dchmela (2559) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Boboski for the tasting. Pours out dark and foreboding, no head to speak of. Aroma is oak, winey merlot and chocolate malt. Taste has the same little hints of merlot and chocolate malt. A little sour in the aftertaste that kind of turned me off. Very strange.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Party Town.
Pours a dark brown with no head and no lacing. A little red hue around the edges. Roasted malts and some oak coming through in the nose. More of the same in the taste, but the effects of the barrel aging really round out this beer well. I didn’t get as much of the bourbon in the draft version as I have previously from the bottle. A very easy and smooth drinking beer which is a problem given the 9% ABV. Very enjoyable.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at MN Town Hall. Dark brown almost black beer with faint brown head. Roasted malt, almost burnt, with undertones of dark chocolate and coffee. Burnt malt body with an almost sweet chocolate and espresso finish with some dark dried fruit and oak in there as well. Much more complex than my last bottle.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Poured into my 24 oz. snifter glass. Pours a very dark brown with a big light tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is malt, mild spice and roast. Flavor is burnt malts, fermented fruits, light spice and smoke. Has a light bitterness in the finish.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth black translucent ale with slightly tan head, which clears up pretty fast to a ring with mottled lacing on the beer surface. Very sweet malty aroma with lots of dark fruit wafts as well. Mouthfeel is quite nice, creamy but light. Flavor seeps from the mouthfeel and spreads all over your mouth. I taste a very small hint of salt in the aftertaste, which I usually notice when the beer is higher in alcohol. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt smokiness and some vanilla and caramel sweetness, both extremes marry very nicely. I can also taste a woody and dry background, probably from the oak barrels. The wood is especially noticeable when I lick my lips after drinking this. Regardless of what I correctly and incorrectly pick from my tastebuds, I can assure the reader of this beer that it is not a beer to pass on. Try it, and taste a fantastic ale from New Holland.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown with a small, off-tan head. Looks medium bodied. Smells of dark fruits, some roast, dark malts. The taste is slightly sweet, pretty fruity, apples, plums, blended with some roast and a little chocolate. Pretty unique combination here. Very intriguing beer. It was lightly carbonated, but seemedto work in this case. The finish was sweet and fruity, with a long aftertaste. Decent brew.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hum ho about this one. might have been that I had pinned this as a completely different beer, but didnt let that factor my impression of the beer. Poured a dark brown very mild head. Slight boourbon on the nose, very vanilla-y as well as good portion of chocolate on nose and tongue. Mediocre and boring.
stevec (21) - Galena, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap in my bar. Pours dark with a nice thick brown head. Concentrated sweetness on the tongue followed by hints of chocolate. Finish left a light bitterness. Excellent with a steak.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with reddish-orange highlights. Head was thick and brown with good retention. Pretty mundane cocoa aroma. Sweet, slightly acidic, and boozy; kind of like a sour chocolate liqueur, I guess. I detected bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and oak notes. Tangy and acidic at then end. Interesting.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Teller’s of Hyde Park. This was the equivalent of oak-aged chocolate milk. Nice mouthfeel, unbelievably silky, and not a notice of alcohol.