rumproasts (4448) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. amber with very small head. very sweet and boozy with caramel malt and just a bit of hops. pretty harsh from the abv.
pete4999 (1347) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, I believe it was a 2011. Poured a deep dark brown. Very sweet, like caramel or toffee. Definitely doesnít taste as boozy as I was expecting, perhaps because I had held it for so long. Very smooth and nicely crafted. A good beer for a style that I donít often care for.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on-tap at Hop Cat... $3 for a tulip during Happy Hour? What a steal. I didnít order this one myself, but had a few sips of it... a few very memorable sips.
Appearance: A ruby sort of color with a surprising little head on it with some patchy lacing. Looks good, but not the beerís greatest attribute.
Smell: Phew! Bourbon and vanilla. Caramel. Wow, that is potent. Dark fruits, perhaps, but the bourbon, vanilla, and caramel are most prominent, for sure.
Taste/feel: Backwoods Bastard, in a sense... but this is a bit more harsh with the alcohol/not quite as smooth. Pretty significant bourbon character with a pretty hot finish. Vanilla, caramel, and dark fruits throughout the sip. This is actually a pretty excellent beer, though it definitely could have used a bit more time in the barrel, yet a bit less of a bourbon character. Needs some mellowing. Not as well crafted as Backwoods in my opinion, but still pretty awesome. Obviously, being different styles, this beer does have a VERY slight tartness to it.. by slight, I mean slight. Itís not like the other Wheatwines Iíve had before for the most part, but then again, those werenít poured into a bourbon barrel.
I donít generally jump up and down about New Holland, but they impressed me quite a lot with this one.
GTAEgeek (1656) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
3 oz. sample at Exhibit A(le). Pours a cloudy butterscotch color with a medium, beige head. Immediate notes of caramel, toasted sugar, and vanilla, with some notes of orange zest and wheat. Very sweet, in a citrusy and syrupy sort of way. Very heavy body, creamy, thick, and velvety. Overall, this is an immense, boozy, and thick beer. The candy aromas and sweet flavor layer into a cloying, overwhelmingly sweet beer.
alliance100 (1079) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft and bottle - to start my favorite New Holland beer . Pours a deep amber . Sweet caramel aromas with mild alcohol . Caramel flavors with a thick mouthfeel. Finishes sweet with a little warming alcohol . One of my favs to cellar . Outstanding !
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MaroonOrange (137) - - NOV 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Reddish amber pour with a small white head. Notes of prunes and raisins, with lots of caramel, maple and bourbon. Very sweet and smooth. Strong and boozy finish.
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
sampled at gabf. from my notes. pours amber with tan head. vanilla and oak aroma and taste. #gabf
mixmasterob (1017) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh dear lord. Hazy amber pour with a small quick fading head. Aroma was big time sweet caramel and bourbon. Cherries and fruit cake. Flavors were sweet and boozy, caramel, sweet fruit, bourbon and a woody finish. Syrupy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This is awesome.
BuckeyeBoy (4432) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle with sceen printing older vintage thanks to toby. Pours out copper topped with a small sand head. Aroma of pit fruit caramel malts toffee and a little hop. Taste is as the aroma with caramel malts leading the way some pit fruit still hanging on. A little of the hop bitterness on the end. This one was still holding up very well.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Clear amber with a small head. Aroma is lots of fruity wheat and yeast esters, toffee and some alcohol. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, fruity and peppery yeast and a fairly strong alcohol heat. Medium body with soft carbonation. This one smells really nice but the flavor is a bit of a let down.