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

New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,891 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2891
Reviews: 1089
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 14.21%


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.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002)
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ajzbedo73

Missouri

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stout glass. Deep brown color with a light tan head. It smelled of cordial cherries, with a hint of bourbon. Nice malty flavor with chocolate undertones. It had a bit of a boozy finish. Velvety feel across my tongue. Overall a very enjoyable stout. Could sit and have more than one of these on a cold winter day.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 02:59:09 | More by ajzbedo73
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into chalice. 2012 vintage.

A - Black with a lighter off white semi fluffy head. Fair retention and spotty lacing.

S - The nose is bourbon (held up well with age) with hints of roasted malt and chocolate, slight vanilla, marshmallow and caramel.

T - The bourbon is quite pleasant after 2 years. Roasted malt and chocolate overtones with sweet caramel and marshmallow.

M - Very light in carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

O - This beer has held up very well and I prefer it with some age on it. I usually like BB stouts fresh, but this was a bit harsh when fresh. The age mellowed it out, but kept the bourbon notes. Quite good with 2 years on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 01:29:04 | More by Ri0
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this in a snifter.

A brown sugar-colored head rises to a finger's-width. Then the creamy stuff falls to a thick ring of sheet lace with just enough to cover the cap. The body is completely black with some carbonation columns noticed at the top sides of the glass.

The nose hits up front with bourbon and a little brown sugar, some vanilla. There are some stronger smokey notes of tobacco and leather, but so buried. The aromas are not especially strong, but enjoyable nonetheless.

The bourbon flavor is more muted, with only the slightest brush with booziness on the finish. Otherwise there are strong impressions of vanilla syrup. brown sugar, and caramel malt. The stronger roasted flavors, again smokey and leathery, are most apparent in the finish with the boozy kiss and a quick burst of fig.

Dragon's Milk is full bodied and very creamy. There is a substantial amount of stick to the flavors with the roasted and smokey notes clinging long to the back of the throat, definitely more of a woody dryness.

Dragon's Milk is a very enjoyable beer. The vanilla syrup quality on the palate is a little different at first, but the smokey and boozey finish is a very nice contrast. Add to that, the feel of this beer is great and makes it a joy to sip. Strong, but not overbearing, rich, but not cloying. This beer rides a fine line, and does it artfully.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 07:14:48 | More by Pintofbrown
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BarwoodBonanza

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. November 11 bottling date.

Inky black with ruby highlights at the edges. Sand-colored head dissipates quickly but leaves a nice layer on top and some moderate lacing.

Rich vanilla tones dominate the aroma with hints of boozy bourbon and cocoa.

The flavor adds nice texture to the cocoa and vanilla notes with a caramelized sugar quality similar to a creme brûlée crust. This leads to a warm bourbon booziness which then transitions to a nice charred, dark roast finish. Pretty solid but maybe not as harmonious as I'd like.

A little too carbonated and light in body I think. It seems to me a fuller body would serve this beer better.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:09:41 | More by BarwoodBonanza
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atr2605

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours black with a tan head with great retention that leaves a nice lacing
S-cocoa, vanilla, oak, roasted malts
T-lots of vanilla and cocoa flavors followed by honey, oak, roasted malts, and more vanilla in the finish. Alot of flavors happening
M-medium-full bodied with tight carbonation and a bit of creaminess
O-complex and big beer. I enjoyed it but think it would be best served as a half pint

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 01:06:25 | More by atr2605
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dragon's Milk stout pours black into the glass with a small tan head. The foam disappears quickly leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma has nice notes of oak, vanilla and bourbon. A touch of chocolate and roast malt is also detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth with mild carbonation. The flavor has nice chocolate notes along with oak, vanilla and bourbon. It finishes a little dry with some dark fruit notes. Once gone the chocolate and oak lingers on the palate.

This beer needs time to warm to enjoy. The flavors emerge from the cold.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 00:44:17 | More by WanderingFool
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RaulMondesi

California

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Meh. Not good. Not bad, but kind of like Raul's prom night: I could have lived without it. Flavors are kind of there and that's about it. Mouthfeel is very insipid and flat like a coca cola getting a tan in Death Valley. It's not repulsive, but it's not much.

Peace!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 06:13:08 | More by RaulMondesi
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Vintage 2013

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing cascades down the glass leaving a thick ring behind it.

