DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very deep brown pour with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma is nuts, roasty grainy malt, brown sugar, toffee. Tastes brown sugary, not too sweet, with a liquid Wheaties flavor, prominent nuts, and a fairly rich palate. This is a very nice brown ale that I’d have no problem keeping year round in the DLBF.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark, dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of toasted and burnt malts, caramel, and light chocolate. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, and a light nuttiness.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: Deep brown with a fading fizzy beige head and some lace. The aroma has notes of walnut, coffee, leather, herbal hop, light prune, and burnt toast. The flavor is rather straight forward with moderate toasted malt and nutty profile with some coffee and hop bitterness in the background. A hint of lacto sourness found towards the finish. The mouth feel starts lively but lacks refreshment, watery as well. A very average beer at best, seems to miss the point.
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark brown with a dark red hue. Very minimal head. Smell is very hidden with small aroma of root beer present. A right down the middle taste of malt mixed with some roast flavor. Nut taste stays into mouth long after gulp.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color with a modest tan head. Big malt aromas. Scents of toasted bread and touch of roasted malt along with some herbal hops in the background. Mix of light fruit and toasted malt in the flavors. Apricots and raisins in a granola bar sort of way. Somewhat acidic in the finish and linger with some hints of black malt and grassy hops. More a winter ale than a brown, but as a brown it is one of the better ones.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 Oz Bottle. 2007. Funky spice and tamari aroma. Lots of unagi and soy, heavy. Light syrup, touches of hickory ash and candied almonds. Strong. Sesame! Dripping with sesame oil. A bit weird, but not bad. Pours a sienna-tinted brown, with a soapy edge of off-white. Flavor is a medium-density sugar supplied with copious quantities of charred nuts, Japanese condiments, and salted fish. Gives up a bit of salty wood and dried grains. Still can’t get over the very palpable and real toasted sesame seeds. Dominates the flavor profile and even out into the smack, keeping other caramels and nut flavors from showing themselves in any detail. Hops don’t show. Palate is balanced by this tannic seed flavor and a general dry quality. There, hops peek in a little. Not really sure how I feel about this beer. Interesting, and I always appreciate that. Thanks Sean!
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 12 oz. bottle. Pours reddish brown, very small light beige head, not much carbination. Smell is faint, moslty carmalized malts, with a hint of alcohol. The flavor is a roasted malt with some nuttyness and a slight alcohol aftertaste. Good winter brown ale.
drewbeerme (3838) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
11/2/07, 2007 vintage. 12oz bottle. thanks to holdenn for giving this to me on demand. Now that’s respect! pours reddish brown with very small off white head. nose of stale coffee and slight roast. flavor has some nuts, stale coffee roast, and some sweet caramel notes. the roast in here is really bad. watery feel to it. why is this rated so high? man, i had hopes for a good New Holland beer but I should have known better. its just a plain old brown ale with more roast to it. 5/3/5/3/10=2.6.
cheap (3750) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
My bottle was purchased in December of 2007. Sweet aroma is mildly present. Dark brown in color. Not much fizz, rather flattish. Not as strong as anticipated. Almost like an alt in character. Hoppy back bite. Dark beer flavors combined with typical dark ale. Though not readily apparent, has an alky impact that lingers around the palate.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An average brown. Color is a thin brown, with just a little head. Mild aroma. Well balanced. I bought a six pack at the store because I like most of the New Holland brews. This was just average, I probably wouldn’t buy it again.