8balls (12) - Winston-Salem, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2012 Decent brew, but not the best barrell imperial stout. It looks great and has a tasty aroma. It drinks very smooth...maybe a little too smooth. This lacks the "bite" that I like from barrell aged imperial stouts. I do respect this brewski, though, because it is 10% (respect high gravity, or be brought down by it). I like New Holland products, and I like this one. Iíd definitely drink more of íem.
Joelly3d (24) - Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good craft beer. Lovely aged oak taste with hints of licorice and chocolate. Occasional hop hints but primarily smooth and semi sweet. This is a great beer for the price. The best new holland I've had.
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meast (4) - Milan, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark no head bitter beer. Like it on draft way more than in bottle. Taste the malt and smooth.
AR (857) - Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I didnít even know this was a stout before opening. Obviously, this was a strong stout. It could be a bit smoother, but overall a flavorful beverage.
biga1973 (1) - - MAY 13, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love the bourbon flavor as it subtlety hits the palate after a few sips. As you finish the tap filled glass, you appreciate the oaky flavor just like a fine whiskey.
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EdKing (1302) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle care of Mr Paul Unwin. Colour is like dark Coca-cola, quite bubbly, thin off white head. Nose is spicy wood oak, lots of boubon whiskey, English ale fruity, very malty. Taste is soft, vanilla, wood bitter, very alcoholic feel, bourbon whiskey and a burn on the finish.
Emeister84 (442) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of dark chocolate, chicory, dry Italian cookies, cherries, raisins, and hints of espresso. Black with a fully retaining, beige head. Off-dry with flavors of cherry, raisin, and dark chocolate, along with subtle notes of vanilla and bourbon. Medium-full bodied with soft, fluffy carbonation, strong and slightly hot, and finishes with sticky chocolate-covered bourbon candy on the tongue.
davey101 (495) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 vintage, 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to match1112!
A - Pours a clear brown but sits nearly black. If you squint hard enough you can see the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of light khaki foam settle down into thin edging. Looks a little thin, but a pretty basic stout appearance.
S - Oh boy. This is like a double oaked stout, only the base beer is average and the oak isnít exactly welcome. Its just an awkward mix of super intense wood, synthetic vanilla, and dry chocolate powder.
T - That dreadful aroma in liquid form! Lots of over the top oak, fake vanilla, and a dry chocolate that is missing any sweetness. This is a weird beer. Its not bad, but its not good. Its exactly in the middle. I mean I donít mind if I had another sip of this but the prospect isnít entirely attractive. Thin to medium body, meh carbonation.
O - Like a clothespin with a chocolate powder dusting. The barrel aging seemed forced and artificial and the base beer was probably not an all star to begin with. Happy to try this beer because now I know!
geologyguy (342) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couldnt rate...in bottle....strong and flavorful...little too much so on front and a bit bitter but milky smooth on end
droidhackzor (1) - - MAY 1, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A lovely scent of bourbon and chocolaty coffee, sweet and smooth, dark and heavy. Itís one of those brews that after the first sip, it just rolls right off the tongue leaving a buttery rich flavor and the punch of a light bourbon.
barbarino2000 (52) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The first sip was like, "Yeah, its okay." But about 5 sips later Iím noticing the sweetness. The hint of bourbon. The smooth, creamy slide as it goes down my throat. And it hit me: This is a really good beer.
It touches on a lot of the things I love. A silky version of Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout, which is one of my faves. With a 10% ABV thump. And for only $7.99 a bomber!
These are the little surprise gems that make the craft beer hunt so much fun.