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New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) - New Holland Brewing Company

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3,589 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,589
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 182
Gots: 616 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

DudMan, Feb 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

GRFounder, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Feb 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

saxclar123, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of AmitC
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Relatively very thin dark brown colored pour. Dark black inside the glass. Very thin tan colored head. Some shine. Fades easily. Excellent lacing on the sides. Opaque.

Aroma is a mix of oak barrel characters. Good amount of vanilla and creamy sweetness. Dark roasted malts. Strength is moderate to slightly faint. No hint of 10% whatsoever. Slightly porter like feel. Not a very robust aroma by any means.

Taste is perplexing. Good amount of warming but not hurting alcohol upfront. A lot of charred and almost ash like burnt up flavor. Too much charcoal. But distinct. I like it slightly. Some hops as well. Nice to see again. Finish is dry.

Mouth feel is medium and slightly thin for a stout. Decent warmth. No astringency of any kind except for some burnt up smokey flavor. Moderate carbonation.

A distinct brew. Could have used a better body, appearance and aromas and it would be a winner.

Edit: A very nice mix and interplay of robust barrel aged tastes. Excellent towards the end.

AmitC, Feb 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Dirty25, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

MattBreight, Feb 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Rons35, Feb 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Michigan, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

mmsimmons, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Steamer
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 16 oz Goblet. A dark, dark ruby red appearance with a one finger head that disappears rather quickly leaving a thin rim of tan foam. Smell - Alcohol, ripe plums, heavy vanilla, maple syrup, over-toasted almonds.... did I mention the alcohol! Taste - Burnt toast, nice roasted maltiness, the high alcohol level is prevalent throughout and comes back strong at the very end warming the throat. Medium mouth feel, a bit lighter than expected. Overall - a lot going on with this stout. Complex and very pleasing. Could be a little better balance between the alcohol and other ingredients but excellent nonetheless. Glad I picked up and 4 pack!

Steamer, Feb 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

rsuske, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

levylaw, Feb 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

mychalg9, Feb 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

anvilx, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jsnoek, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

SDG1070, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of TheSSG
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(vintage 2011) Pours a nice, dense, tan head. Bright, coffee-like, caramel-vanilla aroma (a slight astringentness is behind it all). Black. Starts with a touch of toasted malt, a touch of bitter, slightly sweet, boozey as hell (this dominates), and moves into a medium bitterness. As the booze swells back, it milds out into a very bourbon-like finish; vanilla, oak, and a hint of toasted caramel. There is a slight floral hop flavor that appears well into the finish.

Overall, the aging really helped this. This isn't too bad. It may still be the most aggressively barreled bier I've had. I find that assertive barreling to not be very well balanced with the bier, which means it's similar to an odd, weak bourbon that is carbonated. Not my favorite, but if you want to try it, buy at least 2 bottles and age one of them. The results are MUCH, MUCH better.

I think I'll pick up one of these sometime and try aging it for 3-5 years. That could be nice.

TheSSG, Feb 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

cliff1066, Feb 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

TXhomebrewer, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of JorgeOjeda
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Is a great value, people will confuse this with the oak barrel. Is a great beer. Not that expensive. Nice to the taste, great foam texture. Easy to drink. I would buy it again for real. I comes as a bomber. I was surprised I couldn't find this beer here.

JorgeOjeda, Feb 14, 2013
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,589 ratings.