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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,238 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,238
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 152
Gots: 471 | FT: 30
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.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002)
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Enola

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aquired via trade with robertdoesbeer.

The beer is a nice deep black with a hint of light permeating the edges. A tan head sits atop the brew. There are coffee and chocolate flavors as well as the oak coming through. Malts abound in this beer. the alcohol shows a little as it warms. Drinkable, but take it slow. This is one dragon that bites.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 03:43:24 | More by Enola
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a very dark, almost black with a small head and nice lacing observed.
smelled of oak, vanilla and alcohol. Hints of bourbon came to mind as took a good wiff!
taste was of oak, bourbon, vanilla and malts.
warming the insides as i quaffed this one.
very unusual beer...good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 21:05:33 | More by dmamiano
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nick76

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 07:18:42 | More by shadow1961
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adamant1912

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%

06-29-2012 13:34:27 | More by adamant1912
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

07-11-2014 03:19:26 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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OnryAndMean

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

03-16-2014 19:00:22 | More by OnryAndMean
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akttr

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

09-30-2012 13:53:33 | More by akttr
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Beezee

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.2%

02-21-2012 05:04:15 | More by Beezee
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

03-24-2013 17:30:43 | More by salthemonster
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MadScientist

New York

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

A: A deep, dark ruby brown almost black with good clarity. The head is a medium light brown with small compact bubbles and average retention.

S: A moderate oak aroma having mostly chocolate and vanilla characteristics with a light touch of cinnamon. There is moderately-light malt sweetness with some roasted and chocolate malt aromas. There are no hops aroma.

T: Rich malt flavors with oak and some bourbon like character. The oak brings a fair amount of vanilla that plays well with others, complimenting the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The is a moderately hops bitterness with no hops flavor. A light touch of fruity ester having a little bit of fig and prune-like flavors. The balance is about even between the malt sweetness being countered by the hops bitterness and the alcohol. The finish is slightly sweet with a roasty, chocolate aftertaste.

M: A creamy, medium-full bodied beer with a moderately-light carbonation. No astringency and a slight slickness on the tongue. The alcohol is very apparent, being a touch boozy at first but its a gentle warmth afterwards.

O: A nicely balanced oak aged stout with some alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 00:13:47 | More by MadScientist
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 03:16:51 | More by zaphodchak
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ThreeFishes

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-09-2014 02:57:07 | More by ThreeFishes
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-04-2013 15:56:04 | More by lonewolfcry
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ant880

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

10-17-2013 23:05:22 | More by ant880
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jriggins6

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-25-2012 17:57:41 | More by jriggins6
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DerrickW

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1%

01-18-2014 16:00:54 | More by DerrickW
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gmfessen

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 21:20:40 | More by gmfessen
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-30-2013 16:46:01 | More by ahbithwabm
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hoppymeal

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 03:02:09 | More by hoppymeal
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 04:46:34 | More by FickleBeast
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

12-14-2011 07:49:44 | More by HumphreyLee
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 00:44:11 | More by cvm4
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psmith161

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

01-23-2013 16:57:10 | More by psmith161
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is very dark brown almost black. As others have previously said the style is questionable. While the brew may not be the perfect example of an American strong ale I disagree that it is a stout or porter.(on reconsideration the brew does have some similarities to Breckenridge Vanilla Porter in taste) Luckily beer does not have to fit perfectly in to styles to be enjoyed.

Smell mostly of chocolate/toffee. Light coffee fragrence is also present.

Taste of vanilla and coffee quite strong up front. As the flavor sits you do taste the woodiness in the brew. Although i feel a bourbon barrel may have added a more desirable flavor I don't hate the oak.

Drinks very smooth very light mouth feel for a high abv brew.

I feel another bottle may be necessary to cement my overall opinion about this brew. I will definitely try again, may also buy one to see how it does in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 23:07:54 | More by kzoobrew
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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