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Holidale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

292 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 31
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-07-2001

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Ratings: 292 | Reviews: 178
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4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch poured into a snifter.

nice creamy off-white head. deep opaque mahogany body. scents of cocoa and cinnamon. hints of coffee and roasty malts in the taste along with the aforementioned cocoa and cinnamon.

this is almost like a guinness draft with a more carbonated mouthfeel and complex flavor profile. if i didn't know this was a barleywine, i would think i was drinking a high volume milk stout.

a very solid beer that i would have to guess got better with age based on some of the other reviews for the 2013 batch.

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3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 2011. Drink it fresher than I did

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3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for 2012 version which is a completely different beer than 13-14

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4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.44/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.24/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

2014 edition from a bomber. Pours a deep chocolate brown that light barely penetrates (to think this was a clear red brew just a couple of years ago). Low carbonation and thick, creamy mouthfeel, with the cocoa nibs first introduced last year prominent. Almost no hop flavor, all roasted dark malts. Unstated ABV and absolutely no alcohol taste or aroma, but it comes up on one towards the end of the bottle. First sip was a little sweet for someone like me who doesn't appreciate that, but my palate settled into to it quickly. Obviously not an all day drinker but well positioned as a dessert beer. I suspect this may develop in interesting ways over the next few weeks as the yeast settles out more, and possibly fall off fairly quickly afterwards. Snazzy new label.

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Holidale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.