Berkshire Scotch Ale
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

Berkshire Scotch AleBerkshire Scotch Ale
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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #107
ABV:
7%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,370
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 8.91%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
83
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Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
 
Massachusetts, United States
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87
Very Good
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Reviews by MattyIce21:
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good head that leaves spotted lace. Light brown color where light shines through and appears a bit hazy.

Darker malt smell of toasted marshmallow and molasses. This isn't sweet to the nose, though.

Rich body and flavor. Mildly sweet with deep crystal malt touch. It seems to be well balanced even though I can't detect the hop per se. Thick like cream. Low carbonation.

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Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear chestnut color with a beige/tan cap, ~1/2 inch, that lingered and left a fair bit of fine lacing on the glass. Malty aroma, brown sugar and some dark malts, caramel and sugar, hint of vanilla. Nice flavour, lots of rich maltiness, caramel and toffee, brown sugar sweetness and a bit of nuttiness, slight alcohol character, low bitterness. Full bodied with lowish carbonation, pretty smooth texture without being too heavy. A solid beer, easy drinking but more hearty than refreshing.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of morebeergood
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Little too heavy on the malt. Super sweet, hard to drink more than one pint.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 2/1/2015 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, butterscotch, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and vanilla. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, reddish-brown body with a nice finger of tan head.

Sweet malt nose. Brown sugar, booze.

Solid malt body. Rich, sweet, strong finish. Slight smokiness, with a tiny hint of astringency. Would be truly wonderful with barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is slick, coating, and slightly astringent.

Overall, very drinkable and a great cold weather brew.

Just bought this recently along with some Scotty Karate and Dirty Bastard. Scotch Ales for Fall, woohoo!

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of roopy40
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into a thistle glass

A - Copper in color, 1 finger head with decent retention. Minuscule lace left behind.

S - Malt, caramel, some fruit, alcohol.

T - Wee HEAVY! Roasted malt, sweet fruit, alcohol.

M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, bitter finish.

D - Not that drinkable for me, but I am glad I tried it. Don't let this discourage you, I'm just not a big scotch ale fan and haven't tried many.

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Photo of Gatch
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 3/18/14

A: Deep amber to brown in color with a fluffy, bubbly, off-white head that lingers for a bit but fades completely into very little lace and retention.

S: Huge aromas as expected from this style. Fragrant, smoked, roasted, sweet malt. A bit boozy. Some wood, earth, peat, caramelized sugar.

T: Sweet, boozy, malty. Everything comes together to create a very delicious, warming brew. Smoky, woody, roasty, malty, sugary...tasty! As far as I know, this is spot-on for the style!

M: Incredibly smooth and drinkable. Massive flavor. Endless malt goodness. Superb finish.

O: Beers like this help us beer drinkers remember that malt is an important part of beer. It can be the best part. Hops aren't the only ingredient that make a beer great. This is an outstanding beer in general and an even better Scotch Ale.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip. Poured mahogany in color with a dense, one inch off-white head. Clarity was a little murky through and through but cleared up around the edges; no lacing on this one. Nose was dark fruit, some booze and a little cocoa. Taste consistent with nose, but a woody quality comes out and mutes the rest of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was just shy of medium-bodied, lightly effervescent and slightly creamy. I felt like this was a little left of center on the style. It was decent, but I didn't love it. I'm curious as to how the bourbon barrel version will compare.

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Photo of SABERG
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an English pint glass.
A - deep copper in color, gentle carbonation feeds a thin cap.
S - Malts, hint of smoke, caramel, and peat.
T - Follows the nose perfectly, a touch of sweet, then wonderful brown sugar element, and finally
the smoky peat.
M - A bit thick and oily, the malts are displayed well, no real hop bite, a nice clean up from the carbonation.
O - A seasonal delight here in WMass, so well done.

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Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent creamy foamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with lots of lacing, crystal clear amber reddish slight orange color.

Nose sweet candy malts, grainy, little toasty, brown sugar and little molasses, light root earthy vegetal sugar, lots of esters and phenolic booze, apple juice, light grassy earthy hops.

Taste starts sweet, toasty brown malts, brown sugar and syrup, raw molasses earthy root like syrup, sweetness brings a touch of booze and phenols galore, little estery with light fruity apple like flavours, syrupy booze. Mild grassy earthy slight vegetal hops with fair bitterness. Finish is semi sweet and little bit of molasses creams, light grassy hop bitterness, more brown sugar and phenolic booze.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, little creamy later, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall not bad, nothing too special but typical for the style.

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Photo of Jayli
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at the Abbey in Worcester 2/13
Beer pours a clear medium copper color with about an inch of white head - decent head retention. Spotty wispy lacing throughout. Nose is of caramel and roasted malts, bit of smokiness though very light. Alcohol is definitely present in the nose. Taste is a bit fruity balanced with caramel and roasted malts. This is a very smooth scotch ale - not that much bite. A decent scotch ale!

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of yossarian14
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: medium head, Cleveland Brown brown, medium carbonation

Smell: I smell earth, wood, and a bit of floral notes

Taste: some oak, some florals, some Scottish malt, and a bit of black cherry

Mouthfeel: very smooth for a Scotch ale, with a hard finish--medium body

Drinkability: I will have this again. This to me is an above average Scotch ale and a fine representation of the style

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Photo of Tarps68
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brianjay
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sweet and smooth Scotch ale. Light body with low carbonation... the taste is sweet to almost butterscotch levels. Unlike many Scotch ales, this is not as dense in body and flavor. A smooth finish that leaves some biscuit flavor behind.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on July 9, 2015.

The pour is brown with reddish hues under a lingering tan head.

I like those traditional toffee and roasted malt sweet notes on the nose peppered with tobacco or peat moss.

Medium to heavy and slick body.

The taste has a vibrant malt sweetness with this senses clearing alcohol warmth that roars in on the backside, simmers momentarily, and fades.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Berkshire Scotch Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 83 ratings