hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours nearly black with nice tan head. Smells of coffee and roasted malts. Tastes of chocolate, some minor coffee notes and lots of barrel and some nice vanilla flavors. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2010
(22 oz. bottle (2010) via trade with drfabulous, thanks Jeff!) Pours dark cola brown with reddish highlights. A little murky. Thin tan head disappears mostly to edges. Aroma of sweet oak-vanilla, toffee, alcohol and chocolate. Mouthfeel mostly smooth, oily, sticky. Flavor carries pretty much all the elements of the aroma in equal measure. It’s hot but not overpowering, mostly warming. Nice bitter pinch as the hops emerge in the finish. Pretty nice big beer. portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2010
bottle to snifter. pour is brown black with a quick soapy head that dissipates to a ring around glass. Aroma is rich chocolate and coffee that reminds me of a tootsie roll. Taste is more tootsie roll and vanilla with some mollasse and malty booze that is well balanced. Palate is full and sticky with a dry syrupy finish. robiannelli (599) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2010
12oz bottle pours dark brown to black, minimal head. Aroma is roasty malt and toasted biscuit. Flavor is roasted sweet malt and a bit of oak, also slight coffee and chocolate, but alot of warming alcohol too. body is creamy and lfinishes sweet. tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2010
This is almost identical to the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. And I didn’t care for that one, either. This is overpowering, smoky with an oaky bourbon flavor. I suppose I understand why some people might like it as a sipping beer, but I find it to be practically undrinkable.
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep, deep amber color almost black. No head. Aroma is strangely like apples, to me at least. Taste is dark malts dominated by the bourbon flavor. Very smooth finish from the aging. A nice beer to sip. JesusPooped (40) - Bay View, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2010
To call this beer a strong ale is strange, an imperial milk stout is more fitting. 2009 bomber. Pours a deep black with a tiny head that is more white than the usual tan brown accompanied w stouts. The nose is great. Strong vanilla notes almost resembling an Irish coffee. Once you sip the beer you are greeted with dark fruits, vanilla, and a woodish bourbon that seems to bring the beer together and remind the drinker he/she isn’t driniking a typical 6-8% abv stout. The alcohol is more hidden as the beer warms. Very enjoyable on a cold November night. Not a big New Holland drinker, but for a oak aged bomber for $7.70, this is a solid brew. Especially being aged over a year. jsf23mr (218) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Picked up a single at Binney’s, Chicago IL. Pours a very dark, almost black color with a thin tan head. I could taste the bourbon, as well as chocolate and roasted malt. jaghana (6363) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle @ mondial de la bière. A brown ale with almost no head. Smell is on oak. An impressive dark beer with oak and vanilla notes, good porter basis with good barley wine finish, vinous notes, dark fruit, chocolate heavy oak presence, quite syrupy. A very nice beer, well done. bth122 (1704) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2012 Re-rate Update: 12/24/12
Big Bottle from brother. Vintage 2012. Poured a black color with medium head. Aromas of oak, bourbon, cooa, vanilla, cream. Medium heavy body. Creamy palate. Better than last time trying this.
On draft. Dark blackish color, med head. Med bodied. I tasted more of a milky flavor than a bourbon oak flovor. Kind of like a strong ale mixed with baileys irish cream. Second time trying this- very unique I still think this tastes like like a high alcohol milk stout with irish cream. But very unique. Def have to try.