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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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3,481 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,481
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 169
Gots: 570 | 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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Photo of VelvetExtract


4.05/5  rDev +2%

A-Pours dark brown. Lots of light penetration. Looks like a Brown Ale. Consistent lacing rings. Head is tan and frothy.

S-The barrel lends a delectable nose of maple syrup and wood. The bourbon/whiskey notes are far from coercive. They mesh with the sweetness exceptionally well. Light chocolate and some lactic milk notes. Great use of the barrel.

T-Again, the barrel shines. It is a bit more aggressive than the nose. Milk chocolate. Light roast. Like dipping a piece of toast into bourbon. Light molasses and maple syrup. Booze comes out. Quite lactic. Vanilla milkshake with a shot of whiskey. Pretty cool, but I like the nose a bit better.

M-Buzzing carbonation. Body is not very full. Booze dries you out a tad. It is pretty drinkable.

O/D-A pretty tasty brew. A cool take on the barrel-aged brew. Not a sludgy, viscous and overly barrel dependent beer. It is lighter, more lactic and the barrel presents itself in a different manner. I truly enjoyed this but I didn't really love it.

11-08-2012 02:46:47 | More by VelvetExtract
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-07-2012 19:52:45 | More by UltimateLivewire
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-07-2012 18:39:05 | More by Mojo333
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-07-2012 06:38:10 | More by Baldjosh
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-07-2012 04:43:17 | More by booyabojangles
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit nonic. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a minimal light tan head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, vanilla, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I thought with some age on this one that the alcohol aspect would be completely gone. On the flavor that was definitely the case. However on the flavor there was still a nice little kiss of booziness to be found that was rather surprising at first. Once your palate adjusted to this though it was really quite nice to have a touch of heat to this one. It was fairly well balanced with just a hint of roastiness but more sweetness with the vanilla and caramel going on. A really well done brew that I would suggest anyone to try at least once.

11-06-2012 17:43:20 | More by thagr81us
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-06-2012 02:11:28 | More by Crosseye
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-04-2012 03:23:26 | More by MarkHedstrom
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-03-2012 02:49:39 | More by kizyle
Photo of GRE680


5/5  rDev +25.9%

11-02-2012 13:31:52 | More by GRE680
Photo of Infamous7100


3.73/5  rDev -6%

A: Pours a mahogany and is slightly transparent. A long lasting tan head with some decent lacing.
S: a tad more muted than I expected. Aromas of oak, bourbon and chocolate seem to dominate the profile. Less malt than I expected..semi complex.
T: represents a bit better than the aroma. Sweet bourbon notes accompanied by oak along with pleasant malt notes. A slight dark chocolate bitterness.
M: extremely creamy, low to medium carbonation and not as filling as you would think. Finishes slightly dry and bitter.
O: a very good brew, but expected some more complexity. Perhaps the bourbon should come through more, but what it lacks in bourbon is made up in balance of malt, dark chocolate and booze. Pick some up.

11-01-2012 23:20:05 | More by Infamous7100
Photo of ChrisH1024


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a bomber into a glass. Good head, does not disappate, good lacing down the glass. Smells of chocolate and bourbon with hints of oak. The bourbon hits in the beginning with a chocolate and oak finish that hits dry on the back off the tongue. The beer is creamy yet carbonated and has a great feel. Overall, a good beer that is worth buying again, but still leaves me wanting more.

11-01-2012 23:14:48 | More by ChrisH1024
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

11-01-2012 14:03:20 | More by Falcone
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

10-29-2012 22:10:12 | More by bscalt
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

10-28-2012 22:13:26 | More by ryanpj
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3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

12oz bottle poured into my snifter

A- pours a dark brown, once the whole bottle is poured turns to a pitch black. Thin fluffy tan head, miniamal lacing to the glass

S- smells sweet, sugary, followed up boozy oak Bourbon. Not over powering but its there

T- light sugary chocolate malt, mellow woody characteristics, Bourbon booziness

M- light bodied for a stout, almost makes me feel like this is a milk stout with alot of lactose,alcoholic ting spread out like a spread formation on the palate. Bitterness at the swallow trying to balance this out... hit or miss in this bottle

O- I like this... its different... boozey as all hell... sweet and woody... if your into strong Bourbon or Scotch than this is the brew for you....

