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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

3,798 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 3,798
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 200
Gots: 695 | FT: 39
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

dsauter, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

vcoggins, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

spw109, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a red/brown, lots of ruby colored light comes through, not just around the edges, and no head.

S - big smell, booze, vanilla, raisins, and woody notes.

T - Booze, wood, chocolate, warm vanilla. surprisingly little going on here.

M - astringent, dry, and surprisingly thin.

D - I simply don't like this very much. I wouldn't drink more. But it's not bad to drink.

ColdPoncho, Feb 09, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

KAP1356, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

WoostaBia, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Mphis, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep, dark brown..almost black with a bit of ruby highlights. Has a nice creamy light brown head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma is milky, slightly roasty, with a nice oakiness throughout. A bit of alcohol is also present.

The flavor is of caramel malts and bit of roast. It has a touch of oakiness and also vanilla and lactose. It is medium-full in body with a creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinking for its strength. I very nice brew. Thanks Paul.

BeerBuilder, Jan 14, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Jeffrey2310, Jul 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

WVUbrew, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Ri0
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into chalice. 2012 vintage.

A - Black with a lighter off white semi fluffy head. Fair retention and spotty lacing.

S - The nose is bourbon (held up well with age) with hints of roasted malt and chocolate, slight vanilla, marshmallow and caramel.

T - The bourbon is quite pleasant after 2 years. Roasted malt and chocolate overtones with sweet caramel and marshmallow.

M - Very light in carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

O - This beer has held up very well and I prefer it with some age on it. I usually like BB stouts fresh, but this was a bit harsh when fresh. The age mellowed it out, but kept the bourbon notes. Quite good with 2 years on it.

Ri0, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

BamfBacon, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

JohnnyMc, Aug 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

gwiedman1, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

LightnerLiquorKS, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

NonicPanic, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

beersdmf17, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Kenai4, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of rapidsequence
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. $8.

Appearance: Dark brown-black with dark red highlights. The beer is not flat, but there is not ample carbonation. There a thin head with a hard pour, but after 30 seconds, there's only a few wispy collections of tiny bubbles. When the glass is tipped, some thin lacing clings, then slides back down the snifter into the beer over a minute or two.

Smell: Very oaky. Rich and sweet caramel malt. Lots of vanilla. Some chocolate. There is detectable alcohol. It smells rich and delicious. I am a sucker for barrel aging.

Taste: I'm a little disapointed with the taste after smelling it. Its sharp and boozy and too oaky. Not a soft bourbony oak flavor, but a harsh, astringent green oak sap taste. This really dominates the palate until you swallow, at which point the aftertaste is nice rich, malty, a little smoky, and with vanilla notes. Also lots of booze in the finish. Actually the more I drink it, the more I like it, but its still just not quite right.

Mouthfeel: This is not what I wanted either. Its too thin. It has some syrupiness to it, but it is quickly cut and neutralized by the oak sap and alcohol. The finish is actually a little dry. Weird.

Drinkability: I would not buy it again, but would drink it again, and would be open to drinking an aged bottle. I think a different barrel for aging would make a world of difference. Its very close to being fantastic, but ends up being an OK version of high end beer.

rapidsequence, Nov 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

richbrew, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Gtreid, Jul 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Williaar, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

sourdog, Jul 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Prospero, May 29, 2014
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,798 ratings.