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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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New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

08-26-2012 22:06:08 | More by brbrocc
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-20-2014 00:24:58 | More by KCBeerNerd
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3/5  rDev -24.4%

07-07-2014 23:57:01 | More by Nichols33
Photo of ggaughan


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
Photo of Greggy


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
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-31-2014 12:55:42 | More by mikefuski17
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-25-2014 03:52:29 | More by brpendergast85
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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
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-12-2013 02:33:50 | More by larryarms847
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-08-2014 04:28:05 | More by Roger85
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-02-2014 22:05:20 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-07-2013 20:33:56 | More by target88
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North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

07-22-2013 23:49:20 | More by Dave1999
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3.85/5  rDev -3%

07-16-2013 21:43:48 | More by leroybrown10
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-04-2013 05:50:09 | More by xdtfx
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured a deep dark brown, near black, no head a very little lacing.

Aroma of dark chocolate, oak and hints of vanilla.

Taste of roasted malt, bitter dark coffee followed by a slight dark fruit sweetness, vanilla and a hint of alcohol.

Mouth Feel was light leaning medium body, low carbonation, balanced, a little thin with a slight alcohol warming.

Overall it is a nice flavored stout, needs a little more thickness would make this a top notch stout.

09-18-2011 22:46:56 | More by dtivp
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-10-2014 01:05:25 | More by stogirelli
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-19-2014 02:14:50 | More by spw109
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

04-18-2014 01:46:35 | More by mpenning13
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3.84/5  rDev -3.3%

Growler pour for Super Bowl. No head, as dark as you can get before it's black, with hints of red, very slight hints.

Smell is decent, not as intense as other bba beers: weakened vanilla, molasses, etc., some bourbon.

Taste is similar but more complex: dark fruit, some chocolate and coffe in there. Vanilla molasses and light bourbon notes are prominent.

Feel is nice and smooth, extremely light carbonation, a sense of earthiness to it. Enjoyable beer but not in the same league as other bba stouts, re: BCBS, BN, KBS. But don't let that sway you, go ahead and try it it's good. Cheers.

02-04-2013 01:27:43 | More by rodlavers
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-05-2013 16:00:33 | More by Rau71
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-15-2013 01:32:11 | More by Blaze5445
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3.1/5  rDev -21.9%

Pours a dark black with a nice tan head.
The lace is sticky tan and remains

The aroma is sweet notes of vanilla caramel and oak very nice.

The taste is mostly alcohol and oak. I wish I had let it age but it was the only bottle I bought on a trip across the country. Its a an ok taste but I would let it sit to dissipate the alcohol and try again.

10-03-2011 21:15:41 | More by bishopdc0
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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