Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Not Rated.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Pilgrim's DoleBourbon Barrel Aged Pilgrim's Dole

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

16 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 16
Hads: 91
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 24.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 41 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dlello2 on 12-17-2011

Wheatwine aged in second use Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 16 | Hads: 91
Reviews by jzeilinger:
Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark burgundy amber with a thin cream colored head that dies down really fast and leaves a healthy thin cream/tan colored lacing.

S - Caramelized malt, vanilla, oak, bourbon, light graham cracker, and toffee.

T - Follows the nose: balanced throughout with oak, bourbon, caramelized toffee, and vanilla.

M - Thick, full bodied, sticky, silky on the tongue, and boozy effervescence up the pipe hole.

O - Big, enjoyable, one dimensional, and deserves to be sipped in a snifter at room temp.

 503 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of frenchblood21
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

 837 characters

Photo of Dizzy
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of deuce9259
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 603 characters

Photo of Shawner
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of zimm421
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of jereb33
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage, poured into a snifter

A- pours a crystal clear amber-ruby color with a small fizzy white head that disappears almost instantaneously, leaving no trace of any head behind

S- big & boozy bourbon aroma dominates up front. Beyond the bourbon, notes of rum soaked raisins, sweet caramel malt, butter toffee, oaky vanilla, fig, maraschino cherry, licorice & caramelized brown sugar

T- lots of boozy barrel notes up front with big bourbon flavors mixing with oaky vanilla. Beyond the bourbon, note of dark fruits kick in with highlights of raisin & fig, along with dark cherries. Sweet caramel malt gives notes of molasses & toffee, the finish gives more oak, along with lingers of rye-like spice & licorice

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a big boozy warming finish

O- This was very good, it actually reminded me of a classic Manhattan cocktail. It's pretty hot at only a few months old, I may have to buy more of these to put away for a while

 998 characters

Photo of kbuzz
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dvmin98
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MadeInTheMitten
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerrickW
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

 905 characters

Photo of JasonTaverner
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HardyA
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

 756 characters

Photo of nitter
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BellsFan
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of pandow
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%

Appearance: brown color that hints at garnet with a nice brightness when held to the light. a slight, centimeter, tannish head that fades pretty quickly but leaves a ring around the glass and a slight lacing on the sides. opaque due to the darkness but still lets quite a bit of light through. 4/5

Smell: bourbon soaked dark fruits, figs and plums. sweet boozy caramel. 3.5/5

Taste: opens up with some bourbon along with dark fruits, ranging only from figs to raisins. notes of vanilla and oak. ends with a decent strength booziness. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: fairly light and wheat-like at first but bourbon and booziness make things end up a little stickier. a slight warmth to it. 3.75/5

Overall: a decent offering from New Holland, certainly not their best. Not sure exactly like pilgrams dole is like but this version is clearly mostly the product of the barrel aging, but thats not a bad thing for this beer. I think the raisin aspects are just a bit too strong for me on this one.

 983 characters

Photo of Fordknox
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyclonece09
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a cloudy light red with a nice off white head. Smells of Bourbon, wheat, and candy, very sweet smell. Tastes of sweet syrupy smoked bourbon barrel with slight wheat aftertaste. Beer is very sticky, full body good carbonation for style. Overall, a very good beer.

 311 characters

Photo of Hallertau
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Bourbon Barrel Aged Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.