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New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,509 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,509
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 172
Gots: 585 | 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:
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 added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002)
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Hoptimus-Prime

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-25-2013 01:18:10 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
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gwiedman1

New York

3/5  rDev -24.4%

11-23-2013 22:44:39 | More by gwiedman1
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dejones

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-23-2013 20:59:08 | More by dejones
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vw72

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

11-23-2013 03:00:48 | More by vw72
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wpqx

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

11-22-2013 20:18:51 | More by wpqx
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Joey-bags1990

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-22-2013 20:18:25 | More by Joey-bags1990
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krustster

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

UUuuuaaahhh god man. This was my first of the New Holland High Gravity series, and the reason why I ended up trying the full lineup. Coming back to it now after several months and it's actually quite a bit better than I remembered.

Appearance is good, dark brown/mostly black with a light colored head that leaved a thick sheet of foam around my glass. It's more translucent than most of this style, so it looks slightly "weak" but oh well. This is really not a very important category to me.

Smell is nice. Very sweet, bordering on too sweet. As far as aroma, this may be the sweetest non-flavored beer I can think of, even more than Sweet Repute. Tons and tons of fruity smells like ripe sweet cherries, prunes, raisin, with loads of vanilla, candied nuts and baked sugar(?). It's obvious that this is a bourbon barreled beer, but the bourbon and oak itself is very hard to pick up on the nose.

The taste is similar to the nose. How often is that not the case? There's a lot of candied nuts up front, like those peanuts with the bumpy red stuff on them, with overripe (in a good way) fruits on the side, soaked in vanilla. Again I can't really taste much bourbon, but the influence of the barrel aging is obvious. I get a bit of brown sugar and molasses as well. Hints of coffee and bitterness on the finish, just enough to balance things and keep it from being grossly sweet. Like someone else said, I can't believe this one only has an 88 average. It's very well put-together.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. A little thinner than some comparable offerings at "only" 10% ABV but still quite substantial and has that decadent, dessert-like coating feeling on the palate. The first time I tried this I remember it being way too boozy, but at the time it was also straight from the fridge and tonight it's closer to room temperature & has calmed down considerably.

Overall, Dragon's Milk is an amazingly tasty beer for a relatively low price. I feel that some people are overlooking it because it's easily available and the price is fair ($7 a bomber/$14 a four pack) and as we all know, the only barrel-aged stouts worth drinking are brewed once in ultra-limited quantities for $30 a serving.

Seriously though, making this a year-round offering was a fantastic move on New Holland's part. It's pretty phenomenal for the price, and extremely tasty regardless of value.

11-22-2013 04:28:35 | More by krustster
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MJSJr

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-22-2013 04:18:14 | More by MJSJr
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JandJMD

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-22-2013 01:44:45 | More by JandJMD
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sblanton83

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-21-2013 17:50:10 | More by sblanton83
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Bloodeclipse

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

11-21-2013 17:29:10 | More by Bloodeclipse
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xbrettfavrex

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

11-21-2013 03:43:29 | More by xbrettfavrex
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-20-2013 17:44:53 | More by Rhettroactive
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kodt

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-20-2013 14:57:56 | More by kodt
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Morakaton

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-19-2013 05:35:25 | More by Morakaton
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HardTarget

Texas

3.94/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance: Black glass lets some light through at the edges, holds a soapy white foam that clings to the glass.

Smell: Woody barrel, bourbon barrel, just barrel, and some wood. It lets you know there was a lot of tree involved in the brewing of this beer. Some malt gives a hint of support.

Taste: Boozy, bourbon is up front and full volume. Following behind is a rush of sugary roasted malt, with a light lactic 'milk stout' edge.

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost medium heavy body, low carbonation, slick oily finish. Alcoholic evaporation in the finish goes beyond dry to slightly burning/numbing.

Overall: A real one two punch. The heavy bourbon fire put out with the malty shovel. By them selves, both are overwhelming, combined, just a bit closer to center where the two Venn Diagrams overlap. A real sipper.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

11-19-2013 00:54:06 | More by HardTarget
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dbrelsfo

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-19-2013 00:19:42 | More by dbrelsfo
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jmtpi

France

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-18-2013 20:57:35 | More by jmtpi
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guilty2

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-17-2013 04:13:00 | More by guilty2
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with basically no head to speak of; just a tiny bit of fizz. There is a bit of a ring around the top of the beer but again, unimpressive.

Aroma is full of bourbon with lots of vanilla and wood. There is some dark fruit in there along with a touch of sweet chocolate.

Bourbon right off the bat in the flavor. Rich vanilla notes that drown out pretty much everything else. Buried underneath is some milk chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Very thick and heavy mouthfeel and a sweet, sticky finish.

Overall, I really like bourbon so this is a real tasty beer but I feel it is a little unbalanced. Bourbon really dominates the whole thing and there isn't any room for the other flavors to come through. Lacking some complexity but still a pretty nice beer.

11-17-2013 03:45:50 | More by rangerred
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SiegeSpitfire

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-16-2013 18:03:35 | More by SiegeSpitfire
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Dayman766

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.4%

11-15-2013 23:20:36 | More by Dayman766
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Lightman

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

11-15-2013 23:00:17 | More by Lightman
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TheBrewWhisperer

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-15-2013 22:24:49 | More by TheBrewWhisperer
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acp21178

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-15-2013 14:00:22 | More by acp21178
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,509 ratings.