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Berkshire Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Bourbon Barrel Scotch AleBerkshire Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by connecticutpoet on 11-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage - 22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Poured an opaque mahogany with a half inch, creamy off-white head embedded with tiny ringlets. Head eventually dissipates into a soapy swirl; a thick lacy band forms around the back edge of the glass, with tiny spots and strands revealed on the tilt side. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit intermingle in the bowl of the glass. A buttery quality comes out up front, with subtle bourbon and dark fruit flavors coming out in the back, as well as a hint of wood. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium and lightly effervescent with a residual creamy slickness that lingers on the tongue. Really easy drinking and great complexity. By far my favorite offering from a great brewery.

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Photo of tpd975
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure who sent me this in a recent trade (there have been way too many) but a big hell yeah to you for sending it. I had no idea what I had here until I popped this one open.... WOW!

A: Pours a beautiful ruby red hue with a small cream colored head. Little retention and a light smattering of lace.

S: Wow I am in Love. Huge barrel aromas here. Lots of vanilla and fresh oak. Bourbon soaked dark fruit and gooey caramel.

T: Loaded with barrel goodness. Tons of oak and vanilla right from the start. Right caramel and sweet molasses. Hints of dark fruit, brown sugar and roasted malt.

M: Medium in body, light on carbonation.

D: Good, I sat back and sipped this entire bomber. This one packs all the goodness found in REALLY fine bourbon with out the burn. Wonderful brew that Berkshire can be very proud of.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my Samual Smith's Pint glass.

A - Pours a deep reddish brown with a tan three finger head that I can hear fizzing. Falls to a thin layer pretty quickly. Light lacing.

S - Bourbon and oak right away. It's pretty rich, some toffee, alcohol and dark fruit too.

T - Fruity and fairly sweet with the toasted malts. Vanilla, bourbon, oak. Aftertaste lingers with the earthy dry oak and sweet bourbon - very nice! A slight licorice on the very end.

M/F - A bit chewy, body is medium and rather rich. Carbonation is
mellow but still has a nice brightness too it.

D - This is a very drinkable brew. A lot going on with this one. I'm happy to have to opportunity to get some and look forward to trying with some age on it.

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Photo of JoeMayo
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown with a quickly dissipating light tan head.

S- Sweet and yeasty. Notes of brown sugar, cherry and honey. A sweet alcohol aroma is there too...I wouldn't be able to identify it as bourbon based on the smell though.

T- A bit of a letdown based on how good it smells, but still good. Sweet and malty with hints of honey. The bourbon is more distinct in the taste, but very mild and well-balanced. No alcohol heat.

M- Heavy and sticky, but not overly so.

D- Sip at it from a snifter.

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Photo of damienblack
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin rubyish color. Small head that quickly dissipates. Leave a little swirl in the center of the glass. Some decent lacing, though. Smell is huge boubony blast with a bit of malty fruit, kind of like a quad. Taste... like a lite scotch-ale, combined with a bourbon blast. Kind of syrupy to the tongue. First, kind of weak (but not in a watery way) sweet malt, and then a sharp bourbon kick. A lot less in the taste than on the scent, though. The bourbonyness leaves an alcoholic spiciness on the palate, which is the lingering sensation here. Mouthfeel is adequate, carbonation is appropriate, and everything is sufficiently cloying. Drinkability takes a slight hit from the overwhelmingness of the bourbon, but it takes a smaller hit than it could have. Overall, a pleasant enough nightcap, but I was expecting a lot more from this beer. Definitely not something I could (or would) drink regularly.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No surprise that I got this bomber at Julio's.

A brown body with some ruby hues mixed in there. About two fingers of tan head that doesn't leave me a ton of lacing and lacks impressive lacing.

I smell lots of bourbon with some dark fruits mixed in there.

Bourbon is definitely what comes out in the beginning, with some oak and vanilla flavors. I lost the dark fruits that were in the aroma, but some caramel and very slightly chocolately flavors do come through.

Pretty full mouthfeel here.

Good drinkability, especially considering the high ABV. Sefinitely a pretty good beer.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged at Julio's during their Spring Fest. Poured into a Portsmouth snifter. Am guessing it's the 2009 vintage but no indications at first glance.

