Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

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346 Reviews
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Reviews: 346
Hads: 751
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 63
Gots: 87 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2003

A barleywine-style ale made with 50% wheat malt (a wheatwine) aged in bourbon barrels.
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Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with just a faint trace of white foam barely covering any of the top of the beer. Faint aroma of pale wheat is present. Brussels lacing. The body is somewhat thick,but is much less formidible than the Founders Sweet Repute I had just finished. The taste is dark wheat and fades very quickly. This is an easy going Wheatwine if there is such a thing. (369 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Murky deep brown glass drops the short flash of a head without much pretense. I may see a trace of the alcoholic vapor drifting off of it.

Smell: Heady alcohol on a firmly toasted grain base. Comes across as a bit like a Belgian Quad with a candy sugar beet fuel source.

Taste: Hot. Jet fuel alcohol blazes quickly, there is a lot of grain left over after the yeast topped out, so there is a residual sweetness, with a dark fruit jam flash before everything burns away.

Mouthfeel: Numbing, black crisp dry, viscous.

Overall: I may have jumped the gun with this one. It seems an excellent candidate for aging I'll get a large water back and nurse this through the night and enjoy, but I'm worried about having it near an open flame. (748 characters)

Photo of krustster
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At first glance it appears dark brown, but once held up to the light it turns out to be a very deep and completely clear red, almost like a garnet. Medium size sticky head that fades to a thin creamy layer which sticks around for a long time, lots of greasy lacing around the glass. Very pretty and somewhat mysterious looking.

Smell is thick with booze, caramel, some bourbon, rich glazed pastry/pie, and an almost banana-like scent. Super sweet nose, really kind of intimidating, maybe a bit too heavy on the sweetness/booze.

The taste is actually more complex and balanced than the super-sweet scent lets on. The booze is quite a bit lower in the actual taste, and the bourbon barrel comes out a lot better. There's more of the caramel, syrup, dessert quality, but it's balanced out with huge, bready malt flavor and lingering bitterness on the finish. The sweetness is still very powerful. In fact when I reviewed Sweet Repute I compared it to this beer, and upon tasting Pilgrim's Dole again I believe it's a bit sweeter than that one. It's RIGHT on the edge of being too sweet, cloying.... but the bitterness and bread taste keep it in check just enough. Very, very precariously balanced.

Palate is super thick, syrupy, coating, all that. I'd expect nothing less from a beer of this nature. As with the taste, it's inching towards the line that separates "big" from "gross" but manages to stop just short. Last time I had this I remembered a lot more alcohol heat which was mildly sickening combined with the sweetness, but tonight it's very low, especially for a 12 percenter. As with other similar beers it seems that letting it warm up calms it significantly. I would imagine it was too cold before. In fact right now, as I drain the glass, I'm finding that the last few sips are actually the best so far. I would recommend serving this at close to room temp as the flavors open up and the palate becomes much more welcoming.

Overall, at $10 a four pack (I feel like this was a pricing mistake by the store I got it from but who knows) this is a steal. It's no Backwoods Bastard, and technically it's not even the same style, but the taste and characteristics are quite similar. If this is more readily available to you, or if you just haven't given it a shot yet, please go for it. It's a huge, sweet, complicated beast for what may as well be a bargain basement price. (2,384 characters)

Photo of Pizzawingsbeer
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An incredible Bourbon Barrel aged barlerwine. The flavor of bananas and some yeast bread are over powering but the cloying "collapsing mouthfeel "when you are swallowing a huge beer. It is definitely the best barley wine I have ever had. I am going to assume I didn't get the bourbon aged. My keg is yeast and barley and mush and stuff! It is awfully good though.

CHEERS! (372 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Hop Cat... $3 for a tulip during Happy Hour? What a steal. I didn't order this one myself, but had a few sips of it... a few very memorable sips.

Appearance: A ruby sort of color with a surprising little head on it with some patchy lacing. Looks good, but not the beer's greatest attribute.

Smell: Phew! Bourbon and vanilla. Caramel. Wow, that is potent. Dark fruits, perhaps, but the bourbon, vanilla, and caramel are most prominent, for sure.

