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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,326 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,326
Reviews: 1,122
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 160
Gots: 492 | FT: 33
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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KajII

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a very deep dark black with an average sized (1-2 finger) creamy medium brown head that was mostly diminishing leaving behind a decent amount of residue lying on top allowing for some really excellent lacing to form that totally sheeted the glass.

The aroma was sweet and malty of roasted caramel malts, a very slight indication of a resin hop and a mild sweet yeast with notes of chocolate, dark fruit, oak and a hint of bourbon.

It tasted malty sweet with a note of caramel and a touch of milk chocolate in the beginning, then a mild bitterness set in with a nice large dose of dark fruit and a bit of oak with a very large alcohol ending. The flavor lingered for a long duration, with the alcohol presence being the most dominant as time went on.

Mouthfeel was a few shades past medium in body with a dry yet syrupy texture and having a mild carbonation.

Overall a brew I suggest everyone should try at least once. It's big, bold and fruity with a very smooth, drinkable alcohol presence and had just a touch of a woody tinge at the end.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 22:52:47 | More by KajII
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hdelavega

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a snifter.
Pours a deep black that lets just a tiny bit of light pass through when up. I was surprised by the very thin head, the tight tan bubbles fizzed away pretty quickly leaving no lacing.
Lots of oak in the aroma, also tons of dark fruit and some chocolate.
Lots of dark fruit up front supported by a malty body. I still get the oak and chocolate. Very sweet, maybe pushing it towards to sweet for a stout IMO. Moderately hot alcohol at the end.
Big body, very sticky and sweet. Higher in carbonation than I would have guessed.
Overall a nice beer. Again, a bit to sweet for a stout IMO. However, I like sweet beers so I won't complain. Thanks for letting me try this Paul U.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 21:09:16 | More by hdelavega
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +1%

12-12-2011 19:17:13 | More by tbeq00
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poogas

Indiana

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-12-2011 00:58:03 | More by poogas
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Mreyes69

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

12-12-2011 00:07:41 | More by Mreyes69
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pumaguy021

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-11-2011 23:00:12 | More by pumaguy021
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-11-2011 21:44:23 | More by mhaugo
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gphillips5300

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%

12-11-2011 20:26:57 | More by gphillips5300
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Holland imperial pint.
Vintage 2011, 23°P, 10% ABV, Pairings listed, F021 printed on the neck (June 02, 2011).

A - Clear and deep mahogany, ruby brown while pouring, Dragon's Milk relinquishes it's color for a deep, foreboding blackness in the pint. Topped by a thick khaki head with good retention, laces remains caked to the glass.

S - Maybe it's just the name playing tricks on me, but I get a lactose sweetness beside the milk chocolate and smooth roasted malt. Light charred oak accompanies the bourbon aroma so prevalent and sought-after in Dragon's Milk.

T - Robust and flavor-packed, Dragon's Milk features a complex malt profile of roasted notes like coffee, milk chocolate, and cocoa with smooth, more subtle oak and bourbon characteristics than the majority of other similar beers out there.

M - Smooth, supple, and full-bodied, Dragon's Milk has a nice level of carbonation that keeps it from being overbearing. Warm alcohol and mild roast bitterness (to balance) linger on the finish but remain in check so it doesn't become a booze-bomb.

O - New Holland's crowning jewel, Dragon's Milk, is rich and flavorful but not boozy nor potent to the point of being cloying. A perfect balancing act of malt sweetness, bitterness, and smooth alcohol, Dragon's Milk is great fresh and even more complex and deep with extended age. I recommend buying multiple bottles of each vintage to visit this real treat over time!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 19:05:28 | More by BeerFMAndy
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bezakjon

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%

12-11-2011 16:57:33 | More by bezakjon
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alalvarez75

New York

3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-11-2011 05:03:15 | More by alalvarez75
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Atyoungberg

Colorado

3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-11-2011 00:43:05 | More by Atyoungberg
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Keiner

Illinois

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-10-2011 14:58:17 | More by Keiner
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wmickdds32

Ohio

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-10-2011 12:50:49 | More by wmickdds32
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plfahey

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-True black with just the faintest garnet highlights when held to the light. Appears to be relatively clear, though it is nearly totally opaque. Tall sticky brown yellow head has decent retention and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma-Big bold oak up front-probably American-with oodles of vanilla and wood character. Underneath is some light chocolate and caramel, with slight peppery fusel alcohols. However, the overwhelming aroma is one of buttery vanilla oak.