It's a bit more turbid than I expected. More like a cloudy Dunkel actually. Not quite, though - then again, it kicks off a perfect deep bourbon hue. Ginger-colored head is pretty damn nonexistent on first pour though. Carbonation is relatively...almost completely...still.

Oh yeah, there's a $#!+load of oak here. And vanilla. And a bit of butter. But there's some nice bourbony perfume with some pininess. It needs to warm quite a bit in my estimation. Slight leather/tanning soap notes. There's a little complexity here. Not entirely synergistic but interesting. Dark fruits come around with the bourbon - maybe some stewy fermenting plums, among other things.

And, they're off...vanilla is in there...buttery but not too sweet. Bourbon is huge. This is huskier in taste than on the nose. Dark fruits become incredibly austere and recede into maybe not deep background but into the backbone of it all. Hops? Sure - a bit of pine here juxtaposed with strong dark roasted malts. No hint of tannins. Alcohol is more astringent than desired for the weight class. Density is much more thin than expected. Borderline clammy when cold. Still, the taste profile is quite enjoyable.

For all the flavor profile it brings to the table, it's pretty dry. And light-bodied. I want this to have a lot more weight than it does. Husky malt and pine on the hops lingers in the back of the throat alongside a slightly astringent bourbon-vanilla finish. It's like the wicked cold, numbing sensation after knocking back a shot of Maker's. With a little butter in there. Looking for something heavier. But it's good.

I miss the deeper molasses-like maltiness of some of the Scotch ales I've tried on this one. Hate to be a yenta about it all but I shouldn't have to wait an hour for the maltiness to show. The flavor profile has a lot going on but it's quite thin for a Scotch Ale. There's nothing heavy about it. But it drinks pretty well and it is quite enjoyable, so that counts for something. But not nearly as much as it should. All in all, go get it and draw your own conclusion. The vanilla in the bourbon oak salvages this from lack of depth. I like it quite a bit but I should like it even more.

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Photo of tendermorsel
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 release. I had the 2007 release a while back and really enjoyed it so was pretty psyched for this one.

Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Great tight foamy head at first. The head dissapated over time. By the end of this slow sipper (20-30 minutes) there was no head at all and it was basically flat. Very boozy nose. The beer opened up considerably releasing wonderful scents of raisins, bourbon and dried fruits. Wonderful lacing as the beer warmed. The legs on this one were a perfect 10. Smooth an creamy finish.

Taste was great too. Strong Bourbon flavor but by no means overpowering. Sweet dates and dried fruits.

It didn't score so high for me with drinkability as I don't think I would want to drink multiple glasses. It was quite a quite strong slow sipper.

I would highly reccomend this to anyone who likes barrel aged beers or straight Bourbon. It may be intense for those not fans of Bourbon.
Great beer from a great local brewery.

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2007 vintage, courtesy of connecticutpoet, poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, dark brown in the glass that shows hazy caramel brown against light. The head is big, creamy and recedes slowly leaving very good lacing.

Hello, bourbon! This one smells much like a bourbon on the rocks. There are caramel malts and toffee underneath especially as it warms, but it's really, really boozy in the nose. Actually, as it warms, this really starts to open up and the underlying beer really starts to show.

The taste has the same massive bourbon presence but there is some evidence of the underlying beer in the taste. By that, I mean the sweet caramel malts. The wood also comes out with a very smooth, vanilla-sweet finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and more carbonation than you normally get with a bourbon aged beer. I actually think the extra carbonation helps minimize the dominant bourbon character.

I was a little taken aback with the nose which was just straight bourbon, but the taste is really fantastic on this one. One of the better tasting Scotch ales I've had in recent memory. I can't wait to compare and contrast with the 2009 bottle. Thanks again Darren!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I thank Estarrio for making sure that I grabbed some of this at the release this year!

Pours with a thick 2 finger head that is fairly "creamy" fades rather quickly. A thin film is left atop the brew. Deep mahogany reddish brown colored beer. Good clarity, but the color is so deep you really can't see through the beer. No visible carbonation. Some spotty lacing.

Vanilla & Caramel aroma. Very strong and very nice. The aroma lingers for quite some time. Doesn't fade as the head recedes.

Wow, very nice. Deep caramel flavor with a touch of bourbon... (o.k., more than a touch).. vanilla, slight alcohol, more caramel and then more vanilla. Reminds me a bit of Maker's Mark. Some figs and a touch of cinnamon. As it continues to warm there is more fruit flavor including almost an apple cider tone.

