Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Started good and ended bad. I started with, wow. I wasn’t expecting much from this one, but the first sniff and sip were incredible. Not a big fan of the other beers I’ve tried from New Holland, but this was a nice Christmas gift. The initial wow factor didn’t last long, but it did remain a very nice beer. This seemed very underrated here on RateBeer. At only 6% ABV it did a poor job of hiding the alcohol, but that does make it a nice warmer on a cold winter night, like the one I tried it on. Sort of similar to a doppelbock. Drink this one quick and it’s very good, but it does become less enjoyable as you go. A little cloying and medicinal as I kept sipping. Maybe colder it would be better.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark, brownish, red that was bright, red in the light with an average to large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma started out as a 10 and ended as a 5 so I gave it a 7. There was moderate to heavy toasted, nutty, caramel and chocolate malts; light metallic hops; raisin, cherry, medicine, and off chemical kind of thing, stewed fruit, something off and sour, and maybe sulfur. The initial flavor was sweet and a little acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet and acidic with and average duration. The flavor started as a 9 and ended as a 7 so I gave it an 8. There was chocolate, caramel, nutty malt, raisin, metallic hops, chocolate milk, sough syrup or medicinal cough drops and sour fruit. It was almost like a Christmas cookie or some sort of candy bar; Chunky comes to mind, but this candy bar was made with cheap chocolate. The medium body was a bit syrupy and then slightly dry with tingly carbonation and a dry, lightly metallic, lightly astringent and lightly alcoholic finish.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6737) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2010
2.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with a small brown head. The aroma was bitter and roasty with moderate floral hops and a touch of smoke. The flavor was smoky and very roasty with light notes of coffee and chicory. th finish was long, dry , roasty and smoky. medium body. Average.
Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: Sweet, chocolate malts. Roasty coffee and toffee as well.
Appearance: Beautiful dark brown
Taste: Very sweet caramel and mostly chocolate/coffee, barely any bitterness
Palate: Medium Body
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A clear deep brown color pour with a medium thin white head that diminishes quickly. Sticky spots of lacing left , medium carbonation. Aroma of nuts , barley, baked bread crust and molasses along with a malty undertone. Flavor was very toasty , lots of nutty and caramel flavors ,brown shugar and dark fruit notes very balanced , lightly sweet , medium body , nice nutty finish with hints of rasins , very drinkable and a nice brew , New Holland has yet another nice offering here
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, deeper brown colored body with a reddish hue. Thin, light brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma has lots of dusty cocoas and chocolate with a lighter roast and some nuts. A hint of darker fruits and a light herbal hop too. Flavor is similar. Lots of chocolates and caramels with a light roast. Nutty with a light spice and dark fruit before this finishes with a light, herbal hop bitterness and light roast. Rich, bold, and sweet while it slowly dries and leaves a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body, very smooth, clean, and easy drinking. Overall, I liked this winter ale. Lots of flavor with a present roastiness that balances well with the nutty, chocolatey caramels. Highly enjoyable.
kassner (1549) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
big beer with full flavor on tap at capital Ale. Lots of dried fruits, raisens and figs, nuts and roasted malt flavors, no head but some lacing with a nice malt finish
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber pour, a smallish tan head produces an initially dense but wholly temporary lacing. Resinous nutty aroma. Flavor is built around a semi-sweet chocolate malt base, offsetting bitterness is more nutty than hoppy. A bit of dark fruit, and a bit lactic scuzziness going on. Medium body.
5000 (6625) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Straight up Brown, or a burnt caramel perhaps, thin spritzy off-white, spotty lacing.   Soft toasted malt nose, seems mildly sweet, minor cocoa and lactose.   Smooth malt base, pale sweetness, minor toasted
malt feel, very low hop profile.   Simple and straight forward.   Clean on the exit.   Lingering malts with a minor cocoa flair.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Pretty solid Brown, not like a lot of ones out here
that tend to be over hopped.   Enjoyable. &bnsp Thanks to the big man Styles for the bottle!
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I got a good dose of the sourness that some people describe--though there were some decent brown ale flavors in there, the overall complexion was dominated by the sour chocolate milk quality. Somewhat thin palate, as well. Bottle.
deyholla (9999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap. Poured a deep clear brown with a tan head. Aroma was full of malty notes (hay, bread, nuts and roasted notes). The same malt notes were strong in the flavor with a hint of raisins lying underneath.