Berkshire Brewing Company Raspberry Strong Ale

Since my transfer, I spend a lot less time in the car. The only downside is that most days, I have to be in work by 4 or 5 AM. Val hates this. I usually get up around 2:30 AM or 3 AM and get in the shower. I try to be as quiet as possible and turn on as few lights as possible so as to not wake her. The cats, on the other hand, think I’m up specifically to play with them and want me to pet them. Eventually, it should feel normal to get up that early…I hope.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Strong Ale

Trivia: This is a winter seasonal.

Random: My office is freezing right now. It can’t ever be a comfortable temperature.

This beer poured with a one finger, cream-colored head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the snifter. The body was a clear, cherry color. There was visible detritus in the body with no carbonation visible. The nose had raspberry extract and overripe raspberries. I couldn’t get anything else on this. The taste had syrupy raspberry extract with honey and light spice. It had a floral characteristic to it as well. This tasted nothing like a barleywine to me. The body was much lighter than a typical barleywine, although the sweetness was cloying. It had very little carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet with overripe raspberries. I have no idea what the price of the beer was since I got this as a gift, but I wouldn’t buy this one. It had no balance to it. At least the booze was hidden.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Trappist Rochefort 6

How I haven’t had this beer yet is beyond me. I was at the beer store and checked the blog thinking that I’d reviewed it and I was terribly wrong. I tried it the same night it came home from the beer store.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Dubbel

Trivia: According to, “Rochefort Trappist 6 is named after its original gravity measured in ‘Belgian degrees’ – a brewing scale no longer used today. It was first sold to the public in 1953. Reddish-brown color with amber-gold highlights; soft body leads to earthy flavors and an herbal character. Refined, soft spiciness in the bouquet finishes with a bit caramel. Bottle-conditioned for soft natural carbonation.”

Random: I could go for a pretzel right now.

This beer poured with a three finger, thin, khaki colored head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and mahogany colored. There was a lot of carbonation visible and some floaties as well. The nose had dates and figs along with yeast. There was a lot of coriander spice with some cocoa powder. The taste was all dark fruit. I picked up raisins, dates, figs and tobacco. There was a lot of bread and spice with coriander as well. I also picked up some nutmeg. It had a thick body with ridiculously high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with raisins and dates. Yeast and spice remained on the tongue as well. I bought this bottle for $5.45, which came to $.46 per ounce. This beer was simply exceptional. I haven’t had a dubbel in a long time and this beer could easily be the benchmark I use for the style now.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Stoneface Blip

I’m listening to a podcast about the Black Dahlia murder. One of the people on this podcast is the son of the main suspect. He wrote a book that is now going on my Amazon wishlist. Let’s get to something happier…like this beer.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A ‘small’ IPA that’s been dry hopped with Mosaic, Columbus, and Simcoe hops.”

Random: If Val and I go back to Maine, we’re making our way back here again. The beers were outstanding and the staff was quite friendly and informative.

This beer poured with a huge, three finger white head. It took forever to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was the color of melted lemon Italian ice with light carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lemon flesh and fresh-cut grass clippings. Weirdly enough, I got Lemon Italian ice too. The taste was also very light and not nearly as pungent as the nose. Lemon pith and a vegetal note too. It was almost like arugula. The body was thin with light carbonation that needed to be dialed up. It had a quick finish with the same vegetal notes and grass. I received this beer as a gift, so I have no idea how much it was and New Jersey doesn’t get distribution. This reminded me more of a pale ale than a true IPA, but it was alright. I don’t think it was their best showing, but definitely drinkable.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Double Nickel Marbled Buffalo

Today’s selection is from a relatively local brewery that I visited in South Jersey. This is one of their barrel aged selections.


ABV: 8%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’re not your average startup brewery. We don’t have a storybook tale about leaving boring desk job to turn a homebrewing hobby into a business. The truth is, we never did the desk job thing. Head Brewing and Co-Founder Drew Perry has been brewing beer his whole professional life, working his way from the packaging line to head brewer. At his most recent gig, Drew lead recipe development and contract brewing for a Virginia-based operation that produced beer for dozens of other microbreweries. But the dream was always the same: to return to New Jersey and start his own brewery, using his own recipes and sharing the experience with friends and family.”

