Holidale | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

BA SCORE
87
very good
319 Ratings
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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:
319
Reviews:
183
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
13.14%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
32
For Trade:
2
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Photo of muchos
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 version. Enjoyed on July 4th, 2017.
L. Very dark brown to black. Nice frothy tan head.
S. Boozy, nutty, caramel, sweet dark fruits, toasted sweet malts, toasted grain, slightly smoky. Smells awesome.
T. Mild toffee, nutty caramel, smoky grain, grainy bread, fruitiness comes along in the middle, a little honey and wheat toast in the end. Smoky, nutty aftertaste.
F. Full side of a medium body, limited carbonation, a bit dry in the end.
O. Looks like a stout at first, but it's a really good barleywine, in my opinion. Cheers!!

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

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was burnt dark caramel color with a light tan foamy head that stiffened and let up to a sly stringy lace after dissipation. The aroma had some sweet dried tobacco leaf, nice caramel/toffee malt base, citrus rind, soft dark bread, light toast, subtle butterscotch, some damp word, just a touch of vanilla, light red cherries and ended with a little bit of earthy hops. The flavor blended fairly nice the sweet to a light yet firm bitterness from the hops. Tobacco dry sweetness clings to the dark breadiness and hits upon the aftertaste in the same sort of way. Light tobacco in the finish with a touch of vanilla and citrus rind. The feel was about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation was fine and the ABV felt god as well. Overall, pretty nicely done English styled barleywine that I would have again.

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Photo of vdub191
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

Photo of fearfactory
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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Photo of Jjmj51
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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Photo of MasterPenguins
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

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Holidale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.88 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
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