New Holland Y2K | New Holland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by granger10 on 01-11-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle - Nov 20, 2007. Thanks much Sean! Aroma with settled caramel, oak, vinous malt. Light spice and long reduced hops. A nice burnished ruddy brown, quite clear. No head. Flavor is a calm, gently spicy wood tone. Sandalwood to be exact, backed with some tea-like musk and a smattering of Mediterranean spices, bright. Classic old yeast and aging malt flavors, some certain oxidation, of course, at this age. Dry. Not bad after 7 years, really. I’m happy to have gotten a chance to try this really rare treat.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown in color with a touch of dark copper in the light, plenty of sediment in this one, a small medium tan, dark cream head quickly recedes to a ring. Aroma shows some prunes and raisins, a good bit of old worn leather, some sweet cherries and spices, with a hint of the alcohol. Taste is similar with the ginger like spice making a strong showing, sweet cherries, a fairly drying woody and grassy finish with some warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, low level of carbonation, but what is there carbonation wise has started into a sparkling phase, keeping the feel lighter with a little zip. An outstanding barleywine fresh, this one has aged very well. The aroma shows some good oxidation, but pleasantly so, and whatever the ginger like spice is that has developed is quite nice and blends well with the somewhat sparkling carbonation.

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Photo of mcallister
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been sitting on two of these beauties for about 2 years now and have been waiting ot open one for a special occasion. Well there is no special occasion except for my liver needs fed.

Damn good looking BW here very dark russet in color with loads of sediment. A hard pour yielded very little in way of head besides a tan ring around the glass and some lace here and there, very minute.

Well from the nose I would say this beer may be at its peak and may have a few more years of life. We shall see what the mouth suggests. Thick with dried fruits led by fig and date with raisins and brown sugar in a reduction of maple syrup and milk chocolate. Malty as hell and very thick toffee notes. Slight hints of oxidation which deters in no way at all from the aroma of this complex giant.

Much drier than I thought it would be. Very little residual sugar. A very bitter finish with oxidation noticeable on the finish and mid palate. Finish seems to last forever with a fig paste flavor that lingers and lingers. Dates, raisin, mollasses half way in the process to brown sugar with hazlenut and toffee. Amazing how bitter and tannic this is. I would guess this beer is slightly past its peak yet will hold up nicely for another three or four years. An amazing beer and a pleasure to sample.

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Photo of granger10
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Obviously this one was made before the year 2000 in recognition of the hype. But I just drank it last night so it's been aged for over 4 years. Well, the aging has definitely made this a beer worth savoring. I couldn't believe how smooth it was and how drinkable this beer was. The flavors melded together perfectly. It wasn't too hoppy either, unlike most American Barleywines. Alcohol was there but only provided a background to the sweet flavors ensuing around it. Lots of caramel and raisins mixing around with the abundant yeast sediment. The hops were also present towards the middle and left just before the finish. The finish was somewhat creamy in the way the alcohol wavered out and more malts came in. If you can find this, get it.

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New Holland Y2K from New Holland Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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