Medium to bold body, silky smooth with a touch of warmth from the alcohol.

This is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. I am blessed to live near Julio's and have the opportunity to enjoy this beer!!!

My God, this is by far Berkshire's best beer. Julio's stepped into a great deal of fortune when selecting this as their exclusive beer. I'll literally be heading back to the store to get more tomorrow

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A real rare bottle
thanks for the chance
with this beer, I am glad to have danced

Rube ruddy
brown and red
little lacing
not much head

Aroma of bourbon
I love that scotch
A lot of time in teh barrells
I could tell by my watch

Taste is big
lots of wood
bouron barrell aging scotch ales is pretty damn good

Mouthfeels heavy
certainly a sipper
drinking this one makes me chipper

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Photo of Proteus93
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one courtesy CrellMoset. Thanks, Chris!

A: Deep golden brown, a bit of murk, and a nice puffy head. Decent retention.

S: Sweet and fruity... Grape, even some ripe fruits. A big bourbon and wood scent. Such a smooth and sweet alcohol.

T: Definitely fruity - lighter fruit peel, dark fruit medley. The bourbon flavours are so sweet... Almost unusually so. Nice woods and caramel notes. This is delicious

M: Kinda chewy, rich, sparkling. A nice feeling body with a semi-dry finish.

D: A nice sipper... Excellent beer and it gets better as it warms, so good to let sit and breathe a bit. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to a way overgenerous dmeadows for a fantastic in person trade and a great day of beer drinking!

Pours a very ruby red color with a very light tan fluffy head that starts big, and holds at about a half finger of pillowy ice cream. Decent lacing as the beer goes down, but nothing crazy.

Nose is very intrigueing. Some deep dark fruits, bourbon soaked figs. The bourbon is apparent, but almost smells vodka like, with a bit of added spice in there.

Wow. Taste is quite nice. Very creamy dark fruit flavors. Rich and very viscous. Bourbon soaked fig and date, creamy plum like notes. The spice profile is hard to beat in here, perfectly subtle. The wood work is done very well here also. Not a bourbon bomb, but just enough to accent the dark fruits and creamy viscosity perfectly. There is a hint of dryness towards the finish that is semi unique for a beer of this kind. Aftertaste lingers on with some really rich fruits and cream. Not alot of peaty flavors in here as one might expect, but a touch of smokiness.

Mouthfeel is top notch here as well. The viscosity is exactly what I wanted it to be for a beer of this style and barreling. Nice and viscous, carbonation is dead on, although, I think it is just a tiny touch too dry, but I mean tiny, and that is small price to pay for hitting the mouthfeel right on the head.

Drinkability is also quite good. Not many bourbon aged beers at this abv drink quite so well. It is a tiny touch hot, but really drinkable for being so.

Overall a very impressive beer from Berkshire brewing. This is defenitley the beer of theirs that gets the most attention, and rightly so. I really wish I had saved the first bottle of this I had so i could put some age on it. The viscosity and creaminess of this brew were defenitely the highlights for me. Top notch. A fantastic brew, pretty unique, extremely well done with the barrels, and one any scotch ale/bourbon aged fan shouldn't miss out on. Great brew.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one a while ago from YonderWanderer.

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. I remember having this when it first came out and it was a booze bomb, hopefully some time mellowed this beast out.

Pours a dark murky brown with a quick one finger light tan colored head that dies down to a thin layer of bubbles scattered about. Minimal spotty bits of lacing here and there on the sides of the glass. Smell is heavy on the vanilla and bourbon with a cider-esque aroma underneath. Faint oak and candy sugar in the nose as well with sticky butterscotch too. Taste starts off with rich caramel malts, the bottom killins of a bourbon barrel, and some earthy notes. Midway some molasses and fig emerge on the tongue. Aftertaste has a bit of tobacco, vanilla, and toffee and has a bit of dryness to it. Medium to full body with a chewy hefty feel to it. Carbonation is subtle, but absolutely wonderful for this beer. As this beer reaches room temperature, the flavors become even more pronouced and it's actually more drinkable. I took my time with this one, and I'm glad I did. Now if I could only get my hands on the barrel aged RIS...mmm.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trade from Sudsdog quite a while back,no date on the 220z bottle.
Served into a nonic glass poured with a nice thick,creamy light tan head,has a beautiful clear ruby red towards mahogany hue.Good retention leaving thick lace curtians down the glass.
Earthy woody aromas with a slight boozy bourbon note,roasty with smokey peat. A nice pleasing moderate aroma.
Light creamy mouthfeel with dark sweet fruitiness,sort of a fruitcake feel.A nice relaxing booziness with a scotch,bourbon feel. Well rounded with nice malty backbone with some burnt carmell and a touch of anise. Has a nice pleasingly slighly sharp lingering bitterness with a woody earthy feel. Execellent balance.Mouthwatering has to be included in this review somewhere. Another great beer from Berksire,love their beers,wish they were avalible in my area.