S- Sweet aroma of vanilla, caramel and charred oak. Not very boozy

T- Incredibly smooth. Too smooth to be a stout aged in bourbon barrels. The dark roasted malt sets the tone for a remarkable blend of flavors including black cherry, vanilla and molasses. So good. The hops chime in to create some balancing bitterness but not once does the flavor become overly boozy.

M- Creamy and thick with medium carbonation and a very full body.

O- I'm astonished that this beer presently has a score of just 88. This is one of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts I've ever had and you can check my track record to verify that I've had some of the best. Maybe the fact that it is so smooth and hides its char, oak and ABV well is why some people aren't down with it. Not enough in-your-face extremity. If you want a well-balanced, smooth and drinkable BBA stout, this one's for you.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 02:59:22 | More by Immortale25
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n2185

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts, semi-sweet cocoa, and vanilla dominate with some oak and bourbon aromas underneath.

T: Roasted malts here as well with some dark chocolate and vanilla flavors. The oak and bourbon are more present in the flavor with some notes of burnt sugar and caramel. The finish is lightly boozy.

M: Medium-thick body with moderate carbonation, this beer is a bit more carbonated and lighter in body than many barrel aged stouts, but it avoids being overly carbonated or too watery.

O: An enjoyable beer overall and one of the more underrated stouts out there. It's not really on the same level as the best barrel aged stouts, but it's also a lot more reasonably priced and accessible than most examples.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 03:47:02 | More by n2185
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SFNC

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark cola brown/black with a light brown head. Smells oaky, a little chocolate, some sweetness and bourbon. Tastes of wood, bourbon, dark dried fruits, dark chocolate, sweet malt and did I mention wood? A little sweet maybe and quite boozy, but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is hot with alcohol and medium of carbontation. Not bad. Overall, this is very good, but lacks some of the complexities of other robust stouts. A good, but not great imperial stout at a good price. I might revisit this one again soon, but it would depend on the availability of other stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 01:16:20 | More by SFNC
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krustster

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

UUuuuaaahhh god man. This was my first of the New Holland High Gravity series, and the reason why I ended up trying the full lineup. Coming back to it now after several months and it's actually quite a bit better than I remembered.

Appearance is good, dark brown/mostly black with a light colored head that leaved a thick sheet of foam around my glass. It's more translucent than most of this style, so it looks slightly "weak" but oh well. This is really not a very important category to me.

Smell is nice. Very sweet, bordering on too sweet. As far as aroma, this may be the sweetest non-flavored beer I can think of, even more than Sweet Repute. Tons and tons of fruity smells like ripe sweet cherries, prunes, raisin, with loads of vanilla, candied nuts and baked sugar(?). It's obvious that this is a bourbon barreled beer, but the bourbon and oak itself is very hard to pick up on the nose.

The taste is similar to the nose. How often is that not the case? There's a lot of candied nuts up front, like those peanuts with the bumpy red stuff on them, with overripe (in a good way) fruits on the side, soaked in vanilla. Again I can't really taste much bourbon, but the influence of the barrel aging is obvious. I get a bit of brown sugar and molasses as well. Hints of coffee and bitterness on the finish, just enough to balance things and keep it from being grossly sweet. Like someone else said, I can't believe this one only has an 88 average. It's very well put-together.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. A little thinner than some comparable offerings at "only" 10% ABV but still quite substantial and has that decadent, dessert-like coating feeling on the palate. The first time I tried this I remember it being way too boozy, but at the time it was also straight from the fridge and tonight it's closer to room temperature & has calmed down considerably.

Overall, Dragon's Milk is an amazingly tasty beer for a relatively low price. I feel that some people are overlooking it because it's easily available and the price is fair ($7 a bomber/$14 a four pack) and as we all know, the only barrel-aged stouts worth drinking are brewed once in ultra-limited quantities for $30 a serving.

Seriously though, making this a year-round offering was a fantastic move on New Holland's part. It's pretty phenomenal for the price, and extremely tasty regardless of value.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 04:28:35 | More by krustster
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HardTarget

Texas

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black glass lets some light through at the edges, holds a soapy white foam that clings to the glass.

Smell: Woody barrel, bourbon barrel, just barrel, and some wood. It lets you know there was a lot of tree involved in the brewing of this beer. Some malt gives a hint of support.

Taste: Boozy, bourbon is up front and full volume. Following behind is a rush of sugary roasted malt, with a light lactic 'milk stout' edge.

Mouthfeel: Medium, almost medium heavy body, low carbonation, slick oily finish. Alcoholic evaporation in the finish goes beyond dry to slightly burning/numbing.

