Black Hatter
New Holland Brewing Company

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American Black Ale
Ranked #491
Ranked #34,685
3.71 | pDev: 11.86%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 355
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice black IPA, solid notes with a pleasing Centennial character.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Silver foiled neck, and a main label with the overall design identity of the hatter series with a dressed up hatter over a black background. Back offers a small narrative with the main description of the brew, food pairings, and notes Vintage 2011. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep brown, close to black pour, off-white frothy head, good retention, and some nice lace on the glass.

S - Nice hoppy nose, with a touch of roasted malt, hint of Centennial perfume...

T - Nice flow in the palate with a good hoppy bite, good touch of roasted malt notes, hint of citrus, faint resin, and an identifiable Centennial hop finish, which is rather pleasing.

M - Medium to medium/light body, with medium carbonation. Nice hoppy lingering character in the finish with a dry touch after the malty foundation.

O - Quite a nice dark IPA, the Centennial dry-hopping adds a nice and recognizable sense to it that works rather well.

Notes: Another nice offering in the Hatter series, with this price-quality ratio I would not mind picking it up again when it hits the shelves fresh.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color w/ a nice chocolate one finger head. Lots of bubbles in the head. Good carbonation and lacing. This beer is like a black hole- you can't see into it at all....

S- Hops, malt, maybe a little fruit as well. Slight hint of coffee too. Nice- not overpowering, and fairly well balanced.

T- Same profile as the nose. Nice aftertaste, which lingers a bit. I'm surprised at the weight of this beer since it's only 5.5%. It's tastes like it could be in the 7-8% range.

M- Creamy with a slight bite to the feel. Nice, and really well done for the style. Thicker that I would think for this beer.

O- Nicely done.. Pick this one up if you haven't checked it out yet, it's worth it.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black, slight tan tint, not much head or lacing.

Smell - Hops, dark malts, brown sugar, pineapple, grapefruit, some dark fruits like rasin and plum.

Taste - Very bitter, dry first taste. Plenty of hops and dark fruits. Malts are roasted and strong. Very sour with a lemon acidic flavor. Some cocoa and chocolate buried beneath the hops. Really bitter/sour. Hops are bitter and lacking citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel - Its thin and flavor is weak. TOunge gets bittered, but mouth is quick to recover. Aftertaste is lacking also, bitter but quickly gone.

Overall - Not very impressed with this. Its too bitter, lacks flavor, and too thin and mild. Black ipa's are getting popular now, i hope new holland reworks this brew, not something i want again.

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Photo of JRed
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with some reddish edges with cinnamon head that leaves lacing. Aroma of wet grass, lemon, roast, toast and slight cinnamon. Tastes of wet grass, earth, vegetation, lemon, roast, toast, cinnamon sticks, burnt bread toward the finish and then goes clean. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavors are aggressive and unbalanced. An attack of malt vs hops with no cohesion.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Label proclaims it to be the 2011 vintage and has a new label than the old New Holland brews from last year.

a-pours dark black and doesnt let much light through at all. about 3/4" of head that stays for a minute or so and there is some great lacing as I sip it down.

s-citrus of some sort, grapefruit i think. some roasted notes, a little coffee and oak

t-very piney and citrus. charred malty backbone with a little oaky flavor. right like I would think a black ipa would taste.

m-great drinkablity. not to heavy, not to light. Just a tiny bit too much carbonation, but thats just splitting hairs.

I am a big fan of the original Mad Hatter IPA, and this one is a nice variety on it. Would like to have it again soon.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a mostly thick consistency. There was a big, foamy, off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A lot of malt in the aroma, with some traces of hops and coffee.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, hops, and a little citrus. Most of the flavor is loaded in the front, leaving not a whole lot in the finish. Still, a nice solid taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a good, well made, easy to like beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark dark brown with a 1+ finger off white head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of light floral and pine hops

taste is very good but there is a slight metal flavor on the back end that takes .5 off - right upfront you get a great balance of roasted chocolate malt and floral and pine hops

mouthfeel is light but not thin - good carbonation that gives it a nice little creamy feel on the finish

overall this is 100x better then the oaked mad hatter and is a solid low abv ABA @ only 5.5%

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Photo of Franch
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i liked this one. i'm a fan of new holland's regular mad hatter ipa, and this was a great variation of it. the citrus/pine of the ordinary hatter shone through very well. the roasty/malty notes came afterwards, with a strong emphasis on coffee, and then back to the citrus/pine and bitterness.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at Beer Run.

A: Coca-Cola brown. No head, but moderate lacing. Translucent, barely, but too dark to see through.

S: Hops. Vegetal hops. And...marinara sauce?

T: Hrmm. Huh. I'm not sure I like it. Sort of bitterly, herbally sour. Hops are vaguely astringent and the citrus is like chewing on a lemon peel. The finish is light and mediocre. The herbalness grows on me...

M: Thin and disappointing.

O: Not my favourite black ale. Drinkable if you can get past the bitter herbs, but I won't be having another. I might dry one out of the bottle...

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Photo of wchesak
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a Great Divide Yeti snifter.

A - black with the slightest brown to it, ligh tan head, decent amount of head, really nice lacing

S - good blend of piney/citrus hops and roasty malt, a touch of bittersweet chocolate

T - big hop bite right off the bat, then transitions to roasted malt and cocoa powder then back to dry and bitter aftertaste

M - good carbonation, on the light side of the style but that's not a nega

O - like the lower alcohol, enough of the black element to make it complex, would love to see it in 6 packs, and it was 5 bucks a bomber

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Photo of BogusOwnz
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of each of the hatters and was excited to try this one being that it is a session strength version of a normally high gravity style.