10-28-2012 07:40:41 | More by warrenout330
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-28-2012 02:40:23 | More by bent
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-28-2012 01:34:38 | More by jlenik
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

appearance: handsome mahogany with a thick tan head and lacing. Doesn't look a stout though.
smell: vanilla roastiness with a hint of bourbon. Quite subdued compared to many barrel aged brews. Nice nose though not tremendous.
taste: mostly as the nose goes. a bit of alcohol burn that subsides and mellows.
overall: a nice brew but at $15.99 a 4 pack, somewhat a disappointment. Gets better and more complex as it comes to room temp.

10-27-2012 22:07:28 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

A: translucent brown obsidian on the pour; glass of black beer with slightly translucent edges; initial ivory finger of head settles into a milky film with a thicker collar; a few motes of lace speckle the glass

S: malty milky sugars prominent; background espresso and chocolate; overlaying oakiness

T: bittered and dark roasted malts and winey, oaky woodnotes dominate; for a stout, very subdued chocolate and espresso flavors. On the dry oaky finish, bitter hops and barrel-aging flavors are interrupted by spikes of sweet anise

M: light-bodied; there is mild sweetness at the start, but it turns and finishes mostly dry - some sugars poke in; some of the 10% abv slips through; relatively light-bodied for a stout

O: enjoyed this much more in 2013 - lotsa of oak and bourbon, the chocolate character was sweeter and denser, while retaining a distinct milkiness.

10-27-2012 20:53:35 | More by Greywulfken
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

10-27-2012 04:58:47 | More by Jeruba
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4.58/5  rDev +15.4%

A: deep rich mahogany brown; almost looks like a snifter full of maple syrup, not a pitch black "stout" for sure.

S: bourbon, booze, dark fruits, vanilla, mild chocolate notes

T: amazing; fantastic melange of bourbon, vanilla, wood, maple, molasses; milder notes of milk chocolate; raisins, figs; mild boozy afterburn.

M: sticky, rich, satisfying; definite boozy element present but not offensively so; sipper for sure; really warming.

Overall awesome brew. Would definitely buy more of this as I find it.

10-26-2012 23:32:35 | More by bcostner1
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

On tap at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC. Served in a tulip glass.

The beer was black with a deep copper, almost red hue. Not much head to be had.

First and foremost, the hops and grain stand out. There just is no ignoring the vanilla on the nose of this beer. Very subtle oak resin and dark sugar overtones as well.

Immediately malty and bittersweet. Caramel, oak resin, and raisin begin to take over the beer right before the vanilla hits you. It's a very sweet beer, but the bitterness is not lost on the edges of your palette.

Very full bodied, but the carbonation complements it nicely. Definitely a warmer with the abv of this thing.

This was a fantastically delicious beer. It's a HUGE beer though. The ABV on this sucker will really sneak up and hit you.

10-26-2012 20:02:55 | More by begforme4484
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Lizardville tapped a fresh keg for Cleveland Beer Week.

The bourbon was a little rough tasting compared to other well-done barreled aged stouts I've had. A little on the boozy side (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Overall, I felt the beer lacked balance. I'd really would have liked to let this one age a bit and see if that changed my opinion on it - it very well could.

I would not recommend going out of your way for this. In the region, there are many Stouts worth your time and this is low on the list. The more I try New Holland's stuff, the less impressed I get. Sorry to hate, but their beers just don't do it for me.

Edit: 5/11/2013 Revisited this beer again and it was a little better than I remember. Still not something I would go out of my way for, but if it's around I'll keep trying it.

10-26-2012 13:52:50 | More by MikeCactusGordon
Photo of HoppyHomo

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

I picked up this beer right after finishing the Game of Thrones books. Anything to do with Dragons I'm a fan of.While im not the biggest fan of Oak aged beers, i have to say that this is a good tasting beer.

I would compare this beers blackness coming out of the Bottle like oil found on Jeb Clampetts farm. The beer pours a dark black with a light head.

The first sip is smooth, and at 10% alc its not over powering. It really is something to behold; halfway through the bottle and im already feeling it. But then again im kind of a pussy.

Overall while not being a huge fan of barrel aged stouts i have to say this was pretty impressive.

10-26-2012 02:33:14 | More by HoppyHomo
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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