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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

3,237 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,237
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 151
Gots: 468 | FT: 30
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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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Natural510

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2010 vintage.

Deep, dark brown-black, a bit flaccid in the foam/lace department until shaken in the bottle and poured.
Scent is vanilla-heavy and fairly sweet with a hit of musty oak.
Flavor is very sweet with vanilla and malt; notes of whiskey and wood. Moderate booziness which is apparent but blends well and does not overreach.
Somewhat thin in body, though in all fairness this is not intended to be an imperial stout.
The flavor (and milkiness+strength) illicits comparisons to a 'foreign-extra' stout. As such carries a similar flavor profile, with the oak contributing to the necessary dryness, but weaker in body and subtlety. On its own, not bad if you like your stouts sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 14:25:03 | More by Natural510
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mexikrainian

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into a Stone tulip.

Appearance: black with thick, tan head and smooth lacing.

Aroma: malts, molasses, licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and chocolate.

Flavor: chocolate, sweet malts, licorice, syrupy and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy texture that lasts from start to finish

Overall impression: phenomenal stout! can have two or three in one session.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 01:34:36 | More by mexikrainian
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Corndork2

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into snifter

A - Motor oil black. Thin head that dissipated quickly. No lacing.

S - Strong chocolate and coffee tones. Deep, dark malts come through as well.

T - It smells darker than it tastes. However, it tastes just like it smells. A big dark malty, coffee, and dark chocolate kind of taste

M - Coats the mouth and throat, the lack of head makes it feel less creamy than I would like. Its not watery by any means, but it is not thick by any means either.

D - Sharp going down, but overall a very good after dinner sipper

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 22:49:42 | More by Corndork2
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perryw

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a single 12oz bottle, labeled with "Vintage 2010" and 10% ABV. Poured in to a large wine glass.

It poured nearly black with a tiny cream colored head that disappeared almost immediately. Tiny amount of lacing as I went through the glass.

The alcohol smell is overpowering, mixed with some vanilla. The same vanilla taste was present. Maybe some chocolate as well.

Feels pretty smooth & creamy in my mouth, not overly carbonated.

This is good enough, but I'm glad I just bought the one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 00:48:56 | More by perryw
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was very black indeed. The beer poured a non existent head and had absolutely no lacing wheresoever. The beer was overly sweet and very dry. Alcohol was just too high I thought which messes with the taste of beer. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 00:47:37 | More by Minkybut
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stompwampa

Minnesota

2.4/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My first impression of this beer was great. It had a unique smell...very full and some hints of vanilla.

The color was dark brown with a tan head that disipated quickly.

My first taste was like "Wow! This is a great beer!"

And then I had a few more sips and it became very hard to drink.

The flavor is so full and sweet that I had a hard time drinking another. It really does have a syrupy taste to it.

I picked up a 4-pack of bottles and I found myself choking down the last three. It's just too much. Too filling, too thick. Overall, it's hard to drink. The taste really isn't that horrible...it actually has a unique and rather pleasant flavor...but it doesn't sit well with me.

It's worth trying for sure. The first few sips were great.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 01:15:28 | More by stompwampa
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, near black, color with brown highlights around the edges. Mild cream head. Minimal lacing. Apperance is nothing special.

Nose is awesome - boozy, chocolate, malty, dark fruit and oak wonderfulness. Taste is much of the same - very boozy, with strong bourbon and oak flavors. The bottle says "oak aged" but there are strong bourbon notes at play here. This thing is seriously delicious - bourbon fans will be in heaven. I was in love at the very first sip. Generally, "boozy" tends to be a bit of a negative descriptor - but here? Total joy.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Carbonation is absolutely spot on. Just a smidge on the thin side.

Wow, what a beer. I came into this thing with no expectations, but was absolutely floored almost from the first sip. Tremendous oak aged beer. I plan to load up the next time I'm in a state where it's distributed.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 21:19:42 | More by Mavajo
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plusorminus

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a deep dark brown with a thick creamy head, but that was the highlight of this beer.

S: Overpowering alchol smell with slight hints of vanilla.

T: Can taste the oak from the barrels along with the hints of vanilla can be tasted. With the strong alchol smell I would think it would overpower the taste, but it did not.

M: not bad at first but sharp tang at the end.

D: Was drinkable but could not get over the sharp tang at the end.

Overall I was not very impressed with this beer. With the 10% Alc. can get you buzzed pretty quick.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 05:11:11 | More by plusorminus
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MillRat

Illinois

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

Served at the Tap House in Oswego, IL. Served in a snifter, inky black with a thick cocoa head. A well-balanced roasty trio of barley, cocoa, and coffee dominate the aroma and flavor, with an oaky bitterness and slight boozy alcohol presence playing rhythm guitar behind the roast flavors. The wood is better balanced than it was in incarnations from a few years ago. A sipping brew with enough complexity to hold one's interest for hours, no mean feat for a stout that really ought to be listed as an imperial.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2010 20:06:37 | More by MillRat
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottle provided by and split with russwbeck, thanks Russ!

