fraternie (1031) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2003
Aroma is very chocolatey, full of bourbon flavors. Soft, creamy malt. Sweet chocolate, hints of bourbon in the finish. Seems very carbonated, slightly sour. Bizarre finish of sourness, bourbon and chocolate. Innovative but not very well balanced. greco (43) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2003
On tap. The nose is AWESOME. The aging in the Oak Barrel gives it a great complex taste. It is smooth, creamy, a little sweet, with hints of cherries and caramel. The finish will hit you hard. There is a reason it only comes in 10oz portions... Kaya161 (1142) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2003
New Holland's best to date. A super complex, creamy, buttery, caramelly, butterscotchy old ale. It's best out of a 10oz. jar at the brewery. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 12 oz bottle, 2002 version (fresh): Dark Brown, hints of burnt orange. Small lingering milky brown head. Burboun, soy sauce aroma, with copious amounts of caramel and perhaps some chocolate. Spicy, fruity, milky. Wonderful clean finish, unique and great brew. 8/4/8/5/17Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2002
12 oz bottle, 2005 version (fresh): opaque dragon’s blood – like charred black cheery juice. Creamy off-tan head, diminishing into a thin ring. Soy milk aroma with melted Baker’s chocolate, charred cedar and a hint of coconut…intensely creamy/milky palate – light bitterness and hints of wood and earth. The flavour profile doesn’t seem to be as deep as I remember, but the mouth feel is right on, perhaps a testament of the oak aging…but this one missing the fruit and sweetness of that I remember the first version. 7/4/7/5/16
Dark, dark garnet, almost black, with a thin, persistent head. This beer is creamy and smooth, with notes of malt, chocolate, milk, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and hints of both coffee and anise. Perhaps the most aptly titled name for a beer.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2002
@ New Holland Brewery/Brewpub
This beer was as black as sin. It had a light tan, foamy head. It left some oily lace/residual. The aroma was of malt, chocolate and burnt cherry. The flavor was of malt, chocolate and burnt cherry. It had a slight bit of alcohol present in the finish. Slightly oily body to it. A slightly lighter body than others of this style. A good beer
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2002
On tap GABF 02: Whiskey aroma, brown colored. buttery, lightly acidic finish and of course, more whiskey. This beer is unique and I could see how others would love it, but I'm glad I had a 1 OZ sample. If I had more I'm sure I would have rated this lower. PhillyBeer2112 (2924) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
GABF 2002: Red brown color. Malty whiskey aroma. Flat and raisiny. Sharp alcoholic finish, burns the tongue. A great warmer and sipper. hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Wow. This is a huge, thick, malty beer redolent with the whiskey and fully fruity (yup, Inveigler, you nailed the plums - they are there as sticky and stinky as if they were just overipe and buzzing with late summer wasps). There is considerable power in this brew and it became too much for me. P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 30, 2002
very dark, overwhelmingly sweet. It definetly had a milky feel, a decent Old Ale.