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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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3,797 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,797
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 200
Gots: 696 | FT: 39
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

RossPeterson, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of KuehneBe
4.78/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first and (so far) only 5/5 beer. So I figured it would be a good one with which to start reviewing beer on this site.

Poured into a New Belgium snifter from a 12 fl. oz. bottle.

A - An opaque, deep dark brown that borders on pitch black. Very pleasant looking, creamy head, which disappears rather quickly but leaves a nice creamy surface.

S - Equal parts dark chocolate, malt and "typical" stout, I'd say. A pretty good indication of what's to come.

T - Dear god, this is magical! The strongest flavor is that of gloriously dark and bitter chocolate. I think I am getting a slight hint of coconut, as well, which fits in perfectly. The flavor from the bourbon barrel-aging gives this beer a very nice "woody," almost winey note, the malt mixes very well with the chocolate flavors. The finish slightly hints at both the bourbon and alcohol content, but the sweetness hides the ABV very well.

M - Just the right amount of carbonation, and a nice, full-bodied feel. Very satisfying!

O - I only started drinking stouts recently, but had I heard of this beer sooner, man I would have started much, much earlier! This is divine.

One bottle will last you quite a while, as it is best sipped slowly. I'd recommend drinking it slightly below room temperature. I enjoyed mine with a piece of buttered French bread, which was a fantastic combination.

At $17 for a 4-pack rather spendy, but without a doubt worth it. Best enjoyed on special occasions, and/or shared with a friend.

Wholeheartedly recommended.

KuehneBe, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of hopmeister
4/5  rDev +0.5%

hopmeister, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of DannyS
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, standard pint glass.

A - Opaque pitch black with a very thin head that dissipates into a foam collar quick.

S - a bit of winey aroma in the background, fronted by chocolate, oak, and a bit of vanilla.

T - about the same as the aroma. bright chocolate with some astringent oak, brown sugar, and vanilla.

M - Heavy and silky smooth with very fine carbonation.

overall - Deceptively drinkable for the 10% ABV. The booze is hidden really well. Quite enjoyable, but Be careful with this one!

DannyS, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Bogforce, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was pumped for this one! poured a hershey's syrup color (and texture) with just a tiny head fading away instantly. smells like an imperial milk stout, sugary and really strong. flavor is woody, the oak aging is prominent in the beer, mellows everything out and helps account for the lack of carbonation. there is also a graham crackey breadyness to this beer, giving it a nice full body. complex and delicious this beer does not hide its strength at all, which is fine in this style. my first new holland brew but will be keen to find some others as this was a great sunday afternoon treat

StonedTrippin, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

Ford1873, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

slasich, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

BMart, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

salinasa, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

poibag808, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

indiggio, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Rostie
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Rostie, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of dasmusik
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

dasmusik, Dec 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

cheers405, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

bigben94, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

HumphreyLee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from JoeyBeerBelly, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruit, vanilla, milk chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla and caramel followed by a hearty roasted malt character and a very mild hops presence. The ABV is well disguised and there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, not too filling, not the best representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while but there are better beers in the style.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

captainbearcat, Dec 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

jaidenjb, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with light brown peeking through at the edges. There is a light tan head at the edges.

S: Wow, this completely knocked me back from my expectations. Strong oak barrel aging with a roasted malt flavor . Very healthy malt sweetness with a bit of booze.

T: New Holland Done did it... I haven't had a beer yet from New Holland but wow, what a great way to start. The malt flavors are fantastically balanced with the oak barrel aging which for the most part take the beer over. I do not know if this is actually aged in bourbon barrels or if it is just the fact that so many bourbons really take on the tastes of oak barrels which in part becomes the flavoring of all of the true 'bourbon's being aged in American oak casks with 51% cornmash. There are plenty of sweet crystal malt flavors mixing with the stout but really the heart of the flavor comes from the oak and in a good way...

M: medium to light in mouthfeel but I weigh this lightly in my mind due to the great flavors coming out of this beer. It is a 10% American Stout with some booze showing through but other great things are happening here that make the booze completely bearable.

O: I would get a lot more of this if it were available locally. Thanks Scoot69

alpinebryant, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of KajII
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

KajII, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of hdelavega
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

hdelavega, Dec 12, 2011
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 3,797 ratings.