New Holland Black Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company
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2.35/5 rDev -36.7%
As far as the Madder Hatter series goes, this is the second bottle I have had that has foamed over after opening. From other reviews, this problem is not unique to me. I love many of the beers from New Holland. With this is mind, the problem needs to be fixed.
Poured into a pints glass. The beer was a thin black, giving a distinct hoppy aroma. On the intial taste, my first thought was green olives. These are good on a pizza, but bad in a beer. This was accompanied by the sensation of a strong licorice taste. For an IPA, the hops were rather mild. If it did not say IPA on the bottle, I might not have guessed the style. The mouthfeel was thin, making the experience end quickly. This was help along by the blast of carbonation which probably caused the bottle to foam over in the first place. Obviously, this was not a well balanced beer.
04-09-2012 00:14:18 | More by JohnnyHopps
2.6/5 rDev -29.9%
Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 7/24/11
Medium brown on the pour; dark in the glass but has a crimson-brown hue. One finger head dissipates to a thin layer of foam quickly, leaving a few clumps and trails of lace.
Aromas of tangy roast and semi-sweet chocolate are most notable. A hint of earthiness, too. Unfortunately the hops seem second string here. Mild notes of earthy hops and pine. Maybe a tad floral, too.
Meh. This tastes even more disappointing than it smells. In a lot of respects it's weaker than the nose (roasted aspects) and the hops are really in a dismal display. Aside from some earthiness, there's a smattering of pine followed by a bunch of crushed pill bitterness. Beyond that, it just seems disheveled and off, kind of like spoiled coffee. As it warms the bitterness becomes more noticeable and unpleasant.
Huh. The feel is strikingly thin; it certainly doesn't benefit this beer at all; far too watery. Fizzy, effervescent carbonation is much to prominent for the feel and sends everything into total disarray. Coating as it warms. Finishes a tad roasty and a lot dirty.
I had high hopes for this one and they were completely dashed. This isn't anything like what I want from a good CDA or black ale, or what have you. I'm far less inclined to try the others in the Hatter series. I drainpoured half the bottle.
07-25-2011 00:20:08 | More by Ryan011235
2.63/5 rDev -29.1%
A- pours almost black mahogany with some deep garnet hues when held up to the light. An agressive pour produced two fingers of tan head that recedes into about half a finger. Some lacing as you sip.
S- this is where this brew goes wrong. Aromas of burnt paper and human flesh (ok that parts a joke) mix with a moldy citrus element. An earthy chalky aroma finishs off this brew with a decomposing compost pile aroma.
T- The flavors are at war with each other. The charcoal and cocoa flavors clash with the (very weak) grassy/citrus hop flavors. Overall you get burnt and bitter(i like some crushingly bitter beer this just is the flavor killing kind) flavor with an offputting astrigency.
MF- harsh sharp mouthfeel with a light body and average carbonation.
D- it's time to put the whole black IPA fad to rest. If your going to do it do it well or skip it.
06-10-2011 02:30:24 | More by Viciousknishs
3/5 rDev -19.1%
22 oz. foil-topped bomber, shared by the ever generous Shawn K. consumed in Baker City, OR 8.25.11.
Deep reddish brown body, good garnet highlights when held up to bring light, no visible carbonation. 1/2 finger light tan head, slow dissipation with good retention, minimal lacing. Nose is, err, off to say the least, latex band aids, significant dose of roasted malt, hops negligible in the nose. Taste is fairly roasty, hard to get by the aroma, but there's a pronounced lack of Cascadia hops, the label mentions Centennial but having a hard time detecting much else. Mouthfeel is medium not much effervescence. It was hard to try and enjoy this after the strange aroma profile. Pass.
08-26-2011 02:52:27 | More by jdense
3.05/5 rDev -17.8%
Pours a very dark brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with faint mahogany edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Roasted malt aroma with a nice balance of earthy and citrus hops. At first the malt overpowers the nose with hints of chocolate, coffee bean and licorice but as it warms the hops become more apparent. Hints of earthy pine along with some grapefruit and lemon peel.
Medium bodied with a good balance of dry, bitter, earthy hops and deep roasted malt. There’s a blast of bitter earthy hops up front with hints of soil and pine which is countered by some sweet citrus. The citrus character isn’t as strong as the nose suggests with faint hints of grapefruit and citrus rind. The dryness from the hops is complimented by the deep roasted malt flavor. Hints of coffee bean, dark chocolate, burnt toast and licorice. Overall this was okay but not the best of the style. Decent balance but the hop profile is one dimensional and the malt presence is a bit heavy for my liking.
07-29-2011 16:23:00 | More by corby112
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, hints of coffee, chocolate, and sweet oatmeal. In the taste, pine like hops and small presence of coffee, although a bit watery. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry pine hop in the aftertaste. More a porter, small hops, just about average.
07-07-2011 14:17:25 | More by OWSLEY069
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
3.2/5 rDev -13.7%
Notes from 6/2/11
A - Black but light does pass through. No head and no lacing.
S - Malt, a hint of chocolate, some pine.
T - My first impression is thin, some smoky malts with a bit of chocolate and pine bitters.
M - Very thin for the style and not that impressive in the mouth.
Overall, this was a disappointing brew. I really enjoy black IPA's, but this one was below par. I followed this brew up with a Sublimely Self-Righteous ale, and the Stone beer was far superior.
06-04-2011 00:08:21 | More by TCgoalie
3.2/5 rDev -13.7%
Appears black from a distance, but up close you notice quite a bit of light coming through revealing more of a cola color. Forms a moderate sized light tan head colored head. Some mild lacing. Aroma is roasted malts and citrus, but the combination doesn't work so well resulting in a slightly metallic note. The taste Is similar with some lightly roasted malts, grapefruit, and a mild acidic quality that seems very out of place. Not a whole lot of hops or roasted malts or coffee for that matter. Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Mild bitterness.
02-19-2012 00:41:08 | More by Florida9
New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
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