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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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3,306 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,306
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 158
Gots: 482 | FT: 32
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 krl2112


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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


4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is true. This is no American Strong Ale, but I have seen it listed as some type of English Strong Ale. Anyway, it is some type of Imperial Stout in my estimation. Nonetheless, this is an outstanding beer. Scents of deep chocolate, cherries, robust coffee shine through. Tastes similar, very light and unique. Heavy ABV not well detected. An a great looking opaque beer. I did not see a large foamy head, but it still is worth pouring and looking at. A nice well rounded nightcap, brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 20:44:35 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of DruC4


4/5  rDev +1%

06-18-2012 19:29:29 | More by DruC4
Photo of brbrocc

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

08-26-2012 22:06:08 | More by brbrocc
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin


3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-15-2013 01:37:24 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
Photo of davidwhatshisnam

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

07-02-2014 22:05:20 | More by davidwhatshisnam
Photo of bschinelli


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-20-2011 19:26:28 | More by bschinelli
Photo of Brushkanna

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

07-12-2012 22:44:32 | More by Brushkanna
Photo of davemathews68


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

02-01-2014 02:16:13 | More by davemathews68
Photo of Benesi88


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-10-2014 17:04:33 | More by Benesi88
Photo of martyl1000


4.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this on tap a number of times at Jacs (Madison). And while my wife loves it, I've always felt overwhelmed by its bourbon-barrel booziness. But somehow now that I'm having it from a 12 oz. bottle, I find it enchanting. Seems counter-intuitive that the alcohol would be better hidden coming from a bottle than from a tap. But the vanilla roundness and lactose sweetness play front and center, and I now love it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 06:17:15 | More by martyl1000
Photo of BostonPhilly


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-26-2014 19:55:23 | More by BostonPhilly
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

04-18-2014 01:46:35 | More by mpenning13
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4/5  rDev +1%

07-05-2013 16:00:33 | More by Rau71
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

09-12-2013 05:06:43 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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4/5  rDev +1%

11-27-2011 06:18:43 | More by pwoody11
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

03-06-2014 21:53:28 | More by bleedsblu
Photo of Slynger


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dragon's Milk pours a deep blackened oak color with a slim lid of lightly frothy-creamy light tan.

Nose is a touch light, but presents chocolate and caramel aromas along with some roasted scents and a little bit of vanilla oak.

Slick, smooth, whole-milky feel to a full body with very light carbonation. Flavor is good and comes in much stronger than the nose. It brings flavors of softly sweet milk chocolate and caramely vanilla beans with lightly roasted and blackened malts. It's all encased in a subtle oaky bourbon woodiness, and finishes with slightly warming alcohol.

Nice, a damn solid brew from NH.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 02:56:37 | More by Slynger
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is no head at all, darkness abounds...looks flat.

Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, not as much roastiness as most stouts.

Bourbon is front and center on the lips, the tongue picks up some chocolate.

Silky smooth with no bite from the alcohol, which is a pleasant surprise since I expected a big burn. There is also no stout bitterness. As it warms the bourbon flavor takes over almost entirely, muddling up the finish which started off pretty clean. It begins pretty drinkable but becomes more and more vinous as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 20:46:30 | More by Naugros
Photo of AmitC

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 23:49:26 | More by AmitC
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a very small tan coloured head.

The smell is chocolate and bourbon. Smells sweet like a desert liqueur.

The taste is sweet, much like the smell, the bourbon is prevalent as is it chocolaty. There's a little alcohol on the finish but it adds to the flavour.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with quite a high carbonation.

This was a great beer, the bourbon and chocolate flavours mix well and provide a desert like experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 23:49:20 | More by Dave1999
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New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Welcome to New Jersey New Holland.

A: It's black, but it is also brown. There wasn't much head on the pour and the lacing wasn't great.

S: Whiskey, chocolate and vanilla interesting combo.

T: Very sweet tasting, it's kind of like a mix between double bastard and ba boris. Very strang, but still good. Nice oak notes that have a hint of whiskey, than a big of chocolate/oatmeal stout.

M: Full and rather creamy, some booziness but not too much.

D: Fairly easy to drink, and for the price definitely something I will go back to

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 23:13:59 | More by mikey711
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-08-2014 04:28:05 | More by Roger85
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4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gift from my girlfriend for my birthday. Enjoyed with her and my dad.

A&S: slight coffee, lots of vanilla and woody aroma. almost bourbon alcohol tones in the smell.
Nice foamy tan head with good lacing. jet black colored beer.

T&M: slightly sour. Dark chocolate tones in the tastes more so then the smell. lots of alcohol but more of a scotch ale. On the high side of medium bodied and the low side of medium carbonation.

Overall: very well put together double. By far my favorite commonly found new holland beer, and I think most would agree with me.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:35:36 | More by minterro
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4-pack from Whole Foods. Rounded pint glass. Dimpled stein at the ready just in case things get serious.

Brown on black body. Ho-hum tan head.

Smells sticky. Melted malt balls & licorice sticks. Macerated brown bread. Chocolate cherries.

Milky texture, very lightly carbed. Lots of residual, warming booze(a bit too potent, but not harsh). Anise. Toffee & wood. Puff of ashy smoke & earthy bitterness on the finish.

Even better on cask. :)

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 09:43:27 | More by PEBKAC
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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