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RATINGS: 442   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.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2013
This score is from my backlog at a different site. Full reviews written for all new beers tasted.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Light amount of booziness in the aromas, but not a bad thing. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light earthy oak/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark fruit flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged wheatwine style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mears (23) - - DEC 8, 2014
Good beer. I like the carmelization the best. Can really taste the raisins.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (11556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle shared at chriso Post-GBBF Tasting 2014, London. Clear golden/copper beer, almost no head. Fruity caramel aroma, woody, whisky, toffee notes. Fruity vanilla flavor, licorice, toffee, vinous, warming alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (256) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
12 oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis. 2012 Vintage (aged 2 years). Appearance: Dark ruby/copper in color. Somewhat transparent, though pretty dark. Small off white head ~3mm. Aroma: The nose is not very strong, but you get a lof of the flavor when drinking the beer. Malty - Toffee, chocolate. Earthy and yeasty. Raisin. Rich and complex. Taste: Medium sweetness upfront, then a wave of flavor with a long finish. Palate: Rich heavy body. Thick, oily texture coats mouth. Soft carbonation. Long finish. Overall: This beer is much more impressive after a couple years of aging. The nose is not strong, but the flavors are powerful, but balanced, when you drink it. The texture is rich. Really enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EamonTheGreat (154) - USA - SEP 19, 2014
A solid Barleywine style ale brewed with wheat. The taste is a little different from a traditional Barleywine. Not quite as sweet, but very smooth for such a high ABV. Slight caramelness, but all in all a good barley/wheat wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hman43 (418) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2014
It pours a dark brown with little head. It has a strong alcohol smell with caramel and some dark fruits. The taste has a strong caramel and bourbon characteristic with fruit flavors evident. It is extremely strong, but good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kayres (524) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Very dark brown with a thin white head. Sweet vanilla aroma. Sweet boozy vanilla ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chucklemation (570) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Pours a dark mahogany, transparent, with no head. Has a scotch-like aroma. Flavor is very reminiscent of a hard liquor, such as scotch or bourbon. Perhaps there’s a touch of caramel, and any dark fruit comes out a little bit in the aftertaste. Might be interesting to revisit after a year or two. Very strong. The similarity to hard liquor turns me off.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkPine (17) - - JUN 26, 2014
Really nice amber color with a fingers head. Lots of caramel flavor. Very warm taste with a good booze finish, again caramel flavor. Definitely a long session beer. Would love to try it aged more.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrSquash (49) - Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Holy shit that is high boost. Had this in a two year old bottle and Damn was it strong! Malty smell but alcohol over powers


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