New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) - New Holland Brewing Company
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4.93/5 rDev +24.2%
Poured the 2012 vintage into my brandy snifter.
A - Dark beer, like a stout. I had about 1" light mocha head with a heavy pour.
S - Oh, my! Bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits, maybe raisin.
T - Creamy bourbon barrel flavors. More bourbon than some years. Vanilla and caramalized malts. Like some stouts, but without the coffee or chocolate flavors.
M - Perfect balance and carbonation. Close to a medium stout in mouthfeel. Creamy and wonderful to sip on!
O - Still one of my top 5 beers period! If you like stouts or bourbon barrelled ales at all, give this a shot. The best New Holland brew I've tasted. Maybe the best beer I've tasted. Always available.
12-25-2012 01:11:29 | More by Jade
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
12oz bottle, 2012 vintage. Served at cellar temperature. Got it at BEHNNIES!
Pours dark brown to black in the glass with red highlights under light (nice rooby tones, good clarity). Kind of light-looking for a big Imperial Stout. Three finger tan head that leaves lots of spotty lacing.
Aroma bourbon, oak, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, a touch of coffee. Not much in the way of roast, chocolate, etc. Very good strength.
Flavor is bourbon up front, nice vanilla and oak notes, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, again like the aroma there isn’t much in the way of roasted malts, chocolate or even dark fruit like one usually finds in an Imperial Stout, however some roasted malts and chocolate do come out as it warms up to room temperature. Moderate enzymes. Fairly sweet, minimal bitterness, alcohol is smooth and well integrated.
Mouthswish is medium bodied, creamy, somewhat sticky, light to moderate carbonation.
Putting style to the side, this is a really good bourbon barrel aged beer. However, this is more like a barrel aged scotch ale or barleywine (ala Backwoods Bastard, Insanity, Angel’s Share, etc), than an Imperial Stout. Maybe somewhere between the two styles. Great for a bourbon fix, though!
12-24-2012 04:59:33 | More by elgiacomo
3.5/5 rDev -11.8%
A. Dark and black as night. Creamy brown head that leaves nice lace rings all the way down with each sip.
S. Booze, wood, earthy, figs or raisins.
T. Heavy bodied sipper that has a complex blend of smokey and okay ale that takes great flavors from the oak barrels and almost resembles a stout. A bit of s dry finish.
O. Smooth and rich. I had a vintage 2011 so it was in my basement for over a year. I'll be interested to see how different it is if its fresher. Overall very solid and worth a try.
12-23-2012 01:51:59 | More by andrewjraab
3.93/5 rDev -1%
A - Pours a very dark ruby, almost opaque. Light tan frothy head with with good retention.
S - Strong vanilla and oak notes with a roasted and chocolate aroma background.
T - Sweet milkshake sweet front, works into roasted and dark chocolate bitterness, but finish is overwhelming hot from higher abv and ruins balance and aftertaste.
M - Thick mouthfeel with low amount of carbonation that accentuates the style.
O - Good beer, price and limited availablity may make it overhyped. However, it is a very interesting beer and worth a try.
12-21-2012 03:21:08 | More by DrinkinBoy
3.28/5 rDev -17.4%
Into a snifter.
A - Deep hue with a thin tan head. Fair lacing and retention.
S - A bit odd with this mixture here... Effort reveals a mix of vanilla, sweet malts, chocolate, bourbon, light oak and some dark fruits. Generally a brew like this is more robust. Oh well.
T - Tart for a stout. I feel it leads into a wealth of other flavors, just setting them up poorly. The flavors are equal to those in the nose, all complex and balanced. The initial tartness just kills it for me.
M - A large medium body that is silky smooth. Less than moderate carbonation.
O - This one had some hype from a few well versed friends. Sadly, this one disappoints.
12-19-2012 03:00:06 | More by mscudder
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
A- Warm and dark chestnut brown. Very thin head.
S - Dark malt, cereals, molasses, slight hoppy undertones, vanilla extract. Some whiffs of toasted oak. Very nice.
T - Light vanilla and heavy cocoa leading to an oaken-chocolate finish. A bit heavy on the bitterness at the end. Malty.
M - Heavy. I can feel the coat building after 3 sips. Light carbonation but I think that suits the style.
O - A nicely drinkable stout/barley-wine-ish beer. The oak doesn't kill the beer for me like it does with some other oaked ales. I'd like to have this with a New York Strip.
12-18-2012 21:30:32 | More by Yojimbo1941
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,445 ratings.