lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2010
this is a descent brown altogether. aroma and flavor are toasted caramel malt with a touch of dry hops at the end. little bit light in the body for a brown and has some good lacing and head, nice brown color also. not bad. dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Bottle: poured a dark brown with a light tan head, nose of coffee... coffee? and roasted malts, flavor was of caramel, nuts and roasted malts with a light bitter finish. Not bad. GT (10002) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle. Pours a light brown with a very thin, tan head. Big bubbles. No retention or lace. Aroma is weak- some sweet malt, chestnut. Taste is cloying sweet, lots of artificial cherries. Meh Bassikpoet (93) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Bottle at home. Pours a dark brown with a slight red tint and a half finger of off white head. Smells of nuts, malt, chocolate, and slight hints of flowers. The body is medium and the taste is sweet with a subtle bitterness lingering in the background. Finishes dry. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 16 oz draft at Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a dark brown with ruby notes and a very dark red copper bottom that let’s deep late sunset come through. A small offwhite head that dies to a small film, laces ok. Aromas are a touch of cocoa, brown sugar, and a faint dark fruit, some light sweetness mixed with a faint coffee, rye, and a pretty nice feel, faint hop. Initial is a bit fuller, some chalky roast, cocoa, rye, and brown sugar, a decent bitterness, some dark fruit raisin notes, not as sweet as anticipated, with a sturdy body, cocoa growa, bitter largely, with some sweet malt undertones and some tobacco creeps into the picture. Good balance, dark fruit, tobacco, and good bitterness for the style. A bit heavy to drink at length, but tasty. A nice winter brown.
bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Very drinkable brown. Good balance of hop and chocolaty malt. Nice nutty texture. bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Like a previous rater said, this started great and then faded as the new wore off. Simple clear reddish-brown with a thin white head that didn’t lace. Smells nutty and caramel-y (?), and the first sip was refreshingly similar to the smell. As it warmed, the caramel sweetness built up to an unpleasant level and a metallic note appeared. The texture was noticeably oily and slick as well. If New Holland could make all their beers finish like they start, they would really be a great brewery! obguthr (6595) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Roasted chestnut nose, with brown sugar notes. Clear brown, no head. Full body. Excessively sweet roasted malt flavor, ending in bark. Coffee appears when warm. Alcohol is magnified. The sweetness simply does not work in this brown ale. Blech. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
THOUGHTS: Started good and ended bad. I started with, wow. I wasn’t expecting much from this one, but the first sniff and sip were incredible. Not a big fan of the other beers I’ve tried from New Holland, but this was a nice Christmas gift. The initial wow factor didn’t last long, but it did remain a very nice beer. This seemed very underrated here on RateBeer. At only 6% ABV it did a poor job of hiding the alcohol, but that does make it a nice warmer on a cold winter night, like the one I tried it on. Sort of similar to a doppelbock. Drink this one quick and it’s very good, but it does become less enjoyable as you go. A little cloying and medicinal as I kept sipping. Maybe colder it would be better.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark, brownish, red that was bright, red in the light with an average to large, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma started out as a 10 and ended as a 5 so I gave it a 7. There was moderate to heavy toasted, nutty, caramel and chocolate malts; light metallic hops; raisin, cherry, medicine, and off chemical kind of thing, stewed fruit, something off and sour, and maybe sulfur. The initial flavor was sweet and a little acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet and acidic with and average duration. The flavor started as a 9 and ended as a 7 so I gave it an 8. There was chocolate, caramel, nutty malt, raisin, metallic hops, chocolate milk, sough syrup or medicinal cough drops and sour fruit. It was almost like a Christmas cookie or some sort of candy bar; Chunky comes to mind, but this candy bar was made with cheap chocolate. The medium body was a bit syrupy and then slightly dry with tingly carbonation and a dry, lightly metallic, lightly astringent and lightly alcoholic finish. FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with a small brown head. The aroma was bitter and roasty with moderate floral hops and a touch of smoke. The flavor was smoky and very roasty with light notes of coffee and chicory. th finish was long, dry , roasty and smoky. medium body. Average.