Overall: A real one two punch. The heavy bourbon fire put out with the malty shovel. By them selves, both are overwhelming, combined, just a bit closer to center where the two Venn Diagrams overlap. A real sipper.

Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 00:54:06 | More by HardTarget
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with basically no head to speak of; just a tiny bit of fizz. There is a bit of a ring around the top of the beer but again, unimpressive.

Aroma is full of bourbon with lots of vanilla and wood. There is some dark fruit in there along with a touch of sweet chocolate.

Bourbon right off the bat in the flavor. Rich vanilla notes that drown out pretty much everything else. Buried underneath is some milk chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Very thick and heavy mouthfeel and a sweet, sticky finish.

Overall, I really like bourbon so this is a real tasty beer but I feel it is a little unbalanced. Bourbon really dominates the whole thing and there isn't any room for the other flavors to come through. Lacking some complexity but still a pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:45:50 | More by rangerred
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a Stella Artois chalice.

A: Dark and not very active. One finger head that dissipates to a light ring leading to thin soapy lacing. Has some legs!

S: Big oaky, vanillan up front with subtle roasted notes shining underneath. Has some of that big bourbon nose.

T: WHOA. Big as life and coming out of left field with a giant haymaker, It almost doesn't remind me of beer. Hot and boozy, verging on a hot boozy mess but very very complex while doing it. Minor roasted notes but they get engulfed in this big bourbon aged note.

M: thinner than nose and taste would predict. Filling without being overly thick, nor cloying nor overtly boozy. The heat is exceptionally subtle and quite welcome. Very oaky finish. Big vanilla.

O: It verges on hot boozy mess, but somehow just balances and teeters on the brink, then pulls it off. Nicely, I might add.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 01:13:59 | More by Scrapss
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yuenglingfan101

Indiana

4.94/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer dark in color mild to medium head. So creamy and yet barrel aged. I couldn't get enough of this beer so lives up to its name. i could drink this beer all day long anywhere at any time. I happened to see where this beer was brewed so that is so freaking awesome kudos to new holland brewing company

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 16:54:33 | More by yuenglingfan101
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Rob_Wesley

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 4 pack of this item. I Drank the first one in the bottle and enjoyed but as a casual drinker this was too much alcohol. So after that I enjoyed it as a shot for me and a buddy while drinking another beer. This is really good but I prefer to drink as shots.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 05:35:04 | More by Rob_Wesley
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JamesTobin

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just found a 12 oz four-pack of this at Woodlake-Kohler, after experiencing a Bourbon Stout in small glasses at Central Waters Brewery in Amherst Wisconsin, which I was not permitted to buy a growler of. (I settled for their Coffee Stout, which is also excellent.) Dragon's Stout is comparable. Delicious, full-bodied. Outrageously expensive, perhaps, but comparable to that on draft at Central Waters. The 10% alcohol content is shocking for a stout, which one expects to be low-alcohol and low calorie.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 23:40:36 | More by JamesTobin
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TappaKeggaBrew

Ohio

2.11/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

A: Clear, but as dark as used motor oil; just a hint of red mahogany shows through on the fringes. Head is 2 fringes of froth the color of toasted marshmallows, and lasts a good while before giving way to thin lacing.

S: Sweet malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and booze. A lot of booze...

T: Malt is sweet, almost cloying. Then there's an onslaught of flavors: dark chocolate, raisins, coffee, vanilla beans... It's a bit overwhelming for a brief moment, but then comes a harsh kick in the mouth as a bitter, chemical taste comes through. I can't quite place it, but it's as if someone poured bad grain alcohol into the vat to up the potency. Eventually it fades, leaving a residual taste of butter and fruit jam on burnt toast.

M: That heavy booziness on the nose is overpowering in the mouth. Some imperial stouts hide their high ABV's well, but not so this one. I can hardly pay attention to the carbonation or other sensory qualities. There's also a dry, nearly astringent finish, not that I'm worried about that at this point. Seriously, I've had 40% ABV whiskey that was smoother and less boozy than this stuff!

