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

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

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3,475 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,475
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 166
Gots: 568 | FT: 36
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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Photo of nick76


3.38/5  rDev -14.9%

The aroma is toasted with milk, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and molasses. The appearance is dark brown with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma but is rather weak. The palate is rather thin. Overall it's too washed out for my liking but still quite drinkable.

03-06-2009 09:59:06 | More by nick76
Photo of shadow1961


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

New Holland Dragon's Milk ale pours a finger of sticky tan foam over an opaque black brew. Carbonation is hard to gauge, but a little slow. The nose is roasty malts, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and a note of alcohol stiffening everything up. Flavor is pretty much a reflection of the nose- sweet dark malts, notes of dark fruit, and chocolate balanced by espresso bitterness, a ghost of herbal hop and a rummy nip of alcohol. Mouthfeel is round and smooth, with that tang of alcohol (8% by volume) keeping things from getting fuzzy. Not exactly a porter/stout/wee heavy it's just a nice big barrel aged beer- just the thing for dark cold nights.

10-23-2009 07:18:42 | More by shadow1961
Photo of Prospero


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-29-2014 22:02:48 | More by Prospero
Photo of cvm4


3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

A - Looks like a stout, black like a stout, brown head like a stout that dissipates quickly.

S - A slight bourbon smell. Dark Chocolate & molasses.

T - Sweet bourbon, malty, licorice, brown sugar and subtle coffee notes.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy.

O - It's not bad... The bourbon notes could be more pronounced & the sweet taste isn't to my liking.

05-13-2012 00:44:11 | More by cvm4
Photo of krl2112


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-07-2012 20:11:09 | More by krl2112
Photo of gmfessen


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer pours thinner than I had expected and looked like new motor oil but appears a deep brown in the glass with a thin, yet firm looking head that leaves nice gobs of lacing all over my glass. The smell is nice; a complex boquet of dark fruits, oak, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar and only a hint of sweet alcohol. The taste is very similar to the nose, with all of the flavors melding quite nicely and a warm alcohol bite at the end. The mouthfeel is on the light side for what I had expected and the beer could use just a tad more carbonation. Drinkability is relatively good, a sipper not a quaffer.

05-03-2008 21:20:40 | More by gmfessen
Photo of throwback


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-08-2014 18:27:14 | More by throwback
Photo of cardinals22


4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-10-2014 23:36:45 | More by cardinals22
Photo of zaphodchak


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Opaque black body with 1.5 finger head of foamy ecruwhite head. Ton of lacing.

Nose is slightly boozy, slightly of coconut... which differs from my memory on draft.

Taste is boozy, some toffee raisin, and definitely a bit of that coconut. This definitely needs to warm up (speaking from experience) to let all the flavor out, otherwise it just tastes like booze.

Mouthfeel is creamy, like a nitro stout, but from a bottle.

This is a super-strong stout; definitely for sipping, and sweet, not hoppy. I highly recommend trying this if these are the things you enjoy in a stout.

05-01-2011 03:16:51 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of brentblack1

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-29-2013 21:01:23 | More by brentblack1
Photo of nheinzie57


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

05-30-2012 16:24:54 | More by nheinzie57
Photo of ant880

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

10-17-2013 23:05:22 | More by ant880
Photo of pwoody11


4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-27-2011 06:18:43 | More by pwoody11
Photo of emottram


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

03-23-2013 22:49:48 | More by emottram
Photo of Twal


4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-05-2012 03:57:40 | More by Twal
Photo of AmitC

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Relatively very thin dark brown colored pour. Dark black inside the glass. Very thin tan colored head. Some shine. Fades easily. Excellent lacing on the sides. Opaque.

Aroma is a mix of oak barrel characters. Good amount of vanilla and creamy sweetness. Dark roasted malts. Strength is moderate to slightly faint. No hint of 10% whatsoever. Slightly porter like feel. Not a very robust aroma by any means.

Taste is perplexing. Good amount of warming but not hurting alcohol upfront. A lot of charred and almost ash like burnt up flavor. Too much charcoal. But distinct. I like it slightly. Some hops as well. Nice to see again. Finish is dry.

Mouth feel is medium and slightly thin for a stout. Decent warmth. No astringency of any kind except for some burnt up smokey flavor. Moderate carbonation.

A distinct brew. Could have used a better body, appearance and aromas and it would be a winner.

Edit: A very nice mix and interplay of robust barrel aged tastes. Excellent towards the end.

02-20-2013 23:49:26 | More by AmitC
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter. Vintage 2013

Pours nearly pitch black with a finger of thick, viscous foam. Aroma is sweet chocolate, toffee, plum.

First sip is a rush of sweet vanilla and strong oaky/bourbon flavors. Quite flavorful and intensely barrel flavored. Finishes very, very sweet, with moderate bitterness.

This is a very interesting beer. Not for a beginner to craft beer, but a nice enjoyable sipper that drinks much smoother than the 10% ABV would indicate. A touch on the side of too much oak, but very good overall.

04-12-2014 04:46:34 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of drdiesel9483


4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-24-2014 15:24:47 | More by drdiesel9483
Photo of hoppymeal


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours cola in color with a small off white head. Aroma is bourbon, cola sweetness, vanilla, and a smoky roastiness. First taste shows a nice roasted malt flavor that is quickly followed up by a cola sweetness and a bourbony finish. Some syrupy sweetness is cut by a tangy acidity. A nice oak and bourbon drying finish. The alcohol is very well balanced and the bourbon flavor and aroma comes thru nicely. The roasted smoky malts are also a nice dimension to this beer. The vanilla in the aroma and the cola-y sweetness in the aroma and taste were perhaps a bit strong for myself, but still a complex interesting beer.

11-22-2006 03:02:09 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of webmanspidey


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark amber/brown color with moderate head. The smell is pretty intense: very alcoholic and sweet with hints of maple syrup and molasses.

Taste continues to be sweet with a very strong oak flavor, one of the few oak aged beers where the flavor has been at the forefront. There's a slight nuttiness to this one as well.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with decent amount of carbonation. For a fairly high strength the drinkability does not suffer here.

Pretty good. Worth trying.

06-14-2009 03:22:32 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of HumphreyLee


4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-14-2011 07:49:44 | More by HumphreyLee
Photo of Brushkanna

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -37%

07-12-2012 22:44:32 | More by Brushkanna
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


3.89/5  rDev -2%

Another one I've heard a lot about, although not as much hype, glad to try it.
Poured into becker pint glass; oily brown pour, black in the glass with a medium tan head that sticks around leaving nice lacing. Smell is dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste is big roasted malt, dark fruits bathed in boozy bourbon, with vanilla and oak finishing out a mellow, sweet finish with alcohol heat washing everything down. While not as well-balanced as other big name ones, this is a good easily accessible BA imperial stout. It's a bit messy compared to BCBS, but still good. Mouthfeel is full but a bit too slick, I'd prefer a bit more creaminess.

08-01-2013 21:23:26 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of benloho


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-24-2014 20:59:17 | More by benloho
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-01-2014 02:16:13 | More by davemathews68
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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