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

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Pilgrim's DoleBourbon Barrel Aged Pilgrim's Dole

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wheatwine aged in second use Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

Added by dlello2 on 12-17-2011

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 105
Photo of bylerteck
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Way too much heat on this. 2015 vintage. Aroma was super rich with lot's of sweet dark fruit and bourbon but the flavour was tons of boozy heat with minimal complexity that the aroma showed. Fell short for me.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice Amber color. Has an aroma of sweet and boozy with notes of caramel. Flavor is malty with a boozy presence and a caramel sweetness. Has a rich body with low carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of deuce9259
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dlello2
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice deep amber color with little head. Pours quite thick. Very thin ring of lace around glass.

Smell - Subtle syrupy malts. Lots of bourbon. Good amount of yeast; smells old in a good way. Maybe a hint of wheat and citrus at the end. Smells great!

T - Tastes like a mix between a smooth devil dancer and backwoods bastard. Definitely getting a good amount of bourbon but it's also quite sweet. Lots of malt, lots of alcohol... still so smooth. Aftertaste is figs and bourbon.

M - Syrupy and thick. Not that much carbonation (I'd like more). I feel like this beer would benefit from some more hoppiness.

O - I liked this beer. Quite syrupy and quite a lot of alcohol. I can't help but compare this to backwoods bastard (maybe cause I've had a few recently)... its just sweeter and has less bite.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of frenchblood21
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of pants678
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown, reddish body with a fluffy beige head.

Smells of caramel malts, alcohol. A real compliment.

Vanilla, caramel, bourbon and barrel from the outset. Alcohol's just a hair much. Still, a delectable, big malt-centric brew that's like a mix of honey, wood and maple.

Rich beer that's smooth with lower levels of carbonation.

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Photo of justinp444
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft poured into a snifter it has a thin white ring head with a reddish btown clear body. Smell of bourbon, caramel, molasses, vanilla, spice, and biscuit malt; very clean smelling overall. Taste is sweet bourbon, caramel, burnt sugar, spice, tiny bit nutty, bit of vanilla, lots of malt. Mouthfeel is full, body is moderate to full, with a full crisp carbonation. It had a bit too much carbonation but is definetly one of the cleanest most straight forward barrel aged barleywines I've had.

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Photo of mikul93
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2011 Alc. 12%

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A Pours a dark amber. Hard pour with a smidgen of eggshell head that quickly dissipated. Very small ring of head is clinging to the sides of the glass.

S Immediate bourbon notes, followed with toffee and dark fruit. Bourbon is very forward but it's nice.

T Nice bourbon flavor hits you right away, followed by brown sugar, some vanilla with a little spicy after taste. It's not heat at all, but there is that peppery sensation on my tongue. Not bad at all.

M Medium to thick viscosity.It really coats your mouth. For 12%, this is a smooth beer. Over time, the heat must have really been brought down.

O This beer was an extra and a very pleasant surprise. I think I might put out an ISO: for this vintage and see what I can find. Cheers!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of tsmangin
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2014

Aroma - 11/12- Low bready malt. Notes of chocolate, raisin and fig. Medium low alcohol, slightly boozy note. Nicely complex. Hops are undetectable. Some vanilla comes through as it warms

Appearance - 2/3 - Copper colored with amber highlights. Poured very low head that quickly disappeared. Chill haze faded to moderate clarity.

Flavor - 18/20 - Delicious. Moderate bready malts with chocolate, raisin and fig character. Moderate bitterness and noticeable booze but well balanced. Moderate Sweetness. Clean ferment character. Slightly vinous but not oxidised. Alcohol is medium and lingers through the finish along with the sweetness.

Mouthfeel - 4 /5- Full bodied and luscious. Low carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth. Not as much creamy as it is rich, round and smooth.

Overall - 9/10 - Well done, great beer! I could sip a snifter of this regularly. Well balanced, strong but clean, complex and delicious. Only complaints are minor... CO2 is a little low, head retention was poor and the alcohol is a bit high.

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