Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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89
very good
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Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by beernut7 on 08-12-2002

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a tan head that stays as a cap and laces decently. Notes of oak, vanilla, choclate and bourbon. Medium body, light for a stout, light heat from the alcohol and pretty clean finish. The flavors are simple, straightforward and fit the bill for an easy to acquire barrel aged stout. The body is thin and the mouthfeel suffers, lacking the creamy and full feel of a truly great stout. It's not the best but it isn't trying to be.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Holland Dragon's Milk. The first time I had one of these, it was my first BBS and I thought it was too bourbony. I've had enough BBS's that I now enjoy them, and this is a fine example. Searching for the variants.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a medium-thin khaki head. Short head retention with only a handful of lacing dots left behind. Deep roasted malts, vanilla, and oak make up a dark aroma. Taste is sublime, with roasted malts, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Feel is thick, and smooth. Not the most creamy or robust though. Overall, a sublime imperial stout. Readily available, and pleasant to drink give this one high regards for me.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color with a light mocha head. Aroma is roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is chocolate and roasted malts with a hint vanilla. Has a clean finish and overall it's a really nice stout.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hearty whiskey nose with chocolate. Significant bourbon flavor at the beginning that transitions to a very sweet and rich chocolate/caramel mix. Strong whiskey washes back in on the finish. Very complex, and extremely good.

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Photo of nawpnawp
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very solid BA stout. It doesn't have loads of coffee/chocolate like other super popular stouts (ie. kbs, uncle jacob's), but I prefer it that way. It isn't overly sweet, but as the description state, I am digging the roasty malt backbone.

Overall, I'd buy it again if my cellar was empty and I was craving a BA stout. It certainly offers something a bit different.

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Photo of Bleer
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's good....I just don't get excited about this one. It's hard to explain and personal preference I know but the barrel aging in this beer....I don't feel like it is as legitimate as in a bcbs or kbs. Maybe if I let it sit around for a year? No question it is a good beer but in the bourbon barrel arena it falls short.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Nice dark pour with beige head. Roasted malt aroma with nice oak balance. Not real heavy on the tongue. Smooth with nice oak undertones.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

**
04/09/2016
Bottle to snifter. Last of the 4pack.

Look...dark black. Small off white head.

Aroma...maybe it's too cold or my slight sniffles are impeding, but I get very little in the way of aroma. Some malt, some tiny bit of coffee, no bourbon at all.

Taste has more bite to it. Pomegranate, raspberry, dark chocolate up front. Lingering lactose and whiskey. Also, a touch of coffee at the and.

Feel is a little thin. A little astringent.

Far from the top of this style, but enjoyable. I would buy more.

**

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very black with a brown head that lingered for a while. Aromas and flavors were bitter dark chocolate, burnt dark roast coffee beans, some hints of oak and caramel and vanilla to balance. Some alcohol heat as well. Fairly thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very good imperial stout.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11% ABV according to the bottle.

Pours a cola black color with lots of cherry glints. The tiny head dissipates quickly. Roasty black malts, vanilla, booze, and cocoa in the nose. The taste is on the sweeter side with chocolate and starbucks ice cream type coffee mixing with oak, dried fruit and a rye whiskey booziness. The mouthfeel is light for the style with a low carbonation and some cloying from the lactic sweetness. The sweetish, boozy finish lasts a while.

An OK imperial stout, but too sweet and boozy.

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Photo of thebeers
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with a finger of tan head. Aroma of chocolate and oak-heavy bourbon. Roasted malt and a little chocolate up front in the taste, with bourbon flavor the most dominant and a slight alcohol burn. There's a slightly astringent and fairly clean finish that's pretty nice. Medium bodied, with a splash of cream and strong carbonation in the mouthfeel. A decent BBA stout. It scratches that itch, but nothing out of this world, either.

2015 vintage, January 2016 bottling date.

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Photo of KevCan
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bought a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Bottled on 12/30/15. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Medium/dark brown with small medium-brown head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Boozy, plum/raisin.

Taste: Sweet, chocolatey, boozy, vanilla, chocolate biscuit.

Feel: Medium plus carbonation. Thick and syrupy.

Overall: Very delicious. One of my favorite beers for sure.

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Photo of Naz-Barman
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful richly dark appearance. Robust collar, which collapses leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Bourbon barrel aging and a strong vanilla accent are very accomodating. An under rated beer to my taste. Recommend that you try one.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Holland's Dragon's Milk, Bourbon barrel stout, 2015. 11% ABV.

A: About 2 fingers of light chocolate milk head. Audibly noticeable dissolve. Decent strings of lacing. Decent sheeting. Black in the glass; dark brown, with an amber glow, in the dimple.

S: Creamy coffee and Bourbon-y dark chocolate up front. Not as Bourbon-y as other BBA stouts, but at 2/3s the price, I can forgive that.

T/MF: More creaminess, with a more licorice/char leaning flavor profile. Slight fig note. Some soft char in the back. Dark toffee. Very slight coconut. Nutmeg and vanilla. More of the fig on the back of the palate. Leans a little towards a Quad.

Overall, doesn't match up to Firestone's offerings, but it's still a great stout.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of Biochem_Brewer
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This rivals KBS in my opinion. Maybe not quite as good, but you can get this year round and not deal with all the hype. You can even get growlers to go.

