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New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,885 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2885
Reviews: 1089
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 14.21%


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.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002)
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nortmand

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

One of my favorite Michigan seasonals, the 05/06 is a bit overwhelming on tap.

Pours very dark brown/black/red, with a short brown head.

Smell is rich roast and an ass ton of bourbon. Pretty nice.

The taste reveals that the bourbon is too fresh and too present. It hides this beers complexity behind a wall of kentucky special.

I've loved this beer on tap in the past and enjoyed several (too many) mugs of it at Crunchy's, but this year, the bourbon is overpowering. I've heard this year's new bombers are quite nice, so I look forward to reviewing that.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2006 00:40:12 | More by nortmand
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bucko

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a dark brown/black with a thin, off-white/light tan head that diminished to a small ring with a "spider web" in the middle. The smell is strong with notes of bourbon, oak (white?) and vanilla. The flavor is more bourbon, sweet malt and wood. The wood is a little strong and puts me off a bit. Further sips reveal some hot alcohol. Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy. I think the hot alcohol taste keeps this from being terribly drinkable. Truth be told, I'm glad I'm sharing the bomber. Perhaps it will mellow in time?

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 01:22:39 | More by bucko
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - quite dark but a good amount of red around the edges. The head vanished quickly.

S - sweet with mild bourbon. Almost wine-like in a way.

T - sweet, vanilla with some bourbon. Unlike most oaked brews the bourbon is NOT overpowering. Almost cream soda with a small shot

M - good coating, no real tingle, mild alcohol burn in the throat.

D - one only. Too sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 00:31:21 | More by biglite351
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JRed

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours cola with dissipating off-white head. Smells of cola, chocolate, prunes, raisins. Tastes of chocolate raisins, plums, booze, bourbon, slight brown sugar and residual soy sauce aftertaste. Heavy body with light carbonation. Thick, syrupy. Dragon diarrhea after a night of Eithiopian food.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 03:03:19 | More by JRed
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brstilson

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance
I tasted this ale in a room-temperature glass mug. The liquid was refrigerated. I noticed immediately the head was quite small, only about 1/4 finger or so, and it dissipated rapidly. Dragon's Milk is very dark. Darker than a brown ale but not quite as dark as a stout. Some red hues also peek their way through in the right light.

Smell
The smell consists mostly of roasted malt. I could detect no hop aroma. There are also hints of vanilla and chocolate, as well as smoke.

Taste
The taste has a strong roasted malt and vanilla flavor. Hop bitterness is present but it imparts no flavor. This beer is extremely malty--to the point of almost being unpleasant--and could have used more hops to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel
Dragon's Milk is extremely thick and syrupy. It's more like one is drinking some sort of beer concentrate mix than actual beer. It coats the mouth in slightly sticky film not unlike a warm Coca-Cola.

Drinkability
One thing is for sure, this is not a beer that most would be able to drink at a normal rate. With a consistency like that of whole milk, it will fill you up fast, being almost a meal in itself.

Overall
It could be worse, but I can't help but feel that this is a beer with an identity crisis, trying to be a belgian strong ale and an imperial stout at the same time, utterly failing at both. It certainly is an interesting experiment, but unfortunately it's following a trend that I see with many American microbrews.

Too often we have a beer like this with no subtlety, where everything is turned up to 11. Instead of making it complex and interesting, it actually makes the beer quite dull and boring. Everything is intense, so nothing stands out, like a modern music mix where all the tracks have the same volume level: loud.

I don't regret the $9 a paid for the bottle, but this definitely isn't going to make my regular drinking rotation.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 15:06:48 | More by brstilson
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, revealing deep brown body with a light beige head. Some lacing. Smells very metallic with some sweet dark malt character and woody notes.

Tastes soda-carbonated with a thick wood character, like rubbing your tongue against a sanded oak plank. Malts are there and add to the overall smoothness, but there is an overall astringency that coats the palette. Very bitter to the end, very woody, but there are no redeeming flavors to harmonize with these. Quite drying, slightly warming. I don't get much vanilla at all, such a shame that it is not more well-balanced. Drinkability is ok given the aggressive flavors. After half a glass, I need some water to wet my mouth.

