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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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very good

3,608 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,608
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 182
Gots: 627 | 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  rDev +0.5%

Danno48, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jamison85, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

JackRB, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of BB1313
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had this one in awhile. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with barely any light getting through. There's a small off-white/kakhi head which fades and leaves solid lacing. Aromas are subtle, but very solid. The bourbon blends very nicely with the oak and milk chocolate. There's also hints of vanilla bean, butterscotch, and caramel malts. Flavors are very solid as well. The oak/wood seems to take control. The bourbon does blend very well with the flavors as well. Roasted dark chocolate gives this one a decent bitterness and the milk chocolate gives it a solid sweetness. There's a touch of heat, but it basically non-existent. Aromas and flavors almost seem one dimensional, but there's just enough to make in pretty interesting. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's very rich, velvety, fluffy, creamy. It has a good carbonation, but still remains very smooth. Like I mentioned, there's a dash of heat, but nothing overwhelming and doesn't effect the drinkability.

I'm glad I revisited this one. It's not a mind blower, but it's pretty solid. Gotta appreciate that it's a barrel-aged stout that's easy to find on shelves. Worth checking out..

BB1313, Mar 26, 2013
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4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So I'm chillin at home last night smoking a little herb and playing Battlefield 3, when I realize... I have a bottle of Dragon's Milk in my fridge!!! Busted it open. Poured it in a glass. This is my experience....

Pours up black as an ageless storm, small head of color I cant remember. Aroma is so easy and pleasant on my senses. Malty, warm, hint of earth. I sip. I go into a coma. I recover three weeks later. The flavor profile was electric. Big barrel smoothness, malty, oak, vanilla, vanilla, vanilla, some hops came by to see how I was doing but left shortly thereafter. The body was big, the carbo was smooth. Then, I awoke. Strange. No bottle in sight. No beer residue in my glass. Had I really drank the elixir...or was it all a dream...

stumac, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

BeerBucks, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance- Served a deep brown colored brew with a tiny tan colored head. The head fades almost instantly leaving just scant lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a sweeter caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla and a coffee smell with a strong presence of roasted malt. Mixed with these smells is a moderately strong oaky and bourbon smell, producing when combined with the sweeter and roastier smells, a very warming smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and coffee flavor upfront. There is some milk chocolate in the taste upfront with both becoming stronger more toward the middle of the taste. The caramel fades slightly in the middle however, leaving a slightly drier flavor. This loss of caramel is replaced by some flavors of vanilla later in the taste. In the end a strong bourbon, boozy, and oak flavor come to the tongue. These are accompanied by some earthy hop flavors as well as an increase in the roasted malt and bitter coffee characteristics of the brew to leave a lightly bittered and roasty boozy warming taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. The feel is a bit off as a creamier and thicker body would have really be much more appropriate for the boozy, oak, and roasted flavors of the brew with a lower carbonation level allowing all the darker and boozier flavors time to linger on the tongue.

Overall – A tasty and boozy stout. It has a great warming and oaky flavor with a slow drinking style, even with the slightly lesser mouthfeel quality, it is still fantastic.

Darkmagus82, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Zkman87, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

salthemonster, Mar 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

skyturnedgrey, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

emottram, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of hermit990
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 2014 Vintage, date code on bottle translates to 2/25/2014. Review Date: 4/19/2014.

Appearance: Pours black/muddy brown, opaque. Half-finger's worth of a tan head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer.

Smell: Bourbon character hits first on the nose, some oak, vanilla, slight coconut aromas follow. Finishes with roasted malt, dark chocolate.

Taste: Bourbon barrel flavors hit first, matching the nose with the bourbon, oak and vanilla character. Afterwards, the malt starts to take over, lots of roasted grain and chocolate on the tongue with a very slight bitterness. Aftertaste has some coffee flavors, before the bourbon barrel emerges through again. Alcohol and dark fruits become more present as the beer warms, along with an earthy spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Body feels thin for the style. Slight alcohol heat is present. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall: This is an enjoyable, decent barrel aged offering. In my experience, it has been easy to find, but can be a bit pricy at $16 per 4 pack in my area. It is a nice option if you're in the mood for a bourbon barrel aged beer, but there are others that I would choose first.


hermit990, Mar 23, 2013
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New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,608 ratings.