Random: I picked this beer up directly from the brewery.

This beer poured with a huge, one finger head that was thick and light brown in color. It took forever to dissipate. The body was dark brown, yet relatively clear. There was no visible carbonation because of the color. The nose had a lot of bourbon with vanilla. There was some spice from the rye as well. The taste was rye, with a lot of malt and caramel. Toffee was present too. The bourbon note was strong when cold, but much more balanced When warm. Vanilla and prominent booze were next. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with light bourbon, vanilla and toffee. I think I paid about $12 for the bomber, which came to $.55 per ounce. I thought this beer was decent, I just wish the booze wasn’t as obvious.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Wachusett Larry

I remember reading a review of this beer years ago. Needless to say, I forget if the review was favorable or not. Either way, I ended up with a six-pack of these cans and saved one for research purposes. I have only had a few beers from the brewery, although they do get some distribution to New Jersey. Let’s see how this beer was.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: This brewery offers tours on every day but Sunday.

Random: The can art for this beer makes it look a bit dated. I think they should look into a redesign.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick, off-white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and high carbonation was visible through the cloudiness. The nose had light pine notes first and then a lot of caramel malt. The taste was a lot stronger than the nose. It had pine sap and grapefruit peel and an herbal note. It took me a few sips to place it. It reminded me of juniper. There was no malt on the taste. The body was incredibly thin with high carbonation. For a double IPA, I was shocked that the body was so thin. It had a lengthy finish with pine and juniper. This beer was another gift, so no commentary on price. I thought this beer was alright, but it’s just a middle of the road DIPA to me. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA With Apricots

Val picked this beer up for me. I’ve had the original Last Chance IPA a few years back, so I was curious to see what it would be like with the addition of apricots.


ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’ve decided to take our Last Chance IPA and add a little twist…We started with our 5.9% ABV Last Chance IPA, a full-flavored IPA with pleasant citrus flavors of tangerine and grapefruit. To that delightful brew, we’ve added apricots. Not just a few, but over 15 pounds of them per barrel! While the apricot is subtle on your first sip, is is certainly more noticeable after several sips. Due to the high pectins of the apricot, this beer pours cloudy.”

Random: I still don’t love Weyerbacher’s label, but they’re better than the old ones.

This beer poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left some lacing on the glass along with a crown. The body was a murky, dark orange with no visible carbonation because of how hazy the beer was. The nose was filled with old grapefruit flesh and crushed pine needles. There wasn’t any malt to it. The taste was really…interesting. It had apricot and a weird, astringent tartness. There was really bitter grapefruit flesh as well and a touch of cracker at the end. The body was overly thick for the style with carbonation that was too light. The finish was lengthy with the same tartness. A bottle of this was $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). I wasn’t a big fan of this. The tartness didn’t fit with the beer at all.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Sixpoint Puff

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I enjoy Thanksgiving, although not as much as Christmas, since that’s my favorite holiday. The cats like it too since they get leftover turkey. I’ll probably be on the couch watching football right about now, so let’s get to the beer.


ABV: 9.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Imagine puffing away on hops for days, then just chillin’ as the party starts winding down. But wait, a final burst of energy; one last dose in a tank of dry hops. A special hop bouquet for the afterparty. If you love Resin, try tasting it straight from the tanks. That’s PUFF – a hazy, unfiltered pour with an extra dose of dry hops…a new blend devised just for Puff. We decided to capture our own puffy, cloudy brew in a limited release can. First puff says it all – this is is Keller. Breathe deep and put your head in the clouds…it’s Mad Science.”

Random: This is a beer they want you to drink really fresh.

This beer poured with a two finger head that was slightly off white in color. It dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and bright orange with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with pine and fresh cut grass clippings. Some grapefruit pith came through as well. The taste was much more dank than the nose. There was a lot of fresh pine needles. The taste was made lighter with grapefruit flesh and a moderate dose of lightly toasted malt. The booze dried out the beer a bit, but didn’t burn the back of my throat. The body was lighter than I expected but had a generous dose of carbonation. The finish was quick with menthol and pine. A can of this $3.12, which came to $.26 per ounce. This was interesting and I drank it with no problem, but it didn’t floor me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Wicked Weed Oblivion Sour Red

This beer was another gift from my parents’ trip to Massachusetts and the second (and unfortunately last) Wicked Weed beer from the stash. Hopefully I’ll figure out a way to get some more.