Overall it averages out to be decent, though very strong in flavors. I might wish it to mellow out a bit and have some of the finer characteristics come through. I like my beers seriously flavorful, however this one doesn't quite put it together.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 01:53:27 | More by abuliarose
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ottovon

Arizona

2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

shared with whiterascal

A: pours out a dark black, with a brown head that faded rather quickly.

S: i get a lot of vanilla. i also get some oak and roasted malt and chocolate. there is some sweetness and a bit of alcohol in the nose.

T: there is a lot of oak. i also get a metallic taste, and there is an acrid bitterness. there is roasted malt and some dark chocolate. has a weird sweetness that is mixed with alcohol that i cant really describe, but i dont like it.

M: has a medium body with low carbonation.

O: this is not a beer that i would seek out again. there are much better stouts out there. i dont think i would drink this again. it isnt quite a drain pour for me, but it is close.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:05:08 | More by ottovon
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Irish212

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at Al's of Hampden in a snifter glass.

A: Dark black with a small amount of head that settles with very light lacing.

S: Dark wood like smell, possible hint of cherry.

T: Strong biting wood/charchol taste, too much i think.

D: A decent drink, but I wouldn't buy another one.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-07-2010 02:19:31 | More by Irish212
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this bomber from Ryan011235 in the days before New Holland started distributing down here. Poured into an oversized snifter, this was a bit of a disappointment visually. Cola brown with reddish highlights and a short-lived fizzy head that quickly becomes a meek circle of bubbles and no more. Some legs but no lace.

Booze and oak are a somewhat harsh 1-2 punch to the nose. Gentler aromas of vanilla, toffee, dark chocolate, tangy fruit and citrus linger. The oak flavor is also quite potent enough to be near overwhelming at times. Citrus is surprisingly bold, and there’s a ton of tangy raisin and prune. Roasted and toasted grains attempt to assert themselves, but are no match for the oak. The mix of flavors isn’t a bad one; it just seems that the ratios are way off here. Perhaps a blend of oaked and non-oaked versions would result in a smoother drinking brew. Thinnish body, but fairly smooth with a velvety coating feel. Could be pretty nice with a few tweaks.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 18:58:01 | More by PDXHops
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz brown bottle.

Pours a dark, near-black color with an impressive dark colored head. The smell is a nice, complex blend of sweet malt, slight roast and vanilla aromas. The taste, however, I just couldn't get into. It's sweet with a sour milk taste that was just too strong and funky for me. Interesting, but not pleasing in my mind. The sourness overcame the hints of vanilla and malt and just left me wincing. Mouthfeel was nice and smooth with good body. Overall, an interesting beer but just too sour tasting to be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 00:25:37 | More by AaronHomoya
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark cola color that isn't entirely opaque. The mocha-colored head is nice and creamy, and about two fingers high. It fades down to about a half finger after a while, and leaves nice rings of lacing on the glass.

S: Wow, this is sweet. There isn't much bourbon on the nose...but there is a solid oak presence, giving off very strong vanilla notes. Beneath the vanilla are strong chocolate and molasses tones. Aromatically, it strikes me as an enjoyable-yet-straightforward dessert beer.

T: There is a bourbon presence here, but it's pretty basic...the vanilla notes are massively bold yet they lack the additional subtleties of a BCBS or Parabola to make them stand out. I also notice touches of chocolate; otherwise, this is more or less a vanilla/tannin bomb. Even a single 12 oz bottle can become wearisome to drink.

M: Quite sweet, yet with a drying, tannic finish. I'd actually reckon it's a bit too tannic on the back end, verging into mild harshness. I could also use a bit more body to properly support how syrupy the texture is.

O: It's not undrinkable, however its sweetness is way too fatiguing. Even worse, the beer itself seems designed to showcase the barrel notes, but they're far too basic to really succeed at that, either. For about 6 oz, I thought this was pretty good; for the other 6 oz, I couldn't wait for it to end. So, if you're gonna try it, make sure you split it with a friend, and don't expect BCBS.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 03:24:09 | More by ThisWangsChung
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davey101

Connecticut

2.99/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 vintage, 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to match1112!

