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Bourbon Barrel Aged Pilgrim's Dole - New Holland Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel Aged Pilgrim's Dole
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wheatwine aged in second use Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: dlello2 on 12-17-2011)
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
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3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

2.5 A: Lightly hazed orange amber color. Less than half a finger of frothy off-white head than fell quickly and left no lacing. Lots of crap floating around.

3.5 S: Big hit of booze from the start. Caramel with apple and peach fruitiness. Bourbon isn't really strong, but there's enough for it to be a good complement to the brew. Leathery with oak.

3.5 T: Taste may even be boozier than the nose. Doesn't matter too much since it's still pretty tasty. This time toffee shows up with the caramel. Light fruits again. Leathery bourbon with peat and vanilla notes.

3.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but a bit too syruppy at the same time.

3.5 D: Not bad. Huge beer with big booze and lots of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:25:31 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Hoppin Frog tulip. Today's date is 1/29/2014.

Appearance- Deep amber/very burnt orange when held up to a light. Brown while sitting on my desk. Half a finger of cream colored head that reduces by half and then just stays.

Smell- Fig, bourbon and vanilla in that order. Then I get prunes and sweet caramel in the back. I hope the taste is exactly like the smell.

Taste- Way more bourbon than in the nose. More spice too. I detect clove and orange zest. The bourbon is pleasant and not over-powering.

Mouthfeel- More carbonation than expected. Much hoppier too. Great coating all throughout mouth and throat.

Overall- Great beer! To be honest, I will be going back to the spot I got it and look for more. This is not quite a barrel-aged barleywine and not quite a barrel-aged wee-heavy, but it is amazing.

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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). 2012 vintage, I believe that it is a November release. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours deep, dark, russet orange with a quarter finger pale head. Head fades quickly without leavng any lace.

Smells of bourbon, caramel, oaky vanilla, raw natural sugar and a vaguely dark fruity or yeasty note. Nice.

Sweet layers of flavor. Initially a good bit of bourbon barrel character along with caramel and toffee. Brown sugar, honey, dark fruit, sweet wheat, a little spice and a healthy dollop of booze.

Oily medium heavy feel with moderate carbonation. Sweet bourbon and wheat finish with the alcohol lingering.

I'm a fan of Pilgrim's Dole to begin with and the bourbon barrel is an outstanding compliment. One of my top three wheatwines. I really hope that New Holland does the barrel treatment again this year and that Georgia actually sees it.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2011 Alc. 12%

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A Pours a dark amber. Hard pour with a smidgen of eggshell head that quickly dissipated. Very small ring of head is clinging to the sides of the glass.

S Immediate bourbon notes, followed with toffee and dark fruit. Bourbon is very forward but it's nice.

T Nice bourbon flavor hits you right away, followed by brown sugar, some vanilla with a little spicy after taste. It's not heat at all, but there is that peppery sensation on my tongue. Not bad at all.

M Medium to thick viscosity.It really coats your mouth. For 12%, this is a smooth beer. Over time, the heat must have really been brought down.

O This beer was an extra and a very pleasant surprise. I think I might put out an ISO: for this vintage and see what I can find. Cheers!

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2012 bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Nice deep amber color. No head to speak of...minimal carbonation.

S- Bourbon, bourbon and some more bourbon.

T- BIG bourbon. Get some vanilla and oak along with all of the malt.

M- Nice mouth feel. A little hot going down in the beginning.

O- Didn't really know what to expect when I picked this up. I like New Holland's brews and this was aged in bourbon barrels, so I couldn't pass it up. Priced about right for a barrel aged beer at 12%. Pleasantly surprised by this beer. Probably worth trying the Non-BBA version of this beer to see where it came from.

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4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
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reviewed from notes taken 12/19/12.

poured into snifter glass.

vintage 2012.

Appearance: dark orange bodied beer with a small cap of white head. A little swirl bring the head back to life. Spotty lacing.

Smell: A nice mellow bourbon and oak note. Lots of vanilla. Has a bit of fruitiness and that distinct wheat malt smell.

Taste: Similiar to the nose. Really nice barrel notes. They are mellow and well integrated with this wheatwine. Vanilla and honey. Oak and bourbon. Brown sugar and dark fruits. You can still get the wheat malts and a touch of fruitiness and subtle earthy hop. Finishes with a little bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with low almost moderate carbonation level. Not very boozy for a 12% beer. It got a little bit of a warming as you swallow, thats it. Its a pretty darn smooth drink.

Overall: I honestly disliked Pilgrims Dole, but the bourbon barrel makes it a much better beer! New Holland really exceeded my expectations with this brew. So balanced and mellow for a big beer. I normally dislike wheatwines, but I gladly make an exception for this beer.

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12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Very deep dark brown color. Not much of an off white head. Nice alcohol legs.

S- The first thing I get is a lot of bourbon and oak. There is also a slightly bitter and citrusy hop profile.

T- This beer is big on the bourbon. There is a bunch of vanilla at first followed up by rye and corn mash. A sweet beer and of course, very bourbon forward. The wheatwine aspect of this beer is drowned by the bourbon but not in a a bad way. It is well complimented by the aging and the wheat really gives the beer some extra feel and flavor. The bourbon and vanilla really make this beer.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
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