DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Black pour with no head or visible bubbles. Nose of espresso and chocolate with some alcohol. Hits the mouth with nice milky coffee, nuts, and some cocoa powder. There’s almost no carbonation on the tongue, but it still goes down very smoothly and finishes with a nice, warm, sticky feel. Excellent balance, and remarkably "burn-free" for something that’s nearly 11% alcohol.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thought I remembered liking this better, but notes usually speak the truth. Roasted and burntmalts with a stingy metallicness in the aroma. Big chocolate brown head lies on top ofa dark brown-black body. Much bigger hop flavor than expected mixed with a heavy dose of chalky cocoa and dark chocolate and burnt malts. Makes for a strange if not unique experience. Not overly impressive, but not bad.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a tiny tan head. Roasted sweet maltiness in the nose and flavor. Very rich. Wonderful.
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours almost black with little to no head. Aromas of roast malt, coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Nice bitterness to go with all of the traditional stout flavors. Very nice indeed.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by NachlamSie. Pours black-orange with almost nonexistent tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate, dark fruits, some deep barley tones, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor is milk chocolate, mild coffee, a little bit of cashew, dark fruits. There’s a little bit of brown sugar sweetness, and the finish is nutshell bitterness and alcohol. Decent, but not superior.
NachlamSie (2908) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 Bomber split with Tronraner. Pours black, thick, and with very low carbonation. It almost looks still in the glass and no head forms. The aroma is rich with lots of plum, molasses, rum, and just a bit of roastiness. Mouth is dense and slick. I find this quite nutty with strong hints of brownies. Lots of chocolate, walnuts, and molasses are present. This is on the sweeter side of imperial stouts without much bitterness present, though it isn’t overly sugary either. Alcohol is completely hidden on this one. I prefer a roastier, sharper imperial stout but this is still fulfilling. After a pint, some diacetyl starts to rear its head, but we’ve still got a well rounded big stout here.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours very dark. Very good IS. Sweet and smooth. Nice roasted malt and coffee characters. Some dark chocolate and some bitter cocoa create the right amount of bitterness and has a nice balanced sweet finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10546) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the 6th Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Pours opaque with a large, creamy, dark brown head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, caramel, toffee), light hops (grass), heavy yeast (leather) with notes of tar and brown sugar. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
Ratman197 (10726) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Fest poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a lasting tyan head. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, roastiness and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and light roastiness with a smooth lingering semisweet finish.
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle
I was wary of this when I saw it at the store but I figured New Holland deserved another shot. After all it has been a while since I last sampled any of their products so perhaps things have improved. As it turns out this is actually a pretty good imperial stout once you get past how thick it is. I won’t be buying any more because my cellar is stocked with other things but if you see this on the shelf don’t worry about picking up a dud.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black body swirls in an oily pattern that leaves streaks around the rim of the glass. The nose is thick and almost suffocating with traces of charcoal and plum. The dominant component is pure dark chocolate like the variety that you would use for hot chocolate (the real stuff not Hershey’s powder). It could be more complex but it isn’t thin either.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel chokes the senses with layer after layer of melted dark bittersweet chocolate. Other than a bit of smokiness and plum that is the entirety of this beer. With a few more flavors in the mix it would be excellent; instead it is one of the more average imperial stouts. The biggest difficulty may be in finishing the bottle. Imagine trying to drink two pints of slightly diluted Hershey’s syrup. I’m glad to have tried this but I won’t be getting any more.