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Holidale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

256 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 29
Gots: 16 | 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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FosterJM

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1668th Review on BA
Bottle to Christmas Goblet
22oz

2012 Vintage
Thanks to MikeReaser for this one

App- This was a very golden orange looking beer. Almost a golden brown color to match on the bottom of the glass. Poured out a bit light in the center and not like most barleywines I have seen. The head was a nice 2 finger white color with some good puffy foam. Not too much cling or lace.

Smell- This was more of a stale DIPA to me. A bit of citrus with some older hops in it. A bit sweet and a bit caramel pine to balance. Maybe a touch of spice on a large pull of the nose. A little bit of whispy booze as it warmed a touch more.

Taste- Its a nice barleywine. A bit off of what I would say the style is. But I have had a few like this where its a big malty citrusy flavor with a small amount of bitter and hops to balance it out. This was fairly sweet and presented with a few other flavors in there. A bit spicy and maybe a touch of vanilla to boot.

Mouth- A larger medium body. A bit of a medium bubbly carbonation like a DIPA to balance it all out. The bubbles created a nice feel to this beer. Was a sipper but hits the spot. Residual malts and deep resiny citrus.

Drink- I opened this on Christmas at 3AM. It was a nice beer to unwind with after a long Christmas Eve day and putting presents out for the kids. A welcome gift from my RS member. Nice flavors and semi balanced. Maybe letting this sit for a year isnt a bad idea either. Maybe i can get another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 16:05:17 | More by FosterJM
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-25-2012 03:25:30 | More by oriolesfan4
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-25-2012 02:56:58 | More by thegerm87
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-19-2012 02:24:47 | More by Goldfishman
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-13-2012 03:14:03 | More by DrunkinYogi
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Top Hops during the Westvleteren even today, since this looked like it would be quite smooth and bold for the cold weather. Sure enough, this fit that perfectly and those who had a bit of my beer were amazed at how easily this went down. Even though the aroma wasn't that strong, the whiskey came through nicely and this reminded me of some of the Innis and Gunn beers that I had recently enjoyed.

The pour to this was nice - a rich mahogany with not a lot of head, carbonation, or lacing to be seen. Not a lot of spice here but a good amount of dark fruits, brown sugar, and booze to top it all off. No charcoal or peat here, this certainly felt a lot more toward the Whisky end and less towards a Scotch or Scotch Ale. Quite cloying since it had a bit of a bread/biscuit feel to this but this never felt too full and only the warming effect of the alcohol lingered after each sip.

This was deceptively strong but the alcohol never detracted from the beer and the apricot and cherry shone through nicely without having the sweetness of a Belgian beer. Although it was a bit too dry, it fit the bill nicely on this late fall day and has to be one of the most accessible examples of this style that I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 23:08:05 | More by JerzDevl2000
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CalebHiliadis

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-03-2012 04:45:28 | More by CalebHiliadis
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-03-2012 00:31:38 | More by Rekrule
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-02-2012 18:12:31 | More by shigg85
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MatthewWilde

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: bottle 2011

A: Pours an off-white strong head that quickly becomes decent lacing, reddish brown in color, minimal internal carbonation, hazy throughout with light sediment

S: Dried dark fruits, hints of vanilla and pepper, slightly herbal, even some cocoa, moderately fragrant, complex

T: Much akin to the nose, perfectly balanced and complex, each element has its own presence and not one element overpowers the others, nice fruit with a hop backbone, just wish it was more flavorful overall

M: Quite smooth and very drinkable, easy on the palate, only slightly drying, mild fruity aftertaste, alcohol not even detectable

O: A great barley wine overall, nice flavor and very palatable, definitely could be more powerful, but still impressive, interested in trying some fresh

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 04:44:40 | More by MatthewWilde
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Masscraft


4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fresh bottle of 2012 Holdale.
Popping the cap my nose is hit was a nice dose of citrusy hops. Surprising. Poured into a goblet a couple-finger head leaves a smattering of rorschach blots around the glass (the second pour really cakes it on, tight elegant lace rings) The nose is exotic fruit jam, sweet by not cloying. I think this version is more like an imperial english-style ipa than a barleywine so get this while its fresh. The finish is dryly hoppy without any significant bitterness. Really invites the next sip. The alcohol is well hidden. If this is still in the 9.5 - 10% range it doesn't taste like it. Sweetness is quickly cut through with a grainy, rustic bread quality that balances the brew nicely. The blurb on the bottle describes its bitterness as prominent without being aggressive which is about right. BBC has really been ringing my bell lately. This is definitely up there with my favorites. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 17:03:35 | More by Masscraft
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Mikeynas

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%

10-20-2012 23:41:01 | More by Mikeynas
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. 2011 Vintage. Pours a cloudy dark chesnutty brown with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of malts, bread, grapes, and brown sugar. Slight bit of grassy hops. Taste is bready and malty with boozey caramel towards the end. Hints of dark fruits. Lightly carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel. Pretty good barleywine. Looking forward to trying a fresh one.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 03:34:36 | More by PicoPapa
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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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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
2011 batch.

pours a cloudy, deep amber tone while yielding a 3/4-1" beige head; middling retention, respectable lacing evident. nose is very nice on this fella. big candi sugar presence with some strong fruity and bready malt notes... brown sugar and caramel... not as much in the hops department as i was expecting, being an american barleywine.

more of the same translates to the flavor. big notes of candi and brown sugar, caramel... fruity characters... a touch of spice. not your typical barleywine, has a unique element to it. medium-full bodied with slightly below average carbonation.

no wow factor per se, but really nice; very tasty and enjoyable. definitely recommended - another hit from berkshire. i can only imagine if this were given the barrel treatment.

(originally reviewed: 01-03-2012)

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 01:32:52 | More by BostonHops
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 Vintage
Pours a deep reddish copper color with a good sized bubbly beige head that shows great retention. Smells of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of ethanol and a touch of oxidation. Taste is a bit on the malty side up front. Lots of sugary sweetness that gets beaten back by and earthy and a muddled buttery harshness. Long lingering sugary and butterscotch sweetness. Medium body and level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I really enjoy the coffeehouse porter from Berkshire, but most of their other beers strike me as too heavy on the diacytyl. Decent beer, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 01:04:04 | More by johnnnniee
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Hopdaemon39

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine-glass. Pours a relatively clear brown copper color with a half-finger of head, minimal lacing, and a few thin streaks of lacing.

Nose is full of thick roasted malts, spice, and a little bit of booze. Smells like a barleywine.

Taste is surprisingly milder and more balanced. Of course roasted barley is pretty much front and center but it's not as chewy as anticipated, has a little bit of nutmeg, and maybe a touch of hops. Booze is not noticeable in the taste. Maybe a little bit of cherry towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is great- very drinkable for this style. Medium to full bodied with mild carbonation of the soft variety. Sweet finish. Good barleywine- not as bold as others but in a certain sense it's nice to have one that's quaffable (relatively of course).

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 01:42:30 | More by Hopdaemon39
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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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friartuck72

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-16-2012 14:04:56 | More by kirkse
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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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rderedin

Maine

3/5  rDev -23.1%

03-18-2012 22:25:45 | More by rderedin
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staggerlee024

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

03-16-2012 17:41:46 | More by staggerlee024
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milkbone_underwear

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

03-10-2012 21:52:35 | More by milkbone_underwear
Holidale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.