unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a nice chocolate color with an alcohol nose. flavor is roasted sweetness with some hops in there as well. palate is nice.
kujo9 (1088) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap @ Buckeye Brewing: Small light brown head on a hazy chestnut brown body. Head doesn’t last, but laces well. Caramel, nutty, chocolate and toasty malts w/ a pronounced roasty character. Not coffee, but roasty. Light doughy yeast and some raisiny dark fruit, but very light, and some alcohol. Flavor is well balanced and toasted cereal flavor. Roasty, light chocolate, some wood and vanilla flavors. Bourbon is not noticeable until it warms. Sweeter finish, aftertaste is roasty and lightly tart from grain acidity. Medium body, creamy texture, low medium carbonation, and smooth. This beer grows on you the more you drink. I wasn’t too keen on it at first, but as I was about 1/2 way through it, it became more complex and flavors melded together very well.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with no head. Has a fruity malt aroma. Sweet up front with a smooth middle and almost no aftertaste. Flavor has some grape,prune or raisin. Dry finish. As with their other beers very unique.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 First bottle, a labeled 12ozer.:
A jaunty, creamy body offers as bounty a milky broth of raisins, dates and figs...Witty bitterness withholds the shy barrel and is aided by the competent carbonation...A delicate delegate of the barrel-aging symposium...3.6/5
Second bottle, the new silk-screened 22ozer:
The ridiculously frothy carbonation bothers the palate...The important fruitiness and light tartness of black grapes is lost within the effervescent tsunami, grasping at cocoa balls to survive...This batch is another world, one of memorable disappointment...2.4/5
tiggmtl (4516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Initial green wood aroma dissipates quickly to be replaced with chocolate, rum-like bourbon, lactic flat nose. Opaque, dark brown coloured body with decent tan head that recedes to generously cover. Flavour is complex, but is it good? Very good. Unique. Smooth, medium body is quite still. Lactic character overtakes all else to some degree. Bottle sampled with MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6045) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown body wears a light off-white ring. Bold cakey smell in which you’d have put a pinch too much salt. Original lactic chocolate maltiness, rather complex in the nose, hard to analyze and know what to do with it. Raw grainy dryness chases the potentially fatiguing sweetness. Somehow a powdery cocoa flavor lingers and evolves into a coffeeish highly roasty ending full of dark malts. Smooth round body with soft carbonation. Well contained oak flavors do not attenuate the flavors, not to speak of the totally dismissed alcohol. Worth seeking just because it’s so unique.
flemdawg (509) - Naples, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Figured I would take a page out of my dad’s playbook and rate a Michigan beer for the #300. Dark dark brown with a lage firm and fluffy tan head, wonderful looking. Lots of berries dominating the aroma, but chocolate, and oak wood made a good showing. Chocolate in the taste with dark dried fruits, oaky bitterness, and suprisingly no alcohol to speak of. Very tasty offering from New Holland.
jcanj (23) - Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was able to find a bottle of this from last winter. It poured so nice dark as can be with a nice brown head. there is some nice flavors of the vanillas and chocolate and malt. Very nice beer probably has to do a lot with it being aged for a good period of time.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: frightfully dark, deep plum color, with a generous, frothy, creamy, light tan head above, lace-leaving, slowly subsiding.
Aroma: chocolate, cream, vanilla...interesting...buttery, with a whiskeyish tinge, as well.
Taste: unusual, the vanilla lingers, a woody, chocolatey character dominates. Small hops, rich malt, and the 10% Abv is sneaky, not kicking into the flavor in the least. Oh, here it comes...fruitiness comes in toward the end, raisiny, plummy, ...such a nice little brew, a great buttress against this ridiculous sub-zero January chill.
I’ve had this on-tap before, at the Autumn Brew Review lat fall, and wasn’t so charmed...this bottle changed my mind. Were I a Michiganite, Dragon’s Milk would have a coveted spot in the icebox.
seuinoz (141) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
has a hint of oak in the smell.
also has a hint of chocolate, it have a very smooth taste to it too, not harsh like some of those other crazy beers with the high alcoholic%.
it even tastes great as it warms to room temp too.
very good beer.