gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Found this one bottled in Belvidere, Illinois. Opaque, dark red pour with a tan, filmy head. Sweet, malty nose with notes of plum and chocolate. Fantastic flavor, milky mouthfeel with an amazing finish of roasted almonds, bitter coffee and caramel. Strong, but very nice. Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2008
This was the surprise of the night for me -- VERY well brewed! This one inspires me to seek out New Holland more thoroughly.freekyp (2192) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Appearance: Black, black, black. Imposing in the glass.
Aroma: Oatmeal, for sure. Sweet and malty with a fine balance between the two.
Taste: Nice! Chocolate predominates, with a nice slight-hop presence. I take another sip. And another...
Palate: Smooth and spritzy, just the way I like it.
Overall: This is an excellent stout! Bravo, good friends at New Holland. Hereís one to revisit time and again. Iíd love this with vanilla ice cream, or scallops for that matter. Or with my favorite movie.
Serving type: bottle
UPDATED: APR 19, 2015 Rich and fully bodied with a huge tan head. Mild roasted coffee is the dominant flavor with cocoa powder and burnt toast. Long sweet finish well tempered by a slight rise in hop bitterness towards the end. Comes across as very mellow. A sessionable full bodied stout? MarkSachon (1009) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Fount the bottle sitting idle on the shelf in an out of the way bar/restaurant in Baden, PA and snatched it up for under two dollars. What a find --- nearly perfect and no complaints. Coachw (1) - - JAN 7, 2012 does not count
A friend brought me about 20 different beers to sample from the northern mid west. From the moment I opened this beer, I knew I had found one that I would have to have more. Itís dark color gives the impression of a heavy beer but this stout has a smooth texture and a robust aftertaste.
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Oh yeah. If a stout and a porter had a love child, it would be this. Hints of coffee and, to a lesser extent, chocolate come through, but it has the smoothness of a stout. Great beer. Iíd like to have several more of these. leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Pours dark brown with a creamy head. Thick, smooth mouth feel, lingering sweetness and toasted malts. tyunker1 (26) - Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Good stuff, but Oatmeal Stouts usually are. Not as smooth as others, but that might be in the bottle. I have had smoother and creamier, but still very good. Hopper8 (161) - Holland, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2016 Itís a lovely chocolate malt aroma, it pours into this beautifully dark and rocky beer. Then youíre hit with this wonderfully balanced flavor of malt and chocolate. Out of a bottle, Iíve always been way less than impressed with an overly bitter and uninteresting beer. On tap, itís one of the best stouts Iíve had for drinking. Mainuh_man (291) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2016
12 Oz bottle. Pours black with a big, brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving strong, slow legging. Tons of chocolate, coffee and roasty malt with some cherry on the nose. Lots of chocolate flavor, quite sweet with lingering burnt malt bitterness and alcohol at the end. Thick, creamy mouthfeel with cloying sugars. Overall, really decent. Hits all the senses well.