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Photo of grub
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this one from tayner as a thank-you for hosting the secret santa '08 website. thanks dana!

22oz bottle. sampled jan 29/09.

pours deep red-brown with a thin very fine off-white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is great. bourbon, vanilla, and a bit of raw oak. rich caramel. big biscuit and wheat bread. light alcohol. bit of dark fruit. hints of earthy and smokey character.

taste is great. there's a solid malty base that you'd expect in a scotch ale - big wheat bread and biscuit character, with a bit of cracker too. light earthy character. solid barrel character complimenting things - rich vanilla, bourbon, and a bit of raw oak. there's a hint of alcohol too, but barely a fraction of the listed ABV. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. medium-large body. medium carbonation level. the barrel seems to have lent it a bit of a drier finish.

drinkability is quite good. the base beer is well balanced, and the barrel matches up well against it without becoming overbearing. great depth to keep things interesting. good stuff!

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Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a cloudy dark brownish red, some orange, thin off white head forms, drops quickly to a thin ring around the glass, light bit of a layer, no lacing. Smell is intense, lots of bourbon, caramel and bourbon, pretty toasty, nice oak character, honey, light roast and chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, really nice. Taste is nice as well, lots of toffee and bourbon, oak, toasty wood, light bit of roast, some fruit, brown sugar, alcohol, some vanilla, pretty good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very rich flavour, alcohol is hidden well. The bourbon barrel works really well with this one, very drinkable stuff. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is by far one of the phenomenal beers made in United States in the past decade. I initially purchased 7 bombers of this "one off"-I've been saving the last two for some time now, and I do have to say that with age, it has improved.

The blends of the whiskeys have melded together to create an unreal cherry-bomb, malt, smoke fiasco. Sweet up front, smoky at the end, nice, lasting aftertaste. The ABV has aged nicely as well, feeling it, tasting it, enjoying it.


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Photo of Beertracker
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Berkshire BB Scotch Ale pours up with a modest carbonation that creates a low, very sustainable creamy beige colored head that just rings the deep chestnut brown-russet body. The clarity suffers from a bit of chill-haze, but becomes brighter as it warms. The aroma is rich & fruity with an abundant caramel-treacle character derived as much from the malts, as from a long, vigorous boiling process. There's a huge impression of bourbon with hints of charred wood, a leafy earthiness & some peat bog smokiness that emerges as the beer warms in hand along with an intermingly of oxidative notes that adds to the overall complexity. The malt dominated flavor starts off with some nuttiness followed closely by a pleasant fruitiness (plum preserves, mince meat pie, ripened fig) then becomes richer as the kettle carmelization becomes more apparent before being undercut by some hops that creates a lingering, bittersweet finish that shows great depth, complexity & warmth. This is one fine fireside tipple, so here's to the boys from South Deerfield!

SLAINTE! Beertracker

*Trader's Note: Thanks to Damian for this bottle of goodness!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to nflmvp for tossing this as an extra. Split this with Chris for breakfast on day 3 of our epic tasting

A: Gorgeous light ruby-crimson with ruby highlights. Thin beige head that recedes to a patchy disk. Great clarity and carbonation

S: Crisp and clean bourbon character with a great balance between the bourbon and the caramel, toffee and butterscotch aromas. Rich and nutty but refreshing too.

