jcnielsen (1312) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap at The Bridge on 01/12. Pours a brown color with white head. Roasty, burnt, black licorice flavors. A nice winter seasonal beer.
Holdwine (1064) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Better as it warmed. Lots of dark fruit and chocolate notes. Nicely adroit finish. A bit above average.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Backlog rating 12-13-2008 (Bottle) This beer pours a small tan head that mostly diminished, no visible carbonation, spotty amounts of lacing, and a dark brown hue. The aroma is malty, nutty, caramel, roasty, and burnt toast. The flavor is is malty, nutty, some caramel, and a hoppy bitterness that takes a backseat. The palate is smooth and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, I was disappointed in the taste of this beer as the different flavors did not come together very well.
SPDickerman (830) - Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brown with a small yellowish khaki head. Smells a little smoky with hints of a caramel nuttiness. Taste is mildly smoky and very little nutty. Medium-bodied with a slightly wet texture and soft mouth-carbonation, New Holland Cabin Fever finishes with a little caramel sweetness.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not robust enough for my liking. A bit on the mellow side and lacking in big character, but did have some nice roasted notes and a balance. Very drinkable.
AR (937) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice blend of flavors in this brown ale. There are taste of cherries, molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Smooth drinking.
ReggieDunlap (2778) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a very thin tan head. Aroma has light roastiness. Flavor is roasty with hints of nuttiness, dry leaves, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a lightly roasted finish.
Dacrza (411) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: 26 January 2013...
Glassware: chiseled mug....
Occasion: celebrating Willís triumphant first violin performance...
Appearance: shines a dark ruby body with a thick, frothy brown head; promising effervescence...
Aroma: the label promises rye, roast and raisin, and I oddly detect those scents; the roasted element is particularly appreciated...
Taste: First tastes are of caramel and raisin, somewhat sweet and mellow...
Palate: medium bodied with a warming presence at the throat that elongates the aftertaste. A noticeably effected beginning at the teeth as well--one can "breath" this beer out, in a sense....
Overall: A decent abv (6.2%) makes this a useful as well as enjoyable brew; the label is befitting its proper setting for consumption. I am not a fan of raisins per se, but I can be persuaded by the roasted atmosphere of this profile. This is the only bottle I purchased--I built my own winter six at Shop-Rite--but I would revisit this at a later date.
bigtourist (31) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Super smoky both in smell and taste. Thin head and reddish brown color. Light body for such a strong flavor
rubbishystuff (1688) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Dad. Smells almost like root beer but but you know it really didnít bother me. It was smooth and creamy and tasty with roasted malt maybe a slick mouth feel. Too much roast and dark to be a brown ale maybe like a porter or something like that. Serving: Bottle