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Berkshire Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Bourbon Barrel Scotch AleBerkshire Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale

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BA SCORE
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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 156
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: connecticutpoet on 11-15-2007)
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4.51/5  rDev +4.9%

22oz Bomber

I received this in a trade awhile back with the man himself brewandbbq, thanks again Jeff! Berkshire's Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale has a somewhat murky mahogany body as it fills my snifter. The red glistens with a caramel hue when backlit. Two fingers of beige head form on the pour and falls to a robust one finger cap that has great staying power and a ton of cling along the glass. Great looking drink lines get left behind each sip. This is one impressive looking drink.

The Scotch ale has notes of peat, caramel, toffee, a surprising nuttiness on deep pulls and a black pepper spiciness that's barely noticeable. Now think of all that deliciousness wrapped in a big fat bourbon barrel like pigs in a blanket. The barrel matches the intensity of the Scotch ale perfectly with just enough character to play along instead of take over. Semi sweet bourbon, pure vanilla, and smooth buttery oak all round out the beautiful nose on this big brew.

The nose couldn't have been anymore right on than what it was. The actual beer has a great peat smokiness that plays perfectly with the somewhat sweet bourbon character from the barrel. Toffee more so than caramel keep the maltiness pushing through as notes of vanilla and buttery oak coat the tongue. The nuttiness and spiciness are both afterthoughts in the flavor but add even more depth. This is one delicious beer; each sip gets better and better.

A slow rolling body manages to coat my tongue on each and every sip. The body is on the lighter side of heavy with a velvety smooth feel and barely noticeable carbonation. The carbonation or lack there of, allows this beer to work its magic over every single tastebud.

The sheer size of this brew along makes it a sipper, add the barrel aging and it's a super sipper, or so you'd think. This beer goes down so incredibly easy for the size that it's mind boggling. Seriously, one bomber is not enough.

I would love to see this beer get made again and I'm about to search out some more. I can't give this brew enough credit. The depth is huge and every aspect is perfectly integrated. I can't thank you enough for giving me the chance to sample this brew Jeff!

Reviewed: 3/21/08

joe1510, Aug 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jaxon53, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

GRG1313, May 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

beast464, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

EvanWilliams, Dec 23, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +3%

Rempo (Mark) just left this in my fridge because he saw it on my Wants list. What an incredibly generous individual!

This one pours a full bodied, dark and dirty, muddy creek brown in color with a slight off white lacing around the glass. The nose is big, rich, and malty with notes of vanilla, butterscotch, oak, bourbon, molasses, and caramel. Wowzers! It's uber complex. The flavors are spectacular as well. It is very rich and flavorful. There is a lot of vanilla, sorghum, and molasses with nice levels of oak and bourbon. The bourbon character is just right and I'm glad there is that much character left. It drinks large and full in body with a nice, resonating aftertaste. This one is a gem. I'm eternally grateful for this bottle. Thanks again Mark!

aasher, Nov 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

FreshmanPour77, Sep 10, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

Big thanks to Jon for sharing this long-time Want.

Pours a nice reddish-brown with a thin white head and minimal lacing. Smell is very interesting, a mix of bourbon, dark fruit and heavy malt, maybe a little bit of tartness too. Wow, this flavor is awesome and unique. The bourbon and oak are very prominent, but they mix nearly perfectly with the fruity, malty and almost vinous scotch ale base. I've never had a beer that tastes quite like this, but I'm really impressed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. Overall this is a really fantastic scotch ale, right up there with the Bourbon Big Sound as my favorite of the style, but in a very different way. Very happy to have gotten to try this one.

starrdogg, Apr 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

bsuedekum, Mar 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Pencible, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

I got this in one of my earliest trades a couple of years ago, and just now getting around to cracking it. I figured that much time shouldn't hurt anything this big with some time in barrels on it either. Review is from notes taken on 1/27/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour looks like murky home made apple cider; starts with a one finger creamy light tan head that fades relatively quickly to a thin and uneven skim with a creamy/foamy ring around the surface; as mentioned, body is murky and really can't be seen into, but on the sides you can quick streams of tiny bubbles; a swath and patchy lacing is left behind.

Smell: Quite nice, and there is still a bit of bourbon kick to the nose as well; plenty of caramel maltiness and a touch of smokey peat; alcohol rings through clearly and there is a sweet vanilla presence as well; nose is quite robust and doesn't disappoint.

Taste: Also very good, and there is a bit of an acidic apple-like flavor, not quite sure where it comes from; touch of oak; bourbon-like alcohol is there as well as the nose alluded to; caramel malts and the vanilla rolls in, likely from the barrel.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight, and a touch slick; carbonation is present and soft, keeps the body smooth enough; a thick, oily and sticky coating is left all over the palate; belly is left especially warm.

Overall: Definitely a sipper, but one I wouldn't mind getting through a couple times of years; a nice set of flavors, and while it's not the biggest beer I've sat through, the presence of alcohol keeps me sipping in moderation.

bamadog, Jan 28, 2012
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Berkshire Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.