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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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3,459 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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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

06-24-2012 01:03:32 | More by Punkrckr281
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

07-16-2013 14:23:46 | More by E1D0L0N
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

02-08-2014 16:05:53 | More by Anthony311
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

11-30-2013 03:22:54 | More by mic718
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

01-16-2013 14:46:21 | More by auggie
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

09-09-2013 04:22:13 | More by Betina
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

05-03-2012 04:24:45 | More by oddapt
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

07-19-2014 00:14:54 | More by denver10
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

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.


12-30-2010 05:11:11 | More by plusorminus
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

03-12-2012 19:15:21 | More by Mick-e-d
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

03-04-2013 19:27:50 | More by Djsaturn1
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

A: Loads of carbonation, towering beige head with medium sized bubbles. Body is a very dark, amber brown with no light getting through it.

S: Some light molasses, oak, vanilla bean, light chocolate and cafe au lait.

T: Overly sour with strong cola twangs. Has some dried cocoa flavors mixed in with sour milk. Finishes cloying.

M: Full body with a touch of fluffy carbonation.

D: Not so good. I think this bottle went bad. I'm not gonna finish it. Too bad, I was looking forward to this one.

08-18-2006 03:49:06 | More by Westsidethreat
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

01-23-2013 18:23:23 | More by feelin_iffy
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

07-07-2014 21:56:14 | More by Tim8P
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

05-02-2014 03:15:41 | More by AlaskanYoung
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

01-20-2012 03:52:05 | More by pirmannt1
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

12-27-2013 06:18:04 | More by vinny21bal
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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

11-19-2012 22:47:37 | More by AltimusPrime
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2.78/5  rDev -30%

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown almost black with 1 finger head

S-I got alot of bourbon smell to start and the a little chocolate coffee note

T-more bourbon then some bitter chocolate finished off with bourbon

M-nice carbonation, not as creamy as a nitro stout but good

O-wasn't as impressed with this as I was hoping, I wanted more oak taste and not as much bourbon it just made the 10% alcohol stand out more

08-30-2011 00:31:49 | More by tvv375ia
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2.83/5  rDev -28.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-True black with just the faintest garnet highlights when held to the light. Appears to be relatively clear, though it is nearly totally opaque. Tall sticky brown yellow head has decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma-Big bold oak up front-probably American-with oodles of vanilla and wood character. Underneath is some light chocolate and caramel, with slight peppery fusel alcohols. However, the overwhelming aroma is one of buttery vanilla oak.

Flavor-Big assault of booze and oak characterizes the entire palate. Tannic woody notes and light charcoal obscure nearly any malt character. There are hints here and there of chocolate, caramel, and toffee. In the finish, a semi sweet vanilla note emerges along with peppery fusels. Tannic oak carries far into the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. Some warmth from booze verges on hot at times.

WAY too damn oaky. The oak character dominates the palate, and anything that might have once resembled a stout is now reminiscent of sucking on a woodchip. It's too aggressively oaked, which to my palate makes it almost unpleasant to drink.

12-09-2011 06:26:27 | More by plfahey
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2.83/5  rDev -28.7%

Poured from 22oz bottle into bordeaux wine glass.
"Vintage 2010" (Not finding a bottled-on date...)

Aroma: Cocoa Krispies, sweet caramel, chocolate malt, bourbon, cola, coconut, and vanilla notes. The aroma seems to get better w/ each sniff, and really had me looking forward to tasting it.

Appearance: Looks like cola when light passes through the beer as it's poured. Much lighter in color than I'd anticipated. Bold coffee-colored once in the glass with tinges of ruby. Not opaque. One finger of head quickly falls to a thin layer of splotchy foam, and then to a circle of foam around the inside of the glass. On a related note, many of the labels of the other bottles on the store shelf were torn for some unknown reason. I now see that there appears to be dried beer on the outside of the bottle, presumably from the (hand?) bottling process. The notion that this was hand bottled is appealing, but the appearance of the outside of the bottle is amateurish and reminds me of my early bottles of home brew.

Flavor: Not nearly as complex as the aroma, unfortunately. Light molasses sweetness up front. Boozy alcohol then creeps in, and is followed by a very slight but noticeable metallic twang. The finish is bittersweet and hot. The flavor of this brew is reminiscent of DFH World Wide Stout ("did someone dump a shot of vodka in my stout?"), but is slightly better IMO.

Mouthfeel: This beer is much thinner than one would expect from a brand called "Dragon's Milk". It definitely leaves a peppery alcohol burn in the mouth and throat.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but definitely lacking in body and depth. For the money, I know I can find other high-gravity brews which are balanced with more body and malt flavor. The aroma really lead me to believe this was going to be a great one, but I was a little let down.

05-05-2011 04:10:17 | More by mdvatab
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2.83/5  rDev -28.7%

A- A black color with ruby tints. Pleasant to the eye. Head is a nice dark froth with good retention and a nice lace left behind.

S- Smells is blast of strong oak wood. Balanced with an undertone of raisin like malts as well as a smooth vanilla somewhere far in the back. I also can tell that there is gonna be some alcohol in this one.

T- Wow, talk about a blast of oak in your mouth. Flavor is dominated by the oak aging which you taste the whole way through. Underneath is a sweet malty reminiscent of dry fruit flavors but again the oak is what dominants. The alcohol comes through in this flavor as well.

M- A typical stout if you take away the oak. Feels smooth ith a bit of bubble.

D - The oak intensity along with to much presence of alcohol makes me not want to come back for more.

04-26-2010 04:36:18 | More by nelso334
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2.83/5  rDev -28.7%

Poured into a Duvel tulip

A - Jet-black with a finger of tan head (after a hard pour) which dissipates rapidly. Light lacing. What little light makes it through the glass yields a deep ruby hue.

S - Big aromas of rum-soaked wood and dark fruit hit you immediately followed by a touch of roastiness after some searching. Definitely not as much chocolaty and/or coffee and roasty aroma as would be expected from the style. Alcohol is very apparent as well.

T - To be fair, this was a 2011 vintage bottle, but it needs some age. As is, though, the flavor is relatively unimpressive. Harsh, hot alcohol burns from beginning to end, with plums and prunes in the middle. This fades to a bit of roasted malt and finishes with lingering sweet vanilla notes from the oak barrels. I have had other 10% ABV imperial stouts that are much more drinkable than this one. Overall, the flavor profile is just unbalanced.

M - There is plenty of carbonation with this guy as well as a medium mouthfeel. It is a little too carbonated for the style.

O - The appearance and smell of this stout are pretty nice, but the flavor profile is unbalanced. I really think some age would calm this one down by cutting the abrasiveness of the alcohol, toning down the dark fruits, and bringing forward more traditional roasted flavors of an imperial stout. This was sent to store shelves too soon.

08-09-2011 03:39:17 | More by sdmvd6
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2.83/5  rDev -28.7%

a: This was black and it poured with a small fizzy head.

s: Oaky rubbing alcohol, vanilla, a hint of whiskey, and a little milk chocolate.

t: The barrel had a pretty harsh affect on this beer. A strongly alcoholic rubbing alcohol flavor dominated. There were hints of vanilla and chocolate, but not all that much.

m: The barrel thinned this one out.

o: Not terrible, but I definitely won't buy anymore. There are better BA stouts out there that aren't hard to find.

09-23-2011 18:33:29 | More by DIM
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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