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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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3,508 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,508
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 172
Gots: 584 | 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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Photo of stompwampa


2.4/5  rDev -39.5%

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.

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


4.65/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

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


2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

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.


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


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +2%

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.

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


4.72/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

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


4.72/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +21.7%

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.

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


4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

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


2.5/5  rDev -37%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

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


5/5  rDev +25.9%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

12-01-2010 04:25:40 | More by Franz4
Photo of mdbdoc


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Pouring the beer my mouth started to water. It pours out smooth and dark with a decent head to it. Take a sniff and it smells rich and full with a hint of sweetness. It's got a great taste that lets you know it's been in an oak barrel. This is one beer I say you all have to try at lest once.

12-01-2010 01:11:18 | More by mdbdoc
Photo of SteveLyman


3.93/5  rDev -1%

A - Dark pour with tints of crimson. Pours a good one inch head colored light tan to white.

S - At first, I smell dark cherries, then it turns boozy with hints of vanilla, chocolate and fragrances of coffee and oak.

T - Tastes just like the aroma, but with a stronger oak sensation.

M - Slight carbonation. A good ratio of carbonation to malty richness.

D - Drinkable beverage. It is somewhat sweet but the earthy oak notes balance this brew out well.

Although slightly boozy, a nice beer and will probably pick up a few more again.

11-25-2010 02:46:38 | More by SteveLyman
Photo of Tifore


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours pitch black with a two finger deep tan head. The head looks so nice and frothy, and then quickly dissapates to a white cap and small ring around the glass.

S - Smells very much like bourbon. Very strong smelling, overwhelming bourbon and alcoholic notes followed by some vanilla and oak and light carmel notes as well as chocolate.

T - Tastes like a malty bourbon. Lots of alcohol on the breath followed by bittersweet chocolate and smooth vanilla notes.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy with light carbonation on the tounge. Very boozy as well. I'm going to cellar a bomber of this I have and hope that the booze settles some.

D - This is a heavy drinker, one or two and thats about all I'd be able to take for a night. Great beer though, just curious to see what ageing will do this beer. I'd love it if the bourbon stays and the alcohol tones mellow.

11-24-2010 03:32:21 | More by Tifore
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

A - This pours a very dark brown color, and has just the slightest little ring of head on it. Appears to be very low in carbonation.

S - The smell is booze, bourbon, and chocolate. There are also notes of vanilla and a hint a dark fruits.

T - The bourbon and alcohol hit me first. Then, notes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla came at me. The finish is boozy and slightly bitter. The oak taste lingers in the mouth.

M - This beer has a thick body and has almost no carbonation. It also seems to coat the mouth and really hit each taste bud on the way down. It is also slightly warming.

D - I would say this is decently drinkable. It goes down fairly easy, but i would prefer if the alcohol bite was toned down a bit. Overall though, I think this a good beer, and I would suggest giving it a try. I'd buy this one again.

11-18-2010 18:51:24 | More by JizackFH
Photo of gopens44


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

A - Dark with tinges of ruby around the edges. Foamy generous head that falls back considerably relatively quickly

S - Oaky, some vanilla, roasted malts and a smidge boozy like bourbon

T - Like the nose but with an added twist of maple twisted in with the oak and vanilla. More boozy in the taste than in the nose.

M - Not overly carbonated. Smooth texture but a touch sharp on the taste buds. Not too much aftertaste.

I enjoyed this, and wil likely pick a few more up.

11-17-2010 14:05:21 | More by gopens44
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