Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,600 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,600
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 272
Gots: 1,177 | FT: 39
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:
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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Ratings: 4,600 | Reviews: 1,318
Photo of Rhody1
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage was very smooth and rich.

Photo of JHadlock
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Needs to breathe a little before drinking

Photo of Jwtug
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For a 11% beer this is great. First tried it on tap at a local restaurant, bought a 4 pack of bottles tonight. Very interesting brew. Very good.

Photo of reds2harleys
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and frothy. Very tasty brew w a robust finish.

Photo of Matty123
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drain poured this beer halfway through. Heavy carbonation, thin mouthfeel, Metallic taste. Thumbs down

Photo of Michael-GT
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing. Smells like whiskey, vanilla, and chocolate. Tastes like chocolate and whiskey. Creamy texture and a great head.

Photo of jwall76
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New Holland is making a name for themselves with this delicious gem.

Photo of bisonfort
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

High alcohol but good taste.

Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ALL "5's" across the board! Sampled last night on 6/18/15. Comes in a 4-pack at the local Hy-vee and contains right at 11% alcohol (ABV)! Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 12 ounce 'Empyrean Brewing Co.' snifter glass.

Brew pours super close to a pitch-black in color with about a 1/2-finger foamy beige head. Lots of 'ring-like' lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of roasted malts and cocoa powder for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste as there is a hint of dark fruit (cherries?) along with a hint of vanilla also. No 'boozy' taste either as you might think with the 11% alcohol! Nice finish but does have a very mild bitter finish that lasts about 2 secs. Close to full-bodied with perfect carbonation, which isn't much as most types of this style are. You aren't going to drink more than 2 of these in a sitting I'm thinking. ;) A fantastic brew and a 'must try'!

Photo of DaneBramage
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: dark chocolate in a tall glass
S: chocolate with hints of cocoa
T- chocolate and cherries with cocoa and coffee hints, more robust flavor than your typical stout or porter
F- malty, bitter aftertaste
O- a local restaurant just got it on tap and I'll be having it again, went well with almond chicken salad. Not as good as Founders Breakfast Stout but still very drinkable. On a side note, I got home after drinking it and took a 2-hour nap, it damn near knocked me out. Double stouts tend to sap all of my energy.

Photo of jmikepool
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer

Photo of woodchipper
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my 500th rated beer, so I figured it deserved some words.
L- very dark, low head, but nice lacing that clings to the glass.
S- Pretty much bourbon, but some hint of coffee/chocolate.
T- Smooth start, astringent finish (but in a good way)
F- Creamy start, spikes finish, leaves your mouth suddenly like-- did I swallow, where did it go?
O- I would buy this again. Hi alcohol makes me save it for when I can afford the hit.

Photo of LaneMeyer
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black, little head.

Smells of chocolate covered dark cherries, rum, raisin, little bit boozy.

Tastes very raisin forward to me. A little sickly sweet taste going on. Some prune flavor. Lots of milk chocolate.

Mouth feel is big, thick, a little oily.

Overall, not a bad BA Stout. A little sweet for my tastes though.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome BA stout. Loved this one.

Photo of KellyScottMad
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is a great beer. At first I thought it was a little to boozy, but after settling in on the bottle it was a nice warmth and flavor on the palate. I would put this Imperial stout at #3 on my list of best aged stouts.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, oily, deep dense tan head that recedes to thin sparse head. Few spots of lace.

S: Milk chocolate, kinda harsh oak, sweet cream.

T: Dark chocolate offset by some sweetness, oak. Rich cacao finish. Good progression as it warms. Surprisingly, no alcohol warmth.

M:Oily, thick. Prickly carbonation.

O: Can't believe this is year round. This beer is hedonistic; all the flavors are up front and unabashed. Supremely well made, available, and satisfying.

Photo of Antg8989
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always try to rate my beer blind. Sometimes I'll re-rate (also blind) to compare. And damn this was tasty both times. The only thing that surprised me was the lack of lacing. At 11.00% this is one of my go-to's for the style now.

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

11% ABV and tastes it. The alcohol flavor is front and center and kills off anything that comes near. Fortunately the more the beer becomes room temp, the more the alcohol dies down and lets the roasted flavors come out.

Photo of Towen69
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this brew! The bourbon barrel is better but this is really good too.

Photo of Reppend
1.77/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1

I cant get used to the taste of this, triggered the gag reflex. Wouldve given a negative taste score if possible.

Photo of TX-Badger
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, oak, bourbon, and vanilla sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with bourbon and cocoa.

Photo of Vylo
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark with nearly no head, has an amazing roasted tasted that is smooth and easy to drink despite the high ABV. Highly recommend.

Photo of twincano
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Black, cola lively.
S-Vanilla,oak,bourbon.
T-Roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon in the back end.
M-Light for a stout,thin, bit carbonated for a stout.
O-Good beer could improve, aged it a little bit longer and make it more creamy or smooth, don't mind the carbonation, feels more like porter!

Photo of TBoneJones
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown/ near black pour, creamy-looking tan head.
Smell is chocolate and bourbon barrel wood. No alcohol detected.
Taste is boozy, with loads of bourbon and a vanilla/ burnt licorice flavor.
Medium feel, smooth, slightly buttery. Dry finish.
Decent stout, looks and smells great, a bit much charry and burnt for my taste (I'd prefer sweeter).
Others may disagree, so I'd say give this a try if you see it and like double stouts.

Photo of Northtexan
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a nice tan head. Has an excellent creamy mouthfeel with nice chocolate and carmel flavors. This is a really nice stout. I'll pick it up again.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,600 ratings.