Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at New Holland. Very dark in color. Sweet smooth flavor with a chocolatey after taste. very easy easy to drink.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber, 2005 release.
Pours a dark ruby brown with big foamy head that eventually yields to the rim where it leaves spots of lace here and there. Gorgeous aroma of vanilla, molasses, bourbon, and toasted grain. Dove right in with a big sip expecting it to taste the same. Unfortunately, it didnít. Instead I was immediately confronted with New Hollandís signature subdued sour-mash flavor that seems to permeate its entire product line these days. Eventually it subsides and bits of bourbon, molasses and roasty grain make an appearance, but they clash with the New Holland trademark tartness as they fight their way forward. Medium body and tingly, slightly sticky palate. Talk about being built up just to get knocked down. What a disappointment it was to taste this stuff after its gorgeous aroma.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle 2005 version pours deep dark mahogony wiht a creamy tan head that laces the sides of the snifter well. Aroma is caramel, cherry, vanilla, a touch of oak, and just a bit of alcohol. Flavor is a nice blend of caramel, cherry, oak, smoke and just a hint of chocolate. Palate is full bodied but oh so smooth and creamy. Delightful mouthfeel. I thought this was fantastic and very underrated..
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle (listed as 9% abv) - Very dark ruby red color with big tan head. Aroma is creamy, chocolately, with a hint of vanilla and cherry, molasses and smoke. Flavor is malty, nutty, creamy, hint of oak and smoke. Finish is slightly sweet.
sfontain (736) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small sample at beer tasting at From The Vine in Lewis Center, Ohio. Very dark, translucent brow; big, creamy, oatmeal-colored head. Aroma is very clearly alcohol with malt, scotch flavor, vanilla, oak, and bubble gum. Flavor has a big, scotch-like bite, with the alcohol hidden from the flavor except for the warmth. Medium-full, slightly sticky. Extremely striking yet complex aroma; flavor is also very good but needs just a bit more definition. Very unique beer, and very impressive. One of my all-time favorites to date.
auerbrau (3079) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A whole freakin pint on tap at Ashleyís in Ann Arbor. Pitch blackish, with a ruby fringe. Head of thin off-white. Aroma of light honey, port and cherries. Sugary fruit flavor, with obscene amouns of vanilla sugar, gentle candied bourbon and molasses. The barrel just leaks tremendous amounts of flavor. Fantastic. Delectable. Creamy sugary sweetness. Cool, lucious silkyness that I look for and love in various barrel aged beers. Itís almost condensed to the point of syrup. Yum!
wxman (1273) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dried prune and Merlot aroma. Appearance is the darkest brown I’ve ever seen with a pale tan head that is unimpressive. Vinous Merlot-like flavor with hints of chocolate. This is a decent product, but these guys have an inflated opinion of their beer. I can get a 22 oz bomber of Avery’s Czar at a 2% higher ABV (yes, as previous raters have noted this is only 9% ABV) and $1 cheaper than this stuff, plus the Czar tastes better. If I wanted a Merlot wine, I would buy a 1.5L bottle of Turning Leaf at 13.5 ABV for a measly $10. Suggestion to New Holland: sell for $3.99/bottle and you are off to the races.
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle (2005 I assume). No label, but silk screen like stone uses. Pours deep walnut color with a wispy head and light lacing. The aroma is interesting. Malt, chestnuts, maple and milk chocolate all came to mind at one point or another. A bit thick though, and a bit cloying. The flavor is enjoyable with sweet malt, molasses, and a lightly sharp hint that I could not place. There are light hops that give it a bit of balance but there is clearly more of a malty dominance. Slick and smooth body. I liked this more than the last malt forward beer I tried. More enjoyable flavors for me and noticeable hops, though this is a malty experience.
stouty1 (9) - Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2006 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dragonís Milk poured a dark black with a deep ruby tint. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my snifter created a 1 inch head caramel in color. Leaves a nice creamy film along the side of the glass as itís inbibed.
Dark choclatey flavor with a hint of Bourbon. You can definitely taste the alcohol but, definitely not over powering. Leaves a nice malty aftertaste on the back of your tongue with a hint of something sweet. I am definitely enjoying this Stout and will get back to the store for more!
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: Near black with brown tones. Almost no head. Very interesting nose, which seemed to consist of marshmallow, chocolate, vanilla, wood, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel was medium, with slight carbination, oak againg came through near the end. Most notable was the malted chocolate and candied notes. Decent