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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,278
Hads: 4,729
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 26.08%
Wants: 277
Gots: 1,283 | FT: 39
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:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002

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
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Reviews: 1,278 | Hads: 4,729
Photo of Sweepz189
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Greensburg, PA
$11 I don't remember exactly how big the bottle was, but it was more than a pint, more than 2 full glasses in the one bottle.
ABV 11%

First Impressions: A friend took me to this place specifically to try Dragon's Milk. Her and a few others regarded this beer very highly. Being a bit of a snob, I forked over the 11 bucks and poured some of the bottle into whatever glass the bartender gave me, I think it was a snifter, of all things.

Color: First thing I noticed is it's very dark, dark red. It looks black or brown, but when the light hits it, it's revealed to be a very dark red.

Smell: It's been to long to really say exactly what I smelled, but I do recall it smelling very sweet. There was chocolate, vanilla, and something else.

Taste: The best part was tasting this beast. First notes are what you smell. You get a lot of the chocolate and vanilla, a little caramel if you use your imagination. The next thing I noticed was the alcohol content. This beer tasted more like a wine made with beer ingredients. Or, in reality, it tasted like a beer with extremely high alcohol content. Usually one can't taste the alcohol in beer, this one is different. It's not for the faint of heart or anyone who likes dark or bitter beers. It's not like Guinness or a porter, it's dark, but there's too many flavors to say it tastes like anything else. The taste is truly unique.

Overall: I tried this beer on a couple different occasions and I have to say it's not something you can drink everyday, or drink several in one day. A 12 ounce bottle is all you need to get a taste and be satisfied. That is not say this beer isn't good, because this beer is better than good. The price is justified and this one is worth a try if you ever feel adventurous.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle with 9% abv.

Appearance- Pours a spritzy, rye bread head. Color is black, the color I always thought dragon's milk should be. No discernable lacing in this dark brew.

Smell- A tart, woody mix of bourbon, roasted malt, ripe purple grapes, and well balanced hops.

Taste- Starts out with some toasted malt flavors that leads to more currant fruitiness. The center brings the tart currant malt to a more of an oak and red wine flavor. The end sees the red wine turning into bourbon with some earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- An oily yet silky, medium bodied brew. Left the palate a little tart.

I'm not a fan of tart or acidic beers, but Dragon's Milk is very complex, and unlike young Lambics. This beer has tartness blended with so many other flavors,that the tart palate adds to the complexity of this great. Two mugs up.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

A 10 oz. pour at Tyler's Taproom in Apex on 9/15/2014. Dark, decent head. Aroma more like a lighter roast. Milk chocolate and toffee flavor. A bit of alcohol toward the finish. Bittersweet finish. Heavy body and medium carbonation. Sit on this for 6 months to let the alcohol mellow, and put it on nitro, it would be near perfect.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 2011 bottle -

Poured into pint glass - The beer was black with minimal head that quickly dissipated into an extremely thin lacing,moderate carbonation .

Smell - booze with light fruity hints slight chocolate.

Taste - Booze with light chocolate hints, some raisin/fig fruitiness, toasted malts with maybe a slight touch of vanilla.

Drinkability - Slightly boozy with warming chocolates, roasted malts in the backing , finishes rather well for a higher abv% beer - I found this rather easy to drink ( sipped) and enjoyed it's warmth .

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours up a very dark brown, that almost appears to be black, with some serious dark ruby highlights, when backlit. Almost two-fingers of light brown foam make the head, which leaves a nice thin, lace-like covering on the surface. Lacing is spotty, but fairly sticky.

Very nice oak presence, with good hints of butterey vanilla and mild bourbon. Rich milk chocolate dusted with cocoa powder. Dark fruits and dark brown sugar. Good hints of roasted malts, toasted nuts and some light coffee notes. Light touch of leather.

Good mild hints of roasted malts blend with some nice dark fruit notes. Good presence of bourbon and oak qualities. Light touches of dark coffee beans and creamy dark chocolates. Mild caramel sweetness. Good lacto presence, sweet and creamy.
Very well balanced and nicely blended flavor profile.

Super solid medium body on this one. I wish it were a touch more full, myself. Carbonation is a little rough. It's smooth enough to be enjoyed, but lacks a real creaminess.

For 8.5%abv this is very drinkable. Since it's a bomber, you probably still wouldn't drink more than two or three in a session, but that would be plenty.

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Photo of maxpower
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown-black color, has a good creamy brown head that leaves a nice lacing in my glass. Sweet roasted chocolate and coffee aromas, sweet fruity woody, smokey chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice milky bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body with creamy and smooth mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, very nice.

