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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,944 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3,944
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 211
Gots: 754 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

anvilx, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jsnoek, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

SDG1070, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of TheSSG
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(vintage 2011) Pours a nice, dense, tan head. Bright, coffee-like, caramel-vanilla aroma (a slight astringentness is behind it all). Black. Starts with a touch of toasted malt, a touch of bitter, slightly sweet, boozey as hell (this dominates), and moves into a medium bitterness. As the booze swells back, it milds out into a very bourbon-like finish; vanilla, oak, and a hint of toasted caramel. There is a slight floral hop flavor that appears well into the finish.

Overall, the aging really helped this. This isn't too bad. It may still be the most aggressively barreled bier I've had. I find that assertive barreling to not be very well balanced with the bier, which means it's similar to an odd, weak bourbon that is carbonated. Not my favorite, but if you want to try it, buy at least 2 bottles and age one of them. The results are MUCH, MUCH better.

I think I'll pick up one of these sometime and try aging it for 3-5 years. That could be nice.

TheSSG, Feb 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

cliff1066, Feb 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

TXhomebrewer, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of JorgeOjeda
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Is a great value, people will confuse this with the oak barrel. Is a great beer. Not that expensive. Nice to the taste, great foam texture. Easy to drink. I would buy it again for real. I comes as a bomber. I was surprised I couldn't find this beer here.

JorgeOjeda, Feb 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

markmcconv, Feb 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

wtkphoto, Feb 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Gotti311, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of BrewskiGal
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dragon's Milk is a very sweet beer. I would classify it as a dessert beer, meaning that it is a nice beer to drink once in a while. I wouldn't want to drink more than one and it is definitely not a beer for an upbeat social gathering. If compared to a coffee it would be a sweetened Starbucks blended frappuchino, perhaps a caramel frappe.

It is a thicker, heavier beer, strongly flavored like bourbon. It is sweet and the high ABV is noticeable. The flavor of alcohol outlasts the particular flavor of the brew itself.

For its kind, it was a good beer. It was not, however, my beer of choice due to its overwhelming sweetness.

BrewskiGal, Feb 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Zaximus, Feb 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ESeab, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

BamfBacon, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

dsauter, Feb 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

LoCoSiEmPrE, Feb 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

browniewithnuts, Feb 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

jmswry, Feb 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Cam9191, Feb 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

mkennedy119, Feb 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

LaurensDeJong, Feb 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

jbrew420, Feb 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

ssimpson89, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

jplopez21, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of bkc8182
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

appearance = Very dark. Just a little dark foam

smell = Smells like bourbon.

taste = Vanilla. Bourbon. Roasted malts.

mouthfeel = Creamy. Very thick.

overall = Liked it a lot but the alcohol content is a little high. One is enough. Not a daytime beer.

bkc8182, Feb 07, 2013
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,944 ratings.