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

New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,889 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2889
Reviews: 1089
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 14.21%


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.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002)
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BumpyAZ

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nearly black, dark brown when held to the light. Small, white creamy head which quickly bubbled away.

S: Very subdued, roasted malt, chocolate, where's the vanilla and bourbon?

T: Creamy chocolate, vanilla and warming bourbon! There it is! Very well balanced.

M: medium thick, creamy

A little lacking in the smell department, but well balanced and a good value. Probably one that will go into the regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:12:38 | More by BumpyAZ
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one, dark as night and viscous, into my glass. Pretty good head for style actually, though it went down fairly quickly.

Smell is heavy with dark, bitter chocolate...bourbon...a bit sweet (vanilla?).

Taste has quite the vanilla component to it...much more than most beers in this style. Definitely the notes of dark chocolate as well....and obviously, some bourbon, though it's a bit muted and this one doesn't come across too boozy or full of bourbon as others. Drinks pretty well for its 10 percent...and of course, the sweet vanilla doesn't hurt. Only a small twinge of bitterness at the finish....but definitely more vanilla.

This bourbon stout is a bit different than others due to its somewhat lacking bourbon taste, but reliance on the vanilla flavors. I like it!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:31:04 | More by NODAK
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage. bomber poured into tulip.

A: pours a very dark brown. head is a light brown hue and very bubbly. good retention. decent lacing. good looking stout.

S: oxidation, bourbon, vanilla. a lot of bourbon. sweet and inviting. really smells like a bourbon barrel aged stout ought too, however wouldn't hate for a bit more complexity.

T: a lot of vanilla. Im really enjoying the fact that the booze has died down with some time. well I should say assumed that it died down, cant say ive had this one fresh. a softer side of roast. a little metallic. the bourbon character comes through nicely though. just struggling to get entirely past the oxidation.

M: mellow carb. big body, but not covered in booze.

D: OK, but not great. like I said above, cant get past the oxidation. gonna have to try one of these fresh to compare, but IMO doesn't age well.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 14:17:56 | More by Jimmys
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bryanbullock

District of Columbia

4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dramatically underrated stout, beautiful cascade of foam from the effervescent center for chocolaty aroma. The mild undertones of chocolate and coffee pair effortlessly in the taste utopia that is dragons milk. The finish is smooth as the teet of a playboy bunny on your 18th birthday. This beer is a homerun!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:08:00 | More by bryanbullock
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hops202

District of Columbia

4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into snifter glass from a 2013 Vintage. Certainly a good candidate to rival bourbon county stout. Definitely considering the $9 a piece bottle price. Smell is great and taste exceeds that. Definitely a great bourbon barrel aged stout. I will be buying a bunch and aging some as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 01:57:58 | More by hops202
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BrandonNyte

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has quickly become one of my personal favorites, although I've noticed that it's not for everyone, due to how strong it is.

It's color is black as pitch, it's smell, sweet and rich.

It has a smooth feel in the mouth, I could detect oaken flavors in it as well as chocolate and coffee undertones. It delivers a very nice aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.

I also thought it to be very good while enjoying a steak.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 00:43:01 | More by BrandonNyte
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SylviaFaye

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is dark black with purple, red, and orange tints about the edges like a sunset stamped out by dark clouds. The smell is reminiscent of plums, chocolate milk, molasses, and sun-dried raisins. The syrupy, above medium mouthfeel adheres to the tongue. Sun-dried raisins, figs, bourbon, and chocolate milk compose the base flavors. This beer gave me goosebumps. The look, texture, and taste reminded me of Pedro Ximenez sherry, the main differences being that the wine is sweeter and thicker and lacks the malty grains.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 18:20:49 | More by SylviaFaye
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance
Black with a small mocha head, looks dangerously enticing, good lacing
Smell
Smells strong of roasted malt, coffee, sugary and has slight bourbon barrel notes
Taste
Oh wow! Medium/heavy mouthfeel, rich and abundant in roasted malt and coffee. There is also mild vanilla and a slight hint of that 10% ABV in the finish
Overall
This is a very good stout and I like it an great deal. And it’s a really good price in my area at least which sweetens the deal. I don’t think this beer gets enough credit, to be honest, if it had the name “Stone” on it people would probably think much higher of it. Anyways, I really like it and always recommend it- and so should you!

