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Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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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: 5,065
Photo of zonker17
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark beer with thin head. Toasty notes on the nose. Good overall flavors with expected malts and lightly hopped. Somewhat thin mouthfeel. This beer does everything right but not exceptional.

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Photo of abc123atyourservice
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown. Smells sweet and a little bourbon. Taste is about the same. Sweet maltiness followed by some bourbon. Not too complicated, but great price. Mouthfeel was a bit thin for a BA stout. Overall: I would just buy this to be able to drink cheap BA stout

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

Smells like figs and cocoa.

Flavor-wise, it's sort of thin and one dimensional up front, but then some licorice and subtle roasty notes kick in to make things interesting. Also some cocoa and dark fruit mid palate, which evolves into a really zesty, lively finish (think raspberry and plum). Definitely above average carbonation for the style.

This hits on a lot of the same notes as BCBS, but in a thinner, more subdued fashion. Quite tasty. Worth $17/sixer? Ehh maybe?

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

The only other Imperial Stout that is better than this gem is Prarie Artisan Ales Bomb. I was very delighted to find this yummy brew at my local liquor store. This is simply a very drinkable Imperial Stout!

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

This is a solid year round imperial stout. I often use it to mix with too sweet beers like Creme Brulee. It isn't bad by any stretch. It is just a little too thin in the mouth for an imperial stout and just a little too weak on chocolate, toffee and caramel for my liking. Otherwise it is a very solid effort. For the same cost you can get Stone Russian Imperial Stout which is top notch. Still if you offer it to me, I wouldn't turn it down. I usually have at least 1 bottle in the fridge. Nice big ABV but not overly hot. Quite roasty and not sweet.

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Photo of KGilmour
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep black with just a hint of ruby red. Good head, and swirling in the glass could re-create the head after it fell a bit. Not much lacing though.

Smell: Definitely vanilla. Chocolate even, and the bourbon is certainly there.

Taste: I was very impressed with the taste. Full of bourbon and complexity, not too dissimilar to a much pricier Eclipse. Delicious.

Feel: Smooth and bourbon. Rolls over the tongue.

A fantastic stout for the price.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage. Pour a deep dark brown with fair amount of tan head and mild effervescence. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruit, cocoa, wood and perhaps some bourbon like notes. Tastes roasted malts forward, notes of cocoa, bourbon (mild and sweet), a mid-note twang of oak/vanilla and a very pleasant, mildly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation that adds to the twang and keeps things from becoming syrupy – a little thinner than others of this style.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer – the availability, price point is good, and I will stock up on this next time I see it – very good.
I’m not a bourbon drinker – but after this – I’ll have to do some research into bourbon and do a little sampling.

update - one of those beers that the more you drink - the more nuance and character. Lovely acidic quality - palate cleansing - solid bourbon notes and vanilla - yum - easily one of my favorites (and at a far more reasonable price point than goose island bourbon barrel stout)

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

Look - Black as night. opaque, no head
Smell - bourbon, chocolate, oaky, sweetness. Smells delicious
Taste - bourbon, coffee, tons of roasted malts, chocolate, sweetness
Feel - coats the mouth, warming, was hoping for a thicker body though

Overall - My first BA stout....whoa!! A monster of a beer. Definitely a sipper. Enjoyed.

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Photo of Buck89
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Thick motor oil-like pour with a shy tan head that disappeared quickly. Aromas of smooth bourbon and roasty malt. Taste followed suit, with a strong roasty presence up front followed by oak and bourbon. Thick, sticky finish.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid, year round barrel aged stout at a very decent price point. This is a 2014 bottle for review. Pours a deep dark motor oil color with full body and a generous tan head. Plenty of milk chocolate and sweet notes here with a lick of vanilla ice cream. Thick but not syrupy. Balanced well and not overwhelming on the bourbon notes.

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Photo of BeerEsquire
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Toasted oat goodness with suprisingly refreshing carbonation for an imperial stout of such elevated alcohol. Smooth backbone with vanilla fairies dusting one's palate with just the right amount of sweetness. Well done NH, well done!

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

This is review of 2013 vintage

Pours a black body with a 1/4th inch tan head. Head retention is above average for style and lacing is average.

Smell is of bourbon, licorice, rye, and some fig and prune. Getting some aromas of a quad or a doppelbock. Alcohol is moderate and hops aren't present.

Taste is similar to smell with more of an emphasis on the bourbon. Decent amount of heat upfront with spice notes and burnt oak throughout. A little vanilla combats the booze, no hops detected.

Mouthfeel is decently carbonated with a thin amount of foam to coat the tongue. Body is full and alcohol leaves an astringent feeling on the roof of my mouth.

Overall beer was good but a little rough around the edges. Alcohol was still very present for being two years old. Thought the flavors were kinda jumbled around, can't say I would buy again.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is Coca-Cola's drunk uncle!... pours a thin caramel color, like coke, has a few wispy bubbles, like coke, smells and tastes like, you guessed it, coke!.... a few cherry notes, a little chocolate, a bit of booze, but really just a bottle of the real thing, with alcohol!

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Photo of RobinLee
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color: Brown, not as opaque as other stouts in the category.

