flemdawg (520) - 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 dadís 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.
Iíve had this on-tap before, at the Autumn Brew Review lat fall, and wasnít so charmed...this bottle changed my mind. Were I a Michiganite, Dragonís 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.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An amazing vanillay oaky, flavorful strong ale. This beer is one of the few high alcohol numbers that doesnít show it alcohol in a negative manner. A very elegant number.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark, opaque, anise all over with dark fruits, roasty, medium bodied, very drinkable and smooth. My wife says that this is probably something like Indiana Jones was drinking at the bar in one of those movies.
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pored dark brown to black big tan head.aroma, had to wait for the head to go down some oak.flavor choc, berries malts, alcohol a nice blend of sweet and bitterness.not to bad will have to get more
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a brown head, thin, quick to dissipate. Moderate lacing. Aroma of chocolate, berries?, and oak aged wine. Chocolate and oak flavoring, alcohol hidden fairly well. Slight hop taste lingering. Interesting beer.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with awesome cascade with a thick chocolaty tanish head. The nose is slightly smokey but malty sweet. The taste is creamy milk chocolate, smooth and clean, little hints of cherry with rolling suggar and cream, very cool and complex. The body is slippery and smooth. Full.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Oak barrel aged) Deep dark brown/black with just the barest ruby hints sparkling through. The head is a rocky tan affair that collapses down into a thin sheet that creates beautiful lace. The aroma is smoky with lots of earthy aromatic blueberry. A very unique aroma. The flavor is also very fruity maybe even some vegetable flavors. I am having a hrad time describing the flavor as I have never tasted a beer quite like this one. The body is medium but has a watery mouth-feel. The alcohol is well-masked. (Update - reading through the reviews I read ecrvich's review and he nails it - corn on the cob!)