Holidale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

BA SCORE
87
very good
317 Ratings
HolidaleHolidale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-07-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
317
Reviews:
181
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
13.14%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
32
For Trade:
2
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of williahd
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dannycohen62
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bomber. Was surprised how nice this 5-yr old bw tasted, mild flavors, slick feel.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016

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Photo of Wobbly
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
2.67/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

2015 vintage served in a snifter

Appearance: dark brown with a tan head. highly carbonated.

Nose: dark fruits, sweet alcohol, cherry juice, kinda boozy

Taste: alcoholic cherry juice. The carbonation is prickly and sharp. The cherry notes are over the top in this one and not balanced.

Overall: this one needs work. Age is only going to thin it out. I feel like it is more like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale or a Quad. It is somewhat like an English Barleywine but absolutely not an American Barleywine. Where were the hops? This could have been a bad bottle.

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Photo of Mattymystique
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is labeled with a 2013 label, but it pours a dark brown with a nice head. Nice scent with notes of many things. : chocolate, nuts, caramel? Taste is pleasant, with the alcohol evident. Wow! I grab this whenever I can get it.

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3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mrk829
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HamdenHector
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: opaque; deep cola brown in color; <1 finger medium tan head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: nutty with bittersweet chocolate for a moment, then dark fruit and caramel;

T: dark fruit up front; mixes with bittersweet chocolate in the middle; back to dark fruit with caramel for the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: to me, this drinks more like an English barleywine;

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Photo of Vogey77
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prisdefer
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kvbett
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of joeroma5
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sanderson
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerFool28607
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of predikit
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, settles in the glass a dark chocolate brown. Left a quickly disappearing off-white head.

Smell has notes of molasses, dark fruit, fig.

Taste struck me as a little odd, it goes through maybe 4 distinct phases of flavor. Starting off you are struck with a piercing alcohol laden dark fruit affect, I want to say licorice but that's not exactly right, the middle does a sort of back and forth leaning between it's fruity and roasted malt characters. The end very slowly slides into coffee malt and maybe some milk chocolate notes, and you are left with a roasted bitter and alcohol burn for the aftertaste.

For it's ABV the alcohol feel is not off-putting at all. Medium-full bodied, very smooth.

A quite enjoyable barley wine, but I can think of many other similar styled brews I would go to first.

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Holidale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.88 out of 5 based on 317 ratings.
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