New Holland Black Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company
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Reviews by Shibbykaiyai:
4.23/5 rDev +14%
On tap at Ashleys in Ann Arbor, MI.
This brew pours as black as coffee, with a little bit of tannish head.
A good, simple tasting brew. There are some hints of citrus and it is not overly hoppy. The brew goes down easily as their is very little alcohol bite or excessive hoppiness.
This is my first foray into Black Ales, but I will definitely heed the other reviews and look at others in the genre.
07-18-2012 18:28:35 | More by Shibbykaiyai
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4.45/5 rDev +19.9%
On tap at Uptown Grille Commerce MI
A_Dark brown with ruby red highlights. Thick khaki colored head. Lots of lacing.
S_ Hops,roasted malt,chocolate.
T_Dark fruits,roast barley,hops,hint of coffee and vanilla.Chocolate. Very nice.
M_A little thin but very smooth and very creamy.
D_Very very drinkable.
08-12-2010 16:15:29 | More by nickadams2
3.6/5 rDev -3%
A - Pours black with a solid finger of tan head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing.
S - Grapefruit and a bit of pine hops. Some roasted malts and a bit of bitter chocolate.
T - More roasted malt in the taste than in the nose, otherwise follows the smell pretty closely.
M - A little thinner than I would like, but decent creaminess. Finishes with a slightly oily bitterness.
O - A pretty good black ale, but not something I would get again.
11-10-2011 01:33:07 | More by warnerry
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
On tap at blackbird cafe
A. Pretty dang black with a touch of tan head
S. citrus hops not much else
T. Decent malt flavor but mostly hops. Some pine with a citrus tropical bite
M. Not much body. Fairly high carbonation. Not picking up any alcohol.
D. Pretty good.
O. A decent beer. Drinkable with a manageable amount of hops
06-15-2012 22:12:45 | More by deebo
4.68/5 rDev +26.1%
Good carbonation level. Intense citrus hop aroma is very inviting and leaves me wanting for more. Intense hop taste and mild carbonation tickles the tongue fading into dark malt flavor. Not a ton of roasted malt flavor, but enough for me. Viscous mouthfeel. Excellent!
06-17-2013 00:33:54 | More by Franziskaner
3.79/5 rDev +2.2%
“Vintage 2013” served in a snifter.
Very dark brown body, nearly black in the glass, is covered by a thin and fragile, light tan head. The head soon reduced to a ring but left decent lacing.
Smells like an IPA with extra sweet malts. Its rather floral, and more roasted malts come out as it warms.
The flavor reflects the hops, the sweet malt, but also plenty of dark roasted malts. Floral, spicy and citrusy hops flavors with a little earthy and tropical fruit flavor. Nice finish and lingering aftertaste with hops and dark roasted grains in good balance, although ultimately only the hops remain, and a mild bitterness.
M: The body was medium; medium+ amount of carbonation lent some crispness.
O: A milder, gentler, better balanced black IPA without the clashing flavors of some others.
07-23-2013 23:34:53 | More by chinchill
3.35/5 rDev -9.7%
Vintage 2012 reviewed fresh.
This devious-looking Hatter's just darker than cola-colored brown-black, light seeping through at the edges. A tan head grows to a finger in height. Retention is good and the thick foam that remains after it fades leaves pretty thick lacing in patches in good density down the glass.
The focus seems to be on roast, with an earthiness and a vegetal quality before a more leafy, herbal bitterness comes out from the hops. This isn't as aromatic as the original Hatter, though the malts play nicely.
The flavor is oddly tame and not particularly hoppy, though a bit; I might think it was an old batch and the hops were faded if I didn't know it's fresh. The bitterness that comes out is a mix of pith and an acrid touch from the malts, as a charred note mars it. I'm not sure what happened, but I don't think the execution is here. The bitter edge in the finish is bracing, but not because the bitterness itself is too much. Think raw dandelion.
The feel is good, about a medium body with a brightness to it that seems to contradict its thick, dark look. Crispness never fades and it's smooth underneath.
07-18-2012 02:29:04 | More by Brenden
3.18/5 rDev -14.3%
Well, it could be blacker, but hey, it's still a tantalizingly deep dark brown, and the head is a beauty, all creamy and tan and long-lasting.
Nose has that certain something that defines this style, that deep roast vs. bright hops thing. A total "opposites attract" kind of character, although the incredibly clean, breezy hops dominate just a little over the black malts.
The taste doesn't totally deliver, however. It is, in fact, a rather thin flavor, not really carrying through for very long and not impressing much either. If anything, I think "ashtray" as I drink it. Not a good thing to think. Ever. The hops do keep their green, pine needle, breezy brightness, so I guess it's the "black malt" bill that ain't up to snuff here. I do like the way the hops keep singing on the tongue, they never quit! Still, this is just one of those black ales where the contradictions don't work so well...not on the palate anyway, but I still like what I'm smelling.
Texturally it's on the thin side, not quite watery, but perilously close. Stays likable thanks to a silky slickness and just enough carbonation to make you feel it.
My favorites in this style category tend to be above 7% ABV (excluding RJ Rockers' Black Perle, which I didn't love)...and this one doesn't buck that trend. New Holland beers are usually nothing less than excellent, but this one, although not a total loss, is something I have no interest in buying again.
07-13-2011 22:42:53 | More by Metalmonk
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours black bodied with thick beige soapy head that leaves 3/8 of an inch retained head. Pleasant Cascadian citrus aromas, and inviting. Creamy mouthfeel, spot on the style. good drinkability. Roast, some citrus and decent hop bitterness.Thanks for bringing back Chris.
11-07-2011 01:35:51 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bomber
A - pitch black; off white head that's soft and dense; no retention
S - citrus, pine, a bit roasty
T - piny, citrusy, roasty, faint chocolate
M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated
Not bad but not great. Nothing really stands out. It's smooth and drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.
06-08-2012 21:59:58 | More by tdm168
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
Trying the Black Hatter...and I think it is pretty good. Another fine creation by Holland. The beer pours a almost opaque black with teh deep ruby hugh. The head is at least a finger thick and is leaving a lace. The smell has very fine hoppy with pine leaning tones. There is not much in the form of roast or malt. The taste is a bit bitter than I would prefer from a black ipa....would like a bit more roast and malt to start and then let the hops clean the pallete. The beer has a light to moderate body with smooth carbonation. Overall it isnt bad....but definitely not the best. I like the flavor with the lower abv which makes this a potential session brew.
11-03-2012 00:31:48 | More by WoodBrew
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
pour was a light think black cola like with about an inch or so of head.
light citrus hops and sweet roasted malt.
light sweetness and light roasted malt. nice and hoppy through out, blend of citrus and some bittering. lots of juicy ripe fruit.
light, mild to moderate carb
for the price, this is great. i will buy a few more.
09-22-2012 02:39:05 | More by hooliganlife
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours chestnut with 3+ fingers of khaki colored head. Great lacing & good head retention
S: Brown bread, some charred grain
T: Peppery hops, a touch of nuttyness, plus piney notes up front. Some charred grain as this warms, some caramel, grapefruit & woody hops plus dryness. Finishes with grapefruit & some woody hops, dry & a bit of charred grain, just a touch of pear fruittyness
MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation, nice balance
A good black ale, this above par for New Holland, one I would reccomend
07-18-2012 01:00:10 | More by russpowell
New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
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