A - Pours a clear brown but sits nearly black. If you squint hard enough you can see the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of light khaki foam settle down into thin edging. Looks a little thin, but a pretty basic stout appearance.

S - Oh boy. This is like a double oaked stout, only the base beer is average and the oak isn't exactly welcome. Its just an awkward mix of super intense wood, synthetic vanilla, and dry chocolate powder.

T - That dreadful aroma in liquid form! Lots of over the top oak, fake vanilla, and a dry chocolate that is missing any sweetness. This is a weird beer. Its not bad, but its not good. Its exactly in the middle. I mean I don't mind if I had another sip of this but the prospect isn't entirely attractive. Thin to medium body, meh carbonation.

O - Like a clothespin with a chocolate powder dusting. The barrel aging seemed forced and artificial and the base beer was probably not an all star to begin with. Happy to try this beer because now I know!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 04:02:48 | More by davey101
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours Black with a off white head. pour looks thin, but probally just because i expected this to be a stout like the upper right hand of the bottle says: "An intriguing stout with soft, rich malt character...". Honestly i'm not getting a big wave of aroma from this one,just a bit of oak, but my nose has been off with the changing of seasons so lets give this one the benefit of the doubt. The flavor however does have quite a Oak'd presence, with the obligitory vanilla notes. This one has alot of sweetness to it, and i would like to see more roasted malt to bring it a bit back into the balanced zone, but i can't say it hits the cloying sweet zone yet. This one tastes like a bigger beer then it is, for only having 8.5% it doesn't hide it, but i personally like that slight hotness, i enjoy the complexity it adds. The mouthfeel is very creamy, with a moderate amount of carbination that works.

Buy a 12oz bottle to try, not a 22oz. Solid beer but i think it should be a 4-pack $10 beer that you pick up to take to a hangout, not a single bottle that you buy expecting to be blown away.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 05:18:39 | More by ChadQuest
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jmvecchio1

Missouri

3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dragon’s Milk pours out dark black in color with a creamy, chocolate colored head that recedes fairly quickly. Roasted malts are obvious on the aroma and alcohol is apparent too. Vanilla and oak notes are present, but secondary to the strong alcohol notes. This stout drinks lighter than it looks and has a creamy mouthfeel. Just like with the aroma, when you take a sip, alcohol is the first thing you taste. From there, chocolate and vanilla flavors peek through a bit, but struggle to stand out. I couldn't find any oak notes that were on the aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 20:43:43 | More by jmvecchio1
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours black with a small mocha head. Light still manages to penetrate. Leaves no lacing

S - Whiskey, slight vanilla, dark roasted malt. And that's about it.

T - Strong booze up front, perhaps a bourbon meets a tequila, slight roasted malt, rich oak and vanilla. Taste gets better as it sits. Chocolate also works it's way into the finish.

M. Very heavy boozy body with almost no carbonation. I simply cannot get over the bourbon boozyness.

O - Overall, I was excited to try this beer after hearing so many good things about it. Sadly it did not live up to what I had expected. Typically New Holland always impresses me but I did no like this beer as much as I had hoped. I wouldn't pay $3.99 for another 12 oz. Bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 01:00:11 | More by SometimesIfart
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bboven

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I heard so many great things about this beer.

Appearance is deep mahogany with slivers of garnet highlights, semi-opaque. The head starts small and fades to nothing after a few minutes.

Aroma is dark fruit, huge vanilla from the oak and HUGE fusel alcohol.

Big vanilla flavor from the oak hides the great malt characteristics that are dying to shine if only they weren't so overshadowed.

Mouthfeel is very slightly carbonated, enough to make it fall flat. Sticky malt characteristics finally show up here but it's just too late.

