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Dragon's Milk With Toasted Chiles - New Holland Brewing Company

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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 18.6%
Wants: 18
Gots: 31 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer, aged with Chili de arbol peppers in the barrels, is one of a series of innovative specialties to sneak out of our Dragon's Milk Cellar. The earthy pepper character mingles with the dark roasted tones of Dragon's Milk as the spice slowly warms your palate, pleasantly contrasting the deep malt character. Pairings red meat, smoked foods, balsamic, rich cheese & dark chocolate.

(Beer added by: Cynic-ale on 04-27-2014)
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Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chestnut brine color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass. One finger beige foam head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Decent retention, leaving sporadic streaks of soapy lacing on the way down.

Slightly smokey robust dark malt aroma with a prominent dry, roasted pepper presence and some subtle oak. Hints of burnt malt, dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee grinds complimented by the peppers and charred oak. The oak stands out after it warms but is not overpowering in the nose with faint wood/toothpick character. There's also a decent amount of smoked chili pepper but it's nicely integrated into the beer without overwhelming the other notes. Some sweeter malt notes as well with some baker's chocolate, caramel and toffee. The addition of chili de arbol peppers really changes the aroma of dragons milk. It's an interesting addition but I'm not sure it improves on the original. Not as complex or inviting as I had hoped.

Slightly viscous full body with smokey, robust dark malts countered by subtle charred oak, lighter malt sweetness and a prominent, fiery hot pepper presence that dominates from mid palate until long after the lingering finish. Charred oak, bittersweet dark chocolate, and deeply roasted coffee followed by sweeter chocolate and toffee before the peppers come in providing some smokey heat. It's really unique how different this beer tastes from beginning to end. The peppers come in mid way through and obliterate the original flavors. I'm not really sure what to think about it because I would like more of the oak and stout character but the fiery hot pepper and cinnamon flavors are petty appealing. I just wish that they were as nicely integrated as the nose suggests and that there was overall better balance.

corby112, May 12, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of don1481
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a tan head that lingers a little bit.

Smell: Smells pretty much like standard Dragon's Milk - bourbon-y and sweet. No chile smell of note.

Taste: Now THAT is interesting. The fire from the chiles and the sweetness of the base beer make for a very unique pairing. Remind me of a vanilla-y, bourbon-y version of a mole sauce. Definitely has more heat to it than the jalapeno IPA from Alaskan from earlier this year. The alcohol really doesn't smack you like in the base beer, other than the bourbon notes.

Mouthfeel: Pretty clean overall. The fire lingers longer than the sweetness.

Overall: If they made this in 12oz bottles instead, I'd be down with that, but 22oz is a lot of fire. Still, I like it.

don1481, May 17, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

22 ounce bottle, 2014 vintage. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stuck around a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like chocolate, chilies, roasted malt, oak, vanilla, and some burnt/charred malt. It tastes like chilies, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and a bit of coffee. I like that the chili heat has got a good kick to it, but still doesn't completely overpower the other flavors in this beer. There's also a lingering heat from the chilies. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good example of a spicy imperial stout, I enjoyed this. $8.99 a bomber.

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Dragon's Milk With Toasted Chiles from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.