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Holidale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

258 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 29
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-07-2001)
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mctizzz

California

5/5  rDev +28.2%

11-18-2011 19:04:11 | More by mctizzz
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loupap

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +28.2%

12-09-2011 00:45:20 | More by loupap
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark reddish mahogany, on the cloudy side. Huge amount of bubbles and carbonation. One finger white head

S: Some hints of light fruit, while honey and caramel malts take the nose. Aroma is more bitter than sweet. Slight notes of roasted coffee beans and toffee.

T: A full wood-aged flavor covers hard notes of toffee and sugared fruits. Pumpkin pie spices make it sweet, almost like candy. The wood and fruit flavors balance to give this beer a very earthy tone. Rolls into a bittersweet tang; burn of alcohol and sweetness in the malts linger in the aftertaste.

M: Sticky, syrupy. Medium to full carbonation, full body, massive flavor.

D: All i said in my notes were "Super awesome. Excellent beer." I'll leave it at that.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 16:34:11 | More by YouSkeete
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Todd

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 22oz brown bomber bottle with a nice painted gold label. No bottled on date.

Appearance: Medium amber, fairly clear with a nice slightly off-white creamy head.

Smell: Rich aroma of molasses, raisins, caramel and fruity esters.

Taste: Incredibly luscious syrupy and smooth mouthfeel, with a full-body. Rich and malty upfront with a high level of sugary sweetness with strong notes of treacle (aka golden syrup). Malt flavours include plenty of caramel, tropical fruit, raisin, chocolate, touch of blackstrap molasses, coffee, oaky/wood and vanilla bean. A spicy, coarse and leafy hop character follows and balances the malty flavours just enough. Bitterness is mild, but present. Alcohol is extremely warming and contributes to the overall spiciness. Finish has some sweet biscuit flavours, eventually turning dry.

Notes: A stellar barleywine. Unlike others that lean towards either the malty or hoppy extremes, Holidale 2001 is pretty damn balanced. Definitely at the top of my all-time favourite barleywine ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2001 19:07:25 | More by Todd
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40451

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

05-19-2012 00:49:19 | More by 40451
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zackg9

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

07-04-2014 00:39:05 | More by zackg9
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oddfire

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This years Holidale was awsome. Upon opening the bottle and pouring into a snifter you get a perfect balance of head and beer. The flavor is complex but very good. You get nutmeg notes and a very slight citrus flavor hiding, but if you hunt you can find it. There also is a slight Balsam fir flavor which gives it an extra holiday feel. You definitely can tell this is a barley wine style by the abv content. It is not over powering though. I would recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 01:19:41 | More by oddfire
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milkbone_underwear

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

03-10-2012 21:52:35 | More by milkbone_underwear
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sailorastro

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

05-11-2012 15:27:37 | More by sailorastro
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Stagga_Lee

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

07-22-2014 03:56:58 | More by Stagga_Lee
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hopley

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

02-16-2013 05:49:25 | More by hopley
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iceball585

New York

4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark reddish brown color, semi-clear, one finger thick cream color head, some bubbles rising throughout

S- Raisens, caramel, molasses, herbal, dark fruity auroma, hint of alcohol

T- Caramel malts, dark fruits, bready, creamy, grains, light herbal hops finish

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, smooth, flavorful, well balanced

D- Definitely worth buying again

My buddy brought me a bottle back from Vermont and I really wish he would have brought more. Great flavors and not too overpowering as some barley wines can be. This is instantly one of my favorite barley wines.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 00:41:57 | More by iceball585
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the 650ml. bottle. 2013 batch. Sampled on December 24, 2013

If Beer Advocate would let me do a one word rating my one word would be "Wow!" But I need at least 250 characters, which should be an easy task.

The pour is a foggy dark brown with a lingering tan had that settles on top and stays there. Some lacing as it fades but it never dissipates totally.

The aroma is full of variety with notes of malted barley, cocoa, coffee, fig or plum, and a fascinating woody cellared musk. Hops are minimal but the ones that are there are earthy in nature. No booze.

The body is medium to full and also smooth in texture.

