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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

3,586 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,586
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 182
Gots: 615 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Wayne17, Apr 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

WVUbrew, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +0.5%

drdiesel9483, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

ThreeFishes, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of jackndan
2.42/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

New Holland Dragon’s Milk: from a bottle. Pours a deep, almost impenetrable brown/black. Not much head, what it had was off white, and left a thick coating down the sides. The aroma is sweet, and although, its probably just the name, smells like a chocolate milkshake.

The first sip, and damn, this was not what I expected, it is extremely thick/creamy and smooth, taste’s very much like bailey’s and coffee, except even more sweet and almost cloying. Really unusual tasting beer, there is a definite smokiness to this brew as well. I can’t say I like this beer, and then after much consideration, I realized why: this beer is very similar in smell and taste to Ensure, the protein drink. The bottle notes that the alcohol level is 10%, but its hard to note. Cripes, I can tell this is well made, but I’ll have to choke down at least half of the bottle.

jackndan, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of RedHaze
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz screened bottle.

Pours a very dark, red tinged, brown with a one finger head that fades away rather quickly. Even though the foam doesn't stic around there's still quite a bit of lacing.

Smell; lots of sweet dark malts, with caramel and chocolate. This definitely has a strong oak aroma along with vanilla a touch of coconut, and some dark fruits.

Taste; those malts come through nicely with the caramel, chocolate and a little bit of toffee. The coconut mixes very nicely with the oak barrel flavors, and has a nice smooth vanilla on the finish. There's not much bitterness to be found in this one. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a moderate carbonation, and the drinkability is very high up there. Once this gets to room temp it gets even smoother and I think the mouthfeel becomes more full.

RedHaze, Nov 03, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

akttr, Sep 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

SportsandJorts, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Holland Dragon's Milk

Poured from 22 ounce bottle into CBS snifter. Served very slightly chilled.

A) Dark brown with a reddish tint upon closer inspection. A finger of tan head, which quickly dissipated to a wispy dusting. Some alcohol legs noted as well.

S) A fairly sweet scent which consists of vanilla and a little bit of brown sugar. This is a little bit woody, and you can just pick up a bit of that cask aroma. A hint of alcohol.

T) A fair amount of roasted malt, and a good amount of vanilla flavor as well. The fact that it is barrel aged is definitely noted in the flavor, however the bourbon is not overpowering. A light alcohol tingle in the finish.

M) Medium bodied and minimal carbonation. This is smooth. I guess it could've been a little heavier, but it had a nice feel. A nice barrel aged aftertaste awaits.

O) As far as Bourbon barrel aged stouts are concerned, I have to say, I enjoyed this beer. Bourbon County Brand Stout is one of my favorite beers of all time. This isn't in that league, but it is quite good, and definitely worth a try. It's tasty, and it certainly gave me a good buzz on a work night, which I needed big time. Glad to recommend this brew....

RoamingGnome, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

magine, Sep 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

jnardone235, Sep 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

emottram, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

MadScientist, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

inspektor, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle I picked up from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC. I think the bottle ran me about $9. I don't care because I wasn't expecting to find New Holland around here. Served up in my Terrapin pint glass.

A: Off the pour, this actually looks pretty thin. A bit of a shock. The pouring liquid look like a medium brown color,but as it builds in the glass it makes a more black body. Held to the light, the body is pretty solid and I am only getting light coming through at the bottom where it has a touch of brown and red coming through. The pour got me about half a finger of mocha colored head, but it quickly feel apart and disappeared completely. No lace whatsoever going on here.

S: I really like the aromas coming out here. Every time I take a sip, I can't help but get a huge whiff of this beer. It just has a huge aroma, very up front for you. Starts off with a huge milk chocolate aroma. Like opening a wrapper off a Hershey's bar. Behind that I am getting some nice vanilla presence along with a good amount dark fruits (dates and prunes, maybe a touch of cherry). Getting a nice bourbon/whiskey presence rounding all this out, nice and lightly boozy but not over powering. The chocolate does take center stage though. Really dig this.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose but sadly a bit more muted. This actually starts more with a nice bourbon boozy quality. Very oaky and the barrel does translate well. The vanilla from the wood mixes nicely with the heavy and quite beautiful chocolate presence. The dark fruits don't translate as well as they did in the nose for me. There is a bit of cream or milk type presence on the back end, but its a bit strange in flavor. Overall, not bad here but I could absolutely be up for the flavors to be amped up a bit more.

M: This beer is on the light side of full in body. Has a touch more thinness than I want or expect. Still has a good weight to it. Carbonation is light but present. ABV is nice a boozy, has a touch of heat on the throat but its not overwhelming. Just nice and creamy overall, pretty smooth. Aftertaste is just some nice chocolate and bourbon.

D: This is what I expected pretty much and it didn't disappoint by any means. I could use a bit more in the flavor department but I really can't bitch. This is a damned solid brew and I would be totally game to have this on a regular basis. New Holland is really impressing me with what I have had so far from them and I look forward to further exploring this brewery.

everetends, Sep 14, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

benloho, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

mjw1200, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a jet black in the glass with a moderate-sized head. Aroma is that of licorice and baking bread. The taste is good with a good dose of malt on the forefront giving way to an alcohol warming on the finish. The ABV isn't hidden, but its not meant to be. However, its not overhwelming either. Well-crafted. A beer to drink on a cold winter's night.

proc, Dec 23, 2004
Photo of kzoobrew
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

kzoobrew, May 02, 2008
Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

Dark brown with russet highlights and a sandy brown head.

Bourbon is the first thing I notice upon putting my nose in the glass and inhaling some of the liquid:) Toasty cocoa and oak notes hangin' out with some vanilla and molasses biotches. Not overdone or overpowering aroma, it's just pleasant.

Some boozy heat on the tongue, but that's okay being that there are noticable bourbon notes for it to stick to. Toasty caramel, chocolate, and bourbon flavors lead to a warm feeling in my tummy; the body has some soft richness, but could use a touch more. It's no oak aged yeti, but I have faith in aging a bottle or two of this for a few. Mellow this sucka out.

brownbeer, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black pour with ruby edges,one finger tan head.Aroma of vanilla,chocolate,burbon,oak,and dark roasted barly very nice. Flavor is complex and changes as it warms,sweet boozy vanilla creamy oaky honey burbon goodness. Full creamy mouthfeel,chewy and sticky.This came highly reccomended, I now agree.... Good stuff !

WakeandBake, Dec 30, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

spw109, Apr 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

bleedsblu, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

pwoody11, Nov 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

mikefuski17, May 31, 2014
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,586 ratings.