Way too much emphasis on the oak in this beer, I have two more bottles that will be cellared in the hopes of knocking some of the green off the ale. Definitely oak aging gone extreme, but with less than stellar results.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 03:41:44 | More by bboven
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brokenleadedcask

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Poured a dark reddish brown but it is too light, I shouldn't be able to see through this at all. The head didn't last that long and some intermittent lacing. Smells of oak, vanilla, little bit of chocolate and some diacetyl. Upon tasting, strong Bourbon, oak tannins, small amount of coffee, and has some spiciness to it. In the mouth, it's thin. There are no lingering flavors or coatings, which would be fine if it where a lighter beer. This was one of my segway beers, helped me appreciate better beer. I think my palette has evolved, it's more difficult to finish this time. It would be an interesting experiment to age one for a year or two and see how it mellows.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 15:22:44 | More by brokenleadedcask
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jss79

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - very dark black with a slight head and faint carbonation.
Smell - initially a very soggy wet rainy smell from aging in the oak barrels, followed by hints of vanilla and chocolate.
Taste - earthy chocolate with initial sweet giving way to a more rounded bitter after taste. A short and less intense finish that did not linger very long.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 02:27:33 | More by jss79
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 vintage.
12oz poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a transparent black with red/chestnut highlights. Ephemeral head is quickly reduced to nothing. Thin layer of film is left on the glass with sparse and spotty lacing.

N: Beautiful oak notes right off the bat along with subtle vanilla and bourbon aromas. Semi-sweet chocolate, notes of black coffee and rich caramel also make an appearance.

T: Subtle bourbon, caramel and roasted barley on the front of the tongue. Toffee, whiskey booze, faint semi-sweet chocolate and faint vanilla mid-palate. Finishes with scorched candy sugar and a good amount of oak.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, very dry, bitter and warming.

O: The tastes are way too subtle for a barrel aged Imperial Stout, almost watery. Kind of tastes like watered down whiskey with some burnt sugars added. This beer comes off very weak. Meh...

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 16:17:41 | More by justintcoons
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trumick

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep dark amber with little to no head and some lacing.

Scent is of sweet dark roasted malts with dark fruits and spices also noted some alcohol.

Taste follows the nose with sweet, sweet malts and dark fruits with some pepper hints. Finishes sweet with alcohol at the end. I didn't notice much of a balance, too sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick, almost unpleasant, carbination is on the low side.

Drinkability for me is below average. This beer is too sweet with little to no balance, it needs something.

This almost reminds me of an Imperial Stout, but much too sweet, again not enough to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2004 03:52:47 | More by trumick
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Beerasaurus

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this on tap as the Black Tulip was unavailable.

Appearance was similar to a stout, dark with a tannish head, though the head was minimal.

Maybe my nose wasn't working, but a didn't detect any real aroma.

The taste almost an overpowering oaky/bourbon flavor, not my favorite.

Mouthfeel was somewhat milky.

Worth a try, but for the High Gravity offerings, I'd go with the Black Tulip.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 03:34:49 | More by Beerasaurus
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stxSS07

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

A- Pours a very dark brown. Nearly black with some brownish-red hues around the edge of the glass. Khaki head leaves some nice lacing.

S- Hit with a huge amount of oak as soon as I cracked the bottle. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla slip through along with a roasted malt character. This was the high point of the beer for me.

T- Picking up some vanilla notes from the wood, dark roasted characters as well. Oak playing a huge role. Finishes really hot and boozy...a little too hot and woody for my liking.

M- Very thick and chewy. Coats the mouth as a big stout should.

D- This was a bit of a letdown for me. I had heard great things, but I have to put this in the "average" category for stouts I've had. Maybe I had it too hyped up going in?

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 08:55:04 | More by stxSS07
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of New Holland's Dragon's Milk last month for $7.99 at Boyne County Provisions. I have had this beer many times and I have always thought it was pretty good, but since I have been trying a lot of good barrel aged stouts lately I thought I would see how I feel about it now, so lets see how it goes. 2011 vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle that was foiled into a snifter.

A- The label on this beer is pretty simple with a picture of a barrel and dragon, the dragon looks nice. It poured a very very dark brown color that is pretty much the closest you can get to black while still being brown. It had two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left no lacing.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty damn sweet and with a heavy presence of bourbon. I get a little chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and vanilla. The main players in the aroma are the sweet roasted malts and bourbon, not really that balanced or complex.

