New Holland Cabin Fever Brown Ale - New Holland Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheViolator666:
2.88/5 rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12 fl. oz. bottle poured into pint glass.
A: Looks pretty good. Pours with a nice brown body with dark copper highlights when back lit. Great clarity. Head is about two-fingers and a nice light brown shade. Retention is low, lacing is light.
S: Notes of dark fruits and roasted malts. Some earthy hops. Pretty rich.
T: Some caramel and tons of/too much roasted malts as well as some chocolate. Not much bitterness. Slight signs of diacteyl. Sourness is detectable in the aftertaste and is definitely unexpected. Could pass for a porter. Dry aftertaste.
M/D: Mouthfeel is pretty full and a bit on the creamy side. Carbonation is moderate.
Overall, if they toned down the roasted malts a bit, fixed their diacteyl problem and got rid of that sourness this would be a nice brown ale. On the upside, I love the label!
Serving type: bottle
11-09-2009 01:58:24 | More by TheViolator666
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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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