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Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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89
very good
1,335 Reviews
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Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by beernut7 on 08-12-2002

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Reviews: 1,335 | Ratings: 5,062
Photo of kentuckyboy
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first brew i've had the privilege of experiencing from New Holland and i must say, it was phenomenal! Nothing less than i had expected! I love barrel aged beers and am always excited when i get to try a new one.

Onto the review:

Poured into a Guiness glass and served cold

Look: Jet black with a nice fluffy and retaining head; beautiful.

Smell: Strong bourbon & chocolate. In that order. feel i could get drunk by just smelling this beer! well it is 11% alchohol, afterall.

Taste: Bourbon. bourbon bourbon bourbon! With a nice malt backbone and delicious chocolate aftertaste. Thick and creamy; just right! The alcohol is very prevalent in this brew

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy! VERY creamy. unlike anything I've ever had to be honest! I now understand why its called Dragon's Milk :)

Overall: Impressed! An excellent barrel aged beer! outstanding! i enjoyed every sip i had of this one. For a guy who prides himself in how much he can drink, this 11% alcohol ain't no joke! I am very impressed by New Holland and they seem to really know what a craft beer is. Will definitely buy again and am looking forward to trying more brews from them. Cheers!

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/16/15 - so its about 8 months old. Had this one on Thanksgiving and it was pretty hot; its definitely mellowed out, but at the expense of some of the barrel flavors.

Smell of oak and vanilla, lots of bourbon, plenty of alcohol showing up in the nose.

Taste is similar, with strong roasted malts, vanilla and lots of oak up front. Sweet bourbon and booze show up later. Not picking up much bitterness.

Feel is somewhat thin for this size beer, but its got some life to it, mild carbonation and dry finish.

Overall, this is a great year-round offering and a good entry point for bourbon barrel beers.

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Photo of Riff
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just didn't live up to the hype, there are better bourbon barrel stouts out there. Nice, black pour with a finger width of tan head. Pleasant aroma. Body was a little thinner than I expect from a stout. Strong hit of bourbon at the front with a very sharp note of alcohol shortly afterwards that I've not had from other BA beers. Finish was smoother but lingered for too long for my tastes.

*Editing* Have since been working on the other three bottles from the 4-pack I bought. Much smoother results and getting a smooth, creamier feeling. Slight notes of vanilla flavor, sweet with a hint of a dark roast. I'll take it the first bottle was just a dud, thankfully.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout has the requisite black body, sparkling and orange-litten, and a brief-lived medium pebbly tan head leaves good bands and cavelets of lacing. The nose is medium in intensity: a tasty blend of molasses, cocoa and bourbony booze atop a more subtle oak character. On the palate, it is a bit more assertive, but still in keeping with the nose: a seamless, fairly rich blend of milk chocolate, molasses and toffee, backed by a fairly boozy bourbon flavor and subtle oak notes. In net, it lands a bit on the sweet end of the balance. The finish is surprisingly clean, just a modest hit of toffee; the linger is a mild, tartish, thin chocolate/oak flavor that stays around for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is on point for the full body, and is slightly warming; the texture is nicely sticky/creamy, with just a hint of pepperiness from the restrained carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 51 days after pkg)

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Photo of R_N_Roop
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoy the velvety creaminess of this stout. Hints of the bourbon from the barrel aging come through on the finish.

To take the tasting experience to a different level, I suggest pairing the beer with the New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon, aged in the barrels after the beer is bottled.

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Photo of philvish
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good barrel aged stout. I've had quite a few and had this with a meal out of the bottle. Poured nicely, delicious aroma and great taste. A little too strong for my preference (it hit me hard) but delicious.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a tan head that stays as a cap and laces decently. Notes of oak, vanilla, choclate and bourbon. Medium body, light for a stout, light heat from the alcohol and pretty clean finish. The flavors are simple, straightforward and fit the bill for an easy to acquire barrel aged stout. The body is thin and the mouthfeel suffers, lacking the creamy and full feel of a truly great stout. It's not the best but it isn't trying to be.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Holland Dragon's Milk. The first time I had one of these, it was my first BBS and I thought it was too bourbony. I've had enough BBS's that I now enjoy them, and this is a fine example. Searching for the variants.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a medium-thin khaki head. Short head retention with only a handful of lacing dots left behind. Deep roasted malts, vanilla, and oak make up a dark aroma. Taste is sublime, with roasted malts, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Feel is thick, and smooth. Not the most creamy or robust though. Overall, a sublime imperial stout. Readily available, and pleasant to drink give this one high regards for me.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color with a light mocha head. Aroma is roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is chocolate and roasted malts with a hint vanilla. Has a clean finish and overall it's a really nice stout.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hearty whiskey nose with chocolate. Significant bourbon flavor at the beginning that transitions to a very sweet and rich chocolate/caramel mix. Strong whiskey washes back in on the finish. Very complex, and extremely good.

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Photo of nawpnawp
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very solid BA stout. It doesn't have loads of coffee/chocolate like other super popular stouts (ie. kbs, uncle jacob's), but I prefer it that way. It isn't overly sweet, but as the description state, I am digging the roasty malt backbone.

Overall, I'd buy it again if my cellar was empty and I was craving a BA stout. It certainly offers something a bit different.