Taste/feel: Backwoods Bastard, in a sense... but this is a bit more harsh with the alcohol/not quite as smooth. Pretty significant bourbon character with a pretty hot finish. Vanilla, caramel, and dark fruits throughout the sip. This is actually a pretty excellent beer, though it definitely could have used a bit more time in the barrel, yet a bit less of a bourbon character. Needs some mellowing. Not as well crafted as Backwoods in my opinion, but still pretty awesome. Obviously, being different styles, this beer does have a VERY slight tartness to it.. by slight, I mean slight. It's not like the other Wheatwines I've had before for the most part, but then again, those weren't poured into a bourbon barrel.

I don't generally jump up and down about New Holland, but they impressed me quite a lot with this one. (1,281 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a nice looking garnet color, with a small head, some cling. Smell brings malt, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, cherries. Kind of get some strawberry after it's warmed. Taste is a little malt forward, with a good amount of cherries. Also bourbon, more than expected for the age, caramel, vanilla, oak, brown sugar. A little boozy. Solid body, pretty smooth, nice level of carbonation.

Really good beer, and this bottle has held up pretty well for at least two years. Good depth of flavor, really effectively barrel aged. One you should try, if you can. (603 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

acquired this on my hunt for bourbon county, was recommended by the friendly knowledgable staff at haskells, thanks Tim! I haven't really been a big fan of new Holland before, there beers being too sweet or nothing special, lets see if this can break those low expectations
A: clear amber brown in color with a half inch thick off white head, looks mediumly carbonated .
S: smells sweet but not overly sweet, getting some brown sugar/raisiny with a malty backbone doesn't smell too much like a wheat beer
T: this is awesome!!! definitely going back for a four pack! I wonder how old this is cuz I bet im drinking it at its peak, wow this stuff has some complexity... all the aromas come out in the taste in perfect balance, sweet but not overly by any means and I think this is helped by the booziness, noticeable but far from what I would guess 12% taste more like 8 to 9, and no burn at all. wow again
O.A.: I might have to try the offereings I've had from these guys again just based on this, at least the dragons milk.... (1,026 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No intelligible date on the bottle but I don't worry about that with this style of beer. Likely this years release.

Appearance: A deep chestnut brown with hints of mahogany and superb clarity. Thin cap of light tan suds.

Aroma: Toasted caramel, raisins, figs, and other dried fruits. There isn't really much alcohol in the nose but there is an underlying liqueur presence.

Taste: Like drinking liquid caramel mixed with all the flavor of trail mix and bourbon. Pilgrim's Dole starts with a burst of thick caramel malt that slowly lends drunken raisin, vanilla, and oak to the flavor. The finish is leaves a light alcohol burn that rekindles the other flavors in the aftertaste and adds some surprising hop bitterness. At 12% ABV its among the strongest beers I've had and it shows in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: More than full it body, it's one of the thickest beers I've ever had. Like drinking a milkshake, which is to say it has low carbonation and below average drinkability. But such things come with the territory. Though I couldn't detect the wheat in the flavor it may be what is allowing for such a smooth mouthfeel.

Final Thoughts: Wow what a big beer. I'm no stranger to barleywines and big ABVs but Pilgrim's Dole really takes the cake for being like, well… drinking a cake. Definitely a sipper, which is good because it allows the flavors to develop as it warms. Nice use of bourbon barrels. This one is only for the serious beer geek. You have been warned. Would I drink it again? Yes, I imagine it ages quite nicely as well. (1,542 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Ow f yeah! Syrup thick with a solid 1/2 inch of head. Beer itself is clear deep ruby red brown and the head has a nice mocha tint.
S - Vanilla and toffee sweetness. Has some vegital notes but mostly smooth bourbon in moist wood.
T - Bourbon is there not very strong smooth then I get a harsh woody vegital tone that taste like burnt ash. The finish is again sweet. Revisit is about the same very bitter herbal taste which kind of kills the bourbon tone. Maybe wheat? ABV is well hidden which is nice.
M - Smooth and thick with a well hidden ABV.

