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Cabin Fever Ale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Cabin Fever AleCabin Fever Ale

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kelticblood on 12-30-2002

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22-ounce bottle courtesy of HikerCT. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a bright light brown color with a single-finger off-white head that has some spotty lacing. The nose carries a bit of light caramel and some bread, not too much else. The flavor is equally bland. Some bread. Maybe bread crust, too. Yay! Not much in the way of spicing, so at least it's not overspiced. Medium body and quite chewy. Blah.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with one finger of white foam on a slightly hazy amber body. The head settles quickly but leaves good lace.

S - sweet malt with just a hint of coriander. Some toffee in the background.

T - toasted malt up front with little else. Some toffee and vague spicy notes in the middle. finishes with clove, coriander and bready malt.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - pretty mediocre, the spice character is bland and other than that there really isn't much going on.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at texas bbq in Northborough.

Semi clear golden amber peach color with creamy head w lacing.

Nose has some malts, creamy, caramel and light molasses like malts and syrups, light malts, bit of earthy malt aroma.

Taste light creamy malts, earthy gritty malts, caramel, red malts, little earthy hop, light molasses and bready malt like taste. Finishes with a bit of sweetness and some very light spices like taste, and malts.

Mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drink is decent, no real booze taste for a winter beer, light malts, a bit of sweetness and sticky finish.

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Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into NB Globe Glass

Pours 1 finger of head that settles down. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is am amber hued mahogany.

Aroma: Very malty. Caramel with a lot of toffee. Some spices. Kind of reminds me of a young warm ale. Has some grassy hops showing. It also has some fruit flavors.

Taste: Very similar to the nose, but it has more hops showing. Still pretty malty. Caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. Some raisins and spice. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall, not a bad winter warmer. Reminded me a lot of a young old ale, still pretty hoppy. It was rather quick drinking. Above average, but nothing I would actively seek out.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass. This is from the Winter '08 release. Bought this cold last spring and have kept it cold since. Let's see how it holds up.

Pours a brilliant clear amber, with a finger of solid eggshell white head. 1/4 finger of frothy retention leaves back robust lacing, which hangs in heavy rings. Just a really nice look to this. The aroma is floral (and a bit herbal) with some pleasant spicing, as well a deep tang of citric fruits, toasted caramel, and maybe even a bit of brown sugars. Nice bright smell to this.

The taste matches the aroma but maybe pops just a bit less. Caramel, toasted bread and silky fruit character. Moderately biting pithy hop presence. Nice pleasant festive spicing in this as well. Sweet and toasty flavor here overall. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a touch of heft to it, but is otherwise pretty mellow on the tongue.

Good stuff. Toasty and spicy, with a bit of warming beef to the body, this is a solid cooler weather sipper.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

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

S: The aroma is full of caramelized malt & spices, along with some fruit (apple & raisin) and a little hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy with flavors of cinnamon, apples and caramel. There’s a good amount of complimentary hops bitterness, especially for the style. The after-taste is bready with a mild sweetness.

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

D: Tasty, goes down easily, just a little filling, good representation of style, this is yet another beer from BBC that is at the top of the list of beers that I would choose within its style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another new one for me, we brought a bunch over to the fourth of July cookout. Served cold and poured
into a nice tasting glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2010.

Was not really sure what to make of this one as the light caramel color came out of the bottle and
into the glass. Very thin looking without much of a head to speak of at all.

Aroma is caramel, bitter hops, a touch of some off malts. Not really getting the warm and fuzzy from
this one right now. As it comes up to temperature it leaves hints of bready tones, brown sugar,
touches of light candied notes and a burnt coffee finish. Not really sure where that one came from.

Overall I will pass. It was not terrible by any means, just not what I had in mind.

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another one from ppotrias, cheers pete!

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Caramel & breadyness fades quickly

T: Dryness, caramel, some citrussy & leafy hops up front. Fruityness (apricot, peach & figs), herbal &leafy hops as this warms. Finishes warming, fruitty & with a bit of caramel

MF: Light/medium bodied, moderate carbonation & nice balance to this

Drinks pretty easy, hides the abv fairly well. An English-slanted winter warmer that has some warmth to it as it opens up

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Photo of Jason
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Light on the lacing and head but sufficient for while the beer is in the glass. The amberish brown hue show a great clarity.

Smell: Hard raking of hop leaf on the nostrils, earthy and complex. Mild sugary caramel like malt in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a slightly viscous rolling carbonation in the mouth. Lots of layered malt flavors push against a thick wall of hop flavor, the bitterness is more subdued but balances perfectly. Some nutty yeast and a kiss of ale like fruitiness in the mix. Earthy and faint piney flavors from the hops meld well with the sugary, almost nougat maltiness. Finishes with a long lived crispness and fresh lingering hops.

