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Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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89
very good
1,421 Reviews
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,421
Ratings:
5,367
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
25.69%
 
 
Wants:
318
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1,595
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,421 | Ratings: 5,367
Photo of Jaszucs
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cask pour. Completely different experience than drinking from the bottle. Had to initially chew through the frothy head to get to the beer. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always try to rate my beer blind. Sometimes I'll re-rate (also blind) to compare. And damn this was tasty both times. The only thing that surprised me was the lack of lacing. At 11.00% this is one of my go-to's for the style now.

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Photo of RMD579
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very nice stout. Smooth and silky, not too thick. Look is a dark brown, somewhat amber color with a thin amber head. Smell is of dark fruit, alcohol, chocolate and vanilla. The taste is malty, molasses, cherry, vanilla undertones, bourbon on the forefront, light chocolate aftertaste, with a fair alcohol burn. Despite the mostly unmasked alcohol, this beer is very drinkable, even for someone new to big beers, the feel is just excellent. I really enjoyed this one but I wish I could get it for less than $18 for a 4-pack.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very dark brown, almost black; small tan head, quickly dissipates; good lacing; expected for such a big beer

Smell: smells delicious; vanilla, oak dominate; smells bourbon-y, but could be due to the name

Taste: very sweet, malty, chocolate taste on start; good warming alcohol with roasted grains; oak tannins linger in the end; delicious

Mouthfeel: creamy, like silky milk chocolate

Remarks: may be my favorite US beer so far; excellent; I'll have to get this again.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The alcohol taste overwhelms everything. I did not enjoy this at all, but I'm not a bourbon drinker. Maybe someone who enjoys harder liquor would like this.

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Photo of BeersnobRob
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

If you're not already, this beer could make you a stout fan. Just the right amount of bourbon flavor. Not overpowering. The vanilla is nice as well. Great beer, but it is expensive ($5 bottle), if you're going to keep stock. I would say it was worth the price though.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours bright coffee black under a clingy, frothy tan foam collar. S: Winey malt aromas with traces of chocolate. T: Malty caramel chocolate flavors are enhanced by oaky vanilla and big alcohol flavors. Dark chocolate bitter finish. F: Creamy, chewy, medium carbonation. O: A potent, big alcohol beer loaded with flavor that is a treat to drink.

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Photo of Jjski
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 version is MUCH tastier than last years. Viscosity has thickened a tad ( an improvement). Not thick like BCBS, but meatier than KBS. Nice mouthfeel. Great aroma, understated yet well executed balance.

This years bourbon presence is appreciably higher: very, very nice.
EPIC? no, not quite. Still fabulous, especially for the price

Edit 8/5/15. I notice some variability between batches. This bottled date, not so impressive. I'm going to lower my taste score by 0.25. This batch is underwhelming

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ALL "5's" across the board! Sampled last night on 6/18/15. Comes in a 4-pack at the local Hy-vee and contains right at 11% alcohol (ABV)! Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 12 ounce 'Empyrean Brewing Co.' snifter glass.

Brew pours super close to a pitch-black in color with about a 1/2-finger foamy beige head. Lots of 'ring-like' lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of roasted malts and cocoa powder for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste as there is a hint of dark fruit (cherries?) along with a hint of vanilla also. No 'boozy' taste either as you might think with the 11% alcohol! Nice finish but does have a very mild bitter finish that lasts about 2 secs. Close to full-bodied with perfect carbonation, which isn't much as most types of this style are. You aren't going to drink more than 2 of these in a sitting I'm thinking. ;) A fantastic brew and a 'must try'!

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, black liquid with a medium graham cracker head that dissipates very quickly.

The smell is oak, molasses, with a hint of chocolate on the back. I really love the oak forward aromas I'm sensing with this one.

The taste is about the same as the nose, except the bourbon makes its triumphant appearance. There are still hints of oak, chocolate, and even some vanilla. I do detect quite of bit of lingering alcohol burn on the end, but it is not a deterring factor. All in all, the taste is very heavily bourbon forward, which I enjoy quite a bit.

The mouthfeel is rather heavy and "chewy" with medium to medium-high carbonation. The alcohol definitely lingers but isn't distracting, especially not for an 11 abv.

I'd say this is a very underappreciated BBA Stout. In my opinion, it holds its own against the big guns. Very impressive, and at $2.99 for a 12 ounce bottle? Can't beat that.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: dark chocolate in a tall glass
S: chocolate with hints of cocoa
T- chocolate and cherries with cocoa and coffee hints, more robust flavor than your typical stout or porter
F- malty, bitter aftertaste
O- a local restaurant just got it on tap and I'll be having it again, went well with almond chicken salad. Not as good as Founders Breakfast Stout but still very drinkable. On a side note, I got home after drinking it and took a 2-hour nap, it damn near knocked me out. Double stouts tend to sap all of my energy.

