New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) - New Holland Brewing Company
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Reviews by BanjinTsuki:
4.54/5 rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
My first bourbon barrel stout left me a changed man.
I hesitate while writing this review as the Dragon's Milk is my first bourbon barrel stout brew. But I was so impressed with it I felt I must let the world know how wonderful it is. Shame on me, if a bro came along to read the reviews of Dragon's Milk to see if it is worth a quaff, and I was silent. A well tapped draft Guinness might be the best beer, but a bottle Dragon's Milk beats out a bottled Guinness, especially when you want the extra punch brought by 10% ABV. For some reason they call this a oak barrel ale, but it really feels and tastes more like a stout.
Appearance - For a dark beer lover, this is one pretty beer. Dark chocolate in color, with a nice two finger foam when presented. I was at a restaurant, so I didn't get to see it from the bottle, but the waitress poured it well. The creamy looking foam reduced quickly and didn't leave much of a lace, but I wonder if that has to do with the devil's cut of bourbon residing it its midst.
Smell - Strong roasted Oak with a nice tone of malt and a hint vanilla all blanketed in a strong whiskey overtone. Everyone seems to smell chocolate, but I've got a good sniffer and I didn't quite detect it. Not saying they're wrong, it just didn't hit me with chocolate. I wonder if a draft version has more coffee and chocolate balanced flavor.
Taste - Oak. For a once-upon-a-time saxophone player, the oak was almost heavenly. Imagine a shot of oaken-laced bourbon tamed by malt and vanilla and you've got a good idea of the taste.
Mouthfeel - Carbonated (a little too much for my liking, but not so much for a bad score) followed by a bourbon-smooth finish (the dragon's fire, I suppose) that ran to about mid throat. The carbonation lightened the body a bit and yielded a medium body feel. The bourbon kick and aroma definitely cleans the palate!
Overall - excellent. It certainly makes me want to try other bourbon barrel stouts to see how they stack up to this bar-setter. I'll be looking to see if this brew is available in my area. In fact, I'll be running out to see as soon as my wife gets home.
Your bro in brew,
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2013 16:40:11 | More by BanjinTsuki
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3.98/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This is a 2013 vintage.
Appearance: Pours a black coffee color, with some hints of brown around the edges and leaves a finger of spritzy tan head that fades almost immediately to nothing.
Smell: Nice, full aroma: roasted malts, licorice, coffee, mild dark chocolate, toasted oak.
Taste: Toasted malts, toasted oak, coffee beans, vanilla, alcohol, hint of dark chocolate. Fairly full flavor, with some good complimenting components that play well with each other (particularly sweet and bitter).
Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a light to medium body (for a stout). Finishes with a bit of heat.
Overall: I thought this was a decent stout. Nice stout flavors, along with some bourbon barrel influence, make this one an enjoyable brew. A bit thin in the body but pretty well done for what it is.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 19:30:20 | More by Resuin
3.98/5 rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at The Daily Growler in Upper Arlington, OH.
Pours a dark opaque black with a one inch head and not much lacing.
Smells include dark roasted malt, vanilla, and some oak.
Not much bourbon flavor in this BA stout, it's more of an oak and vanilla story. Some chocolate and roasted malt flavor. I might be spoiled now by other intense versions of this style, but this seems slightly muted. Good flavors, but would prefer a stronger barrel character. Quite sweet, slightly cloying.
Medium bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel, coats your mouth. Not much alcohol present.
A good beginner's BA stout, I think, but not one of the greats.
Serving type: on-tap
04-14-2014 13:11:40 | More by GreesyFizeek
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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