Pours dark - essentially black with a tan head. Roast aroma and bourbon dominate. The flavor is roasted malt, hints of toffee/caramel, and chocolate (similar to KBS just without the strong coffee note). Mouthfeel is thick, but not as heavy as KBS - I would actually prefer it thicker.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let the charred burnt bones of the fallen rest as the dragon rises up to suckle its offspring with this toasted imperial stout. The beer is a very solid representation of an Imperial Russian stout. Plenty of roasty toasty malts countered with a bitter bite that can only be hidden behind the higher ABV. Overall I can say that I like it, but it does not offer the complexity I was hoping for. None the less, I learned a long time ago to never slap a dragon in the face so I will drink it with a smile on my face.

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Photo of ccg
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

About a quarter-inch of initial foam settles quickly into a ring and a thin layer. Noticeable lacing.
Lots of oak on the nose. Also bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and dates. As it warms, a boozy burn starts to emerge.
Surprisingly good amount of bourbon flavor comes through, with a strong, toasted chocolate finish. There is also a lot of vanilla mid-palate. There is a bit of roastiness and a hint of hops on the finish. Sadly, it loses some of that punch as it warms up.
It could use a bit more body, but the carbonation is spot-on, and it's smooth.
Admittedly, it's been a little while since I've had a top-tier BBA stout like BCBS, but Dragon's Milk is better than I remember. It's _excellent_ for what it is: a bourbon-barrel-aged stout that is available year-round and widely distributed in 12oz bottles and sold at a relatively low price. One surprisingly thing about this beer is that it seems to be better at refrigerator temperature. Try it below cellar temp and see how it changes as it warms.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Good looking deep brown color with a small head that expectedly dissipates quickly. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, burnt toffee and light vanilla. Taste follows the nose with the bourbon dominating. A bit hot and quite warming on the swallow. Very thin body. Watery and in my opinion this is what holds this beer back. Could be so much better if the mouthfeel was thicker. Overall a nice offering but needs refinement.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This beer looks pretty black with some dark amber hues when it hits the light, It poured with half a finger of head which Is about what I would expect at 11% and it faded leaving a nice moca ring around the top which is being replenished by some pretty active carbonation.

Aroma - Dark chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits, Oak, tons of Vanilla, and a bit of caramel. this smells delicious.

Taste - Vanilla dominates the flavor I get Vanilla, Vanilla and more Vanilla :) ok I'll get serious. Vanilla is everywhere followed closely by creamy chocolate, figs, and oak, you taste the oak in the back of your mouth through the full swallow. This is one of the most balanced barrel aged beers I have tried.

Feel - This is a very thin Imperial stout I'd say its medium light with creamy carbonation making it very easy drinking, There is some boozyness on the swallow but its not overwhelming.

Overall - Maybe its the fact that I love BBA Stouts but this beer is absolutely fantastic. The flavors come together really well and create a very easy drinking stout. The vanilla is nice and balanced by the chocolate and the oak creating a flavor ripe with the barrel but unlike one I've tasted until now. This is probably the best year round BA stout I've had. good job New holland

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Photo of Furlinator
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2015.

Pours translucent near black with a thin khaki head that quickly disappears completely and leaves faint spots of lace. The smell is of chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. The taste is of roasted malt, sweet chocolate and a hint of booze. A little thinner in texture than I expected but, still a solid stout.

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Photo of myelo
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured on Feb. 20, 2016, bottled Sept 4, 2015

Dark brown with thin rim of tan head and mild lacing despite a pretty aggressive pour. Typical of an imperial stout.

Aroma is bourbon with prominent ethanol, sweet black cherries and raisins, some oak and bit of chocolate and vanilla and roasted malt

Taste is toasty malt with bourbon/rum, vanilla, chocolate, butterscotch, very sweet initially with mild bitter finish.

Medium creamy body with low carbonation and prominent ethanol warmth. Not oily like some imperial stouts. I would prefer a little more body.

Overall boozy and pretty sweet. But a nice imperial stout.

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Light fizzy dark head fades very quickly, decent lacing, dark molasses brown almost black.

Nose lots of wood, toasted oak esters, lots of roasted malt, char roast, little Smokey hint of cocoa, weird vegetable ester profile, plenty of toasty biscuit and little caramel, mild spicy hop. Nice bourbon in the background.

Taste brings plenty of bourbon and vanilla barrel, plenty of dark fruits like fig and date, dark choc notes, caramel candy, with more roasted notes, toasted biscuit, vanilla barrel and juicy bourbon. Finish sticky, little candy and caramel, some spicy hops, more vanilla barrel mild bourbon and dark fruits.

Mouth is med which is a bit thin, bod slight syrupy, decent carb.

Overall mixed, barrel was nice, hops were a little high, dark fruits are nice but a little out of place.

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Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros. 2014 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice semi clear brown hue with a thin head that faded to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light chocolate, faint dark fruit, very light bourbon. Really faint vanilla and oak.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amount of dark fruit. There is some chocolate candy taste, rather mild bourbon too.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit thin.

O - Overall this beer was rather underwhelming. Didn't get nearly enough stout notes.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour on draft at Tempest in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a brandy snifter.

Comes with a dark black body, one finger effervescent offwhite head with good retention, no lacing. Smells of vanilla, oak, mild hints of bourbon, deep roast, milk chocolate, touch of black espresso. Aromatic and pleasant, without any hint of heat. Flavour is similarly roasty with plenty of milk chocolate and cocoa, touch of bourbon, vanilla, oak, no heat. Easy to drink with plenty of flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not as full as bigger stouts but hefty enough. Good carbonation on draft. Lingering milk chocolate and vanilla on the finish. A tasty, slightly underpowered bourbon barrel aged stout which will hit the spot more often than not. It's on the opposite end of the spectrum from Central Waters' Bourbon Barrel Stout- more of the base stout, less of the bourbon barrel but still not lacking in the latter.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,329 ratings.