RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Robust in character yet smooth in delivery, Cabin Fever is a roasty brown ale and a hearty, comforting companion for long, mind-bending winters. Its rye, roast and raisin notes play off a subtle caramel sweetness and culminate in a dry finish. Excellent with roasts, stews, caramelized onions and snowfall.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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 lets 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Very drinkable brown. Good balance of hop and chocolaty malt. Nice nutty texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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 didnt 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
obguthr (6233) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 19, 2010
THOUGHTS: Started good and ended bad. I started with, wow. I wasnt expecting much from this one, but the first sniff and sip were incredible. Not a big fan of the other beers Ive tried from New Holland, but this was a nice Christmas gift. The initial wow factor didnt 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 its 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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7619) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Aroma: Sweet, chocolate malts. Roasty coffee and toffee as well. Appearance: Beautiful dark brown Taste: Very sweet caramel and mostly chocolate/coffee, barely any bitterness Palate: Medium Body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle. A clear deep brown color pour with a medium thin white head that diminishes quickly. Sticky spots of lacing left , medium carbonation. Aroma of nuts , barley, baked bread crust and molasses along with a malty undertone. Flavor was very toasty , lots of nutty and caramel flavors ,brown shugar and dark fruit notes very balanced , lightly sweet , medium body , nice nutty finish with hints of rasins , very drinkable and a nice brew , New Holland has yet another nice offering here

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, deeper brown colored body with a reddish hue. Thin, light brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma has lots of dusty cocoas and chocolate with a lighter roast and some nuts. A hint of darker fruits and a light herbal hop too. Flavor is similar. Lots of chocolates and caramels with a light roast. Nutty with a light spice and dark fruit before this finishes with a light, herbal hop bitterness and light roast. Rich, bold, and sweet while it slowly dries and leaves a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body, very smooth, clean, and easy drinking. Overall, I liked this winter ale. Lots of flavor with a present roastiness that balances well with the nutty, chocolatey caramels. Highly enjoyable.

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