Drinkability & Notes: One of my favorite brews from Berkshire, very fresh with little nooks of complexities everywhere.

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Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, clear orange-amber color. Excellent head with a solid three finger head. Light lace.

Oily caramel malts predominate the aroma of this beer. The soft hop is present and fresh.

Shocking, yes shocking, flavor of hop up front. Where did this come from? From the smell, I was expecting more of an old ale taste. Nope, it's hop to malt to a hop aftertaste that lingers... This is as rich as the aroma leads on on.

A very nice treat, unexpectedly complex and very tasty. I would reach for another if I had one.

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Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone imperial pint glass. Poured copper in color with a thick, frothy half inch white head. The head had some pretty nice retention to it along with a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a malty sweet flavor to it with some notes of caramel and spice. The spice is fairly mild compared to a lot of winter spiced beers, which I appreciate. It has more of an earthy, hoppy, spice to it then any other spice really.

The taste has a lot of the malty, bready and caramel notes that the nose suggested. The spices are even milder in the taste which I also like. Like the aroma the spice seems more of a hoppy spice in the finish then actual spices.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice malty flavors to it and the spices weren't overdone. Pretty enjoyable brew that would fit nicely with a cold winter night.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with hobbie100. Thanks Richard!

A: Orange-brown hue with a medium-sized head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

S: Fruits, spices, malt.

T: This was my favorite of the five Berkshire Brewing beers I had the opportunity to try recently. It was the most complex and interesting, and of course had the best flavor. Spices are integrated nicely into the overall flavor of the beer, with no artificial tasting fake flavors. I have had many winter warmer beers that I found less than pleasant. This was a pleasant surprise.

M: Medium body, good feel.

D: A solid beer. I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for including this 22 oz. bomber in a trade!

Pours hazed orange amber with a large, fluffy white head with good retention. Trailing lace slides down the glass, leaving some rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is citric/grapefruity with biscuity malt and caramel.

The taste is of caramel, biscuity, nutty, malty with balancing citric/piney/earthy/tea-leafy hop support. It has a dry, almost woody, finish.

The body is a bit tad for a "winter warmer", but holds up well enough on its own.

A malt-accented brew with enough juicy hop support to keep it tasty and balanced. Very easy to drink - a winter brew I could drink year-round.

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Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy copper in color with a 2" head that fell to a very thick surface foam that lasted. Some spotty lacing developed.

Smell: very weak aroma, as only some hints of caramel and spices were tough to pull out.

Taste: mildly bready, caramel candy sweetness, and mild bitterness are enhanced by some soft cinammon and allspice flavors.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Very brief aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: nice for a pint on a cold evening, but more than one or two in a session would not be my choice. A nice flavored winter beer that is just spiced enough without being offensive.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to purplehops and ampzilla for this brew.

Pours a cloudy brown color, nice carbonation, nice small one-finger creamy tan head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, sweet, with a nice touch of caramel. The taste is sweet/malty, very slight spice, and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew. Glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks Stan and Andrew.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grassy hop with some soft caramel notes.

The taste was very well balanced and consisted of a moderate soft biscuity malt and a subtle fruity hop. A nice apricot finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very tasty and highly drinkable winter warmer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz tall bottle sampled on Feb. 14, 2009.

Appearance - It pours an amber-red with about a 1/2 inch of foamy beige head and well distributed lacing around the top of the glass. Slightly hazy but for the most oart it has decent clarity.

Smell - I note a distinction of floral hops mainly but not overpowering followed by a smaller dose of sweeter malts.

Mouthfeel -Decent medium texture.

Taste - The hops are more evident in the flavor than in the aroma. The immediate hops are chased by a bitter sensation with a slightly dry finish.

Yum. A nice brew that keeps the inards warm on a breezy winter day.

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Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a pint glass a dark amber with a one finger head that leaves a very nice halo and super light clouding with nice side lacing.

S - Rather nice winter spices on this. Crisp hops and sweet malts. Doesnt smell like the typical winter warmer, but that being said the smell is rather inviting.

T - Witner spices that envoke a fireplace is a nice way of putting this one. There is light maple and some nice sweet malts.

M - Crisp, but a bit too much carbonation for me on this one.

O - Overall I enjoyed this offering from BBC. Always good to support local and this one is that.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Burnt orange with reddish hints. Head is legit. About a half-inch high. It is frothy and bubbly and it leaves capes of lacing. Body of the beer is crystal clear. A good looker.

