2 inch, that lingered and left a fair bit of fine lacing on the glass. Malty aroma, brown sugar and some dark malts, caramel and sugar, hint of vanilla. Nice flavour, lots of rich maltiness, caramel and toffee, brown sugar sweetness and a bit of nuttiness, slight alcohol character, low bitterness. Full bodied with lowish carbonation, pretty smooth texture without being too heavy. A solid beer, easy drinking but more hearty than refreshing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium head, Cleveland Brown brown, medium carbonation

Smell: I smell earth, wood, and a bit of floral notes

Taste: some oak, some florals, some Scottish malt, and a bit of black cherry

Mouthfeel: very smooth for a Scotch ale, with a hard finish--medium body

Drinkability: I will have this again. This to me is an above average Scotch ale and a fine representation of the style

Photo of lambpasty
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a heavy pint mug.

A - Dark brown with tinges of ruby showing through the haze. When they say they leave the yeast n the bottle they aren't kidding, even after the pour had settled the entire glass retains particulate floating around. For a scotch ale, I like this and think it gives a more rustic and hearty feel. Poured with a 2 finger khaki head that stuck around for a bit and faded to a film with minimal lacing, though if I let the beer sit for 5 minutes between big sips it did leave a ring around the glass marking the level.

S - malty, slightly bready. Notes of smoke and bright fruit along with a molasses syrup sweetness.

T - sweet toasty malt and some hints of dark fruit up front, giving way to smoke and a slight yeasty bitterness in the middle. Semi-sweet finish retaining the bitter yeast and peat.

M - just the right consistency for the gravity and ABV. Very drinkable and manages to be sweet without being syrupy.

O - for the $4.50 I paid for the bomber, this may be the best Scotch ale I've had for the money. It's not life-changing, but it's an excellent beer and a great example of how to do this style well. Will absolutely be buying it again, and since this was my first foray into this brewery's offerings I will be exploring their other beers as well.

Photo of Oldmankeebler
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Carmel color. Nice malty taste worth slight Carmel in the finish.

Photo of roopy40
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into a thistle glass

A - Copper in color, 1 finger head with decent retention. Minuscule lace left behind.

S - Malt, caramel, some fruit, alcohol.

T - Wee HEAVY! Roasted malt, sweet fruit, alcohol.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, bitter finish.

D - Not that drinkable for me, but I am glad I tried it. Don't let this discourage you, I'm just not a big scotch ale fan and haven't tried many.

Photo of CJRubes
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up a few weeks ago at a Fall beer tasting and have been waiting to try it. I don't drink Scotch Ales too often so I'll do my best to review this one.

I poured a 22oz bottle into my Tree House Brewing tulip glass.

A - Poured with a relatively thin head that dissipated quickly. Moderate lacing on the glass. Has a nice, hazy, dark copper color.

S - Getting a lot of dark malts, with raisins (plums?) and caramel thrown in. Definitely getting a bit of alcohol in the smell which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

T - Dark, rich malts, caramel, plums, raisins, some molasses, and hops towards the tail end. I can definitely notice the alcohol. This would be a great beer for a cold Winter's night. It has a long, somewhat sweet aftertaste that, fortunately, isn't cloying. I find myself welcoming each sip and I'm not getting tired of this beer at all.

M - A bit on the lighter side but still creamy and enjoyable. I'd expect a little heavier mouthfeel from a Scotch Ale.

O - Not the greatest Scotch Ale I've had but it is still very good. I will definitely get this again, especially once the weather turns cold and snowy. BBC did a nice job with this one and it's well worth trying.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, reddish-brown body with a nice finger of tan head.

Sweet malt nose. Brown sugar, booze.

Solid malt body. Rich, sweet, strong finish. Slight smokiness, with a tiny hint of astringency. Would be truly wonderful with barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is slick, coating, and slightly astringent.

Overall, very drinkable and a great cold weather brew.

Just bought this recently along with some Scotty Karate and Dirty Bastard. Scotch Ales for Fall, woohoo!

Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent creamy foamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with lots of lacing, crystal clear amber reddish slight orange color.

Nose sweet candy malts, grainy, little toasty, brown sugar and little molasses, light root earthy vegetal sugar, lots of esters and phenolic booze, apple juice, light grassy earthy hops.