-BeerandWHiskeyHQ.com

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 18:01:49 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle 2013 batch into New Belgium globe

A-pours a black with a one finger tan head. Good lacing.

S-Roasty aroma with coffee, some cocoa and bourbon notes.

T-great sweet flavor with bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits and vanilla.

M-Full-bodied, nice balance with the malt, vanilla cream, and booze.

O-really enjoy this imperial milk stout. The bourbon was a nice touch with the cold weather.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 20:57:06 | More by reebtaerG
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ajzbedo73

Missouri

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stout glass. Deep brown color with a light tan head. It smelled of cordial cherries, with a hint of bourbon. Nice malty flavor with chocolate undertones. It had a bit of a boozy finish. Velvety feel across my tongue. Overall a very enjoyable stout. Could sit and have more than one of these on a cold winter day.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 02:59:09 | More by ajzbedo73
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into chalice. 2012 vintage.

A - Black with a lighter off white semi fluffy head. Fair retention and spotty lacing.

S - The nose is bourbon (held up well with age) with hints of roasted malt and chocolate, slight vanilla, marshmallow and caramel.

T - The bourbon is quite pleasant after 2 years. Roasted malt and chocolate overtones with sweet caramel and marshmallow.

M - Very light in carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

O - This beer has held up very well and I prefer it with some age on it. I usually like BB stouts fresh, but this was a bit harsh when fresh. The age mellowed it out, but kept the bourbon notes. Quite good with 2 years on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 01:29:04 | More by Ri0
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this in a snifter.

A brown sugar-colored head rises to a finger's-width. Then the creamy stuff falls to a thick ring of sheet lace with just enough to cover the cap. The body is completely black with some carbonation columns noticed at the top sides of the glass.

The nose hits up front with bourbon and a little brown sugar, some vanilla. There are some stronger smokey notes of tobacco and leather, but so buried. The aromas are not especially strong, but enjoyable nonetheless.

The bourbon flavor is more muted, with only the slightest brush with booziness on the finish. Otherwise there are strong impressions of vanilla syrup. brown sugar, and caramel malt. The stronger roasted flavors, again smokey and leathery, are most apparent in the finish with the boozy kiss and a quick burst of fig.

Dragon's Milk is full bodied and very creamy. There is a substantial amount of stick to the flavors with the roasted and smokey notes clinging long to the back of the throat, definitely more of a woody dryness.

Dragon's Milk is a very enjoyable beer. The vanilla syrup quality on the palate is a little different at first, but the smokey and boozey finish is a very nice contrast. Add to that, the feel of this beer is great and makes it a joy to sip. Strong, but not overbearing, rich, but not cloying. This beer rides a fine line, and does it artfully.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 07:14:48 | More by Pintofbrown
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BarwoodBonanza

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. November 11 bottling date.

Inky black with ruby highlights at the edges. Sand-colored head dissipates quickly but leaves a nice layer on top and some moderate lacing.

Rich vanilla tones dominate the aroma with hints of boozy bourbon and cocoa.

The flavor adds nice texture to the cocoa and vanilla notes with a caramelized sugar quality similar to a creme brûlée crust. This leads to a warm bourbon booziness which then transitions to a nice charred, dark roast finish. Pretty solid but maybe not as harmonious as I'd like.