S-As the label states, the malt profile is "reminiscent of an English Pale Ale". Butterscotch and caramel and sweet breadiness. Has a mulch aspect to it too. Maybe even some Agave nectar too. Hops are lightly grassy with a twitch of pine. Its those Tettnang hops in action. Light on spice; which I find to be a breath of fresh air.

T-I must ironically start with the finish. This beer finishes with a beautiful honey-covered graham cracker flavor. It wowed me. At first I thought that the earlier aspects of the flavor profile were not as inspiring, but then Cabin Fever took hold of me. Hops are quite spicy; actually maybe its not the hops because I am experiencing some legitimate pepper flavors. Again, I get the mulch. The more I describe it and sip it, the more I enjoy it. Holiday spice is more prominent here. Definitely unique.

M-Buzzing carbonation. A bit sticky. Semi-dry, lighter bitterness. Pretty drinkable, especially once you get accustomed to the flavor.

O/D-At first I was a bit unimpressed, but when I started to understand the beer's curves and intricacies, I really started to enjoy it. A mix between an English Pale Ale and a Spiced Ale. I will definitely remember this one. It really grew on me. By the time I was halfway done with the bomber, my fondness for this beer increased twofold.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22ozer bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a big ol' inch tall tan colored head on top of a quite effervescent reddish brown ale. Head is very dense, and leaves foamy lace throughout the drinking experience. Aroma is a malty, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is similar to a bitter, with a small little kick of EtOH at the end. Also a bit of fruit flavor skulking around, not quite identifiable to me, which gives it a refreshing crispness I didn't really expect from a strong ale. Worth trying if you can find it...

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, nearly bright, amber colour with a short cap of fine light beige bubbles. Good head retention with a bit of spotty lacing. Looks nice. Caramel aroma, some biscuity and bready malts, with a slight spice. Fairly mild though, with little in the way of hops. Bitterness was on the low side, which let the buttery caramel flavour dominate. Mild spice (ginger or nutmeg perhaps?) with a bit of hop flavour mid-palate. Slightly peppery in the finish. Medium to full bodied with carbonation on the low side of average. Not quite slick in texture, but close. Warmth wasn't evident on the palate, but I could feel it in my belly. Pretty solid overall.

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Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a super-thin head. Aroma is rich and toasty with some spice showing through. Very smooth and even hoppy as well. Taste is somewhat smoky with a nice malt finish. Subtle. Not too spiced. Bready aftertaste. Highly drinkable. A lot of beers that identify with this style tend to ramp up the spices too much. This beer isn't that at all.

The perfect winter warmer would have the right balance of malt and spices. This one is balanced and still quite above other versions of the style.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in my BBC pint. Poured a translucent copper with a loose, quarter inch bright white head quickly dissipates into a skim and a bubbly band around the edges. Subdued nose - just the slightest hint of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice). Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also some citrus in the mix on a pleasantly malty backbone. Mouthfeel is medium-light and lively with a little prickliness at the back of the throat. Really quite delicious and nicely balanced for the style.

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty sure I have had this one, nice to review local stuff.

A- Pours brown with a large, frothy head that has pretty damn good retention. Pretty nice spots of lace coat the glass.

S- Mostly a malt based aroma with a lot of deep caramel and some darker sugar like molasses. Floral hops open up as it warms. A bit spicy.

T- Caramel malt, toffee with slight toast tones. Some dark fruit. Certainly a spice to it but it feels from the hops as does a citrus zest and floral flavor. Some nutty malt/nutmeg. Yeast lends bready hints. The caramel and nutmeg really build a lot as I drink more.

MF- Creamy light body with smooth high-end carbonation. Somewhat bitter.

DB- Pretty good, better than the winter seasonals I am used to. Instead of going over the top with spice it is just a nice regular ale.

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Photo of maximum12
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gn0sis for sending this over as an extra in an early spring trade; the last surviving bottle. It's been resting comfortably in the beer fridge ever since, the lack of an identifiable POV keeping it undrunk. Winter warmer? Who knew? Split with my wife.

Pour is vigorous, resulting in a deep russet brew that one can only see shadows through. Smells remarkably like beer. Nothing more, nothing less.

I got Cabin Fever on my own couch! The spicing in this is subtle & complements the beer, which I hugely appreciate - massively spiced beers are an affront to nature. I'm not cool enough to pick out individual spices, but they are multiple & tasty. There's also a bouquet of fruit too, including ripe pears, green apples, & others. Sprite & snappy on the palate, & light enough to be appealing on a warm summer evening.

Winter warmer? Bah! Dial it down a notch or two & BBC would have a nice, easy-drinkin' summer beer for the porch. I am pleasantly surprised, very good beer.

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Cabin Fever Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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