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Berkshire Scotch Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Scotch Ale
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88
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 6.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ppoitras on 04-16-2006)
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Reviews by ghostwalker:
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -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!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 22:54:15 | More by ghostwalker
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Stagga_Lee

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Massachusetts

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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-16-2014 19:04:14 | More by grahuba
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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mlefebvre7

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-08-2014 15:54:39 | More by mlefebvre7
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Abra

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

01-27-2014 17:33:41 | More by Abra
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jwps214

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6%

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lambpasty

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 21:43:37 | More by lambpasty
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 01:05:18 | More by Gatch
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prisdefer

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-02-2013 23:54:36 | More by prisdefer
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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milkbone_underwear

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

11-07-2013 23:39:37 | More by milkbone_underwear
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2013 22:37:00 | More by brureview
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Patches826

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

10-27-2013 05:01:48 | More by Patches826
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MattyIce21

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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toddicus13

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Ccnative

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.2%

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jaxon53

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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CJRubes

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 22:38:09 | More by CJRubes
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Celtics76

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 23:35:11 | More by Celtics76
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Berkshire Scotch Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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