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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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3,925 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,925
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 208
Gots: 748 | 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 DannyDan
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown hue with a thin tan head that leaves some retention and minimal lacing. Appearance was not as good as I thought it would be. The aroma has some oak, vanilla, dark fruits that really stand out and lets you know this is a beer worth drinking. The taste starts out with some dark fruits, followed by some vanilla and chocolate and has an oak like taste through out. This beer is very creamy and very smooth, I hardly noticed any alcohol in the taste even though it has 10% ABV. A great tasting beer that is very well made that any stout lover must try, I just wish this beer was a little bit cheaper to buy.

DannyDan, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of SeanOswald
4/5  rDev +0.5%

SeanOswald, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of BFro
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

BFro, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of isaac1384
4/5  rDev +0.5%

isaac1384, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really nice. A nice barrel aged beer with nice flavor. A little strong on the alcohol taste, wish it had a little more oak flavor (maybe a little longer in the barrel would do!) Nice dark black color, brown head, deep chocolate smell and nice silky mouthfeel. Overall, a really nice drinkable barrel-aged stout!!

4thelvofbeer, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A creamy dark brown. Smelled surprisingly light for how dark it was. Couldn't smell anything foul. Tasted slightly bitter, caramel flavors and roasty malt.

Overall it reminded me of a better Guinness. Smoother, tastier, and brought a little more all around, however, it wasn't as smooth as I was expecting.

Jamesthebrit, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of CGMLS3
4/5  rDev +0.5%

CGMLS3, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of MASPuros
4/5  rDev +0.5%

MASPuros, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass. Bottle purchased from Downtown Wine and Gourmet in Harrisonburg, VA.

A - Very little head, even with an aggressive pour. Not much retention but does show an off-white lacing around the edge of the glass, which fades as I drink. Very dark brown/black, although I see a bit of red reflections in the bottom of the glass when held up to the light.

S - Smells strongly of chocolate, dark fruits/cherry , and a hint of oak. Dark cherry and raisins is what really comes through.

T - Taste follows the nose, although the chocolate and dark fruits come through more than the oak. I also get some raisins and molasses. Works pretty well, although the finish was a bit boozy. Not surprising with the double digit ABV. I would have liked a bit more oak in the flavor.

M - Very smooth. Perfectly carbonated to my liking for the style. Medium bodied and a bit creamy. The mouthfeel is what impresses me most on this beer.

O - Overall, it wasn't bad, but didn't live up to my lofty expectations. It didn't blow me away. I think that I would go back to this one because I don't have trouble getting it, which is rare for a barrel aged stout, but would not prefer it to some of the other barrel aged I have had.

NoLeafClover44, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of senorscientist
2/5  rDev -49.7%

senorscientist, Jan 30, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

rbrefbeerman, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of beerman207
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of Dragon's milk and saw it on growler at Party Town - Yes please!

A: Very dark brown with little light in with a tan head that is about 1-2 fingers head.

S: Sweet is burnt wood and some milk as well as some dark fruit. Malt coming through as well - no booze in the nose

T: Taste is lactose as well whopper chocolate and some raisin and maybe even some plum. Booze comes through in the back but feels nice on a cold night.

m: carbonation is perfect for this big of a beer - light

O: Wow - this one is quite nice on tap. Very happy to have tried it on growler.

beerman207, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of afoltz2
2.25/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - good dark color for a stout, a little disappointed by the lack of head, around a quarter inch.

S - good, strong smell with a hint of a possible coffee flavor.

T - the initial taste was good, but the immediate aftertaste was pure alcohol. I felt like I had just done a shot instead of drinking a beer

M - I swished a mouthful around to get different tastes, and it gave me a slightly numb feel due to the high alcohol content.

O - a very potent brew, high ABV with a strong alcohol taste. I was disappointed by this one, and I am a fan of stouts. I sampled it next to Guinness and Left Handed Milk Stout, and preferred both of those. I think if this beer were 2-3% lower ABV, it would compare much more favorably, because it did have a good initial flavor.

afoltz2, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Hopstout, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 22oz

A: Thin tan head, really dark, almost black, nice carbonation and lacing

S: Not getting a lot here, maybe I'm getting a cold? Touch of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, oak, and malts

T: Alcohol, roasty, oak, chocolate, it's complex, but too much alcohol in my opinion

M: Creamy, chewy, low carbonation

O: Good stout, above average, but doesn't get to founder's levels in my opinion

derkfromwi, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to MarcatGSB for this bottle! 2011 Vintage

A: Pours a nice black color with a small off-white head. Not much retention, forming a small ring around the edge. Spotty lacing dots the sides of the glass.

S: Get a good bit of the oak coming through, lots of chocolate, some caramel, a little roasted malt, and a hint of dark fruit.

T: Nice chocolate flavor combined with a little bit of oak. There is more dark fruit coming through as it warms, some cherry and a little raisin.

M: Medium bodied, maybe a little thin for what I was hoping for. Moderate carbonation.

O: A solid oak barrel stout. Pretty easy drinking with a solid flavor profile.

mdaschaf, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Zaphog, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

bootsdomino, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of emeline
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. (I know, it's not the way BA recommends, but after smelling it, I knew it needed more surface area than a pint.)

Smells like raisins and oak and bourbon. Definitely a sharp aroma, warning you about the weight of the beer.

Pours with a small, milk-chocolate head that subsides almost instantly. Dark like cola, but still slightly transparent in the light. Leaves a fluid, oil-like lacing on the surface throughout. Very little lacing on the glass.

Taste of raisins, molasses, oak, and, finally, bourbon. Subtle cherry and other dark fruit flavors come through as well. Tart, dry finish, perfect for a barrel aged beer. No carbonation on the tongue, just the tang of the barrel.

This is the third time I've had this beer, and there's a reason I keep coming back to it. It is complex, and it changes and develops as it warms and develops on the tongue. It goes well with many different foods, but could overwhelm lighter fare. My mom, who really hates beer, actually likes this one!

Overall, a very good barrel aged beer. Definitely worth a try.. or three...

emeline, Jan 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

cousineddy, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Skye1024, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of ab39z
1/5  rDev -74.9%

ab39z, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of AKnightAlone
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

AKnightAlone, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of hopsandstouts
3/5  rDev -24.6%

hopsandstouts, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 vintage.
12oz poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a transparent black with red/chestnut highlights. Ephemeral head is quickly reduced to nothing. Thin layer of film is left on the glass with sparse and spotty lacing.

N: Beautiful oak notes right off the bat along with subtle vanilla and bourbon aromas. Semi-sweet chocolate, notes of black coffee and rich caramel also make an appearance.

T: Subtle bourbon, caramel and roasted barley on the front of the tongue. Toffee, whiskey booze, faint semi-sweet chocolate and faint vanilla mid-palate. Finishes with scorched candy sugar and a good amount of oak.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, very dry, bitter and warming.

O: The tastes are way too subtle for a barrel aged Imperial Stout, almost watery. Kind of tastes like watered down whiskey with some burnt sugars added. This beer comes off very weak. Meh...

justintcoons, Jan 21, 2012
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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