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Photo of dowen17
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a big cream colored head. Great retention

The nose is dark chocolate, cream, vanilla, oak, and some alcohol. Very good smelling beer.

This beer tastes great. Milky vanilla taste on the first sip. The oak really doesn't present itself until mid-sip but its very good. On the sweeter side as well.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy stout. Great.

This is a great beer. Will definitely drink again any chance I get.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-oz bottle to a tulip. 2012 vintage. (Initial "had" rating of 4.5)

A: Viscous pour out of the bottle. Inky black, with 1/2-finger tan head. Alcohol legs are not strong. The head fades quickly, leaving minimal collar. The head reforms quickly with vigorous swirls however.

S: Oak, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon. The dark fruits (raisin, prune) typical of style are very faint. The roastiness fades with warmth. The bourbon intensifies, but does not overpower the nose.

T: There is a strong roasted aspect to the taste at first. The bourbon appears next. The aftertaste is vanilla, sweet fruit. The bourbon flavor intensifies with warmth.

M: lipsmacker; sticky, syrupy body; low carbonation

This one warms nicely - definitely let it sit out for 10-15 minutes.

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Photo of Badger6
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2014 vintage.

A: Body is black, passes no light. Small tan head that recedes almost immediately to nothing. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Robust aroma: roasted malts, coffee, mild dark chocolate, vanilla, toasted oak.

T: Follows the nose. Roasty malts, toasty oak, coffee, vanilla,hint of chocolate. Boozy. Some bitterness, well balanced with the sweetness of the malts.

M: Light-medium body, with light-medium carbonation. Finishes with a lot of warmth from the booziness.

O: Very nice bourbon barrel stout. Body is light for a stout, but the flavor is phenomenal and compensates well. A well made beer, enjoyable to drink. Be advised at 10% ABV this is not session...enjoy one and move on. This is a favorite, and is sure to be enjoyed many more times.

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Photo of Steamer
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz Goblet. A dark, dark ruby red appearance with a one finger head that disappears rather quickly leaving a thin rim of tan foam. Smell - Alcohol, ripe plums, heavy vanilla, maple syrup, over-toasted almonds.... did I mention the alcohol! Taste - Burnt toast, nice roasted maltiness, the high alcohol level is prevalent throughout and comes back strong at the very end warming the throat. Medium mouth feel, a bit lighter than expected. Overall - a lot going on with this stout. Complex and very pleasing. Could be a little better balance between the alcohol and other ingredients but excellent nonetheless. Glad I picked up and 4 pack!

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter. Vintage 2013

Pours nearly pitch black with a finger of thick, viscous foam. Aroma is sweet chocolate, toffee, plum.

First sip is a rush of sweet vanilla and strong oaky/bourbon flavors. Quite flavorful and intensely barrel flavored. Finishes very, very sweet, with moderate bitterness.

This is a very interesting beer. Not for a beginner to craft beer, but a nice enjoyable sipper that drinks much smoother than the 10% ABV would indicate. A touch on the side of too much oak, but very good overall.

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Photo of Mscarpen
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great beer I found at Woodman's in Oak Creek, WI. Avaiable in 12oz four packs and 22oz bottles.

Pours with a dark foamy head. Pretty dark, but not quite jet black. Lots of wood and oak favors which mature as the glass warms. Tastes of oak, tannins, tobacco, and sweet orange. Mouthfeel is fairly think with medium carbonation,

Overall great daily beer with big flavors and very nice surprises.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy thirdeye11.

Pours a dark brown color, similar to Coca Cola. The head is off-white. The aroma is strongly wood and bourbon and some vanilla. The flavor is similar with lots of vanilla as well as wood, bourbon, chocolate and coffee. One of the more complex tasting beers I have had in a while. Medium body and low carbonation. Awesome beer.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you jpm30. Wonderful
A very dark mahogany with a half finger off white head that melts quickly to a faint ring of sticky lacing.
Aromas are very, VERY woody. Oak, vanilla, and back to oak.
Sweet amber malts are immediately overcome by the presence of oak woodiness. I have never had any brew reflect the presence of the barrel as much as this one. Slight vanilla undertones and then a definite citrus hop bitterness on the end.
Mouthfeel is tiny carbonation smoothness.
Aftertaste seems to be almost non-existent. All of the predominate flavors clean themselves from the palette quickly.
The woods make this one unlike any other brew I've tried.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the CBC Chicago 2010 Rare Beer Tour at Small Bar Division Street.

Darkest brown - almost black - in color with little to no head and little carbonation. Strong notes of vanilla and bourbon in the nose. Taste is similar - lots of vanilla, lots of bourbon, and just a touch of balancing hops, with a sweet creaminess.

