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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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very good

3,459 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,459
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 165
Gots: 559 | 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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2.04/5  rDev -48.6%

reviewed from notes 11/25/12
Pours clear and almost black in color can barely see through it unless you hold it up to the light then its very dark reddish brown. Smells very oaky and sweet with notes of vanilla low high carbonation tastes extremely overpowering...nope IS overpowering, way tooo rich! gut-rot! style I'd give a 3 out of 5 over all for me thoe a 1.5. The local craft beer magazine here "The Growler" I usually agree with but the review on this one couldn't be more off: "Super creamy stout" I find the body very thin for a stout. "Loads of caramel" I wish, I didn't even get a hint of it! "Tootsie Rolls" where?! "Roasted nuts" Nope!

08-13-2014 03:59:04 | More by Beerlover
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-13-2014 00:00:16 | More by KevChiTown
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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

08-12-2014 23:04:16 | More by bkw2206
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3.84/5  rDev -3.3%

Surprisingly light brown on the pour, settling into a very dark, but still noticeably brown, brew. Nice solid creamy tan head. Retention is OK for the style, fading to a thin bubbly topper, leaving beautiful lacing down the side of the glass.

Nose has big hints of banana, chocolate, and roasted barley. Bourbon is very much a secondary aroma; this is a big stout first. Sharp edges of overripe fruit; big oak notes.

Flavor is a wonderfully balanced and delightful trip down all the flavors in the nose, with a much more prominent bourbon note. Extremely soft; can a big stout be delicate? Not particularly bitter, even from the roast.

Bourbon is strongest approaching the back-end, and lingers on the finish with a nice alcohol heat. Smooth chocolate and vanilla, with a solid dose of roasted barley, feature on the front end, but the sweet bourbon overtakes it, carrying with it red grapes, prunes, and oak.

Soft, sticky mouthfeel - relatively thin, especially for the style. Long wet finish.

This is a very nice stout, and certainly the kind of beer a bourbon lover would love. I would prefer the bourbon to take more of a back seat; I'd imagine age does this beer very well. This is a very good beer, but it definitely cannot match up with the best versions of the style.

08-12-2014 22:35:47 | More by Roguer
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-12-2014 21:18:47 | More by needMIbeerinMD
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-12-2014 16:14:08 | More by Weas
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4.36/5  rDev +9.8%

08-12-2014 02:15:33 | More by Vogt52
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-12-2014 01:26:26 | More by majorbase2
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New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +18.6%

08-12-2014 01:17:04 | More by Avool1960
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-11-2014 13:44:50 | More by meb3476
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-11-2014 13:37:36 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-11-2014 13:31:04 | More by Tyecko
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-11-2014 00:53:20 | More by SenatorSpaceman
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-10-2014 23:42:08 | More by Hootie159
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-10-2014 23:36:45 | More by cardinals22
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-10-2014 21:59:08 | More by vickival
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-10-2014 21:07:54 | More by DaveM57
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-10-2014 15:52:58 | More by Tekepenguin1981
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5/5  rDev +25.9%

08-10-2014 12:25:19 | More by kylek
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4.05/5  rDev +2%

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A- jet black, with a thin khaki head that doesn't last very long. Some alcohol legs, and minor lacing.

S- Lots of semi-sweet chocolate, with a touch of vanilla, oak, and coffee.

T- Sweeter than I expected. Lots of semi-sweet chocolate and roast, with heavy tones of oak and vanilla. Alcohol sweetness is very present.

M- could use it to be just a touch thicker/creamier, and a touch less carbonated.

O- When so many people chase KBS and BCBS, it's nice to have a decent, readily available barreled stout!

08-10-2014 01:16:22 | More by JWU
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3.59/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours dark brown, but the light passes easily along the edge of the glass. Modest head but it lasts throughout the tasting. Minimal lace.

Chalky, semi-sweet chocolate aroma.

There's a touch of cola to the initial taste. The swallow brings about a very strong alcohol kick--very much like bourbon like the barrel it comes from. Thin body with a modest carbonation.

08-10-2014 01:11:31 | More by smcolw
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-10-2014 01:05:25 | More by stogirelli
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4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Paper hotel cup
From: World Market in Mooresville, N.C.
Price: $7.99
Purchased: July 31, 2014
Consumed: Aug. 2, 2014
Misc.: Vintage 2014, but missed the rest of the other stuff

Poured a black color with two fingers of tan head. Above average lacing on the sides of the cup. Above average retention on the top of the cup.

Smelled fudge, dark chocolate, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, bourbon, candied chocolate and chocolate syrup.

Tasted caramel, toffee, chocolate syrup, fudge, bourbon, vanilla, candied chocolate and fig newton. Pretty tasty.

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

A pretty awesome beer. Wish I would have grabbed some more.

08-10-2014 00:12:11 | More by BucannonXC5
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-09-2014 21:16:26 | More by nickleeye
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-09-2014 12:08:21 | More by InspectorBob
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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