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

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very good

3,746 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,746
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 195
Gots: 681 | FT: 38
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Spike-likes-beer, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

thethinker, Mar 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

AaronGreenman, Mar 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

norinco, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Matthew607, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

OnryAndMean, Mar 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

tard24, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pens1967, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

linnymtu, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dragon's Milk.

Extra dark to black. Head is khaki in color. End of keg, so lots of head and lace.

Lots of bourbon. Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon... and a little bit of stout. Caramel, vanilla, roastiness, and sweetness.

Vanilla stout with loads of bourbon presence. Super oaky and semi-sweet with huge vanilla, salted caramel, butterscotch, and toasted coconut notes. Missing roasty qualities for the base stout. Nothing terribly obtrusive here, except the whiskey. This flavor needs a muzzle.

Sultry smooth and filled out mouthfeel with condensed carbonation. Very nice.

A good bourbon barrel stout. One of the forefathers.

thecheapies, Mar 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Hopscotchale, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of carlitos92
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Had heard comments about this beer all over the map; lots of both love and hate for it, so I was excited to get it as an extra in a trade and see for myself. "2013 Vintage," served cold in a snifter.

A: Dark brown, very much like a cola. Translucent at the edges, and not at all "thick." About 1/8 inch light khaki head which dissipates quickly.

S: Aroma is on the weak side, but full of bourbon and caramel.

M: Mouthfeel here is not bad, just not very memorable. Not too sticky, not too gummy, but not very substantial, either. Unassuming. Would love to see more here. As it warms up, it's close to drinking a warm Dr. Pepper with some bourbon in it.

T: Here, they nailed it. Fantastic bourbon flavor without being boozy. There's some nice vanilla and cola undertones. Slight anise, and cream soda. Veers towards cloyingly sweet when it gets hot, but not over the top. Very strong bourbon finish - but again, more the essence than the whiskey heat. I would never think this was 10% ABV by the taste.

I wanted to hate this beer, but can't, because the flavor is so good. It's thin, and nearly on the wrong side of the tracks in Sweetville, USA - but damn, did they nail the idea of bourbon in a beer.

If they called this a bourbon barrel aged porter or something other than a stout, I suspect there would be a lot more love - and it would be well-deserved. Nice job, New Holland.

carlitos92, Mar 15, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bear inning this is my first bourbon barrel aged stout review.

Smell and taste were not as complex and interesting as hoping. Strong notes of vanilla, roasted malts, some chocolate, some coffe and distinct bourbon in the aroma.

Taste was mostly vanilla and bourbon. Good but not great. Very creamy. Coats your mouth. Picking up more chocolate as I progress.

Very good. Not great. Will adjust ratings as I venture into more bourbon ages stouts. Was hoping for a little more barrel character.

Boozermurfin, Mar 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

mrchrisray, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Lelampp, Mar 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

uturn, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

DarthKostrizer, Mar 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

MHoe, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

nguasta2, Mar 12, 2014
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PhilMiller, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

badmotorgrunge, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Reappropriated, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

saburky, Mar 11, 2014
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,746 ratings.