New Holland Black Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: granger10 on 06-30-2006

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Reviews by wchesak:
Photo of wchesak
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a Great Divide Yeti snifter.

A - black with the slightest brown to it, ligh tan head, decent amount of head, really nice lacing

S - good blend of piney/citrus hops and roasty malt, a touch of bittersweet chocolate

T - big hop bite right off the bat, then transitions to roasted malt and cocoa powder then back to dry and bitter aftertaste

M - good carbonation, on the light side of the style but that's not a nega

O - like the lower alcohol, enough of the black element to make it complex, would love to see it in 6 packs, and it was 5 bucks a bomber

More User Reviews:
Photo of nickadams2
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, dated 2014. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet cola with leathery roast and a little pine and fruit.

The flavor is sweet roasted chocolate malts with some fruity piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, an OK sweet fruity black IPA.

Photo of deebo
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Franziskaner
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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!

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

“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.

Photo of Brenden
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of beerhan
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this charm on tap at reverend's and i must say besides the imperial hatter this is probably the best of the series. A very malty BLACK hatter. A truly rare beer that should probably be bottled sometime. Not very hoppy but still a verry good brew.

Photo of Hazer115
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured very dark brown with a short tan head that did not stay around for very long.

S: Had good aromas of dark roasted malts with a slight hoppy smell on the back end.

T: The color of this beer really threw me; I was expecting a really smoky dark roasted flavor but was pleasantly surprised by the light bitter hoppyness that I got.

M: Average mouthfeel, nothing really to write home about.

O: I'm glad I tried this on, I tend to like dark beers and IPAs and this one did a really good job combining the two.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, almost black, opaque color with just a border ring of head.

The nose is a borderline burnt roast, some pine, and a musty earthy smell.

The taste is all over the place and didn't seem to blend well together. I like the pine aspect to it but the charred malts is distracting. There was a strange aftertaste like a copper penny. After I drank mine I read some reviews and see that others have had a similar experience and describe a metal flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and is dry.

Overall, I wasn't very impressed with this Hatter variation. The flavors didn't mesh well and the aftertaste is foul.

Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Fiddler's.

A- Pours a dark brown color. Half finger khaki colored head shows light retention. Left some medium sized streaks of lace down the sides of the glass.

S- A tame aroma for a black ale I thought. There was a light roasted malt throughout the entire nose but it was layed under longer whiffs of floral and bitter hops, light bready malts, and hints of chocolate. The alcohol was light which fell in line with the whole aroma profile of this beer.

T- Light roasted malts in the front with hints of chocoalte to balance out the malt. Floral hops come in next and counter balance the malt flavor. Hints of bready malts toward the middle of the beer. Chocoalte malts come back with some light roast toward the ending. Piney hops give a nice crisp hop bite in this beer. Alcohol is light and clean tasting in the ending.

M- Light mouthfeel. A little watery feeling at times. Carbonation was good for the beer. Light roasted malts, chocolate malts, and bittering hops are left on the palate. Aftertaste is more along the lines of alcoholic chocolate and hints of hops. Flavors were balanced for the style not too bad but a little light on the flavor. No off flavors were present. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- A nice try on a new style of Mad Hatter for New Holland. I think they went a little too safe and it shows as this is not more than a average beer. The ABV is light making it drinkable for many pints over but I would just stick to one and then go onto something else.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 22 oz bottle in pint glass. This black IPA pours a beautiful dark brown with reddish tints, HUGE almost brown head and fantastic soapy lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, dark coffee, figs, grapefruit, citrus hops, orange zest, and caramel malts. Flavors are sweet malts to the sides and front with caramel and dark fruits, bittering hops, floral hops, and citrus hops to the rear of the taste with grapefruit, resinous bittering hops, and even more hops. Bitter hop aftertaste with mild sweetness. Smooth mouth feel offset by the bracing hops.
Nice.

Photo of Bung
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. It's black, darker cream colored head on top. Recedes to just a thin layer.

Aroma, mild earthy hops some pine, that's about it. Faintest roast.

Pretty balanced roast malt with herbal and piney hops. This is like a hoppy Schwarbier. Finish with minimal roast and pine.
Straight forward though not spectacular by any means.

I like the body, high end of light, lively carbonation. Very drinkable, certainly sessionable. Probably the most sessionable black ale I've had.

Kind of more of a cross between a Schwarz and an IPA. I have a feeling this could be best on draft.
Enjoyed this more than the Oak Barrel Hatter.

Photo of Webbydag1
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not hoppy enough to be considered an I.P.A. But does have great flavor. More of a porter than anything.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep cola pour with red brick highlights glisten from the light upon exit. A dense black in the vessel with a khaki colored head that was a finger in size and fairly firm in structure has a good stay. Window dressing is kept to a minimal.

S: Sweet caramel and pine mix nicely together, smooth easy roast bitterness is enough to appreciate accompanied by a creamer touch, some mocha and a spicy bit of tarragon. Subtle complexity, just wish it should more muscle to really shine though.

T: Flavor had a spicy bit of pine-roast and licorice, burnt barley sweetness and some coffee flair. Flowery citrus and pine brings a modest level of hops to the table while the earthy coffee roastiness is left to shine.

M: Good tingle of carbonation, thick oily feel, frothy texture on the hold with a warming bitterness of burnt citrus and wet coffee grounds.

O: Overall a decent cascadian ale. Flavor was decent, but felt it fell just a bit short of being a solid good (4.0) rating with a linear complexity and lacked that spike or stand out quality. End of the day a good example, respectable, worthy of a try.

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark dark brown with a 1+ finger off white head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of light floral and pine hops

taste is very good but there is a slight metal flavor on the back end that takes .5 off - right upfront you get a great balance of roasted chocolate malt and floral and pine hops

mouthfeel is light but not thin - good carbonation that gives it a nice little creamy feel on the finish

overall this is 100x better then the oaked mad hatter and is a solid low abv ABA @ only 5.5%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to brewseum for this!

I must admit, this is a beautiful looking brew. Black when it's all said and done. Head was light tan and leaves an amazingly awesome trail of lace throughout. Aroma isn't bold at all; bits of chocolate, with some floral and pine touches. Nice bitter edge on it, with a good floral bite. Not a lot of contradicting stout or porter qualities aside from some roasted notes. Light to medium body for what it is, but no detraction as a whole...it works.

It's tasty, and overall a good brew. I good IPA, but it's definitely somewhat of a disconnected American Black Ale.

Photo of Bubslang
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap at brewpup (july 2007) poured a deep dark brown with a miniscule tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts with some herbal hop notes. medium bodied with a roasted chocolate malt flavor backed with some citrus and floral hop notes, and a nice bitter finish. A solid beer

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New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.