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Photo of Bleer
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's good....I just don't get excited about this one. It's hard to explain and personal preference I know but the barrel aging in this beer....I don't feel like it is as legitimate as in a bcbs or kbs. Maybe if I let it sit around for a year? No question it is a good beer but in the bourbon barrel arena it falls short.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Nice dark pour with beige head. Roasted malt aroma with nice oak balance. Not real heavy on the tongue. Smooth with nice oak undertones.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

**
04/09/2016
Bottle to snifter. Last of the 4pack.

Look...dark black. Small off white head.

Aroma...maybe it's too cold or my slight sniffles are impeding, but I get very little in the way of aroma. Some malt, some tiny bit of coffee, no bourbon at all.

Taste has more bite to it. Pomegranate, raspberry, dark chocolate up front. Lingering lactose and whiskey. Also, a touch of coffee at the and.

Feel is a little thin. A little astringent.

Far from the top of this style, but enjoyable. I would buy more.

**

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very black with a brown head that lingered for a while. Aromas and flavors were bitter dark chocolate, burnt dark roast coffee beans, some hints of oak and caramel and vanilla to balance. Some alcohol heat as well. Fairly thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very good imperial stout.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11% ABV according to the bottle.

Pours a cola black color with lots of cherry glints. The tiny head dissipates quickly. Roasty black malts, vanilla, booze, and cocoa in the nose. The taste is on the sweeter side with chocolate and starbucks ice cream type coffee mixing with oak, dried fruit and a rye whiskey booziness. The mouthfeel is light for the style with a low carbonation and some cloying from the lactic sweetness. The sweetish, boozy finish lasts a while.

An OK imperial stout, but too sweet and boozy.

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Photo of thebeers
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with a finger of tan head. Aroma of chocolate and oak-heavy bourbon. Roasted malt and a little chocolate up front in the taste, with bourbon flavor the most dominant and a slight alcohol burn. There's a slightly astringent and fairly clean finish that's pretty nice. Medium bodied, with a splash of cream and strong carbonation in the mouthfeel. A decent BBA stout. It scratches that itch, but nothing out of this world, either.

2015 vintage, January 2016 bottling date.

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Photo of KevCan
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bought a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Bottled on 12/30/15. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Medium/dark brown with small medium-brown head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Boozy, plum/raisin.

Taste: Sweet, chocolatey, boozy, vanilla, chocolate biscuit.

Feel: Medium plus carbonation. Thick and syrupy.

Overall: Very delicious. One of my favorite beers for sure.

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Photo of Naz-Barman
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful richly dark appearance. Robust collar, which collapses leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Bourbon barrel aging and a strong vanilla accent are very accomodating. An under rated beer to my taste. Recommend that you try one.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Holland's Dragon's Milk, Bourbon barrel stout, 2015. 11% ABV.

A: About 2 fingers of light chocolate milk head. Audibly noticeable dissolve. Decent strings of lacing. Decent sheeting. Black in the glass; dark brown, with an amber glow, in the dimple.

S: Creamy coffee and Bourbon-y dark chocolate up front. Not as Bourbon-y as other BBA stouts, but at 2/3s the price, I can forgive that.

T/MF: More creaminess, with a more licorice/char leaning flavor profile. Slight fig note. Some soft char in the back. Dark toffee. Very slight coconut. Nutmeg and vanilla. More of the fig on the back of the palate. Leans a little towards a Quad.

Overall, doesn't match up to Firestone's offerings, but it's still a great stout.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Biochem_Brewer
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This rivals KBS in my opinion. Maybe not quite as good, but you can get this year round and not deal with all the hype. You can even get growlers to go.

Pours dark - essentially black with a tan head. Roast aroma and bourbon dominate. The flavor is roasted malt, hints of toffee/caramel, and chocolate (similar to KBS just without the strong coffee note). Mouthfeel is thick, but not as heavy as KBS - I would actually prefer it thicker.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let the charred burnt bones of the fallen rest as the dragon rises up to suckle its offspring with this toasted imperial stout. The beer is a very solid representation of an Imperial Russian stout. Plenty of roasty toasty malts countered with a bitter bite that can only be hidden behind the higher ABV. Overall I can say that I like it, but it does not offer the complexity I was hoping for. None the less, I learned a long time ago to never slap a dragon in the face so I will drink it with a smile on my face.

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Photo of ccg
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

About a quarter-inch of initial foam settles quickly into a ring and a thin layer. Noticeable lacing.
Lots of oak on the nose. Also bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and dates. As it warms, a boozy burn starts to emerge.
Surprisingly good amount of bourbon flavor comes through, with a strong, toasted chocolate finish. There is also a lot of vanilla mid-palate. There is a bit of roastiness and a hint of hops on the finish. Sadly, it loses some of that punch as it warms up.
It could use a bit more body, but the carbonation is spot-on, and it's smooth.
Admittedly, it's been a little while since I've had a top-tier BBA stout like BCBS, but Dragon's Milk is better than I remember. It's _excellent_ for what it is: a bourbon-barrel-aged stout that is available year-round and widely distributed in 12oz bottles and sold at a relatively low price. One surprisingly thing about this beer is that it seems to be better at refrigerator temperature. Try it below cellar temp and see how it changes as it warms.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Good looking deep brown color with a small head that expectedly dissipates quickly. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, burnt toffee and light vanilla. Taste follows the nose with the bourbon dominating. A bit hot and quite warming on the swallow. Very thin body. Watery and in my opinion this is what holds this beer back. Could be so much better if the mouthfeel was thicker. Overall a nice offering but needs refinement.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,335 ratings.