New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) - New Holland Brewing Company
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2.25/5 rDev -43.3%
I was sadly disappointed in this one.
A: Poured well a deep rich color but with absolutely no head. I knew I was in trouble...was expecting a rich thick head but got probably a 1/16 inch that fizzled quickly.
S: Smell was malt and chocolate. Was thinking maybe I was being too harsh.
T: IMHO, terrible. Let me stress I am a malty beer lover and do not like overly hoppy beers like IPAs. This was like drinking maple syrup however.
Just not very impressed with this one at all.
11-01-2010 15:06:43 | More by fishacura
2.28/5 rDev -42.6%
Deep brownish black body with a lovely huge monster tan foamy head that includes some huge hollow bubbles. Like what you get if you made a root beer float. nose is a soft chocolatey malt feel with a bit of smokieness on the side. Now this is where the brew goes south for me... Enters the mouth kide day old cold coffee and quickly sours on the second half of the palate, which is not what I expexted. Finishes with that same sour and maybe a hint of nuttiness. Where is the oak and I was expecting a little more dark richness, and complexity from the look in the glass and from what I had heard about this beer, but polar oppisites. Odd, but I guess I could have had a bad bottle.?
09-25-2006 19:06:02 | More by SPLITGRIN
2.28/5 rDev -42.6%
Poured into a pint glass.
A - Pours black with just a little light shining through with no head and looks like it is flat.
S - Big oak smell right up front, some booze, coffee, and maybe a little black olive juice.
T - A lot of Oak and Bourbon flavors and pretty much overpower anything else in the beer.
M - Oily and thin bodied.
D - Wow does this suck, I think they just said "hey will put this in Oak barrels and it will be good because everyone else is doing it". The Oak and bourbon are way overpowering, just bad brewing in my opinion.
03-25-2010 21:33:36 | More by semibaked
2.3/5 rDev -42.1%
This is a review of later (than the previous review) bottles i have had of Dragon's Milk, purchased last week from a tiny bit further away from the brewery (Ann Arbor). The following phenomenon is consistent across three bottles worth that i have tried, pulled from at least 2 different cases (bought my own case, some from the shelf, and one from the cooler, and all three groups taste the same).
I now completely understand the disparity in reviews on this beer.
This bottle was sharp and acrid, filled the glass 95% of the way with foam as soon as I started pouring it, and bears little resemblance to the bottle that i previously reviewed.
There is a sour twist to the smell of the beer, and like i said it foams up ridiculously. It still has the good, rich brown color. Upon tasting it, the sourness is even stronger, overpowering what little remnants there are of the smooth, creamy dark ale that i loved in the earlier bottle.
I do not know exactly what causes these differences; it seemed like a bad batch but I can't really be sure. A look at some earlier BA reviews shows that at least occasionally, other people have definitely encountered this bastard cousin of the "real" Dragon's Milk over the course of the brew's existance. Much more so than can be chalked up to the normal occurance of beer going bad.
It is rather disappointing to have fallen in love with a beer that lives 5 states away, and end up nabbing a case of that beer which tastes nothing like what you liked at the brewery. New Holland needs to figure out what is causing so many "bad" bottles, and fix this issue, both in sour taste and in overcarbonation.
When this beer is good, it is one of the best i've had, but I can't really support the sour version.
Be careful with this beer, and if you get a sour tasting bottle, know that there are MUCH better ones out there.
07-21-2006 16:06:47 | More by se7enchurches
2.35/5 rDev -40.8%
I had been anticipating this one for a while, finally got to try some on tap. My local tappery called this one a "American Strong Ale"; I think American Stout - as classified here - is a closer category. Definitely not enough hop backbone to balance out the overbearing sweetness of this brew.
The color is fine - a dark, opaque, stout-ish brown.
By the aroma alone you can already tell this is going to be one sweet beer - literally, sweet. The taste is not bad and somewhat interesting on first sip; tons of malt, caramel, sticky sweetness - but as you may have gathered from my tone, this sticky sweetness quickly caught up with me and left me reaching for water, not enthused about finishing the glass.
I guess this could classify best as a "dessert beer", served in small quantities when you want overly-sweet, imbalanced beer, but otherwise, I'd avoid it.
11-12-2011 15:11:21 | More by demuzik
2.4/5 rDev -39.5%
My first impression of this beer was great. It had a unique smell...very full and some hints of vanilla.
The color was dark brown with a tan head that disipated quickly.
My first taste was like "Wow! This is a great beer!"
And then I had a few more sips and it became very hard to drink.
The flavor is so full and sweet that I had a hard time drinking another. It really does have a syrupy taste to it.
I picked up a 4-pack of bottles and I found myself choking down the last three. It's just too much. Too filling, too thick. Overall, it's hard to drink. The taste really isn't that horrible...it actually has a unique and rather pleasant flavor...but it doesn't sit well with me.
It's worth trying for sure. The first few sips were great.
