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

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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3.5/5  rDev -14%

nmann08, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Knapp85, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Got this one in the 2012 Birthday BIF from UrbanCaver; thanks Cam! Never heard of this but sounds cool. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Cigar City snifter. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent dark amber color with hald an inch of off white head and low carbonation evident. Head lasts a few second and leaves no lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of caramel malts, bourbon, oak, toffee, sweet dark fruits, figs, toasted malts, and light alcohol. Really nice nose, a nice mix of caramel, fruit, and bourbon, though none are overpowering.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, oak, raisins, figs, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, light alcohol, brown sugar, and some sweet maple syrup. Really nice, and better then the nose.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Thick and creamy, and pretty smooth. Not hot at all considering it's 12.5% ABV (according to the bottle).

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice beer. The nose was a really nice mix of caramel, sweet dark fruits, and bourbon, while the taste incorporated some vanilla. Very nice beer I'd like to have again.

mdfb79, Mar 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

duceswild, Apr 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Zaphog, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Vintage 2011, 12.0% ABV

12oz bottle, poured into my New Holland High Gravity Series tulip, pours a rich, deep copper color with a thin ivory colored head. Aromas are sweet and rich with vanilla, oak, bourbon, and booze. Tastes are sweet with caramel, toffee, booze, earth, bourbon, raisin, vanilla, maple, cinnamon, cloyingly sweet at times but the bourbon helps to cut the sweet. Full bodied and syrupy, low carbonation, and hot alcohol, finishes boozy and peppery. Overall, I love the bourbon on this one. Although it's sweet, it's a nice sipper with the bourbon barrel aging throwing an additional element to the ale.

barnzy78, Jun 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

eawolff99, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

DavoleBomb, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 20, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

jzeilinger, Jul 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

josephwa, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jaidenjb, Feb 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

thebouch01, Mar 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

scott2269, Oct 28, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

M- Thick but not too heavy for 12%. Not a lot of alcohol taste but a little burn on the way down.

O- This is a great brewski. Not what I picture when I think of a Wheatwine but this is a fine bourbon barrel aged beer.

TwelveOunces, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Bourbon Barrel Pligrams Dole

Pours a clear amber color with a bit of a red tint to it. There is an inch of white head that sits around for awhile. Pretty dense lacing.

The nose has caramel, figs, light bourbon, some sour apple, and a bit of vanilla.

The taste has much more bourbon to it than the nose. Candied sugar, caramel, some figs & raisins, butterscotch and a tad bit of toasted coconut. Nonexistant abv. Pretty damn tasty.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a creamy feel that smooths into some light carbonation.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Great flavor profile along with a killer mouthfeel.

ChugginOil, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of ThickNStout
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

ThickNStout, Sep 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Rihup, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

DerrickW, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

SportsandJorts, Aug 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

zimm421, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jjheinrichs, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

nitter, Apr 13, 2013
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Pilgrim's Dole from New Holland Brewing Company
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