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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

3,573 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,573
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 181
Gots: 612 | FT: 35
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%

jheberle, Jan 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Deltrus, Jan 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

mcloud2, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Gww1864, Jan 13, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -8.5%

This Stout poured dark and had a huge head, very pretty, first taste we looked at each other in amazement. A very strong bourbon smell hit us. This beer is aged in a second generation oak barrel. This beer got very strong as i drank it. I liked it.
It was like a shot and a beer rolled into one. 10 abv.

DragonzBreath, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of JamesMN
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

Appearance: Opaque black with a hint of brown around the edges. Very thin light brown head that is now almost nonexistent.

Aroma: Get vanilla right away. Underneath that there are roasty tones, oak, alcohol, and just a dab of dark fruit.

Taste: This one definitely has a pleasant oaky quality to it. Starts like a regular Imperial Stout with dark roasted malts and a rounded flavor. About halfway through you start to get the vanilla and oak which only builds from there. The end adds a moderate alcohol note that stays through the finish. Leaves a bitter chocolate and slightly hoppy flavor on the palate as well as some dark fruit and an alcohol bite. Real nice warmth in the back of the throat long after drinking. The 10% ABV is by no means hidden but it seems to work well that way. The only drawback is that it's not quite as robust as one would expect it to be.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body which is a little light for the style. A little more carbonation than I had anticipated but fairly easy to drink.

Final Thoughts: A little let down because of the slightly thin body. However, it hits all the right notes in terms of flavor and doesn't disappoint when it comes to the oak aged quality. Would I drink it again? It would not be my go-to Imperial Stout but I would give it a try on-tap.

JamesMN, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

outoffocus, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

alex021224, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Nolen12, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

OldTime, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

randylangford, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

CardShark, Jan 10, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%

New Holland Dragon's Milk

Poured from 22 ounce bottle into CBS snifter. Served very slightly chilled.

A) Dark brown with a reddish tint upon closer inspection. A finger of tan head, which quickly dissipated to a wispy dusting. Some alcohol legs noted as well.

S) A fairly sweet scent which consists of vanilla and a little bit of brown sugar. This is a little bit woody, and you can just pick up a bit of that cask aroma. A hint of alcohol.

T) A fair amount of roasted malt, and a good amount of vanilla flavor as well. The fact that it is barrel aged is definitely noted in the flavor, however the bourbon is not overpowering. A light alcohol tingle in the finish.

M) Medium bodied and minimal carbonation. This is smooth. I guess it could've been a little heavier, but it had a nice feel. A nice barrel aged aftertaste awaits.

O) As far as Bourbon barrel aged stouts are concerned, I have to say, I enjoyed this beer. Bourbon County Brand Stout is one of my favorite beers of all time. This isn't in that league, but it is quite good, and definitely worth a try. It's tasty, and it certainly gave me a good buzz on a work night, which I needed big time. Glad to recommend this brew....

RoamingGnome, Jan 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of mecummins
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A- poured very dark brown black. A bit of reddish highlights when held up to a light. . Maybe a bit more than a half finger head and really no lacing to speak of. It looks like a big beer (as it should.)

S- It smells sweet. I can immediately pick out caramel and vanilla scents. There's a mocha aspect as well as a boozy nose to it.

T- I can taste the coco and vanilla notes right away. The bourbon booziness is there as well, but not overwhelmingly so. I can also pick out some sweet caramel and maybe some dried fruit on the back. It's pretty well balanced for such a big beer.

M- Creamy verging on lush. A medium finish which is appreciated with such a rick beer.

O- I really enjoy this beer on a cold winter night. It's not something you're going to want 2 or 3 of or to drink with a meal. But on it's own, it hits the spot.

mecummins, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

iemailjack, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

YogiBeerAhhh, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

KevinGordon, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jadedlilmonkey, Jan 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Rmufb71, Jan 08, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured a nearly black color with a thin carbonated brown head with light lacing.

The scent is of mild vanilla, touches of coconut and a bit of milk. I'm not familiar with the name but found it striking that there was a milky presence in the aroma. Scent was nice but light.

The taste is equally nice with more vanilla and cocoanut tones and a hint of molasses. There is a slight boozy taste and feel at the end but not so bad that it detracts from the overall experience. The mouthfeel is a touch thin and less viscous than others of this style but its not too bad.

Overall, I like this barrel aged stout a lot and hope to have it again.

KYGunner, Jan 07, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -13.3%

Very dark, basically black and somewhat thick in the pour. The head really never forms and that holds it back. You can almost see the alcohol.

My bottle might have been a bit too cold but I didn't pick up much in the nose. Caramel malts, I didn't get the roasted notes, and a splash of vanilla but nothing really stood out.

Wow, you better have on your big boy pants to drink this. AGGRESSIVE is all I can say. The oak barrel presence is glaring. Very malty on the tongue. Vanilla is noticeable. Alcohol is very in your face, especially in the finish.

Too strong for me. I like high ABV and bold beers, but this is too much like a spirit for my liking. A bit of sweetness, then it's all alcohol and heat, particularly in the finish where the burn stays with you for quite a while.

It's a big boy beer. Strong in almost every facet. Not easy to drink and it doesn't go down easily. Like other barrel aged beers, it's so in your face. Feels like the alcohol is much higher than 10.

RickS95, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

pukahi91, Jan 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

elBecko, Jan 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

beerme626, Jan 05, 2013
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,573 ratings.