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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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3,945 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,945
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 211
Gots: 754 | 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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Photo of irs
2.68/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

head is decent. color is good, but some light is getting through. nose is cardboard and molasses. Unfortunately, that is the taste, too. not worth the price. disappointing, given I've been looking forward to trying this. Based on reviews, I will be much happier with Night Tripper. Looking forward to it.
At this ABV, why is this classified as an american stout, versus a double? though I guess it does taste like a fairly weak american stout with some Old Crow mixed in. or maybe just crystal palace vodka.
It is still Way better than Boak's monster mash. That is my number one worst Impy experience. Still looking forward to Night Tripper. If that is so good, why is New Holland still marketing this?

irs, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of imagineiii
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Aggresive pour yeilds a dark brown, almost porter-like appearance. Good inch of off white, large bubbled head. dissipates slowly, leaving decent lace behind. no complaints here.

Smells like a chocolate porter. dry, very faint bourbon notes. nothing spectacular at all.

This is where it falls apart. Initial taste is a strange and uncomforting astrigency on the tongue. Followed by dryness of a porter that doesnt hold much of a bourbon flavor. After taste is chemically. Alcohol is well hidden tho.

Aside from astringent taste, the beer has a nice weight to it. It isnt too bad in the mouth but it falls apart after.

Drinkable, I dont think so. Im wondering if I can finish it.

imagineiii, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head that quickly goes to a collar.

The aroma is oakey and vinous with a big chocolate and peat malt base and a touch of tart and sour dark fruits. As it warms, old cheese and strong alcohol comes out.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malts with some vinous alcohol and plums. It has a smooth woody finish. As it warms, a lot of alcoholic and tart (almost sour) fruitiness comes out (cherries, plums). The mouthfeel is medium bodied and velvety.

Overall, it was not as complex as I had expected. I liked the first sip, but the more I drank of it, the less I liked it. The alcoholic tart sourness started to become a bit overbearing. It kind of reminds me of liquid fruit cake.

Beaver13, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of HopHeadKen
2.73/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours dark amber brown, porter like in appearance with a thick creamy head of fine, medium and large bubles.

First taste is TART, What is this an oak aged lambic porter ?
The tartness lingers and seems to overwhelm the malt and hops.

Thanks DonO for this one; I am glad I tried it, but it doesn't excite me.

HopHeadKen, Jul 30, 2005
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

HeyYoMar, Feb 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Cooper, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of OddNotion
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased off of the recommendation of an employee at my favorite beer store.

Appearance: Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. There is no head, it is a dark brown but not black at all, up to the light it shows dark ruby colors. The beer just looks dead to me, not a lot going on.

Smell: I catch a good amount of oak, some chocolate, sweetness, and booziness.

Taste: Not appealing at all. I taste a lot of oak and booziness, then the worst parts which were unexpected, metal and grass? I am little confused about these flavors, It was a new bottle so I assumed it would have minimal risk of oxidation, however the metallic taste was unmistakable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and standard carbonation for the style, sorry this part is a little vague as I did not want to keep the beer in my mouth long enough to get a great understanding of the mouthfeel.

Overall: I will not revisit this offering or recommend it to anyone else. Nothing melded together well between the different taste elements or the smell and taste combination. Oh well, plenty of other stouts out there.

OddNotion, Mar 28, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

beerFool28607, Mar 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Noelito76, Apr 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

krs103, Jun 21, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Punkrckr281, Jun 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Bettyloug, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of kim_thayil
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

did not enjoy. i'm not a huge fan of high ABV beers but people had been nagging me, telling me i was going to like this one. i finally picked it up. i like all the new holland beers i have tried (the poet might be my favorite beer ever) but this was more than a disappointment to me.

the smell, the taste, the aftertaste - all of it kind of repulsed me.

i wasn't a fan of the 10% thing, but it was more the taste here. this just wasn't a good beer to me. in fact, i'd go as far as to say i found it a bad beer.

kim_thayil, Sep 25, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

E1D0L0N, Jul 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Anthony311, Feb 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

mic718, Nov 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

auggie, Jan 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

BeerGod27, Oct 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Betina, Sep 09, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

oddapt, May 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

denver10, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of plusorminus
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a deep dark brown with a thick creamy head, but that was the highlight of this beer.

S: Overpowering alchol smell with slight hints of vanilla.

T: Can taste the oak from the barrels along with the hints of vanilla can be tasted. With the strong alchol smell I would think it would overpower the taste, but it did not.

M: not bad at first but sharp tang at the end.

D: Was drinkable but could not get over the sharp tang at the end.

Overall I was not very impressed with this beer. With the 10% Alc. can get you buzzed pretty quick.


plusorminus, Dec 30, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

weller79, Sep 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Mick-e-d, Mar 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Djsaturn1, Mar 04, 2013
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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