Berkshire Scotch Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Scotch AleBerkshire Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

22 Reviews
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Reviews: 22
Hads: 71
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 3.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews by Gatch:
Photo of Gatch
4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (827 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
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 (393 characters)

Photo of lambpasty
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,311 characters)

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oldmankeebler
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Carmel color. Nice malty taste worth slight Carmel in the finish. (70 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Ccnative
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of roopy40
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +2%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of liquorpig
3.42/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mlefebvre7
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of complexnomenclature
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of LutherBrau
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CJRubes
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,199 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of yossarian14
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of ghostwalker
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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! (453 characters)

Photo of Syraquse
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -3%
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. (886 characters)

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Berkshire Scotch Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.