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

Berkshire Brewing Company Imperial Steel Rail

When I was a kid, I used to love trains. My Dad bought me a train set and I set it up in the basement and used to play with it all the time. For Christmas one year, he got me a train I could use a remote control to run. Given that, it makes sense that my Dad would pick out this beer for me when he saw it in Massachusetts.


ABV: 10.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to, “The rail profile is the cross sectional shape of a railway rail, perpendicular to the length of the rail. Early rails were made of wood, cast iron or wrought iron. All modern rails are hot rolled steel of a specific cross sectional profile. Typically the cross section (profile) approximates an I-beam but is asymmetric about a horizontal axis (however see grooved rail below). The head is profiled to resist wear and to give a good ride, the foot is profiled to suit the fixing system. Unlike some other uses of iron and steel, railway rails are subject to very high stresses and are made of very high quality steel. It took many decades to improve the quality of the materials, including the change from iron to steel. Minor flaws in the steel that may pose no problems in other applications can lead to broken rails and dangerous derailments when used on railway tracks. By and large, the heavier the rails and the rest of the trackwork, the heavier and faster the trains these tracks can carry. The rails represent a substantial fraction of the cost of a railway line. Only a small number of rail sizes are made by steelworks at one time, so a railway must choose the nearest suitable size. Worn, heavy rail from a mainline is often reclaimed and downgraded for re-use on a branchline, siding or yard.”

Random: How do breweries these day not have websites?

This beer poured with a thick, two finger, slightly off white head. It left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, amber color with lots of floaties in it and insane carbonation visible. The nose had toasted malt and astringent booze that wasn’t inviting. After a few sniffs, there was some old grass clippings as well. The taste was sweet up front with honey and toasted malts. Then, the same old grass clippings came through and lots and lots of booze. It really warmed the back of my throat. The body was thick and had a slick characteristic with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and again, with a lot of warming from the booze. I wasn’t a big fan of this beer. After some research, it looks like their previous version of this was a bit lower in ABV, and I wish I could have tried this one. Not that I think I’ll be able to get it again (this bottle was a gift and BBC isn’t distributed in Jersey), but even if I could, I wouldn’t try to find it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Berkshire Brewing Company Lost Sailor India Pale Ale

This is the first of the beers that I reviewed on vacation. Now, I’ve been to Provincetown, MA at least a half a dozen times. I never remember them having a great beer selection. I mean, the majority of people there are drinking Bud Light or Miller Lite. But, my girlfriend saw an Irish pub that I had never been to and we decided to eat lunch there. Little did I know that they had about 10 drafts and 70 bottles…yeah, I guess I’ll keep her around.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: English India Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A classic British-inspired IPA, Lost Sailor keeps an even keel with a well rounded malt profile to support generous dry-hopping with the time-honored Goldings hop variety.  With its floral and citrus aroma and medium body, Lost Sailor is the perfect session beer, whether lost at sea or in the comfort of your own home or a local pub.”

Random: I had this one on draft…they had it on the menu as BBC Lost Sailor…it took me a minute to figure out which brewery it was. Yeah, not the brightest bulb sometimes.

This brew poured with a thick, one finger, off white head on top of a hazy orange body. There was also some mild carbonation visible. The head dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The nose was definitely grapefruit and bitter hops. For an English IPA, there was not a lot of malt on the nose, but that all changed on the first sip. The carbonation was moderate with a decently thick body. The flavor had the grapefruit that was present in the nose, but the sweet malt backbone quickly came through with some caramel and a bit of nuttiness. The finish lingered with the nuttiness. At the time I had it, I wasn’t aware of the ABV, but I definitely assumed that it was in the 5-6% range. Even though I’m not a huge fan of English IPAs, this was one was decent. Try it if you see it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Berkshire Brewing Company Coffeehouse Porter

This was the second beer of the night. Yet another brew that I got while I was in Massachusetts. I’ve always been into coffee stouts, but I don’t think that I’ve had a beer that was truly termed a “coffee porter.” I knew when I saw this in the brew store, I had to pick it up. It also called out to me when I was picking a brew for the night. So, what better than a Saturday night to crack it open? Again, sorry for the crappy photo. I don’t think that I’m holding my iPhone still enough when I take pictures and I’m too lazy to break out the big camera.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This rich, dark ale takes BBC’s popular Drayman’s Porter and adds Dean’s Beans organic coffee to the mix, creating an enticing blend of everyone’s favorite beginning and end of day beverages.  Robust and aromatic, Coffeehouse Porter is sure to please, no matter what time of day you choose to enjoy it. ”

Random: Despite the heat, this beer went down nice and smooth.

This brew poured with a two finger tan head that left crazy lacing on my pint glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation. Damn, this looks like a sexy beer. The nose had lots of roasted malts with coffee and a hint of chocolate. This smelled like dessert to me, so yummy. The taste was a lot of coffee, but it wasn’t overpowering. The body was a bit thin, but since it was a porter, this was to be expected and had moderate carbonation. There is no confusing this with a stout, which is a good thing, given how hot it was outside. The mild bitterness came out with a lot of roasted malts and finish with a bit of creaminess. The finish was highlighted with the expected notes of coffee. This was really nice. Any alcohol in the brew didn’t make an appearance and the finish lingered with coffee. I would definitely have this brew again, I just wish that I didn’t have to go to Massachusetts to get it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0