Overall I am not sure what to think maybe they should have just bourbon barreled the whole beer? The finish product seems good but it could be better... (703 characters)

Photo of QuentinCall
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's like the first time you ate scuppernongs or sauteed veal brains. And you sat staring at them, even while understanding their relation to more familiar foodstuffs, trying to quantify or appropriately grasp their dynamic, utterly post-modern approach to your concepts of consumption. While it is a jarring, enlightening experience, at some point though, you are obliged to simply be grateful for the paradigm shift and carry on addressing your new discovery. (461 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bunkers Sports Bar & Grill, Vandalia, OH

A: The beer is clear light reddish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high light beige head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Bits of sweetness are present in the nose along with notes of oaky vanilla aromas.
T: The taste is a little sweet and has flavors of toffee with notes of vanilla towards the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite interesting for a wheatwine and isn't overly difficult to drink because the alcohol isn't that noticeable in the taste. It also has nice vanilla and toffee flavors without tasting exactly like bourbon or alcohol. (791 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage

A- pours a clear dark copper color with a kahki 1 finger head that sticks around for a bit but resedes to just a fresh collar
S- mellow bourbon with wheat and fruit some malt and toffee and vanilla
T- smooth bourbon with oak and dark fruit a sweet malt and toffee middle traces of wheat and spice
M- very smooth and fresh ABV very well hidden bourbon is present but does not overpower this WW
O- very good but was more on the verge of a Barleywine than a WW IMO either way it was smooth tasty and the BB was awesome (529 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured Pilgrim's Dole into a Samuel Adams glass.

A - Pours a cloudy amber with a small film of white head.

S - Sweet dark fruits, heavy malt and wheat, light whiskey aroma. Not bad aroma on this brew.

T - Sweet candied fruit initially, heavy malt and wheat. Some toffee, carmel. It has some light hops and spicy alcohol mid palate. More alcohol than I would like.

M - Heavy beer here, heavy mouthfeel, little carbonation.

O - New to the style, but would try again. Is it great? No, but worth a shot. Give it try if you like the style. Cheers (547 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with an almost one finger beige head, which fades quickly, leaving no lacing. The aroma is very sweet and has raisins, figs, dates, and toffee.

The flavor is also sweet and has toffee, figs, dates, raisins, and alcohol. Even though the alcohol is noticeable, it is not overpowering. I am glad I let his sit for 8 months, or this most likely would have been too boozy.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. There is an aftertaste of toffee, dark fruit, and alcohol. A nice effort from New Holland. (526 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle provided by Shaun #1, shared with me and Doug in snifters yesterday 6/3/2013.

Aroma: Bourbony, so very bourbony with a big vanilla presence plus a nice, tantalizing sweetness. Smells very good.

Colour: Pours a nice mahogany colour, small bit of white head. Not much lacing.

Flavour: Lots of bourbon, not as much heat of course. The barrel characteristic is very strong with its vanilla contribution. And the sweetness from the wheatwine is outstanding in how it complements the bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Thinner side of medium body, OK carbonation. Aftertaste has got a lot of barrel in it. Tasty. You can feel a little bit of heat but its not terrible.

Overall: Tasty barrel-aged wheatwine, well put together and the bourbon barrel definitely shines here- as I would expect from New Holland. (803 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


Pours reddish brown with a white sudsy head.

Smells of caramel and tart apples.

Flavor is vanilla, apples, cinnamon, caramel and bourbon. Bit of hop bitterness.

Full body with light carbonation and boozy warmth.

Really tasty and powerful ale. Good sipper and great flavor. (281 characters)

Photo of emyers
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a thin off-white head. Not much lacing.

Smell: Caramel, bready notes, bourbon. Bourbon is fairly subtle. Smells quite sweet. Smell is fairly simple, but quite good.

Taste: Similar to the smell, with tons of caramel and some bourbon up front, bready notes, and not a whole lot else. The bittering hops do a great job of holding the sweetness in check. I expected it to be cloying based on the aroma, but it isn't. Once again, simple, but quite good.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick, especially with the caramely theme.

Overall: It's defintely not a complex beer, but the flavors are quite nice. I'd definitely revisit this beer. (715 characters)

Photo of Brager77
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark ruby color with a ½ inch, off white color, head. Light carbonation. Light lacing. Nice and clear.

S - Strong caramel smell with strong hints of bourbon. Smells great. Perhaps a bit of molasses in the background.

T - Hints of bourbon comes out more afterwards but tastes great. Lots of caramel and some molasses in the background. Very sweet. Flavors seem to come out even more as the drink warms up. Probably best to be served warmer than a normal beer.

