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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,479 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,479
Reviews: 1,288
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 266
Gots: 1,088 | FT: 43
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002

A barrel aged Imperial Stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath.

2014 Bottles are 11% ABV
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,479 | Reviews: 1,288
Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my fav BB stouts available as a year-round. creamy, chocolate, bourbon with vanilla blended very well.
tried 2014
and 2015 vintage
subtle difference, the alcohol is more hidden. smoother chocolate, more roasted malts coming out in the aged bottle.
gotta try if you haven't. lives up to the hype.
dynamic &complex full-bodied stout. yum.

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fantastic stout. Unlike other stouts I've had this one has some more complex flavoring and feel to it.
It has a chocolate taste, and a subtle vanilla undertone with bourbon flavors that bring down the bitterness of that chocolate taste and make for an enjoyable stout beer.

Photo of leantom
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a long time coming for this beer. Here goes:

A: Splendid. Large head and a ton of lacing. Pours pitch black as well.

S: Very, very bourbony. I'd wager that this beer is one of the most alcoholic, bourbony beers that I've ever smelled. Tons of oak and vanilla. Good, but the overwhelmingness of the alcoholic bourbon masks the stout scent somewhat.

T: Very sweet and bourbony. Lots of oak and vanilla. Also a sufficient dark chocolate taste (more apparent in the taste than in the smell). Good.

F: Little light for 11.0 alcohol. Still good, though.

O: Good beer. Would have again. I still think Bourbon County is much better.

Photo of MadeInTheMitten
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my mouth.
1/2 way through this bad-boy. It's a lot smoother than I expected. Although, it does have a bite on the back end, but a very pleasant bite! The oak and vanilla notes keep lingering until the next drink! It's also not too strong on the bourbon taste, which is a plus for me. I like hints of it, not a "BAM, IN YOUR ASS" bourbon taste. Very solid stout in my book.I would recommend to any stout drinker!

Photo of bluto1998
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this out one night with my wife. Very surprised. First taste strong bourbon flavor. You can taste the bourbon through out and it really grows on you. Great beer to share after a good meal around the camp fire!

Photo of Shue
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super smooth beer with amazing flavor

Photo of fscottkey
2.96/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: [4.00] Dense 1 finger of khaki head. The head recedes evenly but relatively quickly. The beer is jet black. Shifting the beer leaves nice arcs of lacing. The bottle lists the ABV at 11%. There is a date code that translates to 2/13/15.

S: [3.00] The primary scent is bourbon. Maybe hints of coffee and chocolate. The nose is not strong just subtle smells.

T: [2.75] The booze is there throughout - right from the front to the back. Strong assertive bourbon flavor up front. There is some chocolate on the finish and the aftertaste.

M: [3.00] The high alcohol impacts the mouthfeel. There is a tightness due to the alcohol on the tongue.

O: [3.00] This beer obviously has a great reputation and high expectations. They were not met. The alcohol just overwhelmed all of the other flavors. It was a big gong and the chocolate, vanilla, coffee were all little bells in the background. Also, the nose is extremly subdued for such a big beer. I would actually seek out several stouts and porters at 1/2 this ABV instead.

Photo of alarmclock314
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a smooth beer and tastes mostly of bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

Photo of Spacebird11
4.78/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Surprisingly mild coffee/chocolatey flavors but strong vanilla tones

Photo of Spipenger
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly mild aroma for an IS. Smooth, non syrupy feel. Strong, bourbony taste. Vanilla, slight chocolaty, slight coffee aroma. Disappointingly non-coffee and non-chocolate taste. Good beer, solid 4.00-4.25.

Photo of Awolter
4.62/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottle. Delicious and accessible BA stout.

Photo of JHogan02
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Was as it is, a dark stout.Many friends said it was "too bourbany", yeah..right.Drink some Real American Bourbon and get on with your life! Nuff said!

Photo of abashore
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Initially a chocolate taste with a little sting at the end. The barrel aging comes thru after a few sips. I'm not a stout drinker but I wanted to try something new.

Photo of Thrashers
4.87/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a dark and beautiful stout - it's slightly sweet to taste with vanilla & wood. It's high alcohol content is a bit dangerous as it is a smooth drink

Photo of StMichael
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This on draft is so much better than bottles. It has an alcohol punch at the end that detracts a bit from the richness of the stout. But when I want a stout this is the one I drink. @11% it gets the job done quickly. Another barrel aged brew I tend to lean towards.

Photo of CraigP83
4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell is chocolate, oak, and whiskey. I like it already. Taste is creamy milk chocolate, hint of coffee. Surprisingly well balanced and mellow. I thought it was excellent

Photo of beerrat
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

You can tell this is abv 10% by the taste.Also taste of chocolate.

Photo of hardysf
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little thin, but solid beer for a great price compared to competitors.

Photo of donnierickles
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a good beer to age. It is extremely boozy, which I like, but aging it really brings out the malt and vanilla flavor.

Photo of bareju
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft and really liked it. This is definitely a slow sipper - sweet, thick, notes of vanilla and bitter chocolate, tobacco and oak, boozy. Fantastic bitter chocolate smell.

Photo of robgutie
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think this gets overlooked becasue its so widely available but a really great stout. Stronger whiskey notes than other similar overall enjoyable.

Photo of cserrato02
2.45/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

STRONG whiskey flavors, somewhat unbalanced. It seems to me that they loaded the beer with whiskey just to get to an 11% ABV. This is a sipping beer for me. Does not go well with a meal in my opinion.

Photo of mchegash
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
Pours a deep, dark, brown, with maybe a hint of red. A small amount of head.

Smell - 3.75/5
Vanilla, chocolate, roasty, alcohol

Taste - 3.75/5
Very sweet malts, oak, alcohol, vanilla, a bit of roastiness

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, light carbonation, a little syrupy, but not too much. In between creamy and crisp.

Overall - 3.75/5
I remember when I was still new to drinking craft beer and I had this for the first time, I was blown away by how good it was. Now revisting it a couple years later, it's not nearly as good as I once thought. But then there have been other beers which I used to not like which I now do. I guess tastes change. Anyway, with my present taste buds, I'd say this is a good beer, but there are tastier beers out there. Especially considering the price of this beer. Still, never a bad option.

Photo of Salsashark3d
4.94/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beer straight from the teet of a dragon. Feels great and does the job quickly and thoroughly...

Photo of Thebearfoothippy
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer surprised me. I though that the price was too high but at the initial smell I realized there was something hiding in this bottle. After pouring I discovered a dark luxurious color was hiding behind the bottles glass. After pouring the beer the smell definitely was a little sweeter than before and the initial taste was smooth and flavorful

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,479 ratings.