A little too carbonated and light in body I think. It seems to me a fuller body would serve this beer better.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:09:41 | More by BarwoodBonanza
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atr2605

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a tan head with great retention that leaves a nice lacing
S-cocoa, vanilla, oak, roasted malts
T-lots of vanilla and cocoa flavors followed by honey, oak, roasted malts, and more vanilla in the finish. Alot of flavors happening
M-medium-full bodied with tight carbonation and a bit of creaminess
O-complex and big beer. I enjoyed it but think it would be best served as a half pint

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 01:06:25 | More by atr2605
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dragon's Milk stout pours black into the glass with a small tan head. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma has nice notes of oak, vanilla and bourbon. A touch of chocolate and roast malt is also detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor has nice chocolate notes along with oak, vanilla and bourbon. It finishes a little dry with some dark fruit notes. Once gone the chocolate and oak lingers on the palate.

This beer needs time to warm to enjoy. The flavors emerge from the cold.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 00:44:17 | More by WanderingFool
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RaulMondesi

California

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Meh. Not good. Not bad, but kind of like Raul's prom night: I could have lived without it. Flavors are kind of there and that's about it. Mouthfeel is very insipid and flat like a coca cola getting a tan in Death Valley. It's not repulsive, but it's not much.

Peace!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 06:13:08 | More by RaulMondesi
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Vintage 2013

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing cascades down the glass leaving a thick ring behind it.

S- Sweet aroma of vanilla, caramel and charred oak. Not very boozy

T- Incredibly smooth. Too smooth to be a stout aged in bourbon barrels. The dark roasted malt sets the tone for a remarkable blend of flavors including black cherry, vanilla and molasses. So good. The hops chime in to create some balancing bitterness but not once does the flavor become overly boozy.

M- Creamy and thick with medium carbonation and a very full body.

O- I'm astonished that this beer presently has a score of just 88. This is one of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts I've ever had and you can check my track record to verify that I've had some of the best. Maybe the fact that it is so smooth and hides its char, oak and ABV well is why some people aren't down with it. Not enough in-your-face extremity. If you want a well-balanced, smooth and drinkable BBA stout, this one's for you.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 02:59:22 | More by Immortale25
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n2185

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, semi-sweet cocoa, and vanilla dominate with some oak and bourbon aromas underneath.

T: Roasted malts here as well with some dark chocolate and vanilla flavors. The oak and bourbon are more present in the flavor with some notes of burnt sugar and caramel. The finish is lightly boozy.

M: Medium-thick body with moderate carbonation, this beer is a bit more carbonated and lighter in body than many barrel aged stouts, but it avoids being overly carbonated or too watery.

O: An enjoyable beer overall and one of the more underrated stouts out there. It's not really on the same level as the best barrel aged stouts, but it's also a lot more reasonably priced and accessible than most examples.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 03:47:02 | More by n2185
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SFNC

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark cola brown/black with a light brown head. Smells oaky, a little chocolate, some sweetness and bourbon. Tastes of wood, bourbon, dark dried fruits, dark chocolate, sweet malt and did I mention wood? A little sweet maybe and quite boozy, but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is hot with alcohol and medium of carbontation. Not bad. Overall, this is very good, but lacks some of the complexities of other robust stouts. A good, but not great imperial stout at a good price. I might revisit this one again soon, but it would depend on the availability of other stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 01:16:20 | More by SFNC
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krustster

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

UUuuuaaahhh god man. This was my first of the New Holland High Gravity series, and the reason why I ended up trying the full lineup. Coming back to it now after several months and it's actually quite a bit better than I remembered.

Appearance is good, dark brown/mostly black with a light colored head that leaved a thick sheet of foam around my glass. It's more translucent than most of this style, so it looks slightly "weak" but oh well. This is really not a very important category to me.

Smell is nice. Very sweet, bordering on too sweet. As far as aroma, this may be the sweetest non-flavored beer I can think of, even more than Sweet Repute. Tons and tons of fruity smells like ripe sweet cherries, prunes, raisin, with loads of vanilla, candied nuts and baked sugar(?). It's obvious that this is a bourbon barreled beer, but the bourbon and oak itself is very hard to pick up on the nose.