M - A bit thick, but yet, still a very easy drinker with little carbonation. Sticky aftertaste in the mouth. Probably from the molasses.

O - Very easy drinker considering the 11.4% ABV. Overall very impressed and a very good Wheatwine. Would definitely consider aging a bottle or two for a couple years. (819 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt. 6fl. oz. brown bottle – 2009 Batch

New Holland Pilgrim’s Dole Wheatwine filled my snifter with a cloudy caramel color producing a small tan head that dissipated (quickly) to form a bubbly ring. The nose is hit with sweet malt; caramel and toffee come to mind. The flavor is a little more complex than the nose. The taste adds dark fruits; raisins, and plums. The mouth feel is a little smooth but sticky and a little chewy with a pleasant alcohol warming. The Ale has a medium body for the style. Make sure you don’t drink this ale too cold; as it warms the flavor sure comes alive
Overall, Pilgrim’s Dole is a very easy drinking wheatwine especially considering its 11.4 abv…am sure the almost 3-years of aging played a big part in that. Nice job New Holland! (778 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It's kind of a rosy amber color with amber highlights. A small, short-lived, tan head topped it off.

S - It is very malty. I get lots of molasses with some intermittent wafts of alcohol.

T - It has a sweetness to it. I get some alcohol and what reminds me again of molasses. According to the bottle it is the "caramelized character."

M - It has little carbonation making it rather smooth, but the alcohol content prohibits me from guzzling it.

O - It is a very good beer. If I was enjoying a Thanksgiving dinner today, it would make a great digestif.

Happy Thanksgiving (617 characters)

Photo of Biffster
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep copper/brown, with amber and ruby notes. It pours with a low quickly dissipating head, but with a thin tawny lace that lingers at the edge of the glass.

The aroma is a strong toffee/chocolate aroma, with lots of dark bread crust, raisin and caramel. There are low to moderate leathery/old book notes, with some toasty roasty aromas emerging. There are some low to moderate estery bright fruit notes that come out as it warms. A moderate hot alcoholic solventy note is evident. While the aroma is complex, it is not phenolic or fruity as one would expect for a wheat beer.

The beer is surprisingly dry for the body, with a moderate to substantial hop flavor. It is very caramelly and toffee like, with lots of dark rye bread in the middle. There are lots of spicy pepper notes and a fairly substantial leathery, sherry like quality. The swallow is fairly spicy and hot, although not harsh. The finish is surprisingly dry from the alcohol, considering the body and residual sugar.

The carbonation is higher than expected from the pour - probably low to moderate. The body is full - almost oily, but the alcohol and carbonation combine to give a brighter than expected mouthfeel.

Overall, I like this way more than I expected. It is a pretty solid barleywine, and I'll get it again. The only problem from a review standpoint is that is is not a very impressive wheatwine - it wants more wheatbeer character to be to style. (1,445 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of New Holland's Pilgrim's Dole a couple weeks ago for $4.09 at The Lager Mill. I had a bottle of this a couple years ago and I thought it was nice and complex sipping beer, now I see that they have released it in 12oz bottle which I think is a better Idea and the bottle states it's barrel aged which wasn't made apparent on that bottle I had years ago, so lets see how it goes. 2012 vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- I really like the label on this beer, it's a better and more detailed version of what was on the original bottle, I think it's simple yet good looking. It poured a nice brown and copper color and when held to the light it takes on more of a dark ruby red and copper color with two fingers worth of slightly tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded to nothing and only left a little lacing. This was a good looking beer, I really liked the color.

S- The aroma starts off with tons of sweet malts that have a very high amount of sweetness and impart some nice caramel, toffee, bread, and grain aromas followed by a nice molasses aroma. Up next comes the dark fruits that consist mainly of figs and prunes, followed by an apple cider like aroma and some nice barrel aromas like oak, vanilla and very slight amount of bourbon with a little alcohol aroma to match it.. This beer had a good and complex aroma, but the sweetness seemed to be a little out of hand, good nonetheless.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and even more complex, it starts off with loads of malts that have a fairly high amount of sweetness that take on a molasses like flavor and is followed by some nice caramel, toffee, grainy, and slightly earthy flavors. Up next comes the fruit, I still pick up those figs and prunes, but there's also some plums, raisins, red grapes, and a little bit of apple cider flavors. Towards the end comes the barrel which imparts some woody, oak, vanilla and a slight bourbon flavor with a bit of warming alcohol on the finish, with a sweet and malty aftertaste. I like the taste of this beer, it's super complex and the barrel shows up more then I remember but it's not overpowering and blends nicely with the base beer.

