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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

4,270 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,270
Reviews: 1,229
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 231
Gots: 890 | FT: 35
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
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Photo of zaphodchak
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black body with 1.5 finger head of foamy ecruwhite head. Ton of lacing.

Nose is slightly boozy, slightly of coconut... which differs from my memory on draft.

Taste is boozy, some toffee raisin, and definitely a bit of that coconut. This definitely needs to warm up (speaking from experience) to let all the flavor out, otherwise it just tastes like booze.

Mouthfeel is creamy, like a nitro stout, but from a bottle.

This is a super-strong stout; definitely for sipping, and sweet, not hoppy. I highly recommend trying this if these are the things you enjoy in a stout.

Photo of Franchise
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering pours a deep black leaving a soft tan head. Nose is sweet oak, caramel, chocolate, nuts, herbs, soft earthy notes. The taste is malty upfront, dry oak, nuts, cherry, tart, wonderful deep pitted fruit flavors great vanilla oaky notes as it hits your palate and the alcohol is there but smooth like a nice cordial. This is a great tasting beer very solid I would pair this with a fruit dessert as this would play well with the tart and sweet flavors of the beer.

Photo of Steamer
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz Goblet. A dark, dark ruby red appearance with a one finger head that disappears rather quickly leaving a thin rim of tan foam. Smell - Alcohol, ripe plums, heavy vanilla, maple syrup, over-toasted almonds.... did I mention the alcohol! Taste - Burnt toast, nice roasted maltiness, the high alcohol level is prevalent throughout and comes back strong at the very end warming the throat. Medium mouth feel, a bit lighter than expected. Overall - a lot going on with this stout. Complex and very pleasing. Could be a little better balance between the alcohol and other ingredients but excellent nonetheless. Glad I picked up and 4 pack!

Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Cola coloured with an off-white/tan head, very little retention or lace.

S: Alcohol (port?), jaggery & brown sugar (hint's of molases).

T: Chocolate, raisin, malty bread, nut, great bittersweet balance, alcohol is pleasant (not overly assertive).

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is creamy. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Very good. This was one of my favourites at the fest.

Photo of Spiekerbox
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Dark reddish-black with a small, quickly receding, off-white head. No lacing on the edges of the glass

S- Malty and chocolaty scent with an oak backbone.

T- Chocolate is the first thing that comes with vanilla and oak flavors also appearing. The oak was also there but not quite as strong as others have suggested, this may be because the beer was not very cold when I poured it, and I would not suggest drinking it cold either as the flavors come out well with a cellar-temperature pour. Alcohol presence is there but not powerful.

M- Low carbonation that kind of tingles the throat as you drink, but otherwise is absent. Big body that is thick and creamy, almost "chewy". The mouthfeel is as close to milk as I think I have ever experienced in a brew, maybe this is how the milk of a dragon is?

D- Enjoyable beer that demands respect as you drink it, could definitely not have more than one of these at a time, but would love to have one from time to time. As with most of New Holland's offerings this is a very unique beer that makes itself something different, but still very tasty.

Side not that the listed ABV on the bottle is 10.0% and not 9% as listed by BA, most likely a difference in the 2010 batch from previous.

Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to grub for sharing this bottle with me. Had it on tap a couple years ago and dug it then.

Pours a clear dark ruby red/brown, thin light tan head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, some lace spots form on the glass, looks good. Smell is neat, very fruity, caramel, chocolate, lactose, oak, light roast, strawberries, all over the place in a good way, nice complexity, very malty stuff. Taste is nice, caramel up front, thick and malty, chocolate roast, fruit, very milky, kind of a mix between a stout and strong ale or doppelbock, wood comes through in the finish with a touch of alcohol, goes down a bit weak on flavour but is quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, assertive, alcohol warmth, nice stuff. Thanks Russ!

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some kind of date stamp on the bottle: E012 (don’t know what that means).

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted in about one finger of dark mocha colored head that quickly dissipated to a single layer of bubbles and then to only an edge ring. It also left a good lacing. The brew is dark brown and completely opaque.

S: The aroma has dark roasted malt and a bit of chocolatiness along with some booziness.

T: The taste has flavors of sweet dark chocolate, dried cherries, sweet toasty malt, and some alcohol booziness and oak, along with a touch of peppery hops to balance the sweetness.

M: The body just slips over the border from medium to the lighter side of heavy. There is very little carbonation, which seems like a good fit for this beer.

