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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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3,308 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,308
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 156
Gots: 483 | FT: 32
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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4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: Pours a very dark body, essentially black with a foaming, beige head that soon settles down to a slim film.

Smell: Jumbled sniff sniffing up the notes of grape soda, light anise, moistened barrels, and roast with already a whiff of the alcohol.

Taste: Sweet chocolate and roast and toast and caramel and even sorghum syrup all come together wonderfully, beautifully even. A somewhat milky oatmeal quality throughout. Vibrant raisins touched with a little splash of Madeira. Woodsy barrel character with touches of vanilla, bourbon. Sweetish, round, luscious maltiness wrapped in the barrel-aging through to and beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Thankfully, the taste delivered what the nose was just embarrassingly fumbling around with. Almost hazardously drinkable. I'll be honest, it has been several years since I'd last had this -- nice to see it finally in Georgia.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 21:41:18 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-30-2012 18:59:26 | More by szmnnl99
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark with a slim coffee-with-cream colored foam ring that persists through the whole glass. Light doesn't pass through it.

S - Bourbon! Chocolate, port wine, and rich malty nose.

T - Malty sweetness with the rich complexity coming from the oak that brings along the bourbon character. Deceptively smooth for 10% ABV.

M - Smooth as silk. Slight tingling from the carbonation, but otherwise rich and thick and very smooth.

O - This was a 12 oz serving, which is a good size of a big beer like this. A 22 would be fine to share, but I think it would be "too much of a good thing" and too filling for me. This is a great beer for a cool fall day.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 18:19:47 | More by smalenberg
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

09-30-2012 13:53:33 | More by akttr
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4/5  rDev +1%

09-29-2012 18:05:05 | More by CoryR
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

09-29-2012 06:41:07 | More by MystikCelt
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4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a single 22oz bottle of this from Woodman’s in Janesville, WI in summer 2012.

Pours a very dark brown/black color with a thin light brown head. Fantastic roasted scent that is heavy with roasted malts, oak, and vanilla. Texture is smooth and creamy. A great overall taste as bold roasted flavor hint your taste buds teasing with vanilla, coffee, and toffee hints. So complex and so delicious. To me this is like a more readily available version of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. A great brew on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 05:06:45 | More by Lemke10
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-28-2012 22:08:57 | More by bryoung
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My roomate cracked open a 22oz and offered to split it with me. We were both very impressed, slightly above average appearance, nothing crazy.

Smell is fantastic, not overpowering but very smooth and sweet along with everything else youd expect from a stout. I can see why they named it milk oak barrel ale. The oak is a nice touch to the taste which is very balanced. Booze in my opinion is fairly well blended and is not distracting. Nice full mouthfeel but not over the top.

Definitely a beer I look forward to trying again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 00:48:14 | More by rob119
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4/5  rDev +1%

09-27-2012 22:59:36 | More by hpeli
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-27-2012 21:43:48 | More by Keith_R
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the gingerman in NYC- pours a thick black color with one finger of tan head, good retention, amazing lacing.

Thick roasted malts and milky oats- bit much else except a little booze.

Taste is consistent- thick, rich and sumptuous. Milky sweetness up front, followed by just lots of rich roasted malt, dark as all hell, some oats in there as well.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth- full bodied, very light carbonation. This is a good one. Not too much complexity but great taste and feel. I would get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 02:34:07 | More by Hopdaemon39
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-27-2012 01:36:56 | More by mikeradebaugh
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3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A - Dark Brown. One finger of brown head that quickly became just a few bubbles lingering around the edges.

S - A ton of Bourbon. Oak. Vanilla. I kinda like it. Maybe dial back just a smidge.

T - The alcohol is definitely there. Roasted malts, chocolate, oak.

M - Medium. Creamy. Standard Carbonation.

O - I could smell this beer all day and for that I am a fan. As far as the taste goes I felt it lacked a little bit of complexity and the alcohol was super noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 20:06:27 | More by BeezNeezy22D
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this from Party Town in Florence, KY for $12.99

Pours deep brown/black with a small head. I don't think there was ample carbonation from the keg. I thought this would be darker and more viscous.

The smell from this thing is really great and bourbon forward. I get some oak, vanilla, and tons of bourbon.

The taste mirrors the smell. A lot of bourbon and vanilla. Faint oakiness is there along with roasted malts, being very secondary.... Bourbon is in yo face! The booze is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbs are a little low, but it could be the keg setup it came out of.

Not a world class beer, but fun to drink.

Serving type: growler

09-26-2012 01:29:41 | More by JDizzle
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

09-26-2012 00:14:01 | More by Haywire
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4/5  rDev +1%

09-25-2012 20:44:28 | More by morebeersforgeorgia
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-25-2012 17:57:41 | More by jriggins6
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

09-25-2012 01:29:25 | More by jcparish88
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-24-2012 20:37:08 | More by whodeyvols
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

09-23-2012 01:42:39 | More by Hyhat
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4/5  rDev +1%

09-22-2012 16:51:29 | More by Stinger80OH
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2/5  rDev -49.5%

09-22-2012 16:12:47 | More by Dyerseve
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4/5  rDev +1%

09-22-2012 02:48:26 | More by DrunkinYogi
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-21-2012 23:47:12 | More by RKLIII
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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