ABV: 8.7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Located in West Asheville, the most recent Wicked weed addition is this 50 barrel Production Brewery responsible for brewing and distributing our fresh beer offerings such as Freak of Nature Double IPA and Pernicious IPA.”

Random: I’m listening to a podcast about Deadwood that’s very interesting. I’m such a nerd.

The beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color and murky. As a result, I couldn’t see how much carbonation was in the beer. The nose was filled with red wine vinegar, oak and red grapes. Currants were in the background as well. The taste was much more tart than the nose would imply. It had red wine vinegar and almost mouth puckering tartness that never went over the edge. It was quickly followed up with oak and vanilla and went into fruit. Specifically, I picked up currants and red grapes. The brett also dried this beer out very nicely. It had a medium body with high carbonation. The alcohol was well-integrated into the liquid. It had a lengthy finish with oak and red grapes with lingering vinegar. This was another gift, so no comment on price, but this beer was complex and perfect for any sour lover. I hope I get a chance to give this beer a try again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Wicked Weed Oaxacan

I was excited to crack this beer open after my parents brought it back from Massachusetts. It’s also the first beer I’ve ever had from Wicked Weed.


ABV: 8.6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 2009 Walt and Luke Dickinson sat at a craft beer bar and talked about the dream of opening their own brewery focusing on big, West Coast hoppy ales and authentic Belgian ales brewed to inspire those who drank them. There would be no looking back. Over the next two years, a preliminary business plan was developed and test batches were brewed. In 2011 Walt and Luke’s lifelong friend Ryan Guthy and his parents Rick and Denise all sat down at the Guthy’s house in the mountains of Western North Carolina to taste Luke and Walt’s creations while discussing ideas and strategies for what would become Wicked Weed Brewing. After discussing and weeks of thoughtful research and soul searching the Guthys joined the Dickinsons.”

Random: I wish I could get more of this.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, orange color with some visible carbonation. The nose was incredibly fragrant. I picked up vanilla and oak up front, but then I got some lime. The nose didn’t make me think this was going to be a tart beer. The taste was more dry than tart. The first notes that I got were vanilla and oak, but then tequila and lime came through next. There was also an agave note. The funk didn’t make this tart, but instead dried this beer out. I couldn’t pick up any alcohol on the flavor. After a few sips, some dried grapefruit peel was there as well. It had a medium thick body with light carbonation. The beer had a quick finish with lime and tequila. This beer was simply outstanding. I have no idea how much it cost since it was a gift, but I would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tired Hands Moon Trip

We stopped at a new pizza place in Philly to grab food to take home and I had a pint while we were waiting. I was specifically looking for something lighter and since this came in at 3% and was from Tired Hands, I thought it would be a good choice.


ABV: 3%

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pennsylvania Golden Mild. 3.0% Brewed with Pa grown six row Pale and ‘Dutch’ malt from our friends at Deer Creek Malting. Hopped with the best hop in the world: Cascade. I hope you get it. Notes of golden raisins, freshly baked bread, sunlight, and bright honey.”

Random: I want to go back to London soon. I loved it when I went there as a child.

This beer poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on the pint glass. The body had some chill haze and was amber in color. There was moderate carbonation visible in the beer. The nose started with lightly bitter hops and old grass and then went into a bready quality that provided some sweetness. The taste had a mineral water quality to it that went well with the grass note. It also had the same bready quality and some sweetness from the honey. Despite this, to me, it was more like a traditional English pale than an English mild. It had a light body that made this really drinkable with moderate carbonation. The finish was swift with grass and mineral water. I believe I paid $6 for the pint ($38 per ounce). I enjoyed this beer a lot. It would make for a really good session beer, especially in the summer and you’re looking for something other than a witbier.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0