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

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very good

3,599 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,599
Reviews: 1,155
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 182
Gots: 622 | 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  rDev -24.6%

smartassboiler, Apr 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

KCM, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass at Bradford's tasting.

A: Black with brownish hues. An off-white head forms and recedes quickly.

S: Smells milky and oaky. Sweet, smooth alcohol, vanilla, oak, lactic sugar, a bit of soy sauce. Some dark fruits come out as it warms.

T: Big, oak-laced sweet stout. Lactic, milky sweetness, oats, chocolate, bit of spicy, burning alcohol, melted chocolate, grain.

M: Fine carbonation, a bit syrupy. Not bad.

O: I'm really liking this. Big oak notes, complimenting the milk stout base well.

Etan, Apr 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

stealth, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

csustar001, Apr 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

reedjam99, Apr 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

atoulouk, Apr 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

TheDarkKnight, Apr 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

BeerdNick, Apr 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

jbnla, Apr 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
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2/5  rDev -49.7%

RyanGustner, Apr 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

DNofBN, Apr 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

rwilde, Apr 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

mjgrady, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of MCDuhamel
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip. Dark brown, not quite black, mostly opaque beer, with a beige head that fades to a ring pretty quickly. The nose is oak, some spiciness, and vanilla, all of which are present in the flavor as well. There's also a slight metallic note in the flavor, maybe some oxidation, that is a little distracting, and the alcohol is clearly evident though not hot. The beer finishes with a caramel sweetness that leaves it just shy of cloying, with a hint of cocoa at the very end. Somehow the beer never seems to come completely together; certainly a decent brew, but by no means outstanding.

MCDuhamel, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

KATramp, Apr 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Microbrewtaster, Apr 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

BigFatPanda, Apr 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

bowlerjoe2, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

goalie33, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

amalficoast, Apr 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

nucmedmario, Apr 01, 2012
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4.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from dozens of 12 oz and 22 oz bottles over the years.

A- pours a pretty charred mahogany w/ minimal tan head

S- boozy whiskey, vanilla, brown sugar, hint of chocolate

T- rum raisin, boozy charry whiskey, vanillin/oak/lignin, brown sugar/molasses, hint of coffee, coconut (yes coconut)

MF- silky smooth, virtually no carbonation, body seems very light in contrast to such a dominating flavor profile

O- deadly delicious, surprisingly drinkable

years ago we noticed that each batch was a little different but in recent years it has become very consistent and now leans towards a preferred sweetness. we also noticed the 9% ABV printed on the bottle a few years ago couldn't possibly be correct, and even the 10% that's currently listed seems suspiciously low. regardless, watch out because this goes down surprisingly quickly. absolutely do NOT make the mistake of drinking 2 bombers in a night...
of note: when paired w/ dessert this revealed a hop presence that actually served to cleanse the palate very nicely. very surprising level of complexity in something that otherwise seems so one-dimensional (yet delicious)

bat6, Mar 30, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a vintage date of 2011 on the label.

LOOK: Dark brown, nearly black with ruby edges. Good lacing even if it is a bit thin.

SMELL: Oaky, vanilla, barrel juice, boozy, mild char, toasted bread, burnt raisins, fig jam

TASTE: Very smooth, wood, char, mildly fusel, vanilla, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, chicory, booze soaked raisins, charred drying finish

A really good barrel aged brew that rides the path of a stout, a big beer that you'll need to sip. Very well balanced, had fun drinking this one.

Jason, Mar 30, 2012
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,599 ratings.