O: This is how a barley wine should taste. (I don’t know what style New Holland Brewing was trying to make with this beer, but to me it seems like a barley wine – and, a darn good one at that.) The focus is on the roasted malt flavors – chocolate sweetness, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. And, the oak helps balance the malt and adds some complexity to the flavor profile. There is also some booziness that works well here – it does not get into alcohol heat, but remains at just a touch to add balance and complexity. This is definitely a must try for barley wine fans.

Photo of Lambstrong
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark mahogany color, little in the way of a head and what forms doesn't keep.

Aroma: Caramel , chocolate and lots of vanilla. You can really smell the sweetness.

Taste: Slight phenol notes followed by rich chocolate and oak. his is followed by a strong vanilla aftertaste. This is one of the only beers I've had whose characteristics changed this much.

Mouthfeel: Light velvety with not a lot of carbonation.

Photo of GimpyCane
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber this weekend and boy I wish I would have bought more. Poured a dark brown hue with a caramel light shining through it, not much of a head nor any lacing, but so what. The aroma and flavor makes up for it. Lovely scent of caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla with a powerful hint of soy sauce. Medium body, creamy with a fizzy carbonation to start, ending chocolate sweet and soft with a undertone of alcohol. Overall, I really enjoy this brew and will purchase more this weekend.

Photo of Sweepz189
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Greensburg, PA
$11 I don't remember exactly how big the bottle was, but it was more than a pint, more than 2 full glasses in the one bottle.
ABV 11%

First Impressions: A friend took me to this place specifically to try Dragon's Milk. Her and a few others regarded this beer very highly. Being a bit of a snob, I forked over the 11 bucks and poured some of the bottle into whatever glass the bartender gave me, I think it was a snifter, of all things.

Color: First thing I noticed is it's very dark, dark red. It looks black or brown, but when the light hits it, it's revealed to be a very dark red.

Smell: It's been to long to really say exactly what I smelled, but I do recall it smelling very sweet. There was chocolate, vanilla, and something else.

Taste: The best part was tasting this beast. First notes are what you smell. You get a lot of the chocolate and vanilla, a little caramel if you use your imagination. The next thing I noticed was the alcohol content. This beer tasted more like a wine made with beer ingredients. Or, in reality, it tasted like a beer with extremely high alcohol content. Usually one can't taste the alcohol in beer, this one is different. It's not for the faint of heart or anyone who likes dark or bitter beers. It's not like Guinness or a porter, it's dark, but there's too many flavors to say it tastes like anything else. The taste is truly unique.

Overall: I tried this beer on a couple different occasions and I have to say it's not something you can drink everyday, or drink several in one day. A 12 ounce bottle is all you need to get a taste and be satisfied. That is not say this beer isn't good, because this beer is better than good. The price is justified and this one is worth a try if you ever feel adventurous.

Photo of Brian700
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours pretty dark with mocha colored head that slowly settles down to a creamy ring around my glass.

The smell is or roasted malt, chocolate, and heavy oak aroma. Very nice. Must be a bit warm to really get the nose going.

The taste is also of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and it is obvious that this beer is aged in bourbon barrels. The oakiness of the barrels is very present along with a little extra bite from the bourbon flavor. It is a bit creamy like a milk stout would be.

The mouthfeel on this one is full bodied with medium carbonation. Very creamy.

I enjoyed this beer a lot and would highly recommend it. Very drinkable.

Photo of wchesak
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Fin du Monde Tulip

A - very dark, with a slight hint of red at the bottom of the glass, about a finger's worth of tan head, that already after a few sips has started leaving great head

S - roasted malts, raisins, some fruit, maybe cherry

T - noticeable vanilla at the front, following into a slightly alcohol infused toffee at the end, oak character adds a nice background

M - silky smooth, reminds me of Ten Fidy, good carbonation

D - will enjoy every sip of this, need to get another one and cellar, must sip or you might miss out on everything this beer has

Photo of soulfly967
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color, with a thin light tan head that quickly diminished to a ring around the glass.

The smell was magnificent. Oak, vanilla, caramel, and some nutty character. Some bourbon was evident as well.

Taste was just as good. Vanilla, oak, caramel, light roasted malt, and dark fruits. Some alcohol was present at the finish, with lingering vanilla on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was very creamy and nicely carbonated.

Overall, drinkability was good on this one. I will be looking for this one again.