Taste starts sweet, toasty brown malts, brown sugar and syrup, raw molasses earthy root like syrup, sweetness brings a touch of booze and phenols galore, little estery with light fruity apple like flavours, syrupy booze. Mild grassy earthy slight vegetal hops with fair bitterness. Finish is semi sweet and little bit of molasses creams, light grassy hop bitterness, more brown sugar and phenolic booze.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, little creamy later, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall not bad, nothing too special but typical for the style.

Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good head that leaves spotted lace. Light brown color where light shines through and appears a bit hazy.

Darker malt smell of toasted marshmallow and molasses. This isn't sweet to the nose, though.

Rich body and flavor. Mildly sweet with deep crystal malt touch. It seems to be well balanced even though I can't detect the hop per se. Thick like cream. Low carbonation.

Photo of beer4colin
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am so glad to find this beer. I love a Scotch Ale but I find so many contrived, to me they just toss something burnt onto the wort rather that use real smoked grain.

This is very true to the style. Like it a lot.

Photo of Maxwell
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a rich, caramelly brown with amber notes. It forms a small head of tight knit, yellowing bubbles that fizzle to a scrim around the glass. With a little agitation a nice, smooth, half-finger’s width head forms and leaves a lacing of stringy lacing on the sides of the glass. In body, the beer is clean of particles and dark with a nice haze. On the nose, this beer is richly fruity, with thick plums, caramel, toffee, green apples, and doughy bread wafting into the nostrils. Soft roasted malt with a touch of peat smoke and the faintest touch of booze play gently on the nose, but rich fruity malts are the big player on the nose and are slightly reminiscent of a quad. On the tongue, the beer tastes richly sweet with a touch of herbal bitters coming from the hops and even a touch of savory richness coming from the malt. At the finish there is a touch of very faint, tart acid and a whisper of booze. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of heavy in body, with a chewy, thick mouthfeel. Carbonation is gentle and velvety on the tongue. In flavor, the beer tastes of raisins and plums dipped in brown sugar. The flavors mingle into rich caramel malts with a very light touch of roast, chocolate, and soft banana-notes. Light green apple skins lay behind most of the other flavors and build a complexity into the sip. The finish is long and fruity, bringing more plums, figs, and brown sugar to the tongue with a touch of roast malt. Overall, this beer is very rich and tasty, and is a real pleasure to sip. Rich malt character is nicely balanced by fruitier yeast character and very light hopping. This beer is cheap in price, rich, and delicious, showing far more complexity than beer’s three times its cost. Try this beer.

Photo of brianjay
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sweet and smooth Scotch ale. Light body with low carbonation... the taste is sweet to almost butterscotch levels. Unlike many Scotch ales, this is not as dense in body and flavor. A smooth finish that leaves some biscuit flavor behind.

Photo of Jayli
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Abbey in Worcester 2/13
Beer pours a clear medium copper color with about an inch of white head - decent head retention. Spotty wispy lacing throughout. Nose is of caramel and roasted malts, bit of smokiness though very light. Alcohol is definitely present in the nose. Taste is a bit fruity balanced with caramel and roasted malts. This is a very smooth scotch ale - not that much bite. A decent scotch ale!

Photo of Theheroguy
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweet and malty just as the description on the bottle states.

Not overwhelmingly sweet like I find many scotch ales to be. Are there hops in this beer? Just enough for balance

Lighter than most scotch ales

I don't usually enjoy this style but I quite like this one and I'm glad I bought it on a whim.

Photo of brureview
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Bukowski's in Cambridge.

Poured a dark brown tea color with 1/2 f head.

The aroma was thin, faint fig and raisin- it was more pronounced with warming.

The mouth feel was quite good- not too carbonated, and transitioned well to the taste.

The taste and finish are the highlights of the beer: Rich plum, raisin,and fig which are accentuated with warming.

The finish is excellent- not too alcoholic- just right for this beer, and balanced well with the taste.

This beer would be higher rated if the aroma were stronger( although there could have been an issue with my sinuses).

One of the better scotch ales-especially for beers in this style with lower ABV.

Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip. Poured mahogany in color with a dense, one inch off-white head. Clarity was a little murky through and through but cleared up around the edges; no lacing on this one. Nose was dark fruit, some booze and a little cocoa. Taste consistent with nose, but a woody quality comes out and mutes the rest of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was just shy of medium-bodied, lightly effervescent and slightly creamy. I felt like this was a little left of center on the style. It was decent, but I didn't love it. I'm curious as to how the bourbon barrel version will compare.

Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft pint with dinner at Wolfie's restaurant in South Deerfield

a: Black with a finger thick white head which dissipated to thin surface foam.

s: Dark malt.

t: Dark malt with dark fruit tones and significant hop balance. Very tasty, with plum/prune undertones, getting even better as it warmed. The high ABV is quite well concealed.

m: Moderate.

o: A very good Scotch Ale, one of the best I have had. Not as smooth as OB Old Chub, but the taste will hold its own.

UPDATE 10/25/13: Bought a bottle and it was significantly inferior to the aforementioned draft pint. Surprisingly light for a wee heavy. Lighter color, Less flavor, short on maltiness and lacking in detectable dark fruit. Ratings I would apply now would be: a: 4.25 s: 3.5 t: 3.75 m: 3.75 o:3.75.

UPDATE 2/8/15: Another bomber bought a few months ago, and it supports the observations from the previous bottle, although more malty and with some dark fruit notes. new ratings a:3.5, s:3.75; t:3.75; m:3.75; o:3.75.

Photo of Celtics76
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Celebrating the start of a long weekend (heading to Salem, MA Fri) by trying this out. It's a bit cool out there and I have the windows open in the family room, so I figure I need an appropriate Fall/Winter brew.

Poured into a SN balloon glass - copper in color, with a bit of head that diminishes slowly to a foam ring around the glass. Smells of plums (and maybe raisins?)..taste is not as robust as I would expect, however there's a good malty foundation and a subtle smokiness that I really like. I can definitely taste the 9.2% ABV, but it is not overwhelming.

I love these slow sippers during the cooler months, and this is a good scotch ale, though not the best I've had. The usual quality effort from Berkshire Brewing though.

Photo of Gatch
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 3/18/14

A: Deep amber to brown in color with a fluffy, bubbly, off-white head that lingers for a bit but fades completely into very little lace and retention.

S: Huge aromas as expected from this style. Fragrant, smoked, roasted, sweet malt. A bit boozy. Some wood, earth, peat, caramelized sugar.

T: Sweet, boozy, malty. Everything comes together to create a very delicious, warming brew. Smoky, woody, roasty, malty, sugary...tasty! As far as I know, this is spot-on for the style!

M: Incredibly smooth and drinkable. Massive flavor. Endless malt goodness. Superb finish.

O: Beers like this help us beer drinkers remember that malt is an important part of beer. It can be the best part. Hops aren't the only ingredient that make a beer great. This is an outstanding beer in general and an even better Scotch Ale.

Photo of Oldejoe
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks. A muddy brown (unfiltered?) with a thin head.
Smell. Starts kind of beery, but eventually I got to a molasses, earthy aroma.
Taste. Rich, sweet maltiness, very little hops, mildly dry at the end.
Mouth feel. Nice rolling rich body, mildly puckery at the end. Good robust feel, about medium heavy texture.
Overall. I do like the dark, malts, though this might be a tad too sweet, also seemed more straightforward than complex. But I do like it.

Photo of Drewtechie24
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome! Great taste medium beer

Photo of HamdenHector
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; medium brown in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: peat, smoke, some dark fruit;

T: dark fruit for a moment, then brown sugar and molasses; smokiness comes in at mid-palate and, by the finish; is dominant; virtually no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation - a little creamy; medium dry finish;

O: Berkshire make great beer:

Photo of morebeergood
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Little too heavy on the malt. Super sweet, hard to drink more than one pint.

Photo of SeamusLight
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super sweet, super malty nose. Lots of thick lacing on the glass. Tastes like a wood-burning stove, with a smooth, alcoholic mouthfeel. It often feels more like drinking a whiskey than an beer. Overall, very drinkable, but perhaps not sessionable - this beer will knock you on your ass if you're not careful.

But this is one case where the label's description really does reflect the drink. Berkshire Brewing continually proves that they are a highly capable and trustworthy company, and I would have to recommend this beer.

Berkshire Scotch Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.