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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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very good

3,312 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,312
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 156
Gots: 484 | FT: 32
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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Ratings: 3,312 | Reviews: 1,120 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

07-21-2014 14:32:55 | More by John_Beeryman
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

07-21-2014 03:08:46 | More by reedmn
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

07-20-2014 22:04:04 | More by Carlitobandito
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3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours almost black with a small head that dissipates quickly. Looks pretty much like a bourbon barrel stout should look.

S: Chocolate, some coffee, maybe a bit of vanilla. Oddly, not much in the way of bourbon.

T: Just a bit of bourbon with more coffee and chocolate. Drinks very smoothly, even at 11 percent ABV.

M: Very good, but not great; smooth and silky with some alcohol sting late.

O: Very good representation of the style. It's less "bourbony" than many of the other beers in this genre, but drinking Dragon's Milk is a good experience overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 20:47:39 | More by OldeSchool
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-20-2014 19:52:21 | More by jallen5076
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

07-20-2014 16:31:45 | More by Mattmiller21
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-20-2014 05:16:36 | More by Captain_Komamura
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4/5  rDev +1%

07-20-2014 01:04:20 | More by dwmetsfan13
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

07-20-2014 00:30:11 | More by JTomczak
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

07-20-2014 00:09:23 | More by Kboggs1956
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

07-19-2014 19:58:39 | More by nkelley77
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-19-2014 16:59:15 | More by NCStateAE
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4/5  rDev +1%

07-19-2014 07:59:23 | More by Eman17
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

07-19-2014 04:26:51 | More by WckdVbz
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

07-19-2014 03:40:30 | More by BeeBran
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-19-2014 01:09:33 | More by kilopaparomeo
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer deserves a higher score than 89. If you enjoy bourbon aged ales, you will adore this malt monster. Not for the weak of heart at 11%. It has an alcohol forward taste that does not mellow as it warms. A true work of art as far as my taste buds are concerned.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 00:26:10 | More by thegarfunkel
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

07-19-2014 00:14:54 | More by denver10
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4/5  rDev +1%

07-18-2014 21:57:15 | More by reaganrvltn
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

07-18-2014 21:48:37 | More by Macky0366
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

07-18-2014 15:23:14 | More by Kaeliri
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3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My buddy Small Paul hooked me up with this brew as a sample from the supplier he works with. He was really excited about this giving me this brew, as he knew I was a) a bourbon fan and b) a fan of stouts. By default, that makes me a huge fan of Bourbon Barrel Stouts and other such whisky inspired brews. I was looking very much forward to this as well. Side poured from the bottle into a custom Boulevard/Deschutes event tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours just like a nice solid stout should pour. Dark, basically black, with little head or retention to speak of. Looks like coffee inside the glass, which is exactly what I want. Cool packaging on the brew.

Smell - Fudge, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits. Everything you would expect from a bourbon branded beer except: bourbon! A smidge disappointing. I could only detect a slight odor, if at all, of actual bourbon. I still rated the beer highly, but I would like to see a little more bourbon notes.

Taste - Follow the nose closely, and again, lacking on the bourbon punch or burn. Vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits, very tasty and satisfying.

Mouthfeel - Ultra smooth. I rated this portion higher because of the smoothness of the 10% ABV and the velvety character of the beer. While adding bourbon, like I have suggested, would result in a higher rating in smell and taste, it would add a bourbon burn to the mouthfeel. While that is off-putting to many drinkers, it is not to me.

Overall - As I have stated, I would like to see more of a bourbon character in a beer with bourbon right there on the label. With that being said, this is an excellent beer otherwise, and highly recommended. Just forget the bourbon part, and drink it as an imperial stout or something like that.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2014 01:59:10 | More by TheCondor
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

07-17-2014 22:28:02 | More by Tanktizzo
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Bell's Hopslam glass

A) Dark brown, cola, no head

S) oak, vanilla, bourbon

T) Sweet cola, bourbon, vanilla, root beer?, interesting beer

M) Low carbonation

O) for a $15 BA four pack it's worth it. Not the best BA stout, but it's good to appease the palate as well as the wallet.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 17:25:16 | More by NewGlarusFan
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,312 ratings.