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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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3,461 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,461
Reviews: 1,136
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 165
Gots: 560 | FT: 35
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  rDev -24.4%

02-21-2012 05:04:15 | More by Beezee
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-29-2012 13:34:27 | More by adamant1912
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

A- Pours a dark brown/red w/ average to below average lacing. Off white one finger head, which disappears fairly quickly. Really dark beer.. Not much carbonation as well.

S- Oak/Whiskey smell is really out front on this one. Very sweet, with vanilla some malt and a touch of vanilla hanging out in the background.

T- Very sweet, w/ a port type of vibe to it. Oak, plum, malt and alcohol all present. Nice. The warmer it gets, the more the oak goes into the background and the plum comes out as the primary taste.

M- Very smooth, with a definite oak alcohol feel. Feels like I'm drinking a port at times. Definitely an alcohol burn aftertaste that's not very subtle. However, this is not a subtle beer.

O- A good beer that borders on great, but not quite there. I did enjoy this one, and it improved remarkably the more it warmed up. Definitely worth a try if you like the style.

04-19-2011 22:11:23 | More by jayhawk73
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-27-2013 06:21:07 | More by ltdantheman
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-11-2014 03:19:26 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-23-2011 20:14:23 | More by mmcnaughton
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

05-10-2013 17:35:45 | More by Artjsantos
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from a bomber, looks to be pretty darn dark, if not totally black, with a bubbly tan head, about half a finger. Head dissipates quickly, almost no lacing.

Smell's rich: I get caramel, dark Christmas-y fruits (raisin, a little fig, a little black cherry), oak booze smell. None of the coffee or chocolate stuff so prevalent in stouts (which I guess is because it's not a stout, but look at this thing & try not to expect those smells).

Flavor's very similar to the smell, with little bitterness. The alcohol picks up momentum, & the wood-y flavors are emphasized a little more. Others have said the barrel flavor is overpowering, whereas I find this to be one of the more tempered & even barrel-aged beers I've had. I love the intense bourbon barrel of others, but this is very well-integrated.

Mouthfeel's on the creamy side, with a tingle from the slightly high ABV. This one does not hide its alcohol.

I found one easy enough to drink, but don't know if I need to go back for a second. I've had it on tap before (didn't review it though), & would be more apt to have a second or third of a draft.

03-22-2009 23:57:59 | More by OneDropSoup
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-20-2012 03:38:38 | More by SportsandJorts
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-25-2014 23:53:55 | More by DavidHume
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

09-25-2012 17:57:41 | More by jriggins6
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-26-2014 00:09:26 | More by rjp217
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-28-2013 23:32:53 | More by mwbrady12
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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

3.73/5  rDev -6%

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.

12-24-2009 21:05:33 | More by dmamiano
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3.38/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

03-06-2009 09:59:06 | More by nick76
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

10-23-2009 07:18:42 | More by shadow1961
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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

05-13-2012 00:44:11 | More by cvm4
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4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

07-23-2014 04:48:21 | More by neckbeered
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

05-03-2008 21:20:40 | More by gmfessen
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-08-2014 18:27:14 | More by throwback
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-07-2012 20:11:09 | More by krl2112
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New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-07-2014 21:38:56 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

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

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-29-2013 21:01:23 | More by brentblack1
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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