Nose: All the right elements: Booze, wood, chocolate, figs or plums

Taste: Overly boozy, wooded, roasty, light chocolate milk, grainy.

Mouthfeel: Rather thin. Honestly, though it's 11%, it's a bit too thin to properly carry the barrel character- it ends up overpowering it. However, as it is available year-round, I have to say it's a good introduction to barrel-aged stouts.

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Photo of mlockman
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not much spectacular flavor or aroma going on from the bourbon barrel aging. There's definitely a hint of barrel-flavor, and the price is right for the bomber, but I just wasn't impressed.

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Photo of Omnium
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Tulip glass
A - Rich black brown with a very thin layer of fizzy tan head, no lacing. Looks kind of lame.
S - There is a lot of rich bourbon and oak notes in here with some sweet caramel malt. Lots of vanilla in here, some slight hint of cinnamon, and dark chocolate.
T - Very rich and sweet, sugary caramel malt, loads of vanilla, toffee, bourbon, boozy sweetness, some oaky aftertaste.
M - Velvety smooth, but a bit too cloying at times.
O - Im surprised I havent had this before, I know its been around a while. Its good, but a bit too sweet.

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Photo of Walligator
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, thick pour. Definately a DARK stout. Creamy, tan, 1 finger head that lasted maybe a minute.The first aroma I got was licorice. Wierd, I know, but true.
Then bourbon and some chocolate. Had to give a 3 on the feel, though. I got a little more sour than I would've liked, but the lack of bitterness made up for that . A stout this dark with little bitterness and a light carbination. %10 ABV for sure! I realy enjoyed this stout and will definately be drinking it again, and again, and again,and

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with light brown foam. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Tastes of bourbon, oak, caramel and vanilla. Creamy feel with moderate carbonation on the tongue. I wish there was a little less carbonation and more viscosity. Overall fantastic BA stout that I can find in stores daily. Really underrated considering its availability in my opinion.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look-Pours a very dark color.(basically black) The head is very small and sticks to the sides for the most part, a nice burnt/tanish color. Very nice appearance.

Smell-I immediately get the smell of bourbon(that boozy zingy aroma you get from bourbon), and I can also smell a slight sweet scent of vanilla and chocolate. I can definitely smell that bourbon though.

Taste-Very robust. Just like bourbon this beer is meant to be sipped on. I can taste notes of vanilla and chocolate. The flavor of bourbon is pretty present as well. The three flavors I get really do complement each other. The flavor is very complex and again robust.

Feel-Its thick, but not too thick. I go back and forth on the carbonation, some sips are carbonated and others aren't.

Overall-I got this beer from a good friend of mine who is quite the beer connoisseur, and so if he thinks it's good it most likely is good. With that being said, I am no stout expert. But what I do know is this beer is very special. It has the most complex flavor of any imperial stout I have tried. I have to say, I'm surprised it doesn't have a higher score. It was a delicious beer and a real treat to have.
One thing though, don't drink more than two of these beers... This beer will surely put you on your ass.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter, 2015 vintage

A- pours an opaque blak color with a small foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge, leaving a few traces of lacing behind

S- Toasted oak and barrel juice aromas up front with a hint of vanilla. Underlying roasty malt gives aromas of chocolate & earth, a hint of licorice. All of the elements are there, but a bit muted compared to most of the style

T- plenty of bourbon juice up front complimented by some vanilla & oak, and a hint of caramel. The base beer is chocolaty, but gets a bit overpowered by the barrel

M- medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a creamy, almost chewy mouthfeel & a silky smooth finish, just a hint of warmth on the linger

O- a straight-forward BA Stout, it's certainly not as complex as most, but does the job, especially for the price. It's also one of the more bourbon-dominate stouts out there as well, which will appeal to some

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Photo of Dwreck
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

More like a slightly bourbon barrel aged milk stout with flavor, smell, and feel. It's not bad at all, as I like a boozy bbs. Good bargain for the style.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 bottle. Good for the price, but pretty simple. Bourbon and chocolate on the nose, same in the flavor, with lots of sweet chocolate and bourbon heat on the finish. Like I said, good for the price ($6.99) but will not buy again.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

It's really great. Incredibly smooth and creamy, it's very milky tasting with a light hint of vanilla and chocolate. Very subtle hints of coffee and bourbon. I was expecting more bourbon from a beer that claims it's bourbon barrel aged. That is really the only off putting part about this beer and it's a bit too sweet.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like black satin.
Smells like the barrels it aged in. Very boozy. Woah.
Look out! Punched in the face with those barrels. Chocolate. Vanilla. Bourbon. Spiced hot cocoa.
Hot hot hot feel. Very boozy, but in a good way.

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Photo of muchos
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a tan head which hangs on for a few sips.
Smell is of Bourbon and booze. Not too much else, maybe a little chocolate/vanilla as it warms.
Taste is Bourbon, booze, vanilla. Chocolaty flavors come out as it warms. After taste is semi-sweet chocolate.
Mouthfeel is thinner than expected for an imperial Stout. Not much carbonation in the mouth. Just enough. Slight boozy burn.
Overall not all that complex, but not bad. Pretty good actually.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
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