The taste is similar to the nose. How often is that not the case? There's a lot of candied nuts up front, like those peanuts with the bumpy red stuff on them, with overripe (in a good way) fruits on the side, soaked in vanilla. Again I can't really taste much bourbon, but the influence of the barrel aging is obvious. I get a bit of brown sugar and molasses as well. Hints of coffee and bitterness on the finish, just enough to balance things and keep it from being grossly sweet. Like someone else said, I can't believe this one only has an 88 average. It's very well put-together.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. A little thinner than some comparable offerings at "only" 10% ABV but still quite substantial and has that decadent, dessert-like coating feeling on the palate. The first time I tried this I remember it being way too boozy, but at the time it was also straight from the fridge and tonight it's closer to room temperature & has calmed down considerably.

Overall, Dragon's Milk is an amazingly tasty beer for a relatively low price. I feel that some people are overlooking it because it's easily available and the price is fair ($7 a bomber/$14 a four pack) and as we all know, the only barrel-aged stouts worth drinking are brewed once in ultra-limited quantities for $30 a serving.

Seriously though, making this a year-round offering was a fantastic move on New Holland's part. It's pretty phenomenal for the price, and extremely tasty regardless of value.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 04:28:35 | More by krustster
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HardTarget

Texas

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black glass lets some light through at the edges, holds a soapy white foam that clings to the glass.

Smell: Woody barrel, bourbon barrel, just barrel, and some wood. It lets you know there was a lot of tree involved in the brewing of this beer. Some malt gives a hint of support.

Taste: Boozy, bourbon is up front and full volume. Following behind is a rush of sugary roasted malt, with a light lactic 'milk stout' edge.

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost medium heavy body, low carbonation, slick oily finish. Alcoholic evaporation in the finish goes beyond dry to slightly burning/numbing.

Overall: A real one two punch. The heavy bourbon fire put out with the malty shovel. By them selves, both are overwhelming, combined, just a bit closer to center where the two Venn Diagrams overlap. A real sipper.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 00:54:06 | More by HardTarget
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with basically no head to speak of; just a tiny bit of fizz. There is a bit of a ring around the top of the beer but again, unimpressive.

Aroma is full of bourbon with lots of vanilla and wood. There is some dark fruit in there along with a touch of sweet chocolate.

Bourbon right off the bat in the flavor. Rich vanilla notes that drown out pretty much everything else. Buried underneath is some milk chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Very thick and heavy mouthfeel and a sweet, sticky finish.

Overall, I really like bourbon so this is a real tasty beer but I feel it is a little unbalanced. Bourbon really dominates the whole thing and there isn't any room for the other flavors to come through. Lacking some complexity but still a pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:45:50 | More by rangerred
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a Stella Artois chalice.

A: Dark and not very active. One finger head that dissipates to a light ring leading to thin soapy lacing. Has some legs!

S: Big oaky, vanillan up front with subtle roasted notes shining underneath. Has some of that big bourbon nose.

T: WHOA. Big as life and coming out of left field with a giant haymaker, It almost doesn't remind me of beer. Hot and boozy, verging on a hot boozy mess but very very complex while doing it. Minor roasted notes but they get engulfed in this big bourbon aged note.

M: thinner than nose and taste would predict. Filling without being overly thick, nor cloying nor overtly boozy. The heat is exceptionally subtle and quite welcome. Very oaky finish. Big vanilla.

O: It verges on hot boozy mess, but somehow just balances and teeters on the brink, then pulls it off. Nicely, I might add.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 01:13:59 | More by Scrapss
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

4.94/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer dark in color mild to medium head. So creamy and yet barrel aged. I couldn't get enough of this beer so lives up to its name. i could drink this beer all day long anywhere at any time. I happened to see where this beer was brewed so that is so freaking awesome kudos to new holland brewing company

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 16:54:33 | More by yuenglingfan101
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Rob_Wesley

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 4 pack of this item. I Drank the first one in the bottle and enjoyed but as a casual drinker this was too much alcohol. So after that I enjoyed it as a shot for me and a buddy while drinking another beer. This is really good but I prefer to drink as shots.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 05:35:04 | More by Rob_Wesley
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,889 ratings.