Berkshire Sour/Imperial Stout Blend | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by woosterbill on 05-17-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by rudzud:
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4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Armsby Abbey as part of their BBC Sours. When its gone, its gone! This had been aged an additional 6 months in their cellar. From notes on 8/18

A - Looks like the other BBC sours just more dark with the hazy rust color. Very small head that oddly enough left hardly any lacing.

S - Real nice sour notes. Definately picking up on some funky yeast and malt.

T - A great combination of sour malts and sour cherries. Nice sour fruit with just a slight saison taste (like another had said).

M - Medium carbonation, very smooth.

D - Just great! Combination of that great sourness and silky smooth mouthfeel makes this stuff oh so good. For the percent really not getting all that much alcohol while drinking. Really good.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA.

Arrived in a pint glass with a 3/4" off-white head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head lasts pretty well, with average lacing. Aroma is is tart, but tempered with some underlying sweetness. Taste is balanced malts and cherries, pretty much start to finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, esp for a sour, and drinkability is excellent. Quite thirst-quenching, very enjoyable brew. Sad it will soon be gone...

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Photo of jlindros
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at none other than Arsmby Abbey.

A: Fluffy 1 finger thick head fades slowly over super hazy murky brown wood mohogany colored beer.

N: Nice sour aromas, a sour mash, juicy sour fruit, light malts, a little tangy acidity, with a touch of sour funky yeast. Light sweet malts, and as it warms a ton of oak comes out, like toasty oak, and some vanilla with that.

T: Malty! Lots of malts, all shapes and colors of the malts, mostly pale and crystal, with a little toasty and darker malts. The sour fruit, sour mash mostly but some sour fruit with it. Juicy fruit with slight wild sour yeast funk and dry saison like taste. Slight malty sweetness there but mostly dry, probably a really low FG of something like 1.005. A touch of warming booze. As it warms again a lot more oak comes through, toasty oak, with a little vanilla.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: Lingering tangy flemy sour fruits, little wild sour funky yeast flavors linger with a dry bready and toasty malt. Some tangy and sour fruit flavors as well linger with a little flemmy mouth feel late. Not much alcohol on the finish however, its pretty light and drinkable. A slight chewy malt seems to come out as it warms, as well as more woody esthers, toasty oak, and touch of vanilla.

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Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of zoolzoo
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Prime 16

A: 3/4 pint glass, dark brown with a tinge of red, more translucent around the edges. Mine didn't come with a head, some bubbly activity though.

S: Initial sour aroma but it didn't blast me. The sour characteristic is apparent but somewhat mellow, it doesn't hide the stout lurking underneath - getting plenty of roasted dark malts, some sweetness.

T: This is a beer that tastes way better than it appears on paper. BBC has managed blend two relatively boisterous styles into a well crafted and highly drinkable brew. Following the nose, sour/tart up front which quickly mellows and drops off into dark roasty sweetness. I don't really know how to explain how everything is so balanced. It just works, and I had my doubts. The finish is a lingering tartness, followed by some definite chocolate/cocoa - like a "farewell" until the next sip.

M: Light/med bodied, pretty well carbed. Remember that this is neither a stout nor a sour, technically. I don't think a thicker mouthfeel would have benefited the experience.

D: Ill agree with woosterbill. I never thought a blend of an imperial stout and a sour could possibly be this drinkable.

Im glad I got a chance to try this. Cheers Berkshire.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Bright, clear ruby-brown body with a half-inch of fine light brown head. Good retention and some light lace. Attractive.

S: Sweet, malty, and roasty at first, with a hearty dose of lactic sourness. Pretty much what I expected from an impy stout/sour blend, which is a good thing.

T: Starts out with chocolatey roasted malt, followed by some fruity, sweet & sour funk, and finished with some clean bitterness. Delicious.

M: Fairly light-bodied with lots of fine carbonation. Pleasant.

D: Impressive, especially for a beer that's born from two relatively less drinkable styles.

Notes: I feel very privileged to have gotten a chance to try this new and apparently very limited brew. BBC really did a great job getting the blend right on this one: there's just enough sweet roastiness to balance out the sourness, and vice-versa. Good stuff indeed.


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Berkshire Sour/Imperial Stout Blend from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
4.17 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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