A - The deepest brown you can get without being black slowly slips out of the bottle, filling the glass until 2.5-fingers worth of creamy, tan head cap the pour. Head has pretty low retention, but some moderate lacing makes up for it.

S - The smell is complex for this. Getting a lot of wood, vanilla, slight bourbon traces from the oak, as well as the chocolate and coffee familiar in this style of beer. Some caramel. Alcohol is noticeably apparent.

T - Taste is surprisingly more sweet than anticipated, before transitioning into a smooth then bitter finish filled with chocolate, vanilla, slight smoke and bourbon, and a bit of a tannic component as well in the finish. The sweetness upfront mixed with the bourbon notes harken me back to Backwoods Bastard. Alcohol makes a strong appearance throughout.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy and full-bodied. What I really liked about this beer is it's well-blended and smooth. Very easy drinking and flavorful.

D - Drinkability is moderate. It's a well-flavored beer, but it's a heavy hitter for sure. I'm glad I split this bottle as it would've been tough to get through the whole bomber. As of now, it's a pretty hot beer, so hopefully some time in the cellar could mellow it a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 06:05:12 | More by nhindian
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tubacharlie

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pictured is an old label, and the abv on this bottle says 10%, so the 2010 vintage must be an upgrade.

The dark-brown brew has a deep garnet-red hue with some clarity when held to the light, and a slim tan head, populated by active carbonation that produces lacing of micro bubbles floating on the surface, with a ring at the edge that sticks well to the brandy snifter.

Bitter coffee aromas, chased by baker's chocolate and a hint of alcohol esters are apparent in the nose. A generous sip confirms the flavors intimated by the scent, with strong coffee and bitter chocolate dominant, melded with smoky, dark roasted malts followed by a slightly sweet vanilla-molasses back palate, accented by soft oak tannins and a smattering of smooth hops.

A luscious libation that can accompany a juicy prime rib at dinner, or pair equally well with some rich chocolate cheesecake for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 02:13:23 | More by tubacharlie
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chicano4craft

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Not much head. Thin tan ring of bubbles around the glass.

The nose isn't in your face. Pick up chocolate and some woodiness from the barrel. Slight roastiness. Some booze. Opens up as it warms.

I was surprised by the taste. The creaminess strikes me first. Then a roasted chocolate and woody finish. Some notes of vanilla. Really nice.

Good carbonation. Somewhat thin for the style but not worth complaining about. Good drinkability.

Overall I was impressed by this beer. Next time I can get my hands on it I won't hesitate.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 00:17:12 | More by chicano4craft
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown almost black color with only a tiny bit of light shining through on the sides. A decent head leaves some lace.

S- I don't think this brew was aged in bourbon barrels but there seems to be a good amount of bourbon in the nose. A touch of coffee as well.

T- Slightly sweet initially with some chocolate and coffee bean flavors coming out in the finish. A bit of bitterness and tannins from the oak.

M- Medium/full bodied with gentle carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D- I was pleasantly surprised. This is a pretty solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 22:41:29 | More by projectflam86
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Giggy

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wish I was a dragon.

A: Very rich dark brown to black. A tan fine head developed upon pouring.

S: The aroma was vanilla, cinnamon and a pleasant whiskey barrel booze.

T: The flavor is chocolate, coffee, and smoke initially with the whiskey and vanilla coming in on the backside. Lightly sweet yet with a somewhat dry and hoppy finish.

M: A mild and easy drinking mouthfeel.

D: Excellent winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 22:04:31 | More by Giggy
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my local drinking buddies invited me over for an afternoon of tippling with him and his wife this past summer since she and I were both off work as teachers and he had a free afternoon. These are the results.

The pour resulted in a finger of deep-tan head that quickly faded to wisps. Color was a deep, dark-brown with ruby highlights and great clarity. Nose was rich with bourbon-vanilla notes. Zounds! Mouthfeel was rather creamy with notes of smoke, vanilla, wood and black cherry in the mouth. It put me in mind of Calvin's dad in "Calvin & Hobbes" asking, "Say, where did you get this [beer], anyway?" Finish was redolent with vanilla and bourbon. Absolutely breathtaking. Great lacing throughout. It was an attention-getting beer to be sure, but it also wrapped things up for us pretty quickly. Proceed with caution.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 13:10:10 | More by woodychandler
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Boodoggy

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Lost Abbey Tulip.

Dark and inviting, miminal head after a perfect pour good lacing.

S. Oak and peat, oak is strong and up front. It is oak barrell aged and the smell is expected.

T. Wonderful oak and roasted flavor come through hops there but I get more of the malt and an earthly flavor. Alcohol is there to tingle.