Photo of beergeek279
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. The color is a very dark brown, with a wispy white head. The smell is a coffee/chocolate roasted malt smell. The taste is a chocolate-ish malt sweetness with a very little bit of hoppiness, and a barely noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, maybe a few.

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle. Reminds me more of a porter than an old ale. Not a bad beer, and one that I may well have again.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle with 9% abv.

Appearance- Pours a spritzy, rye bread head. Color is black, the color I always thought dragon's milk should be. No discernable lacing in this dark brew.

Smell- A tart, woody mix of bourbon, roasted malt, ripe purple grapes, and well balanced hops.

Taste- Starts out with some toasted malt flavors that leads to more currant fruitiness. The center brings the tart currant malt to a more of an oak and red wine flavor. The end sees the red wine turning into bourbon with some earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- An oily yet silky, medium bodied brew. Left the palate a little tart.

I'm not a fan of tart or acidic beers, but Dragon's Milk is very complex, and unlike young Lambics. This beer has tartness blended with so many other flavors,that the tart palate adds to the complexity of this great. Two mugs up.

Photo of Mscarpen
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great beer I found at Woodman's in Oak Creek, WI. Avaiable in 12oz four packs and 22oz bottles.

Pours with a dark foamy head. Pretty dark, but not quite jet black. Lots of wood and oak favors which mature as the glass warms. Tastes of oak, tannins, tobacco, and sweet orange. Mouthfeel is fairly think with medium carbonation,

Overall great daily beer with big flavors and very nice surprises.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 2011 bottle -

Poured into pint glass - The beer was black with minimal head that quickly dissipated into an extremely thin lacing,moderate carbonation .

Smell - booze with light fruity hints slight chocolate.

Taste - Booze with light chocolate hints, some raisin/fig fruitiness, toasted malts with maybe a slight touch of vanilla.

Drinkability - Slightly boozy with warming chocolates, roasted malts in the backing , finishes rather well for a higher abv% beer - I found this rather easy to drink ( sipped) and enjoyed it's warmth .

Photo of maxpower
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown-black color, has a good creamy brown head that leaves a nice lacing in my glass. Sweet roasted chocolate and coffee aromas, sweet fruity woody, smokey chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice milky bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body with creamy and smooth mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, very nice.

Photo of enfield249
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - No head to speak of when poured. Dark with ruby highlights. No lacing.

S - Great smell. Alcohol, chocolate, coffee.

T- Alcohol and mocha. Very much like a mocha coffee.

M - Smooth and full. A thick wave covers my tongue.

D - I would like one of these a every week or so in the winter. Awesome beer.

Photo of Golf-Luvin
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of stomioka
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of brewtechnik
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of FickleBeast
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter. Vintage 2013

Pours nearly pitch black with a finger of thick, viscous foam. Aroma is sweet chocolate, toffee, plum.

First sip is a rush of sweet vanilla and strong oaky/bourbon flavors. Quite flavorful and intensely barrel flavored. Finishes very, very sweet, with moderate bitterness.

This is a very interesting beer. Not for a beginner to craft beer, but a nice enjoyable sipper that drinks much smoother than the 10% ABV would indicate. A touch on the side of too much oak, but very good overall.

Photo of Dave1999
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a very small tan coloured head.

The smell is chocolate and bourbon. Smells sweet like a desert liqueur.

The taste is sweet, much like the smell, the bourbon is prevalent as is it chocolaty. There's a little alcohol on the finish but it adds to the flavour.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with quite a high carbonation.

This was a great beer, the bourbon and chocolate flavours mix well and provide a desert like experience.

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle to a tulip. 2012 vintage. (Initial "had" rating of 4.5)

A: Viscous pour out of the bottle. Inky black, with 1/2-finger tan head. Alcohol legs are not strong. The head fades quickly, leaving minimal collar. The head reforms quickly with vigorous swirls however.

S: Oak, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon. The dark fruits (raisin, prune) typical of style are very faint. The roastiness fades with warmth. The bourbon intensifies, but does not overpower the nose.

T: There is a strong roasted aspect to the taste at first. The bourbon appears next. The aftertaste is vanilla, sweet fruit. The bourbon flavor intensifies with warmth.

M: lipsmacker; sticky, syrupy body; low carbonation

This one warms nicely - definitely let it sit out for 10-15 minutes.

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,270 ratings.