New Holland Black Hatter | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Black HatterNew Holland Black Hatter
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New Holland Black HatterNew Holland Black Hatter

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by granger10 on 06-30-2006

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2.4/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

As far as the Madder Hatter series goes, this is the second bottle I have had that has foamed over after opening. From other reviews, this problem is not unique to me. I love many of the beers from New Holland. With this is mind, the problem needs to be fixed.

Poured into a pints glass. The beer was a thin black, giving a distinct hoppy aroma. On the intial taste, my first thought was green olives. These are good on a pizza, but bad in a beer. This was accompanied by the sensation of a strong licorice taste. For an IPA, the hops were rather mild. If it did not say IPA on the bottle, I might not have guessed the style. The mouthfeel was thin, making the experience end quickly. This was help along by the blast of carbonation which probably caused the bottle to foam over in the first place. Obviously, this was not a well balanced beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 7/24/11

Vintage 2011

Medium brown on the pour; dark in the glass but has a crimson-brown hue. One finger head dissipates to a thin layer of foam quickly, leaving a few clumps and trails of lace.

Aromas of tangy roast and semi-sweet chocolate are most notable. A hint of earthiness, too. Unfortunately the hops seem second string here. Mild notes of earthy hops and pine. Maybe a tad floral, too.

Meh. This tastes even more disappointing than it smells. In a lot of respects it's weaker than the nose (roasted aspects) and the hops are really in a dismal display. Aside from some earthiness, there's a smattering of pine followed by a bunch of crushed pill bitterness. Beyond that, it just seems disheveled and off, kind of like spoiled coffee. As it warms the bitterness becomes more noticeable and unpleasant.

Huh. The feel is strikingly thin; it certainly doesn't benefit this beer at all; far too watery. Fizzy, effervescent carbonation is much to prominent for the feel and sends everything into total disarray. Coating as it warms. Finishes a tad roasty and a lot dirty.

I had high hopes for this one and they were completely dashed. This isn't anything like what I want from a good CDA or black ale, or what have you. I'm far less inclined to try the others in the Hatter series. I drainpoured half the bottle.

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2.64/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- pours almost black mahogany with some deep garnet hues when held up to the light. An agressive pour produced two fingers of tan head that recedes into about half a finger. Some lacing as you sip.

S- this is where this brew goes wrong. Aromas of burnt paper and human flesh (ok that parts a joke) mix with a moldy citrus element. An earthy chalky aroma finishs off this brew with a decomposing compost pile aroma.

T- The flavors are at war with each other. The charcoal and cocoa flavors clash with the (very weak) grassy/citrus hop flavors. Overall you get burnt and bitter(i like some crushingly bitter beer this just is the flavor killing kind) flavor with an offputting astrigency.

MF- harsh sharp mouthfeel with a light body and average carbonation.

D- it's time to put the whole black IPA fad to rest. If your going to do it do it well or skip it.

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2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. foil-topped bomber, shared by the ever generous Shawn K. consumed in Baker City, OR 8.25.11.

Deep reddish brown body, good garnet highlights when held up to bring light, no visible carbonation. 1/2 finger light tan head, slow dissipation with good retention, minimal lacing. Nose is, err, off to say the least, latex band aids, significant dose of roasted malt, hops negligible in the nose. Taste is fairly roasty, hard to get by the aroma, but there's a pronounced lack of Cascadia hops, the label mentions Centennial but having a hard time detecting much else. Mouthfeel is medium not much effervescence. It was hard to try and enjoy this after the strange aroma profile. Pass.

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3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 354 ratings