M- A little smooth, rich, sticky, warming, slight chewy, on the full side of being medium bodied, with a lighter amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it fit this beer perfectly, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of a Wheat Wine, it tasted pretty similar to when I had it a couple years ago, but the barrel aspects stuck out more then I remember and that worked nicely with this beer. This beer has ok drinkability, it isn't that smooth, and it has a good amount of warming alcohol, this beer is a sipper plain and simple, one is just the right amount, I don't think I have it in me to drink two, the sweetness would be way too much for me. What I liked most about this beer was how complex it was and how well the mouthfeel suited this beer, those were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the high amount of sweetness, it was a little intimidating at first, but once I got used to it it wasn't that bad, I just wished it was toned down a notch. I would buy this beer again, but not often, it's a once in a while treat, and it's pretty expensive, but I feel like it's worth it, I recommend giving it a try if your a Wheatwine fan or like high octane beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was much like I remember with just a little more barrel aspect that only adds to the complexity. I am a big fan of Wheatwines, but it's a style I don't find often and I wish more brewery's explored this style, New Holland did a great job with this one, I like it more the Dragons Milk. Good job guys, this is one high octane and good tasting Wheatwine, I deem it worthy. 2014 Edit, it's been a little over a year and half since I've last had this vintage, but I just pulled one out of the cellar for my birthday and it's tasting pretty good, it's still fairly boozy and a little hot, but there's some great and rich caramel and oaky flavors coming through that stick out more then they did when this beer was fresh. I still think age could help and hopefully tone down some of the booze but as it stands right now I think it's a 4.4. I might wait a year to ty the other bottle in my cellar. (4,423 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip. Probably a 2009 bottle.

A: Pours a nice reddish-brown with a big off-white head.

S: Thick and sweet aroma of molasses, ripe figs and prunes, marshmallow, vanilla, and sweet bourbon.

T: Taste is oakier than the aroma, but similar. Coconut, red grapes, squished raisins, mild chocolate, slight unmalted wheat, old green apple hop notes, bourbon-soaked oak and mild warming booze in the finish.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with slight carbonation.

O: A tasty wheatwine with nice barrel notes. I'd definitely buy it again. (556 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a four pack now? Awesome!

Very little head on this one. Dark and mysterious orange brown color.

Smell is very sweet and caramelly with light bourbon and vanilla notes.

Great taste that is very well blended. Toffee, caramel, vanilla and bourbon. The barrel aging on this is fantastic as it's not hot and boozy. Like a well aged barrel aged wheatwine here. Terrific.

Sticky and full with lighter carbonation.

Really enjoy this beer overall. Ready to drink right out of the gate, no aging necessary. Very dangerous for what the abv is. Great beer. (553 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from New Holland Brewery (Holland, MI). 12.99. No markings on the bottle but it was sold as a 2009 vintage. Served in a Founders snifter. 

Pours a clearish red orange with one finger pale head. Recedes fairly quickly, leaving a few spots of lacing. 

Smells like an oak aged barleywine. Kinda strange. There's bourbon, bready malt, vanilla, straw, sugar and marshmallow. 

Flavor still much like an barreled barleywine. Bourbon, grass, burnt caramel, wood, lemon peel, leather, spice, tangerine and vanilla. Many layers and surprisingly other than the bourbon notes there's no strong alcohol taste. It really smoothens and opens up as it warms. 

Smooth medium thick feel with mild carbonation. Slightly oily. The 11%+ alcohol finally shows up in the long, dry, bourbony, bittersweet finish. 

A much more traditional barleywine take on a wheatwine. I'm sure 3 years of aging has calmed this one down a good bit. I'll give the other bottle I have another 2-3 to see if the bourbon fades and allows a little more sweetness through. Far from my favorite wheatwine but certainly worth a try.  (1,108 characters)

Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.