T: Excellent. Opens with a great bourbon note that's moderate in flavor. There's some oak with a pleasant amount of vanilla. This is followed by the base scotch ale flavor that are excellently balanced - toffee, nuttiness, butterscotch. Finishes sweet with a hint of vanilla and bourbon. Great stuff

M: Excellent body - not too heavy, not too light, soft carbonation and a great finish. Perfect

D: All too drinkable, this is an almost _refreshing_ bourbon barrel beer

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Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, split amongst a few during the nfl playoffs - i believe this was obtained in a trade with goodbyeohio...cell phone notes

appearance: poured into a pint glass, very murky caramel body - muddy mahogany, creamy chocolate head

smell: smooth bourbon and vanilla aromas, mint chocolate, brown sugar, walnut, smoke oak and peat round out the nose

taste: this was a really nice scotch ale...the aging results were positive and a nice mellow bourbon/vanilla/oak impact is made on the flavor profile. I got a lot of smooth mint chocolate as well as some brown sugar

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy

drinkability: good, nice after-dinner beverage

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Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle courtesy of jamie2dope.

A: The scotch ale is suitably dark, an orange-red-brown color that shines like the last hint of sunset. A 3 finger head on initial pour almost overflowed, almost. The result is a beautifully laced glass.

S: The nose is loaded with bourbon aromas, pepper and vanilla with wood. Sweet cherries, in moderation, are also a by-product of the barrel. Caramel maltiness is behind the barrel but no sign of smoked peat.

T: The barrel aging, while strong, doesn't completely dominate the taste. The pepper and vanilla are present, just reserved as they contribute to the sweetness of the ale. Malts are light but flavorful, benefiting from the barrel as they are soft. Again, not much smokiness, but I'm not sure that it would be noticeable behind the bourbon. The flavors work so well together, this is how barrel aging should be.

M: Lightly toasted malts pair nicely with the bourbon, allowing boozy sweetness to coat the tastebuds. The high alcohol content never registers.

D: Never before have I wanted to gulp a 9% behemoth. Well done with the barrel aging; the result is complex but easy on the palate.

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Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Ruddy amber, clear with a slight haze. Two fingers of tan foam from a vigorous pour, solid retention.

Smell: Pleasant whiskey heat, cinnamon-like spice, toffee, toast. Semi-sweet biscuit-like malts, a touch of smoke.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toffee brittle sweetness, toasted nuts, vanilla, light tannins. Medium-light body, pleasantly crisp and drinkable. Spicy-sweet finish, very clean. This is a truly drinkable barrel-aged beer; complex, but not overwhelmingly so, nor is it overly boozy or rich. Very well done.

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Photo of BasementDweller
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll start by saying that I wasn't a huge fan of the original Berkshire Scotch Ale that was used as a base for this beer. I love my scotch ales, and Berkshire's variety lacked a little bit in body and smoke, favoring the alcoholic bite of a peaty scotch rather than the flavor. All that said, I am a very big fan of this most recent incarnation. Yes, the beer smells to high heaven of bourbon, and yes the barrel char is clearly present. But, you ask, is it overwhelming? Not in the least. The smoke that Berkshire's Scotch Ale lacks is very nicely supplemented in the Buffalo Trace, W.L. Weller, Eagle Rare, and Pappy Van Winkle bourbon casks. Bourbon drinkers will recognize the wonderful characters that come from each of these whisk(e)ys, the most prominent of which is the Eagle Rare. Call it stating the obvious, but when you age a scotch ale in a cask that contained a highly scotch-influenced bourbon, you should come out with a very consistent beer. This one is no exception. Now I'll admit that the last time I had Berkshire's Scotch Ale was six months ago, and my memory has faded a little bit, but I seem to remember that incarnation being cloyingly sweet and a little on the thin side. While still a bit thin, the Julio's Bourbon Scotch Ale has transformed the syrupy sweetness of the base brew into a more refined caramel malt sweetness. I'm amazed at the effect barrel aging has had on this once-mediocre beer, dredging life from the amber depths of a brew that I'd all but forgotten. Cheers to the crews at Julio's Liquors and Berkshire for a much-needed beer revival!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from ppoitras, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short but dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste sweet, rich, creamy and malty with flavors of vanilla, bourbon, caramel and brown sugar up front. The bourbon barrel aging is a well-done touch with this beer. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that balances things out quite nicely. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, the bourbon barrel aging can sometimes be over-rated and over-done but I think it was done perfectly with this beer, it's a very nice beer to drink for a long time.

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Berkshire Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
4.3 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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