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RATINGS: 437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Pilgrim’s Dole is a barleywine-style ale made with fifty percent wheat malt, or what we at New Holland call a wheatwine. Pilgrim’s Dole blends warming and slightly sweet flavors with a unique caramelized character. It would be an excellent accent to nutty dishes, fruit crisps or creme brulee.
During the 14th century, the term “Pilgrim’s Dole” described the rations of bread and ale given to nourish wayfarers on their holy pilgrimage. At New Holland, Pilgrim’s Dole is brewed for the cultural explorer of today. It is a rewarding discovery on the road to enlightenment.
Whether in a snifter or from your rucksack, Pilgrim’s Dole will enhance any experience and is certain to incite wanderlust and to fuel adventure.
It is a barleywine-style ale made with fifty percent wheat malt, or what we at New Holland call wheatwine. Pilgrim’s Dole blends warming and slightly sweet flavors with a unique caramelized character.

25° Plato, Alc. 11.4% by Vol.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2013
This score is from my backlog at a different site. Full reviews written for all new beers tasted.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5650) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Dark amber pour with a white head. The aroma is very sweet with some grain, orange citrus, peaches, candy sugar and assorted spices. The flavor is very similar and equally complex. There is a lot of malty sweetness as well as some wheat and big, juicy orange citrus notes. There is also some peppery spice as well as some yeast and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheArgoPirate (72) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
11 oz draft. Reddish amber with nearly no head/lacing. Nose is fruit, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Flavor vanilla, dark cherry, caramel. Warming finish with a moderate bitterness. Interesting take on a barley wine. Good overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2013
12oz bottle poured into glass. This was extremely boozy. Sitting on this for at least a year would definitely do it some good. That said, it most certainly has a rich creamy texture with a good amount of bourbon flavors in the aroma/flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3268) - Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Comes out of the tap a clear mahogany with a thick, fine-bubbled wheat head that leaves some generous lacing. Malty aroma has a pineapple overtone and a note of horehound. Malty, fruity flavor has pineapple, orange and vanilla notes plus hints of horehound, cloves and caramel. Firm, fizzy texture leaves an enjoyable and flavorful finish. Make a pilgrimage for this one.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Smitty1994 (27) - Portage, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Huge alcohol taste. Tough going down. Not one of their best. Much prefer their IPAs. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackflag321 (477) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle pour to snifter. Copper-amber color. Taste is heavy on the sweet malt with raisin and caramel aftertaste; an alcohol kick. It’s okay but I think it might improve with some aging.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1480) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Tap. Pours clear light orange. Slight coconut aroma thin head. Taste sweet rather thin boozy coconut

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steve_0 (2580) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Bottle at Ryan's shared with friends. Pour is crimson amber with a frothy off-white head and great lacing. Brown sugar, caramel, prunes, and raisins in th aroma. Very malt forward. Taste is big prunes, raisins, caramelized sugar, light grapefruit and bread but a bit boozy. Sticky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. A little too much alcohol present in this one and a bit unbalanced. Hmmmmm

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
574deadzone (1024) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2012
2012 vintage. 24.8 degrees plato, 12% ABV, and aged in bourbon barrels. Pours a deep amber brown with flaming crimson highlights and a ring of toffee-khaki head that produces some big soapy clingy lace. About half a finger of tight bubbled foam is produced with a vigorous swirl. It really sticks to the inside of the glass not surprisingly. Nose involves a healthy dose of sweet bourbon with oak and vanilla, lots of doughy bread, dark fruits, dates, some slight cherry, a bit of buttery toffee, and some nice vaporous alcohol. Taste is very sweet, but has a substantial bitterness at the beginning and end to balance. Palate is very full, viscous, oily, chewy, pretty warm with alcohol, and tingly with bitterness and a somewhat active carbonation. I’m sure this would round out and cool down a tad with age, but this is another example of how drinking a big beer fresh has its benefits, too. Big and ballsy, smooth yet strong with alcohol, daring you to keep going. Sticky, lengthy, quite complex, powerful. Damn good.


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