Good, potent, and enjoyable.

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Photo of Franchise
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering pours a deep black leaving a soft tan head. Nose is sweet oak, caramel, chocolate, nuts, herbs, soft earthy notes. The taste is malty upfront, dry oak, nuts, cherry, tart, wonderful deep pitted fruit flavors great vanilla oaky notes as it hits your palate and the alcohol is there but smooth like a nice cordial. This is a great tasting beer very solid I would pair this with a fruit dessert as this would play well with the tart and sweet flavors of the beer.

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Photo of ZachMcGinn
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark almost black color with little head. Its high alcohol content is apparent both in the smell as well as the taste. Somewhat overbearing flavor to me, which is surprising because I tend to drink stouts regularly. Chocolate taste with a mix of fruits makes for a smooth taste and feel in the mouth. Very strong beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Denverlogan for this...Aayiiieeee!!!!
This one actually came in a dark 22 oz, silk screened bomber.
Appears a hazy dark brownish black with a small tan head that fades into a film. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of oaky lactose with cocoa, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste is of the same aromas perhaps just knocked down a notch.
Mouthfeel is silky and creamy with mild carbonation. Perhaps one of the silkiest beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Brian700
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours pretty dark with mocha colored head that slowly settles down to a creamy ring around my glass.

The smell is or roasted malt, chocolate, and heavy oak aroma. Very nice. Must be a bit warm to really get the nose going.

The taste is also of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and it is obvious that this beer is aged in bourbon barrels. The oakiness of the barrels is very present along with a little extra bite from the bourbon flavor. It is a bit creamy like a milk stout would be.

The mouthfeel on this one is full bodied with medium carbonation. Very creamy.

I enjoyed this beer a lot and would highly recommend it. Very drinkable.

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Photo of wchesak
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Fin du Monde Tulip

A - very dark, with a slight hint of red at the bottom of the glass, about a finger's worth of tan head, that already after a few sips has started leaving great head

S - roasted malts, raisins, some fruit, maybe cherry

T - noticeable vanilla at the front, following into a slightly alcohol infused toffee at the end, oak character adds a nice background

M - silky smooth, reminds me of Ten Fidy, good carbonation

D - will enjoy every sip of this, need to get another one and cellar, must sip or you might miss out on everything this beer has

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Photo of soulfly967
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color, with a thin light tan head that quickly diminished to a ring around the glass.

The smell was magnificent. Oak, vanilla, caramel, and some nutty character. Some bourbon was evident as well.

Taste was just as good. Vanilla, oak, caramel, light roasted malt, and dark fruits. Some alcohol was present at the finish, with lingering vanilla on the tongue.

Mouthfeel was very creamy and nicely carbonated.

Overall, drinkability was good on this one. I will be looking for this one again.

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Photo of tabooky
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There’s 3 things you need to know about Dragon’s Milk;

1) New Holland takes a good imperial stout, black and strong yet smooth. 2) They aged it in an oak bourbon barrel which imparts a prominent oaky-vanilla-milky quality that really smooth’s out the acidic nature of the stout, down right creamy. 3) It’s like someone dumped half a shot of your favorite bourbon into it. The bourbon taste is right up front, naked and saying “hey, look over here; I’m Bourbon, check out my junk”.

This is all brought together in pseudo harmony with many layers of toasted, creamy, alcoholic notes. It has a thick mouth feel and tons of flavor you would expect from a 10%-er. Definitely a sipper. One will do. Could get gross after a while but I really enjoy this 25oz-er.

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Photo of Jables
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with a thin off white head

Aroma is sweet caramel and fairly strong smoky notes can be detected. Very strong milk chocolate notes as well.

Taste is heavy of chocolate and caramel w/ some bitterness as from nice dark chocolate. This has a very balaced flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Drinkability is high despite its high alcohol content and great intriguing flavor.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a goblet. The color is a very dark brown, with a wispy white head. The smell is a coffee/chocolate roasted malt smell. The taste is a chocolate-ish malt sweetness with a very little bit of hoppiness, and a barely noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, maybe a few.

Thanks to trbeer for the bottle. Reminds me more of a porter than an old ale. Not a bad beer, and one that I may well have again.

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Photo of atsprings
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage on-tap during Flying Saucer's 11th anniversary served in a tulip glass a not quite opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a noticeable oak note in front of roasted malts. The taste is a smooth blend of roasted malts, vanilla, oak, cocoa and molasses. The beer is medium bodied and has become quite easy drinking with age!! This is a very enjoyable stout, one that certainly ages well!

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,278 ratings.