I am drinking this 2013 barleywine in 2013 and one would think that it would have that biting, fresh barleywine maltiness exploding on the palate bu that is not the case. This feels like it has already mellowed with age. Fine malty notes, cinnamon, and spice and coffee grinds. No booze. This one hits the mark.

However, I would respectfully recommend that Beer Advocate set up a new annual listing for this beer. Berkshire acknowledges that the recipe changes every year so someone who reviewed this in 2010 or 2011 is getting an entirely different character in 2013.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 18:45:58 | More by puboflyons
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beer4colin

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ontap Union Brewhouse 12 oz pour in goblet.

A - Clear wheat with a good head, by UBH measure.

S - pod and clean. Slight banana esters with a touch of toast.

T - Nice and smooth with a lot of winter flavors: raisins, caramel. But no spice. This is not a winter warmer remember. Finish is a bit ragged and with a touch of alcohol burn, but not objectionable. A very tasty glass.

MF - very smooth and mouth filling.

D - I might make this my go-to Barleywine if I can find in the stores.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 22:11:18 | More by beer4colin
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank on-tap at Bukowski's Tavern, Boston, MA

Poured a hazy, copper-mahogany with a one-finger, foamy, chestnut head that faded to a substantial film of lace. Some drippy patches of lacing streaked down the sides of the glass.

Smell was incredibly sweet and rich. Very malty and bready with notes of vanilla and a general oakiness. At times, some cookie dough was detectable.

Taste was similar but punchier and more balanced. Sweet caramel malts, raisins, spices, sweet cream and a hint of alcohol were noticeable up front. As the beer moved along the palate, the flavor profile changed considerably. Quite hoppy on the back end and the swallow. The hops were leafy, citrusy and a touch sweet and thus melded well with the flavors on the front end. The beer finished very clean with only a touch of hoppy bitterness. Pleasant alcohol warming in the throat.

Mouthfeel was rich, syrupy and creamy.

Drinkability was outstanding. This beer was full of so many intense aromas and flavors, yet it managed to maintain a terrific balance.

Overall, an outstanding barley wine.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2007 04:23:29 | More by Damian
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tomParis

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy dark gold with a red tint. Nice golden head.

Smell is almost all fruit; apple, pear, molasses, even a little banana. Taste is malty and fruity. Apple, banana, and brown sugar dominate, with a very mild amount of hop bitterness (for an american bw) in the finish. Definately has some characteristics of a Tripel.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Very malty and full bodied, but not cloying or syrupy. One of the smoothest barleywines I've ever had. Drinkability for the style is as good as I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 03:14:24 | More by tomParis
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a mid amber, nice frothy head that left billowy puffs all the way down, smell, was fruity, abit of hop and malt whiff,
taste was , sweet, malty, pears, complex fruit flavor, bit of hops in there, some spiciness
mouthfeel was smooth and creamy
drinkability: This was a very special treat! You just don't find this level of craftmanship everyday! nice stuff, highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 02:28:18 | More by steinlifter
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in their 22 oz. Poured out and had a very dark amber appearance. The head lasted a long time after the pour and thinned out awesome murk. Very thick, baking-like smells; something like cinnamon, raisin, caramel, sugar, etc. The taste goes with the smell: very sweet which is really surprising for a barley wine. Pretty sneaky, definitely makes someone drink a lot of it while hiding a probably high alcohol content. A great, thick body with a low-medium carbonation allows this to be wonderfully sipped throughout the whole night. This is definitely one of the sweetest, most casual drinking barley wine I have had and probably one of the best from BBC.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 21:19:39 | More by fitzy84
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grahambo

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

02-10-2012 14:17:18 | More by grahambo
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Yallnumbskulls

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

06-25-2012 00:58:40 | More by Yallnumbskulls
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durkle


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-05-2012 21:01:27 | More by durkle
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rhabdovirus

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-23-2012 14:53:00 | More by rhabdovirus
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

01-26-2012 22:37:28 | More by kaelingirl
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friartuck72

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

05-13-2012 19:51:03 | More by friartuck72
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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-26-2014 02:54:47 | More by BeerTick
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Holidale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.