M. Full and rich, this is a barrell age stout and to me it taste spot on.

D. Very good. gets better as it warm a bit. Definitely a great beer this time of year and I will be buying more.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 01:53:57 | More by Boodoggy
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arboristfish

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma of this beer smelled of booze, oak, and caramel and roasted malts, with hints of chocolate. The taste of this beer is smooth. The aroma is very deceiving, its a balanced beer, very smooth. The mouthfeel is full, more of a thicker mouthfeel. All in all its very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 02:43:49 | More by arboristfish
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite good, actually-- I was expecting it to be just ok. Dark brown, moderate tan head on it. Smell is a little lower in my book than the rest of the beer, oaky/woody/boozy. Flavor though is good, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, and vanilla. Nice stout here. Body is decent, maybe a hair light, smooth though. Very drinkable big stout. Nice one.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 03:27:48 | More by LordAdmNelson
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ForrestWolf

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this little gem at my favorite local beer store, EZ Liquor in Toms River NJ.

Appearance: pours a nice rich brown with a bizarre head on it. It formed strands that looked like there were fibers in the head. Anyone else get this?

Smell: Honey, Oak, Malt. Very inviting, with a nice touch of alcohol.

Taste: A lot of oak flavor, vanilla mixed with malt and a hint of roasted earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Great level of carbonation. The oak aging adds such a great burn in the mouth, with a clean solid finish.

Drinkability: It's a great beer, but 10% one is enough. I slowly sipped this one for an hour.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 02:41:07 | More by ForrestWolf
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ccrida

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage bottle poured into my Delirium snifter, Dragon's Milk is dark brown with a light tan head leaving light, scattered lace.

Smell is not to robust, oak and coconut, with a little roast.

Taste big, there's loads of vanilla, caramel, alcohol, and some wood notes as well. Not the most elegant beer, it's really quite a monster, although not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, decent viscosity, very dry on the finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. Even though the 10% ABV is obvious, it's clean. The flavors aren't too well integrated but generally satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 02:20:27 | More by ccrida
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toetag39

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out a really dark brown. Looked more like a dark porter. I can smell the molasses and chocolate they used on the brew. The taste was milky and smooth with numerous malts but the taste of alcohol came on strong and it was too carbonated.

I wouldn't mind it of I never had one again. Nothing special.

Serving type: growler

12-06-2010 08:43:30 | More by toetag39
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amandebates

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear. Deep brown which glows ruby red when held up to light. It came out with a very thin layer of creamy off-white head. As I drank there was minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, caramel malt. The smell wasn't present enough for my personal preference when I first got it, but I could smell it a little more as it warmed up.

Taste: Caramel, oak, clean bitterness followed by a delicious sweet whipped cream finish that lingers after swallowing. Great balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Delicate, tingling carbonation. A little bit of a thicker, syrupy feel, but nothing too sticky.

D: Very drinkable for a slightly syrupy stout. I think I could drink a few of these in a night and enjoy every bit.

This is a more simple, and very well executed stout flavor profile. No complex malt flavor, but everything that is there is very well balanced. I've had this a few times and it's one I look forward to having again. I'd recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 03:55:51 | More by amandebates
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pbmcguire

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle labeled Vintage 2010.

A- Very black with a light brown head that fades to a ring quickly.

S- Bourbon, oak, and a little chocolate.

T- Oak, bourbon, and a little malt up front with some vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate in the middle. Slightly hot (fusel) at the end.

M- 2% milk. Pretty smooth.

D- Pretty drinkable but the oak and bourbon probably limit it to a couple. That and the 10% abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 23:24:19 | More by pbmcguire
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Vierenner

Ohio

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It doesn't get any better than this. First tried from a tap last year and was hooked. Been searching ever since for something as good (or better) to no avail. So beautifully balanced I feel honored to drink it. Recommend savoring from a snifter and enjoy it like you would a fine cognac. It's that good.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 02:12:33 | More by Vierenner
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Franz4

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into a snifter @ Gallo's Tap Room

A- head settles to leave a consistent circle of foam around the glass. Looks like black coffee, especially as you drink more and the light is able to move through the bottom of the glass.

S- Vanilla and subtle oak tones come through, not a whole lot in the nose thought.

T- A little chocolate, very milky, add in the vanilla, quite pleasant actually, even if it's not all that complex, it's tasty.

M- WOW-- very smooth, very close to drinking a glass of milk as the name implies. Medium bodied, but wow, just very smooth.

D- A nice stout, abv is very well hidden. This could be a stout that could convert someone to craft beer or stouts, as it could have very wide appeal, I could have drank several of these, but the game was over and it was time to leave.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 04:25:40 | More by Franz4
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