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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,609 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,609
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 182
Gots: 628 | 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 shadow1961
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

shadow1961, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +0.5%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of gmfessen
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

gmfessen, May 03, 2008
Photo of throwback
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

throwback, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of AmitC
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

AmitC, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of MrDave
4/5  rDev +0.5%

MrDave, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of zaphodchak
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

zaphodchak, May 01, 2011
Photo of brbrocc
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

brbrocc, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of webmanspidey
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

webmanspidey, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of ant880
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

ant880, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +0.5%

larryarms847, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

zenithberwyn, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of FickleBeast
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

FickleBeast, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of Benesi88
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Benesi88, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of martyl1000
4.66/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

martyl1000, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of hoppymeal
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

hoppymeal, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +0.5%

HumphreyLee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of davemathews68
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

davemathews68, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

AlaskanYoung, May 02, 2014
Photo of ethanmc12
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ethanmc12, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Skidz
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out dark brown and sits nearly jet black with bits of crimson showing through the sides. Nice sized brown head fades quickly to the sides, leaving litte on the surface.

Smells of roasted grains, quite malty. Some fruity esters show through, namely pears. Light hints of cocoa powder. Wooden sides and lightly nutty.

Tastes faintly sweet up front, good malt structure. Roastedness come out quite well and is balanced by a good amount of hop bitterness. Dry, wooden tones push in from the sides and from which seeps out a delicate warmth of alcohol. Flavors of dates, old raisins and chocolate syrup accumulate between the grainy flavors. Finish is dry and holds onto a spicy hop bitterness and lingering malty sweetness.

Creamy and well carbonated. This beer could benefit from a smoother feel with less interference from carbonation. Body is medium-full, but puts out quite a bit. One bottle is easily consumed. Tasty all the way, a bit grainy at times, but definately has it where it counts.

Skidz, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of Alpar
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Alpar, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of SCZ
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

SCZ, Nov 25, 2012
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,609 ratings.