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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,457 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,457
Reviews: 1,282
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 261
Gots: 1,070 | FT: 42
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: 4,457 | Reviews: 1,282
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

Photo of BGDrock
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brow, a little thin, and head fizzles to a ring in a few seconds

Aroma: fruity esters - rum, blackberry, cassis; toffee and caramel, vanilla; touch of oak; bubblegum; lot's going on, builds interest well

Taste & Mouthfeel: milk cream, vanilla, butterscotch and rum - lot's of deep, dark dried fruit flavours like you'd expect from a Belgian ale - would be interested to see their yeast choice, in fact, it's more in that style than a stout, the roast malt (in this case chocolate) flavours are light; dry finish, very long and with a bit of heat from alcohol, very nice; medium/light body with light carbonation

Overall: like dessert in a glass, a nice creamy pastry/custard - would pair great with a rich chocolate cake; better shared, sweetness can become cloying

Photo of smith_s4765
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice surprise.

Photo of Chris_the_Tartar
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon and ethanol smell. Taste is strong on the ethanol, with bourbon and vanilla notable. Feel is a definite strong point, thick and creamy. Comes off almost like (rice?) pudding. Overall really good, not too sweet for a milk stout, but the bourbon could have shined through a little more.

Photo of Aprice34
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good for the ABV

Photo of fire_house_vapor
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Didn't hide the alcohol very well but good beer.

Photo of AirBob
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 2/24/15 Vintage 2014

A - 3 fingers of dense khaki head. Sold retention and excellent lacing. Solid black body with some reddish brown showing along the edges of the glass when held to the light. Head is cappuccino colored.

S - Nice, mellow notes of milk and 80% chocolate. Soft but rich bourbon notes. A little roasted coffee bean. Also some vanilla and a perception of brown sugar.

T - Follows the nose but more bitterness than I expected (like paper filtered brewed coffee bitter). The bourbon is subtle but there's little booziness too. Chocolate and molasses come through big in the start and finish. Too much booze in the middle as it warms.

M - Creamy. A little alcohol heat in the middle. Low carb and sticky finish.

O - Way better than I remembered when I had it fresh. Creamier and more balanced. Maybe my palate changed but this is significantly better with age. Looking forward to another one from the same 4 pack next year.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,457 ratings.