Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,278
Hads: 4,726
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 26.08%
Wants: 277
Gots: 1,281 | FT: 39
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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: 4,726
Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 MizzouBrew
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, 11% abv. This barrel aged stout is delicious, but is slightly lighter in all areas when compared to Bourbon County, the only other BA stout I've tried. Since I can't find Bourbon County anywhere, this will do just fine.

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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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Photo of delta490
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a near-black, with a short-lived tan head. A slight ring hangs on and leaves an oily ring of small lacing that quickly slides back into the glass. The aroma needs some time to warm but releases some nice vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. The taste offers much the same and also benefits from a little warming. The body is a little thinner than I would expect, but has a nice oily slickness to it. There's also a small but steady carbonation to it.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Dark chocolate color with minimal to no head
S - wood, bourbon, chocolate
T- Soooo Gooood bourbon chocolate with an oaky finish. I'm surprised this beer doesn't have ha higher ranking.
F - Maybe a little thin but over all a creamy feel

Over this was a great beer that I will be seeking out more readily.

On top into a snifter.

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Photo of Prasm
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick with a small head. Medium plus expressiveness on the nose, showing chocolate milk, coffee, and subtle vanilla hints. Big, thick, and creamy in the mouth - carbonated chocolate milk with a little bourbon kick. Definitely a niche beer, very focused flavors, but very delicious - I like it.

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Photo of tomfitz18
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark brown, almost black, small creamy tan head, inviting
S: Smells strong, boozy, like bourbon. Also chocolatey, nutty, and sweet.
T: Malty, strong alcoholic taste, sweet, chocolatey, hints of vanilla and nuttiness.
F: well carbonated, smooth, slightly heavy, burns as it goes down throat like bourbon.
O: a strong after tasted, could see it pairing well with ice cream. I liked this beer and thought it was very tasty. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of chalkdust-torture
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Smooth and drinkable for a 11%ABV. Bourbon aging is apparent and not overpowering. Has cream notes and subtly chocolate and coffee accents. Well dont. I had some serious "non-sticker" shock at the register when I bought it though, $18 for a 4-pack that was unlabeled on the shelves of my local Craft Brew Cellar.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not quite black, but getting close. Clean and sharp. Minimal brown head.

Nose is lightly big stout smells (roasty, coffee, dark fruit, maybe some chocolate), with definitely some vanilla, oak and alcohol, but not much. Enjoyable flavour types, but a little underwhelming in general. There's a sweet fruit in there as well in addition to the dark fruits listed above. Can't put my nose on it. Was definitely stronger initially.

Medium thick but sticky, medium carbonation, and a heat to it that's clearly actually from the alcohol, but tastes almost more pepper heat (even though I know better). Flavours of sticky chocolate, some fruit, some coffee, and some definite barreling. Smoothe and dangerously drinkable for 10% even though you can feel every percentage of it. A classic in the genre. My impression has always been that it is to BA stouts essentially what SNPA is to APAs or Black Butte is to porters or Boston Lager is to American viennas. Maybe not the greatest within the style in this golden age of craft, but kind of the bedrock example that serves as a great intro for many.
When I lived in Missouri, I kept meaning to pick it up, but never did because it was always there and I wanted to explore limited/locals first. Much gratitude to @Bulldoza for including it as essentially an extra in his awesome BIF box of mostly Texas locals for the opportunity to correct my above mistake. Thanks Nick!

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
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