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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

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675 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 59
Gots: 62 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
A barleywine-style ale made with 50% wheat malt (a wheatwine) aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2003)
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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage

A - Pours a dark amber with a thin off-white head. Very light soapy lacing.

S - Aromas of caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, and dark fruits.

T - Flavors of vanilla, toffee, caramel, and dark fruit upfront and remain until the finish. The finish is oak and heavy bourbon with a lingering bourbon booziness in the finish.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - My first experience with a barrel-aged wheatwine and it was a good one. A very nice winter sipper.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Light amount of booziness in the aromas, but not a bad thing. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light earthy oak/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, date, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark fruit flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged wheatwine style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured into a Founders snifter.

A: A ruby red wine-like coloring. Dark enough that I cannot see through the glass. 4.5

S: Sweet, bourbon-y smell. Burnt sugar/molasses. Slight spicy note. 4.5

T: Caramel, bourbon, vanilla, complex and delicious. 4.5

M: Soft, full, mild alcohol bite. 4.0

O: A very satisfying brew. I will be spending more time with Pilgrim's Dole this winter than I have in the past.

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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a small snifter. The pour is deep, dark amber in color, very clear, and practically uncarbonated (common for barrel-aged beers). Very pleasant nose on this one. Lots of bready malt, rich bourbon, sweet vanilla, and toasted oak.

Medium-full body with an intensely sweet flavor. Lots of sugary treacle toffee notes up front and a good solid thump of bourbon at mid-palate. The bourbon intensifies towards the back of the palate and generates considerable alcohol warmth and boozy notes for the finish. It's not at all unpleasant as the booziness is tempered by a soft, gooey feel and sweet vanilla and oaky flavors. You definitely get that 12\%ABV on the finish, but the burn is welcome.

I've had one other bourbon barrel aged wheat wine and this one is noticeably superior to that one. It has many of the same characteristics as Founders Backwoods Bastard, but the bready notes are dialed down and the wheat imparts a softer feel and a faint hint of tartness. The next time I strike out trying to get Backwoods Bastard, I'll pick up this instead and be just fine. One of the beer guys at the bottle shop where I frequent made the comment that if this stuff had a Three Floyds label on the bottle, people would do crazy things to get it. He might be right about that.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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New Holland Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
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