Flavor-Big assault of booze and oak characterizes the entire palate. Tannic woody notes and light charcoal obscure nearly any malt character. There are hints here and there of chocolate, caramel, and toffee. In the finish, a semi sweet vanilla note emerges along with peppery fusels. Tannic oak carries far into the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. Some warmth from booze verges on hot at times.

WAY too damn oaky. The oak character dominates the palate, and anything that might have once resembled a stout is now reminiscent of sucking on a woodchip. It's too aggressively oaked, which to my palate makes it almost unpleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 06:26:27 | More by plfahey
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LoadedSchells

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A lovely deep chocolate/cola brown with a creamy head that fades to a thin protective layer quickly.
S- Vanilla, bourbon, vanilla, bourbon, malt, bourbon, vanilla, and some molten caramelized brown sugar. Think creme brulee drowned in a luscious oaky whisky.
T- The aroma is directly proportionate to the taste. Big notes of vanilla simmered in caramel and strong oaky bourbon tones. Light cocoa hidden behind all of it as it warms but again, creme brulee drowned in delicious bourbon, minus the burn and robust punch. I could see where some people would think the bourbon is overkill but i happen to like bourbon and vanilla so this is right up my alley. Its more of a heavy strong ale than a stout as it claims to be but i don't care. There is some pound cake like sweet breadiness to it and a tinge of a spicy hop but the oak and vanilla crush them all to oblivion. A bit of warm alcohol is present but necessary to keep you honest.
M-From the cask this is like sipping warm caramel silk with a slick cream character, divine, I can't wait to see how a bottle of this stacks up compared to it's beer engine brethren.
O- If you fancy yourself a bourbon drinker and you prefer vanilla over chocolate when it comes to ice cream and you also happen to love craft beer, it is a must. It's definitely a sipper. I could see a dragon enjoying this after a long day of burning villages and evading arrows.

Serving type: cask

12-09-2011 05:33:10 | More by LoadedSchells
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ortie

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-09-2011 02:57:06 | More by ortie
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dixonmp

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%

12-08-2011 05:52:31 | More by dixonmp
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marchoftheclouds

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Can't see through it ... that's promising! Not much head,but at 10% ABV, that's to be be expected.

Smell - I mostly smell a raisiny, sweet smell ... also very promising.

Taste - there is a slight bite of something ... possibly a slight uncharacteristic flavor that doesn't seem like it belongs. Maybe a hop / malt disagreement?

Mouthfeel - ever so slightly a bit too carbonated for a perfect beer, in my opinion, but a good mouthfeel in general.

Overall - not bad, but my expectations were higher by previous info I was given. Wouldn't turn it down, but wouldn't make it a go to beer either.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 05:37:55 | More by marchoftheclouds
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1%

12-07-2011 17:49:01 | More by laymansbeerfan
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2378GCGTG

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-07-2011 15:03:50 | More by 2378GCGTG
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fergster75

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

12-07-2011 05:10:58 | More by fergster75
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DovaliHops

California

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 Vintage. Pours black that appears dark red when held up to the light. Very tiny tan head that disappears very quickly. Scent is initially very heavy on the dark fruit side. Very sweet dark fruits. A hint of chocolate and tobacco as well. Smells extremely sweet. Taste is initially sweet dark fruits with just a bit of delicious bourbon flavor. Nice chocolatey notes with vanilla and molasses. Very very sweet. Mouthfeel is a little more than than I would have liked. Drinkability is fair. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, this beer is delicious, but it's just delicious in small amounts. I will definitely be able to finish this 12oz bottle, but couldn't drink more. A little too sweet. Also, I think this one would be more accurate at being classified as a barrel-aged quad. The dark fruits are much more overpowering than chocolate or coffee.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 04:54:07 | More by DovaliHops
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buddyvelt

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%

12-07-2011 03:36:07 | More by buddyvelt
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JoeBoxer522

Illinois

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-05-2011 21:55:47 | More by JoeBoxer522
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,326 ratings.