01-04-2011 01:15:28 | More by stompwampa
2.42/5 rDev -39%
New Holland Dragons Milk: from a bottle. Pours a deep, almost impenetrable brown/black. Not much head, what it had was off white, and left a thick coating down the sides. The aroma is sweet, and although, its probably just the name, smells like a chocolate milkshake.
The first sip, and damn, this was not what I expected, it is extremely thick/creamy and smooth, tastes very much like baileys and coffee, except even more sweet and almost cloying. Really unusual tasting beer, there is a definite smokiness to this brew as well. I cant say I like this beer, and then after much consideration, I realized why: this beer is very similar in smell and taste to Ensure, the protein drink. The bottle notes that the alcohol level is 10%, but its hard to note. Cripes, I can tell this is well made, but Ill have to choke down at least half of the bottle.
01-02-2004 23:01:24 | More by jackndan
2.42/5 rDev -39%
appearance - Black garnet with little head. Normal amount of carbonation for a stout and an appearance to be expected of a stout.
smell - Potent. At first whiff, vanilla-oak then immediately overcome by only what I can describe as bourbon alcohol.
taste & mouthfeel - This stout is smooth going with a flash of alcohol at the end. It's hard to overcome the potent oak/bourbon alcohol. If you focus enough you can catch hints of the usual stout flavors of chocolate and coffee. They are quickly replaced by strong American oak.
overall - If I was a bourbon fan, this might be a stout for me. However, the stout aspects that I love were overwhelmed. I wish I had some dark chocolate to clean my palate.
poured into a stein
08-13-2011 18:33:02 | More by EricMichael
2.48/5 rDev -37.5%
This beer came highly recommended. A dark brown color with hints of a red hue along the side of the glass. A substantial head formswith a beige color, that laces slowly down the glass.The scents are very nice some of the chocolate malt and some vanilla aromas are there, with a touch oak wood from the barrel. The taste is very surprising, immensely sour, mostly a fruity sourness with cherries and some lemon, there is some of the chocolate flavor at the end. In the mouth it was very carbonated, it was present from the beginning to the end of each taste. Drinkability, not so much the sourness makes it difficult to have several, but it is truely unique. I would recommend at least trying this beer once.
05-03-2006 15:50:35 | More by cameraman
2.48/5 rDev -37.5%
Got this one in a trade with boatshoes a while back. Thanks a lot man!
From a bomber into a snifter.
APPEARANCE: A brown, thin, transparent pour yields a one finger, medium looking, tan head with good retention. Dark brown body with lots of active carbonation everywhere. Very high levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A good wisp remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. An alright head on this one, but the body is just to thin and light for the style.
SMELL: Medium nose of roasted malt, caramel and coffee, as well as a decent dose of sweet milk sugar and vanilla. Oak notes from the barrel are there as well. A nice nose for sure, though it could be a little bolder.
TASTE: More oak in the flavor than in the nose. Oak, some roasted malt, then lots and lots of alcohol. Lots of spicy booze for the ABV. A bit of bitter chocolate and light vanilla notes at the finish, but most of the nicer characteristics about the nose have been replaced by spicy alcohol. A bold and lingering aftertaste has hints of chocolate and bitterness, but is mostly alcoholic and metallic even. It’s like they brewed a quad and threw in some imperial stout for fun. Not horrible by any stretch of the imagination, but not right either.
PALATE: Medium body and medium, prickly carbonation. Not creamy of smooth really, goes down fine and finishes dry on the palate. Some heat and spicy booze linger on the palate. Too hot and not creamy enough.
OVERALL: Not an epic failure per se, but nothing even close to a success either. The spicy boozy qualities just didn’t fit, making the stout taste somewhat metallic. I’m not quite sure what went wrong here. Perhaps one brewer wanted to make an imperial stout and the other wanted to make a quad, so they just made both, blended them, and threw it all into oak barrels as a band aid. Whatever happened, it didn’t quite work out all that well, and it certainly didn’t quench my thirst for a stout. Dare to be different, I guess. Glad to have finally been able to try this one, but I’ll pass on it in the future. Thanks for the fun trade boatshoes.
04-13-2011 13:51:31 | More by Jeffo
2.5/5 rDev -37%
S: Prominent bourbon, raisin dark bread, touch of vanilla, some chocolate as it warms.
L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head that dissipates. Ok lacing.
T: Rich breadiness up front with a bourbon undercurrent. Medium low bitterness leads to a very sweet bourbon and vanilla taste. Finishes with even more bourbon and alcohol prickleness, bleh.
M: Medium low body for style, medium low carbonation.
Compared to other -bal stouts, this is a pretty piss poor effort, mouthfeel is quite thin bodied.
05-20-2011 00:51:44 | More by bum732
2.5/5 rDev -37%
A disappointment considering I am generally a fan of New Holland's brews. It poured rather flat and the taste was quite overwhemling. The strong oak flavor overwhelmed all of it supposed complexities. It was a beer that I had to fight with to drink.
11-12-2009 17:11:36 | More by Katahdin
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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