Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, 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.
WillRunForBeer (187) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from umich43jm, thanks Jason! Pours dark brown with a nice coffee colored head. Aroma is bourbon and smoke. Flavor has chocolate, coffee tones and a lot of smoke towards the finish.
mnmike (942) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Sterb’s for Darkness Eve event. Starchy stout that does pretty much deliver on the goods for a RIS
Jamesthebrit (133) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is lighter for an imperial stout. Boozy with a little acidity. Big chocolate note. Looks perfect. Very dark brown with a very creamy head. Great taste. Big chocolate note. Acidity cuts through quite a bit. Finish is a bit of booze with more chocolate. A little acidic on the palate. Full body. Nice finish.
Overall this is a solid stout with a much better chocolate note than others. Acidity comes through a bit too much. Otherwise solid.
ESBob (283) - Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at Trion Tavern in New Haven, IN. Pours an opaque black. Tannish head that was ample but diminished. Aroma is a deep roast dark chocolate malt. Taste is a nice combo of roast malt, toffee, some vanilla notes as well......marshmellow?? A nice imperial stout!
superspak (1906) - Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/26/2012. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, toast, toffee, molasses, light char, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, toast, toffee, molasses, light smoke, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, char, toast, toffee, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is roasted malt and light chocolate. Flavor is sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Nice warmth on a full bodied beer.
5000 (5613) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Black, thin dark beige head, spotty lacing.   Roasty nose, black coffee, a little bit of dark pitted fruit.   Not as roasty on the nose, semi-sweet, actually sweeter than most, with more dark pitted fruit.   Not a heavy stout, body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Cold coffee, ash, minor dark pitted fruit, and roastiness on the finish.   Not a Stout to re-write history, but its pretty solid.   Better than most I should say!
Ron (2187) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perfect stout appearance. Dark brown/black pour, big frothy caramel head. Smell is a mixture of dark fruits, cocoa, and roasted malt. Flavor is caramel, roasted malt, cocoa, and malt sugar. It is rich and decadent. Well-done.
jb (1942) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is very dark, clear, nice tan head, tight creamy pattern covering the top. Roasted notes dominate nose and taste. Also some coffee in the taste, and a bit of booze in the back end. Satisfying, not complex, decent, not a great one.
Smurf2055 (1064) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours black, 2 finger tan, carbonated head.
Smell juicy red fruits and a bit of roast.
Taste sweet and ashy, lots of chocolate on the tail.
Thinner bodied than expected.
Very simple and boring.