New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) - New Holland Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
A: Pours a deep dark hazy brown into a snifter with about 2 cm of head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin film of bubbles on the top. Laces all the way down the glass.
S: Smell is a complex combination of coffee, milk chocolate, and cherry.
T: Taste incorporates all of the elements of the smell, but there is a lot more going on in this beer. The last half of each sip gives you a mild taste of bourbon and warming alcohol. As the beer warms, you can really taste the effects of the oak barreling. The oaky taste also contributes hints of vanilla and butterscotch.
M: Carbonation just slightly more than a stout, and is textured with medium body. The higher ABV makes it difficult for me to believe that you could session it, but my fondness for the style, as well as Kentucky bourbon makes me think that I could have 2 or 3 for sure.
10-24-2008 01:23:52 | More by NittanyBeerFan
4.63/5 rDev +16.6%
Picked up a bomber at Riley's here in Madison. Nice new silkscreened bottle.
Pours a deep black with hints of ruby highlight at the edges under a finger of khaki head. I love the smell of a good bourbon barrel aged brew and this is no different - infectious, ephemeral woody alcohol over a bed of vanilla bean, lactose and bready yeast. Flavor is sublime, mellowed bourbon, oak, vanilla extract and toffee/caramel malt. Mouthfeel is thinner than I had expected, but made for easy drinking as did the well-hidden alcohol. A fantastic barrel-aged brew here, seek it out and you shall find nirvana.
12-30-2005 00:55:51 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.25/5 rDev -18.1%
This pours very dark brown with brown highlights, not much head. On the nose there are powerful notes of alcohol, vanilla, raisins, and sugar. In the mouth the sweetness is overwhelming, hardly any roasted malt or hops to balance the sweetness. The booze heat makes for a nice long finish, though the body is too sticky for me.
Overall, this is probably a bit too sweet and the bourbon doesn't really integrate all that well. Also I'm not convinced this is a stout, more like an imperial brown or old ale.
04-15-2012 20:09:06 | More by EricCioe
2.15/5 rDev -45.8%
22oz brown bomber with a cool white silk screen label with a dragon and barrel on it. Severed into a nonic glass. Very deep mahogany color with some rudy red highlights showing through with a tan creamy head with fair retentionleaving bits of webby lacing down the glass
Very earthy aromas with some woody boubon heat comming through and deep burnt carmell notes as well.
Lots of clean barrel wood tastes upfront with sweet vanallia candied carmell,not as boozy as the aroma would indicate.Smoother than anticipated,lacks complexity has clean sharp bitterness with a citrusy edge. Lacking carbonation with a syrupy edge that i'm not too fond of. Leaves bitter chocolate lingering with sone slight soured tartness. Not harsh,just not real pleasurable. Not a beer that i would drink again,but not repulsive either. Kind of boring,had a hard time finishing the entire bottle,the first half went down twice as easy as the last half.
10-13-2008 02:17:44 | More by jcdiflorio
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
Served from a 22 or 25 oz bottle. The bottle was different than the picture above as it had a silk screened lable on it in white that was pretty darn cool. I poured the beer into my trusty Duvel tulip.
The beer poured a deep black color with a slight tan head that disapated rather quickly. left behind was a good ring around the glass and some solid lacing down the sides. The aroma was a full toasted caramel smell, pleasing to the nose. The tasted was a nice toasted, malty bite up front with some very nice vanilla tones as well which made for a smooth mouth feel. With a medium body, this is still a pretty darn easy beer to drink because it is tastey and so smooth going down but yet it leaves a nice taste in the mouth.
09-02-2006 02:42:26 | More by ggaughan
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
A- Just able to see the light through the dark ruby/black color. Nice lacing.
S- Choc. covered cherries, fresh flour, lactose sweetness, and a bit of buttery vanilla.
T- Dark choc, dryness of oak, cherries, dry hop finish, vanilla and touch of butterscotch.
M- Low carb, velvety smooth, dry finish is nice.
D- 8.5% is well hidden, not bad. I found it similar to 1554.
06-21-2008 18:28:10 | More by Greggy
4.66/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
06-14-2012 06:17:15 | More by martyl1000
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
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!
04-30-2008 20:44:35 | More by bigdeuce
4.21/5 rDev +6%
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.
06-16-2013 02:35:36 | More by minterro
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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