1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

3,505 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,505
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 171
Gots: 584 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,505 | Reviews: 1,144 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Stubby
Stubby


5/5  rDev +25.9%

09-05-2012 01:22:57 | More by Stubby
Photo of jagada
jagada

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37%

09-03-2012 04:55:00 | More by jagada
Photo of jnardone235
jnardone235

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-03-2012 04:47:19 | More by jnardone235
Photo of Sara
Sara

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

09-03-2012 04:06:48 | More by Sara
Photo of Trent
Trent

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -37%

09-03-2012 01:51:31 | More by Trent
Photo of CEDAMA
CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +25.9%

09-02-2012 22:53:29 | More by CEDAMA
Photo of tjsdomer2
tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +19.1%

Appearance: Very Guinness-esque in the plastic cup it was served in. Good layer of foam and lacing. Very opaque and thick. Coffee-like.

Smell: Burnt vanilla and oak mixed into coffee. Very strong. I was on the fence with rating this as good or very good. Considering I've smelled similar beers before that I thought were good, and since I like this better, I boost this up a bit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Incredibly mix here. There are different complex layers of dark fruit, coffee, and burnt vanilla with some spices. Initially I get the burnt vanilla. Then, coffee and chocolate, followed by the fruit. I also detect fine balsamic vinegar. What makes this truly special is the heavy and smoke overtones of oak bring everything together and persist throughout. Very versatile use of the oak barrel in my opinion that also creates a smoky, tingly, tobacco-like mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability: One of the finest American stouts. I'm suprised this isn't rated higher or more well known.

09-02-2012 05:22:23 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of heizerbjj
heizerbjj

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

09-01-2012 22:03:08 | More by heizerbjj
Photo of freewill35
freewill35

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.8%

09-01-2012 17:47:07 | More by freewill35
Photo of dchabala
dchabala


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

09-01-2012 00:13:25 | More by dchabala
Photo of BRUKOWSKI
BRUKOWSKI

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-30-2012 23:59:20 | More by BRUKOWSKI
Photo of Savearth
Savearth

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-29-2012 23:17:50 | More by Savearth
Photo of duceswild
duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-29-2012 02:35:08 | More by duceswild
Photo of astebelton
astebelton

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-28-2012 01:32:10 | More by astebelton
Photo of MButkus
MButkus


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-27-2012 20:45:41 | More by MButkus
Photo of higgsboson
higgsboson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

08-26-2012 23:02:12 | More by higgsboson
Photo of brbrocc
brbrocc

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

08-26-2012 22:06:08 | More by brbrocc
Photo of Tyrolaspenleaf
Tyrolaspenleaf

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-25-2012 21:11:30 | More by Tyrolaspenleaf
Photo of matttttYCE
matttttYCE

Arizona

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

2012 Vintage

One finger, creamy, medium brown head fades to a tan ring. Pitch black beer color. Light lace, more than I was expecting actually.

Very pleasant bourbon, barrel heat, oak, and vanilla right out of the gate. Light coconut also. Behind that some char, rich roasted malts, milk chocolate, and some brownie, dark fruits like raisins, fig jam. Alcohol is more noticeable as it warms.

Much of the same barrel qualities from the nose, but more toasted coconut in the taste. Melds quite nicely with the roasted and charred malts, milk/dark chocolate mix, light burnt coffee, sweetness, burnt brown sugar, raisins and figs, and some more alcohol heat.

Medium-ish body, silky smooth consistency, low-medium carbonation, and a slightly lengthy finish.

Overall this is a really good barrel aged stout. The aroma is superb and the taste closely follows suit. The mouthfeel could have been a little more full bodied, but the lighter body does make it seem more drinkable. Regardless, this is a great bbal stout. Thank you so much to tut2528 for this as AN EXTRA(!) in our recent trade! You're awesome Ryan.

08-25-2012 07:24:01 | More by matttttYCE
Photo of Kerrie
Kerrie

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-25-2012 03:57:39 | More by Kerrie
Photo of Turing
Turing

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-25-2012 01:45:41 | More by Turing
Photo of 7Durandal7
7Durandal7

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-24-2012 20:45:25 | More by 7Durandal7
Photo of jrkoller
jrkoller

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-22-2012 02:54:31 | More by jrkoller
Photo of ksp1978
ksp1978


5/5  rDev +25.9%

08-22-2012 02:09:20 | More by ksp1978
Photo of InfernalPotato
InfernalPotato

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-22-2012 02:04:12 | More by InfernalPotato
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,505 ratings.