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Holidale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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very good

269 Ratings

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 31
Gots: 19 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Patches826, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

jwps214, Jan 17, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.6%

Gonzoillini, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

2013 vintage

A - dark brown, yet transparent liquid with a thin white head with a bit of staying power. A light source reveals plenty of busy carbonation keeps that head afloat.

S - A whiff is mostly filled with malty goodness and cocoa powder. At the end there is a slight tweak of spice, the bottle blurb mentions cinnamon and that makes sense. Not sure if I could discern which spice without that hint.

T - this is a sharp beer. It's not quite there yet. The hops have not faded and not let the barleywine greatness through. The cocoa powder adds the bitter. The cinnamon-ness is more pronounced in the flavor and is a nice finish.

M&D - as mentioned, sharp and a bit harsh. It needs a year on it. Makes me glad I got two bottles for Christmas. I will hang on to the second one for a year or so and edit this review accordingly.

sinstaineddemon, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev +2.8%

bkwhoppa66, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of MenardMa
2.28/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This really should be broken out into Holidale 2011, 2012, 2013, etc...because last year's and this years have been very different.

I'll start by saying that the 2012 Holidale, if I recall correctly, was a very nice barleywine.

The 2013 one, on the other hand...I could barely choke down. It smelled like weak, watery coffee, it looked like a fairly light brown ale, and it just tasted strange. Like bitter coffee combined with a watery, mediocre beer.

I really like quite a bit of BBC's offerings but this year's Holidale is unimpressive to say the least. Seems like they were going for something very different in a coffee/chocolate barleywine but it just doesn't work here.

MenardMa, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

MattGrimley, Dec 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

TheEggCrasher, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Kegatron, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

scotorum, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is reddish clear with thin white head. Nose is heavy with cherries, syrup, grenadine, and caramel. Taste is sweet up front with one notes malt sweetness, not enough hops to cut out the fruit. Taste is sweet and oxidized. Out heel is heavy with low carbonation. Overall, not that great. Not really to style.

homebrew311, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

BColton1, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mlefebvre7, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

JTomczak, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of DrinkNewport
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A mild scent, average carbonation, absolute-match-for-caramel-color...and that's it.

Barley wines make a statement. They're either boozy or have an incredible amount of flavor to cover their high ABV. This beer gives you the hint of booziness or strong flavor...but it's just not that strong.

DrinkNewport, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Alright, but then where's my Holichip? *rim shot* Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset bronze-auburn topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises pine resin, light dark greens, rich toffee, and a touch of fruitcake way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the toffee and pine duking it out for my entertainment, creating a decently nice balance; and some mild stone fruits dance in the back, seemingly egging on the combatants. Normally, when I use those terms, it means there's a flavor clash on my tongue, but this time it's just to illustrate the balanced see-saw thing going on instead. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty nice brew, one that brings the hop pain without overwhelming with it. Gotta love balance, eh?

TMoney2591, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

GonzoHomebrewer, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

harsley, Jul 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

KELPAK, Jul 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

bespin15, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jaxon53, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mmmaaattt, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

megamass, Jun 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Kelp, May 04, 2013
Holidale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.