O: Looked good, smelled fine. Unfortunately, it all fell apart when it hit my mouth. An expensive drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 04:01:13 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is an oily black coloring with a thin, filmy, ring of chocolate brown head. Aromas of rich bourbon notes, vanilla highlights, boozy highlights, creamy notes, and a subtle bitterness in the backbone. Interesting nose, but very heavy and boozy. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a solid roast coffee bitter backbone, heavy bourbon notes, with vanilla highlights and oak notes, and a building warmth as you drink. The coffee bitter notes build, as well, into the aftertaste, mixing with booze and vanilla/oak. Very dynamic aftertaste on a slick, oily body. Roasted and boozy linger into the slick finish. Good flavors, but a bit out of balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 02:26:04 | More by GarthDanielson
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Mulciber_Volcanus

Georgia

1.85/5  rDev -53%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I have to say, since New Holland makes one of my favorite beers, I'm disappointed.

The first time I had this beer, it presented a great color and pleasant smell. On the front end, it was milk chocolate with a slight salty twang, but it finished with a nauseating taste of briny seawater. It was shocking. I promptly sent it back, assuming their keg had gone bad.

At another restaurant, I decided to give it another try. Unfortunately, I had the exact same experience: a salty brine that turned my mouth inside out and left me very thirsty.

It seems that a small percentage of the people who have this beer have a similar experience. Perhaps it's genetic, like those who think cilantro tastes like soap. Perhaps it's just bad on tap. Perhaps it's a bad beer. I don't know, but I won't be trying it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2013 04:21:47 | More by Mulciber_Volcanus
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Act25

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As good as any Imperial Stout I've had, and I love the style.
If I am going to enjoy 10% ABV brew it better be as rich as this one.
(case in point, for me half of DIPAs are half of their little brothers in aroma and subtlety)
But not so Dragon's Milk. It's a must try. I'd like to age a six pack. It's very wine-like.

A: True to black form, 1inch thick head fades back to a ring film leaving fountains of lacing on the .5l glass. Ruby glints, and silent on carbonation. A beautiful sipper.

S: Bourbon all the way, along with roast charred malts, dark wood, railroad tracks, board walk, salt hay. Perfect with a robusto cheese.

T; All follows the aroma, but the bourbon dominance gives way to complex balance of roast malts, grass, chocolate. I dont find it overly sweet, it has a clean whiskey finish, leaves my mouth in a great place.

F: Silky, weighted, good full texture, without much carbonation, and no cloying. Lingers, a bit sweet, a bit after dinner liquor. But ends all whiskey, dry, firey, and lively. Fire Water!

Best bourbon barrel stout I've ever had, I'd want to keep this around to share with friends, esp in deep winter.

Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 23:49:05 | More by Act25
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. 2013 vintage.

Poured what appeared to be inky black, but when held up to the lamp, some reddish and burgundy tones. 1 + finger of thick oatmeal colored head. Did disspiate somewhat, but retained as an at least covering all the way down. Not agreat deal of lacing.

Aroma was mostly of vanilla and bourbon, neither particularly strong, with a faint chocolate mixed in. Very appealing.

This tastes excellent. The bourbon is ever present, but not overwhelming. The vanilla gives a delicious sweetness. This beer is perfectly balanced.

Mouth is full, and rolls around the tongue, which definitely savors the flavor. Although you get the bourbon, it is extremely drinkable for a 10.0abv, but must be respected with some restraint.

Have had this beer several times, and it's always a great choice. This was the beer that turned me around on BBA stouts, as first tries from other breweries were very bourbon heavy. This one acchieves a wonderful balance. Thoroughly reccomend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 05:21:41 | More by MikeWard
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Beechner719

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome beer. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 160oz glass. Comes our black with a minimal tan head and a little carbonation. The aroma is a bourbon and chocolate with little hints of vanilla. The taste is great. As soon as it hits your mouth you get a chocolate/vanilla mix. The back end is mostly bourbon. It's the perfect combination. The beer is not too thin or thick. It's just right. I actually prefer this beer over KBS.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 17:04:32 | More by Beechner719
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JohnAtl

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer. Rich in flavor with full body. The beer is a substantial stout that could easily stand on its own. The bourbon adds to the richness and makes it very flavorful, but is not overbearing.

Almost gave it all 5's, but there /could/ be something better. Not sure how.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:35:49 | More by JohnAtl
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Qbdoo

Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A near-great monster. Maybe because it's my first bourbon barrel stout I was a bit overwhelmed by the taste of the alcohol, or what seemed like it. I loved the look and texture, but kept feeling like someone had dropped a half-shot of bourbon it. It got better as it warmed and I adapted. Looking forward to trying it again, especially on a cold winter's night.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 18:29:10 | More by Qbdoo
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 2,891 ratings.