vyvvy (5008) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark with a deep crimson hue when held to the light; it also has a good sized sudsy tan head. The aroma has vanilla, cream, roasted malt and acidic berry flavors. The taste starts with the roasted malt, sharp berries and light cream. the finish is more bitter and shows some lactic acid. An okay stout.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Aroma: Roasted malt with a light graininess to it. Coffee, caramel, milk chocolate, oatmeal, and some light spice. Appearance: Dark brown in color with small walnut highlights. Beige colored head was medium sized and frothy with fair retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Roasted malt upfront with notes of smoke, cola, coffee, brown sugar, and oatmeal. Roast flavor lingers for a long time. Neutral finish is neither dry or sweet. Palate: Medium-light bodied and a bit watery. Medium carbonation. Overall: One-dimensional. Some nice roasty flavors, but not much else. Body seemed a little light. Fair.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Twelve ounce bottle pours an opaque dark brown body with a small khaki head. Aroma of milk chocolate, oatmeal, and a hint of roast coffee. Very nice mouthfeel with smooth but grainy oats on a full medium body. Taste follows the aroma, with milk chocolate and oats dominant. Fruity hops and roasty bitterness add a nice complexity. Lots of oats in this one.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown glaze with dark amber edges. Delicate topping of sandy brown spongy foam sits about a finger high. Slips to a good skim thats always present and the lacing is super thin and boney fingered in fine strings and some spots.
Aroma is lightly present of cocoa, burnt oaty sweetness, and some dry leafy hops. A bit of strange peppery heat lays within the alcoholic hints.
Taste is pretty full with a good amount of heavy roasted malts, coffee ascents, partial oaty sweetness, burnt offerings of the baked goods variety, some dry chocolate rounds off the end as bitterness from roast and hops makes a good stand at the finish. Strong finish on this one. Quite complex and lasting with all sorts of roast, chocolate, and dryness ensuing for good length. The oaty girth is pretty solid as it warms and is quite nice at that point.
Feel is just about medium with a smooth but fevered pitch of heft and carbonation bite. Nice tone to it and stays solid throughout without much empty areas to it. Grand stand finish with lots of complexing action in the roasty stuff.
Once this warms up it becomes unholy good and very nice to drink. Lenghty broad flavors and plenty of oaty goodness. Just as any Oaty stout should have. Solid offering by New Holland. Very glad to see it here in MN now!
DialSquare (3664) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark body, tan head. Smooth taste of roasted coffee-chocolate malt with slight bitter background hops. Solid.
Holtguy (137) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2012 Pours black, with brownish head. Nice aroma with sweetness, oats, some chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt with hints of chocolate and slight bitterness. Smooth. Excellent oatmeal stout. This is the best of the New Holland portfolio, IMO
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black body with thin head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted coffee. Flavor is bittersweet, some chocolate and a flavor of old burnt coffee. Creamy mouthfeel.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2007
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours nice deep dark in color but the tan head dissapeers quickly. has the coffee hint and malty aromas but the mouth feel is very weak for this style has a sweet then bitter after note. not one of my favorites.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with a nice tan head. Aroma is musty roasted malts, with hints of coffee. In the mouth it’s well carbonated and creamy. Flavor is a little weak, but still nice, with hints of coffee, chocolate and, well, sugar. Thanks to dra19 for the bottle!
emacgee (4450) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grabbed a bottle from the WBF. Pours a standard dark brew allowing some light around the edges.The head is medium, tan, and creamy. Aroma is mildly sweet, with a lot of grain, bitter chocolate, and a mild mild sweet hop towards the end. The flavor is sweet, bitter chocolate and coffee predominate, with some nutty and grainy notes in the background. Zero carbonation unless you agitate it in your mouth. Feels dead.