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Photo of amurfey
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Initial impression is great. Aroma is sweet. Can really taste the oak, bourbon and rich chocolate flavors. Very warming as it goes down. Savoring this one nice and slowly.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Molasses and malt nose and taste is bourbon, sweet malt and molasses. High ABV is hidden. $4.80 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my 500th rated beer, so I figured it deserved some words.
L- very dark, low head, but nice lacing that clings to the glass.
S- Pretty much bourbon, but some hint of coffee/chocolate.
T- Smooth start, astringent finish (but in a good way)
F- Creamy start, spikes finish, leaves your mouth suddenly like-- did I swallow, where did it go?
O- I would buy this again. Hi alcohol makes me save it for when I can afford the hit.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black, little head.

Smells of chocolate covered dark cherries, rum, raisin, little bit boozy.

Tastes very raisin forward to me. A little sickly sweet taste going on. Some prune flavor. Lots of milk chocolate.

Mouth feel is big, thick, a little oily.

Overall, not a bad BA Stout. A little sweet for my tastes though.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Black with a nice tan head.
S: Wow, smells great! It's a nice chocolate and bourbon mix
T: Bourbon and cream. So smooth and easy drinking. Really get vanilla and cream with bourbon. It's fairly sweet, but I'm not getting much chocolate or dark roast.
F: Very smooth and coats well. Not as dense as the cream of the crop.
O: Very good, and it's a year round production!!!! No bs waiting in lines or waiting until winter, thank you New Holland for that. Highly recommendable @ $15 per 4 pack.

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Photo of KellyScottMad
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is a great beer. At first I thought it was a little to boozy, but after settling in on the bottle it was a nice warmth and flavor on the palate. I would put this Imperial stout at #3 on my list of best aged stouts.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, oily, deep dense tan head that recedes to thin sparse head. Few spots of lace.

S: Milk chocolate, kinda harsh oak, sweet cream.

T: Dark chocolate and well roasted malt offset by some sweetness, oak. Slight vanilla. Rich cacao finish. Good progression as it warms. Surprisingly, no alcohol warmth.

M:Oily, thick. Prickly carbonation.

O: Can't believe this is year round. This beer is hedonistic; all the flavors are up front and unabashed. Supremely well made, available, and satisfying.

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Photo of Kevinedmondson
4.74/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 4-pack for a reasonable price. Love the mouthfeel to this beer. Great malty stout. Love the bourbon taste to this and this version is much better in my opinion then the regular oak barrel stout they do. I would recommend this beer for anyone who loves a great stout! Cheers!

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

11% ABV and tastes it. The alcohol flavor is front and center and kills off anything that comes near. Fortunately the more the beer becomes room temp, the more the alcohol dies down and lets the roasted flavors come out.

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Photo of Bear1964
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mason jar, 1 finger off white head atop a dark brown almost black brew which gave some nice lace as I worked through the tasting. Aroma was mostly upfront Bourbon and gave little else to the nose which was a little bit of a let down, a slight sweetness and Oak comes out as it warms. Taste happens along the same lines, Bourbon hits up front then a flash of creamy Vanilla rolls over the tongue finishing with a roasted but woody ending. Mouthfeel was medium and at times a little heavy as the barrel aging shows through. Overall it's a pretty solid showing for a Bourbon Barrel Stout, also has a great name that will get people to grab some...I want to let a couple of these age a bit and see what happens.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quick question: Have you ever had a Bourbon barrel-aged beer that wasn't better than the original? Me either.

Pours black as tar with a small tan head. Some lace is left behind as it drops to a thin film.
Smell is amazing. Rich, malts, bourbon, sherry, dark fruits, peat, vanilla, smoke, light oak. Liquid fruitcake, baby.
Taste, even still cold, is rich and boozy with bourbon leading the parade, dark fruits, peat, vanilla and malt are right behind and faint oak & smoke bringing up the rear.
Full-bodied, lightly effervesced, this brew only gets better as it warms (like almost every Imperial Stout). A sipping beer from the start, it drinks more like a fine whiskey with all the wonderful things that entails. Might not be one to toss back at the pub if you want several because 11% ABV adds up fast. But if you can linger over it instead of slamming it, you will love it.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, oak, bourbon, and vanilla sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with bourbon and cocoa.

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Photo of twincano
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Black, cola lively.
S-Vanilla,oak,bourbon.
T-Roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon in the back end.
M-Light for a stout,thin, bit carbonated for a stout.
O-Good beer could improve, aged it a little bit longer and make it more creamy or smooth, don't mind the carbonation, feels more like porter!

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown/ near black pour, creamy-looking tan head.
Smell is chocolate and bourbon barrel wood. No alcohol detected.
Taste is boozy, with loads of bourbon and a vanilla/ burnt licorice flavor.
Medium feel, smooth, slightly buttery. Dry finish.
Decent stout, looks and smells great, a bit much charry and burnt for my taste (I'd prefer sweeter).
Others may disagree, so I'd say give this a try if you see it and like double stouts.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
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