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Berkshire Scotch Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Scotch AleBerkshire Scotch Ale

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very good

23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 8.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of Gatch
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev -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

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Photo of lambpasty
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oldmankeebler
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Roguer
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Ccnative
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of roopy40
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 9, 2015.

The pour is brown with reddish hues under a lingering tan head.

I like those traditional toffee and roasted malt sweet notes on the nose peppered with tobacco or peat moss.

Medium to heavy and slick body.

The taste has a vibrant malt sweetness with this senses clearing alcohol warmth that roars in on the backside, simmers momentarily, and fades.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mlefebvre7
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of complexnomenclature
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of LutherBrau
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CJRubes
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yossarian14
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of joeroma5
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ghostwalker
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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!

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Photo of Syraquse
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Berkshire Scotch Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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