Block (2324) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a strong stout which didn’t have any overly dominant flavors. The alcohol was masked nearly completely. The flavor was roasted but not burnt. Darker fruit, chocolate mostly. Not too creamy.
ebone1988 (1416) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2015 Sample at Great Taste of the Midwest. Aroma is licorice, roasted malt. Appearance is dark brown, khaki head, smoke. Taste is balanced, lots of licorice, roasted malt, cocoa. Mouthfeel is boozy, too carbonated, but oily and thick. Overall, still the best New Holland beer I’ve had.
AWISLguy (2589) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Ray’s in Tosa. Black pour with a tan head. Nose has
initially big raisin, with chocolate and caramel. Some molasses. Not
bad in the blend. Taste is of sweet caramel, chocolate, rum raisin
... and alcohol. Later down in the glass it gets a burnt caramel alcoholly slant with marshmallow to it. Medium to full bodied. With alcohol. Finishes
nicely bittersweet with an alcohol kicker. As ever with New Holland,
pieces are there, but the overall fails. A bit more chocolate and a
bit less alcohol, and this is quite good. 13.7
ajnepple (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz single bottle from Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits in Muscatine, poured into a snifter. Vigorous pour results in a black appearance with a small khaki head that lingers. Aroma of dark malts, molasses, dark chocolate, roast, light vanilla, light espresso, a touch of dark fruits and a slight hint of alcohol at times. Similar flavor, rich, dark and roasted with a moderately sweet, light bitter finish. Full body with a smooth, creamy feel and soft carbonation. Good stuff, better than their Dragon’s Milk IMO. Give Dr. John’s Gris-Gris album a spin while you sip on this one.
Brentv (657) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Pours opaque black with a small tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts, licorice, and chocolate. Taste is sweet and rich. Full bodied. Nice.
Zewski (1) - Matthews, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2015 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I could drink this every day!
Pours black with a tan head that clings to the glass. Use a snifter to fully appreciate the chocolatey aroma. Each sip fills your mouth with its thick, full bodied, nectar of Western Michigan.
The finish lingers on, but
kaser (5683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour from 22oz bottle at home. Foamy white head. A heavy whiskey flavor. Cocoa and slight sweet flavor. Not loving it. But assuming it might be the moment.
wlajwl (5831) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is coffee, fruit/dark fruit and a small hint of funk. The flavor is dark malts, slightly burnt toast, dark fruit/berries/vinous and a warming/alcoholic finish.
Couch0508 (119) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2015
1.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
This would be a great Mother's Day gift to get your mother if she put you up for adoption and you were still holding a grudge. This stuff is awful.
PhatB420 (839) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz into a Allagash stemmed glass, bottle says 11.5 abv, 2015 edition. Pours a black meshed with brown highlights. White/tan creamy lacing, ample head, retention is solid. Aroma of booze, toasty malts, black licorice, figs, blackberry. Taste of bitter malts, roasty and chewy with a tang. Choco, vanilla, dark roast coffee, booze in aftertaste. A big brew with a large presence. Drinkable in a slow train environment, fortified by friends and time. An imp stout through and through, with excellence balance and the knowledge of you ate getting what was promised. A nice endeavor in late April in the Western mass hills while spring is hiding somewhere. Excellent.