A- the beer pours black as expected not much to comment on here.

S- smell is only centennial no coffee, chocolate or roast.

T- taste is lightly roasty, then is transitions into grassy floral bitterness and the cool part is it finishes with roast. No flavor over powers the other, each is light and equalnto the other.

M- mouthfeel is light and carbonation is medium/high

O - I am very happy with this beer, if it was sold in 6 pack I would go to it on occasion. I wish more breweries would produce more normal strength versions of this style. Good change of pace.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
2.64/5  rDev -28.8%
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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Photo of TCgoalie
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 6/2/11

A - Black but light does pass through. No head and no lacing.
S - Malt, a hint of chocolate, some pine.
T - My first impression is thin, some smoky malts with a bit of chocolate and pine bitters.
M - Very thin for the style and not that impressive in the mouth.

Overall, this was a disappointing brew. I really enjoy black IPA's, but this one was below par. I followed this brew up with a Sublimely Self-Righteous ale, and the Stone beer was far superior.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had the Mad Hatter, the Oak Aged Hatter, and now the Black Hatter, brewed with black malt.

Appearance: A rich dark chocolate brown with a light khaki colored head and a superb display of lacing.

Smell: Floral hops and just a tinge of bready malts.

Taste: Bitter and resinous hops are the first to the scene. There is a roasted malt backbone which is very nice and I find this brew to be dark and uplifting. Pine, zest and roasted malts. As it warms, the black malt comes out ever so slightly, but never loses hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A very impressive brew from New Holland Brewing. A good style of beer too.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Uptown Grille Commerce MI

A_Dark brown with ruby red highlights. Thick khaki colored head. Lots of lacing.

S_ Hops,roasted malt,chocolate.

T_Dark fruits,roast barley,hops,hint of coffee and vanilla.Chocolate. Very nice.

M_A little thin but very smooth and very creamy.

D_Very very drinkable.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a really dark brown color with just a ring of bubbles for a head. This ring did however leave a ton of lacing down my glass.

S- Is a bit of smoke, some chocolate, and some floral and piney hops.

T- Taste is a bit of smoke and roasted malts, with a nice little bit of a hop bite in there too.

M- On the thinner side of medium and carbonation was good.

D- Pretty easy to drink and a nice little twist to their IPA.

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Photo of fear025
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma:Less aroma compared to the normal Mad hatter IPA.

Appearance:Nearly opaque black with nice head.

Taste:The dark malt and the hops add a mild astringency to the beer. On subsequent tastes, I get a ginger ale flavor that's very interesting. The more I drink the heavier the ginger ale comes through.

Mouthfeel:Nicely carbonated, and pleasant.

Drinkability:This is a very interesting beer, with subtle qualities.

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Photo of beerhan
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this charm on tap at reverend's and i must say besides the imperial hatter this is probably the best of the series. A very malty BLACK hatter. A truly rare beer that should probably be bottled sometime. Not very hoppy but still a verry good brew.

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Photo of Bubslang
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap at brewpup (july 2007) poured a deep dark brown with a miniscule tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts with some herbal hop notes. medium bodied with a roasted chocolate malt flavor backed with some citrus and floral hop notes, and a nice bitter finish. A solid beer

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz glass on tap at the brewpub.

Color is dark brown mahogany, no red notes. Poured with very little head by the bartender, it left excellent lacing.

Plenty of chocolate aroma, combined with notable hop aroma, herbal a bit piney.

Flavor is subtly smoky, roasty but not as strong as suggested by the color.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, reflects the bitterness of the base beer, Mad Hatter IPA. Not as rich as a porter or stout.

This is a nice, drinkable beer, and easy tweak for them to use their IPA recipe and throw in alternative specialty grains. I inquired whether they considered it a porter or stout and the reply was that it's their IPA with dark grains. I'd have to agree with the first reviewer that it's most like an American stout, but not as complex or rich.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown murky color, with a nice off white head. Slightly roasty aroma combines with a floral, piney hop aroma. Seems like a cross between an IPA and a porter. There are some roasty flavors, combining with some sweetness and floral hoppy flavors. Bitterness seems to work well with the light roasty flavors. Maybe a bit thin, but carbonation seemed right. A very interesting think here, hard to classify but certainly worth looking at. Big thanks to BAs macallister and pixel for sharing this with me!

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Photo of mcallister
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep deep brown pushing black. A fthick tan head nice and sticky rests atop. Some spotty lacing ensues as well.

Thick with hop aromas, with a rich roasted chocolate malt smell. Not the most complex smelling beer but it does smell nice.

A smokey dark chocolate roasted malt quality. Hints of caramel help balance the rough edges of the chewy hops. The beer drinks more like a hopped up porter than an american stout. The rough tannins of the hops do hurt the mouthfeel somewhat.

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Photo of granger10
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know what style to put this under so I guessed.

Deep mohagany pour with black in the middle. Medium but durable tan head atop. Smells really roasty and sweet with a nice hop twinge in there as well. Roasted chocolate flavor with some herbal qualities. I really liked it. Tasted similar but wasn't quite as enjoyable. This still was quite good. Stronger roasted flavors, almost smoky at times, but they are tempered by the piney flavor of the hops. I always thought Hatter would be solid with a more stouty profile and I was right. Give it a try if you're at the pub.

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Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 355 ratings