sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Brown with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma is oats, sweet, roasted malt, coffee and a little alcohol. Taste is pretty sweet and malty with the roasted malt and notes of coffee very present in the finish. Fairly thin and smooth with a long finish. Pretty good, but too thin and aside from the finish could stand to have a little more flavor.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep, dark brown with garnet highlights and a finger of creamy, light tan head that leaves creamy lace in its wake. Dark roasted malt, coffee and cream with a backing of milk chocolate on the nose. Medium-bodied, slick and creamy with a roasted, bitter finish. Dark roasted malt and coffee with lighter notes of milk chocolate and faint lactose in the background transitioning toward a lingering, bitter, roasted coffee finish. This one is pretty tasty.
jstraw (1953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with decent, creamy tan head / Milk chocolate nose / Full, creamy body with balance of malt and hops / Flavors of milk chocolate, oats, and medium roast coffee, with toasty dry finish / Not a monster, but balanced and elegant.
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 bottle. pours translucent dark brown with a thick foamy tan head. leaves heavy lacing on the glass. strong oat and light chocolate aroma. taste brings in a lightly sweet (brown sugar) roasted element and a moderate bitter. carbonation was a bit high at first but after a short sit it reigned in nicely. moderate thickness is lasting. this is an extremely well balanced stout that brings a variety of flavors. very impressed.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A Mes rate: 75cl Bottle at Chris O’s Fukito tasting.
Mid dark brown with a slim tan head. Very heavy yeast and way too many oats. Milky chocolate notes and slight grassy hops. Very nutty. Finish is quick and unrewarding. No finesse.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Quite dry and nutty, with some light chocolate and also roasted malt notes. Didn’t seem to sweet to me, perhaps there is a bit of stickyness in here.
vyvvy (5313) - 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!