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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,927 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3,927
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 208
Gots: 748 | FT: 35
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.

2014 Bottles are 11% ABV

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002)
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3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dragons Milk from New Hollands Brewery is an outstanding beer!

Pours dark black with a medium head. The smell is that of vanilla, coffee, and a pleasant bourbon whiskey. This is very strong beer, and the alcohol does have some heat when drinking it. It is a thick beer, but it has a silky mouth feel. A smooth stout to be sure. The taste is that of bourbon, dried fruits, oats, and subtle coffee. A very oaky finish in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Could not drink more than one of these, quite strong, but absolutely delicious!

MBbeerking14, Apr 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

QuentinCall, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Donco
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Having tried this for the third time, I'd have to say it is a decent barrel aged stout. However, for the price (outside of MI) it probably does not warrant a higher rating. I don't even consider comparing this to BCBS which to me, is a bourbon barrel aged stout unto itself. So, I would compare this more closely to Fegley's Insidious bourbon barrel aged stout: a more comparable, lower level version of the style. After trying both, I'd recommend getting your hands on the Fegley's first and then the Dragon's Milk. I understand there are many fans of this beer. But I would not buy a 4 pack at the price I paid ($16) again.

Donco, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +0.5%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Matthew1788
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Matthew1788, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

PopnLoads, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Wayne17
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Wayne17, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

gory4d, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of kjoe19
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first barrel bourbon stout I have had the privilege to taste! Pours a nice deep black, with a clinging tan head about a fingertip length. Strong smell with a nose that helps to enhance the taste, which is definitely one of the creamiest stouts I've ever tasted. Each sip is delectable and lingers around the mouth for many moments, providing a high level of consistency and satisfaction because of it. Overall a 5/5 for it being the first BBS I've had, and what is to me a well crafted stout.

Mine was a 22oz that I found for $7.99 at my local liquor store!

kjoe19, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

SammyJaxxxx, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

emac1224, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

KevinL, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

1Nrwyscotch, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

yancot, Apr 28, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Noelito76, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

GonzoHomebrewer, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of WKyle
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with white lacing that turns into a very thin head like most imperial stouts. The smell is of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, whiskey, and esters. The taste is really wonderful it starts with chocolate and vanilla and ends with whiskey, coffee, and warming alcohol. The alcohol taste is present, but that really should be expected when you age something in bourbon barrels for long enough. The mouth feel is lighter than a lot of imperial stouts, but not thin. Overall, I would drink a KBS or a backwoods bastard first, but due to their low availability this is definitely a go to bourbon barrel stout. I will be drinking this one again.

WKyle, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of WillKorn
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very unique beer that is awesome in flavor. The first time I had this I absolutely hated it, but have really developed my liking for stronger beers, which this certainly is. This beer is also very good to cook with as well, adding great flavors.

WillKorn, Apr 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

AricGresko, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

visualmartyr, Apr 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Nich7601, Apr 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

mattmarka1, Apr 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

ThatsStout, Apr 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

jyacco15, Apr 24, 2014
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,927 ratings.