T- The taste of this beer is much different then the aroma lead me to believe. It starts off with lots of rich malts that have a little roast to them that imparts a mild coffee and milk chocolate flavors, but the malts are not nearly as roasty as they should be for a stout and the lack of roast lets the other flavors show up too much. The malts have a moderate amount of sweetness but its toned down a lot compared to how sweet the aroma is, after that comea all the dark fruits with some dates, plums, and raisins showing up the most. After that is the bourbon which is pretty nice and oaky with a nice hint of vanilla. The bourbon flavor is pretty evident and seems a little harsh at first but after a couple sips it really grew on me and proved to be a nice addition to this beer. The alcohol is slightly warming but it doesn't make this beer come off as being hot. The finish is smooth and slightly sweet with some oak, vanilla, and bourbon showing up in the aftertaste.

M- Somewhat creamy and on the light side of being full bodied, the lighter body makes this beer have a little better drinkability then normal. Carbonation was at the low side of medium and worked pretty well with this beer, I don't think I would change it.

Overall I have to say that this is a pretty average beer, but I still find some quality that I really like about it, but as a whole it's just average. My main beef with this beer is that it just isn't as roasty as a stout should be, if you market something as a stout it should have a good amount of roast to it, with that missing it lets all the other flavors take over and in the end that didn't make it very stout like and if I was given this blind there's a good chance I would think this is a barrel aged Barleywine or an old ale with a slight amount of roast to it. I did like how drinkable this beer is, I find that barrel aging can hurt the drinkability a lot of the time, but on this beer it really doesn't matter and the mouthfeel doesn't make it too filling plus for 10% the alcohol isn't that in your face. I can see how some people may be turned off by the heavy bourbon and oak presence in this beer, and I think that's because there isn't enough roast to balance it out, but if you sip on it, take your time, and let it warm up you will find that the flavors that the barrel imparted are really nice and not as in your face as they seem at the start. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, usually I like my stouts thick as oil, but the lighter then average body really works with this beer and find it to suit it perfectly. What I liked least about this beer is that it's called a Stout, it should have much more roast, instead of a heavy presence of dark fruits that makes it closer to a barrel aged old ale or Barleywine. I will still buy this beer on occasion, it can'r hold a candle to KBS, but anytime I want a barrel aged beer it is available, and availability can play a big part in what I buy sometimes. I recommend this to fans of barrel aged beers, but don't expect to be blown away buy the base of this beer cause it doesn't live up to the name. Even though this is pretty much the most popular beer in their lineup, there are a couple other beers from them I would rather have that are lot more to style and better tasting. This was the first barrel aged beer I ever had and at the time it was super robust and big, but after trying much other stouts I find I still like it, but not as much as I used to it and it's much more average then I first thought. As a whole New Holland is a pretty good brewery, maybe next batch you make you can set aside some of those barrels for Pilgrims dole, now that may be an epic beer, think about it.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 04:03:43 | More by StoutHunter
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown and settles opaque, letting just a little bit of light through; a thin layer of tightly packed bubbles coalesce into a creme colored head.

S: Aroma is potent with licorice, raisins and chocolate. Sweet maltiness and hints of alcohol linger behind.

T/M: Tastes predominantly of black licorice and a slight alcohol twinge with a low to medium amount of carbonation. The alcohol seems to strengthen after time and leaves a gratuitous warming sensation. Hints of chocolate combined with the licorice are reminiscent of anise and roasted malts bring up the finish. The oak is veiled by the warming sensation of the alcohol and overpowering licorice, but is there.

Not bad really, but tastes a little too boozy.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 22:05:28 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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BrokenStones

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thin whispy whit/carmel color head. Pours dark as a Coke.

S not much, some dark malt, and alcohol.

T alcohol first thing on the pallet and the top of your mouth. A touch rusty on the taste.

M Can be round if sipped correctly, might be best attribute.

Worth trying but not something I need to keep around or seek out. Alcohol dominates and gets to your head quickly. Can only drink one, if you choose to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 21:57:32 | More by BrokenStones
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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