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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

3,445 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,445
Reviews: 1,135
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 165
Gots: 552 | 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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lambdaomega555

Michigan

1/5  rDev -74.8%

12-24-2011 04:20:39 | More by lambdaomega555
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cclark2

Indiana

1/5  rDev -74.8%

05-12-2012 23:14:15 | More by cclark2
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KLW


1/5  rDev -74.8%

12-21-2012 00:04:27 | More by KLW
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kustard

Illinois

1/5  rDev -74.8%

07-22-2013 13:19:13 | More by kustard
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Fatdenny

Michigan

1/5  rDev -74.8%

07-25-2013 12:45:06 | More by Fatdenny
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Hopeswimmer

Michigan

1/5  rDev -74.8%

12-15-2012 01:36:58 | More by Hopeswimmer
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Traumahop


1/5  rDev -74.8%

10-04-2012 02:23:02 | More by Traumahop
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SteelCityHops89

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -74.8%

12-22-2011 02:07:44 | More by SteelCityHops89
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ab39z

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -74.8%

01-23-2012 02:06:51 | More by ab39z
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Blind

Missouri

1/5  rDev -74.8%

08-19-2012 17:56:15 | More by Blind
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pmeice86

Arizona

1/5  rDev -74.8%

07-31-2012 03:52:34 | More by pmeice86
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darkbeeronly99

Ohio

1.2/5  rDev -69.8%

I see quite the disparity in reviews here. I bought a 4 pack of bottles of this stuff, and after 1 beer all I can say is - yuck. My favorite beers are OldRasputin, Bell's Expedition,Weyerbacher15 and Brooklyn Black Choc Stout - so I love dark syrupy beers - but this one was horrible. It had way too much of an alcohol/cough syrup type vibe and the combo of how sweet it was with the alcohol and I can see getting sick after a few of these. Almost no head on the pour and after a minute, there was no head at all and the beer comes off as 'flat'. Avoid this one. Maybe they do have quality control issues, but they aren't getting my money on the chance I get something different.

11-02-2010 13:35:27 | More by darkbeeronly99
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todesengel135

Michigan

1.25/5  rDev -68.5%

06-06-2014 01:41:18 | More by todesengel135
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BradKingston

Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

06-20-2014 18:32:39 | More by BradKingston
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mchorvath

Indiana

1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

01-02-2012 14:43:13 | More by mchorvath
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WillRadar

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

12-29-2011 17:23:58 | More by WillRadar
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DrBobPierce

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

06-14-2014 02:54:42 | More by DrBobPierce
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

01-06-2012 03:07:20 | More by Mark5252
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hopstorm

Indiana

1.55/5  rDev -61%

I really think they should have to tell you if the "oaken barrels" they use had whiskey or bourbon in them first. Only because thats all I could smell, and all I could taste. When I purchase a beer, generally, I'd like that beer to taste like beer. Not hard liquor. This is one of those for people who can appreciate bourbon-esque like beers. Reminds me alot of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Which I also found dreadful.
Poured from a 22 oz bottle. The look was pretty much what I expected, dark and almost inviting. The smell made me cringe, straight bourbon-whiskey-alcohol. Then the taste. I just plain don't like whiskey, and this is all I tasted. For what it is, the mouthfeel was the only thing this has going for it. Light for the ammount of alcohol, and if I liked it, I could sip it all night long. Drinkability is pretty much a 0. But it only goes down to 1. Says on the bottle that this is New Hollands "crown jewel".... Well, give me those rocks and stones over there please.

05-03-2009 03:22:28 | More by hopstorm
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ibop


1.6/5  rDev -59.7%

Instead of paying $14 for a 4 pack, found a loose bottle for $3.50. I was anticipating what the label stated, deep vanilla notes and can be paired with dark chocolate.

The ONLY thing the label live up to was the way too high 10% alcohol content. This percentage killed and masked any supposed vanilla notes at all. The nose wafted between a light caramel to stale beer. I washed my glass beforehand to ensure a sterile receptacle.

This was horrid swill and much too strong, bitter, sour and malty for my palate.

04-26-2012 22:01:07 | More by ibop
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Mattyb79

Virginia

1.75/5  rDev -55.9%

01-02-2013 01:43:53 | More by Mattyb79
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heytomcat

Minnesota

1.75/5  rDev -55.9%

08-28-2013 01:37:54 | More by heytomcat
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ABVerageJoe

North Carolina

1.83/5  rDev -53.9%

A: It looked dark. Really dark. Nearly black body with just a thing white head. Left behind thin white lacing as well.

S: Smelled mostly like whiskey. Maybe a faint cocoa powder, but mostly just whiskey

T: It tastes like it smells, whiskey. The alcohol is overpowering. Although the brew is only 10%, it tasted like it could have been 20. I could tell it was a familiar taste, but couldn't put my finger on it. Passed it to my little sister who nailed it right no the head. "Irish Car Bomb". It tastes just like an ICB and if you like those you'll love this. I tried to pick up the vanilla notes which the bottle hinted at, but I caught none of them.

M: Heavy and smooth. Swirl it around in your mouth and it will just feel like alcohol fumes.

O: I'm not a fan. Tastes like whiskey more than anything else, definitely not what I'm looking for in a beer. My older brother loves whiskey, so I got him a bottle. He didn't love it, but drank it. I would not get this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 23:32:09 | More by ABVerageJoe
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Mulciber_Volcanus

Georgia

1.85/5  rDev -53.4%

I have to say, since New Holland makes one of my favorite beers, I'm disappointed.

The first time I had this beer, it presented a great color and pleasant smell. On the front end, it was milk chocolate with a slight salty twang, but it finished with a nauseating taste of briny seawater. It was shocking. I promptly sent it back, assuming their keg had gone bad.

At another restaurant, I decided to give it another try. Unfortunately, I had the exact same experience: a salty brine that turned my mouth inside out and left me very thirsty.

It seems that a small percentage of the people who have this beer have a similar experience. Perhaps it's genetic, like those who think cilantro tastes like soap. Perhaps it's just bad on tap. Perhaps it's a bad beer. I don't know, but I won't be trying it again.

10-18-2013 04:21:47 | More by Mulciber_Volcanus
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david131

California

1.95/5  rDev -50.9%

I feel strange about this beer. I usually love big beers... this one was just a mess.

A- Came in a pint glass with minimal off- white head. The color was a very dark as night red. It's almost black. the head does not stick around for long and just leaves the unexciting dark liquid behind.

S- I am instantly hit with molasses. The next thing that comes to me is a strong bourbon/ whiskey odor. I struggle to get anything more out of this.

T- The flavor is the same as the smell. The molasses was smooth up front, which was kind of nice. But then the overwhelming whiskey hits. It is over-bearing and causes me to wince every time I take a sip.

M- Pretty thin for what it is. Burning from the whiskey. Not something I wanted to savor.

D- I really regretted getting this. I feel like I could appreciate a beer that is barrel aged, this was just way overbearing and it was not "milky" in any sense of the word.

01-27-2007 02:38:00 | More by david131
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New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,445 ratings.