New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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Reviews by FickleBeast:
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours dark brown with a finger of mocha foam. Aroma is quite roasty with bitter black roast malt dominating.
First sip is rather smoky tasting, with a decent amount of sweetness. Not much hop flavor to speak of. This is just smoky, sweet, raisiny tasting.
Certainly an interesting take on an American Brown ale. The flavors work decently well with each other between the smoke, raisin, and licorice notes. But it doesn't pull me in and really excite my taste buds - I feel like after drinking one, I'm not in the mood to have another... it just grows on you in a negative way.
That being said - this is a nice beer, just not something I'd like to have everyday.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2012 03:49:10 | More by FickleBeast
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4.26/5 rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Yeah, yeah, I know, Cabin Fever on the fourth day of Summer?!? Well, I am trying to winnow my way through a massive backlog of beer and the older ones are on the verge of becoming V.O.S., so they get priority.
From the bottle: "Hints of rye, roast and raisin join a subtle caramel sweetness before a clean finish. Parirings: roasted meats, dried fruits, gruyere & smoked cheeses."
The drill is becoming a familiar one by now - pop the cap, heavy pour, sit back as the pseudo-cascade takes place, record results thereof. This time, the two-plus fingers of head were a dense, light-brown with good retention. I was reminded of the top of a coffee or mocha ice cream cone. Nose definitely gave off raisin and a smoky roastiness, hence their suggestion for smoked cheeses. Color was mahogany (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was creamy and the taste was chocolaty with raisins and smoke. It was like a Cadbury Fruit and Nut chocolate bar. Finish was semi-sweet, with the roasted malt offsetting the chocolatiness and the fruitiness. This was one that need not be thought of a a seasonal, but it would have been nice to have paired it with some of their suggestions. Maybe next time ...
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2014 02:36:20 | More by woodychandler
New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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