jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
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
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
A Mes rate: 75cl Bottle at Chris O’s Fukito tasting.duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2007
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.
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 (6399) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2007
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
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
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
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! DialSquare (4987) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Dark body, tan head. Smooth taste of roasted coffee-chocolate malt with slight bitter background hops. Solid. Holtguy (176) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2012 Pours black, with brownish head. Nice aroma with sweetness, oats, some chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt with hints of chocolate and slight bitterness. Smooth. Excellent oatmeal stout. This is the best of the New Holland portfolio, IMO