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New Holland Black Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: granger10 on 06-30-2006)
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BrewClint

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

04-04-2014 14:16:42 | More by BrewClint
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beersdmf17

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-03-2014 21:34:36 | More by beersdmf17
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blivingston1985

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-23-2014 22:46:07 | More by blivingston1985
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lilmul123

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

03-07-2014 01:51:33 | More by lilmul123
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.8%

A: Pours an oily black with subtle brownish amber highlights and a creamy tan head that leaves only a modest amount of lacing as it recedes.

S: Aromas of cream, dark chocolate, pine, spruce, herbs, lemon, and lime are present on the nose.

T: Sweet, malty notes of caramel, treacle, dark chocolate, dark bread, and cream are matched by zesty hop notes of lemon, lime, bitter orange, grapefruit, herbs, pine, and spruce. The finish is earthy and bitter with bread, chocolate, herb, lemon, and pine flavors.

M: Medium-bodied and mildly resinous. Carbonation is active and crisp. Super easy to drink for the style.

O: An incredibly approachable, easy-going American black ale. It is more simplistic and straight-forward than many other examples of the style, but this actually works in its favor. More balanced and with a better integration of flavors than many ales of this style, I recommend this one highly to fans of hoppy dark ales.

03-06-2014 18:48:03 | More by mrfrancis
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-04-2014 20:06:34 | More by Knoxrb12
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-26-2014 17:47:21 | More by JIMTRK16
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krome

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-22-2014 02:01:12 | More by krome
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jgunther71

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-22-2014 01:56:28 | More by jgunther71
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Mcwill51

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-17-2014 04:20:16 | More by Mcwill51
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-11-2014 17:45:33 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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ObiBeerCanobi

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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TonyJ815

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

01-10-2014 16:41:45 | More by TonyJ815
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tmm313

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%

A- Looks exactly like a Porter in the glass. Darkest possible reddish brown with a quickly dissipating 1/2 finger head. Good lacing.
S- Weird... Prunes and booze with a touch of chocolate and spicy hops. Notes of tropical fruit when you really dig in. How can I be smelling so much alcohol? Its just over 5%.
T- Dark fruits up front with a touch of caramel, followed by spicy hops, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and some citrus. Pine and char on the finish.
M- Thin with slight carbonation. Drying.
O- Rye Hatter is one of my favorite beers, so I was expecting much more from this one. When my wife asked me how it was, I paused for a minute and finally answered, "It's confused." I'll stick with Rye.

01-07-2014 13:24:37 | More by tmm313
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-27-2013 06:19:35 | More by vinny21bal
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cfaulman

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

12-23-2013 22:14:21 | More by cfaulman
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cfinch2

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-19-2013 03:54:00 | More by cfinch2
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

12-19-2013 03:50:53 | More by richkrull
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BrewtalHonesty

Oregon

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-17-2013 19:47:14 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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leprakhan

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-10-2013 08:44:59 | More by leprakhan
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Le_HopHead

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-07-2013 18:31:49 | More by Le_HopHead
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FriedSlug

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

12-06-2013 00:55:34 | More by FriedSlug
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timmy2b

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-30-2013 00:43:02 | More by timmy2b
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Morakaton

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-19-2013 05:35:09 | More by Morakaton
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

New Holland Black Hatter has the colour of a midsummer night: black, but never without a twinkling of colour. Admittedly, however, even the bright LED light on my desk fails to reveal any substantial clarity, not even along the normally vulnerable edges of the glass. Its head is less a hat and more a scarf - it wraps around both the beer's surface and the glass.

The aroma broadcasts competing notes of roasted mushrooms, minty greens, lemon juice and caraway seed. It gives me an idea for a salad. Black IPAs typically balance chocolatey malts and earthy hops but this one seems to lean more heavily towards the lupulin; there's not a ton of roast, certainly nowhere enough to simulate coffee.

Black Hatter is a fairly reserved Black IPA that intriguingly offers notions of apples on par with those of pineapple; it plays out on the palate like a clash of cold versus warm climate tastes: woodsmoke, roast grain and coniferous trees versus coconut, green grass, and fleshy citrus. Any semblance of chocolate or coffee is menial compared to the earthy, herbal notes.

I can't speak from experience (and you shouldn't speak of meal pairings unless from experience) but if my imagination serves me correct, the brewery's suggested food pairings of arugula in vinaigrette and portabella stir-fry should work brilliantly; the beer has forest-y earthiness, citrus acidity, as well as bitter leafy green qualities. How could it not pair well?

Black Hatter is a dark beer pointed in bright citrus fruits, carob, dried Provence herbs and minty flavours. Hopheads will rejoice: So gloriously luscious! And indeed they should (especially at $4.99/bomber). That said, it does lack the rich mocha notes and muscularity of the style's best examples which makes it a somewhat incomplete example. Still, I definitely enjoyed it.

11-05-2013 05:28:14 | More by biegaman
New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.