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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
90
outstanding

4,071 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 4,071
Reviews: 1,196
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 216
Gots: 801 | FT: 36
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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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours black with a 2 finger tan head. Waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- sweet bourbon, vanilla, and roasted malts.

T- sweet chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla, and bitter bourbon lingers at the finish.

M- full body with high carbonation. Knocked this down a bit because of the effervescence at the finish.

O- nice BA stout. Slightly high carbonation that takes away from the mouthfeel some, but has a nice aroma and flavor.

Photo of ibop
1.6/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Instead of paying $14 for a 4 pack, found a loose bottle for $3.50. I was anticipating what the label stated, deep vanilla notes and can be paired with dark chocolate.

The ONLY thing the label live up to was the way too high 10% alcohol content. This percentage killed and masked any supposed vanilla notes at all. The nose wafted between a light caramel to stale beer. I washed my glass beforehand to ensure a sterile receptacle.

This was horrid swill and much too strong, bitter, sour and malty for my palate.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of jbuddle
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra and opened after a long day.

A - poured a little lighter than I expected, but sits dark with just a light tan ring around the glass. It swirls around the glass a little more freely than most BA stouts.

S - classic barrel aged stout nose, with a good bit of caramelized sugar, vanilla, booze, dark chocolate, a little coconut and coffee. As it warms im getting some cola aromas.Pretty complex.

T - A little bit of a letdown from the nose but certainly well done. At first I get a sort of boozy cola flavor that tastes better as it goes down. Vanilla, oak, some coconut and milk chocolate come out. Very warming and a bit hot in the finish.

M - a bit thin in my opinion and the carbonation is a bit too prickly. I think with a bit more body and a touch less carbonation this beer would really shine.

O - glad I got to try it and I am enjoying it very much, but it's not in my top BA stouts. Certainly very good and well executed but I prefer something with a bit more body. Still a solid beer and I appreciate the 12 ounce size.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pitch black with a thin lacing with brown head that fades fast

S - burnt sugar, oak, roasted malt, faint chocolate

T - roasted malt, burnt sugar, vanilla, chocolate, faint oak, alcohol

M - very warm, smooth, rich, medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a decent stout. The oak is more noticeable in the nose than in the flavor. It has a solid flavor overall. It's a bit boozy which takes away from the flavor and overall experience. Since the alcohol is so noticeable it also becomes a slow sipper. I wouldn't seek this out again, but I certainly wouldn't turn it down if I was offered.

Photo of njport
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really good looking deep mahogany brew. Tan head but still pretty bright for such a dark beer.

This beer is labeled as an american stout but it's a 10% oal aged ale? why not just call it an american strong ale? oh well. On with it.

Very unique, incredibly subdued, but there's a lot to it. Charred-oak, chocolate, vanilla, fresh brewed coffee, espresso beans, touches of licorice, mint, and dark fruit. If the taste is as complex as the nose, i'm looking forward to it.

A very unique beer. All the flavors are almost seamlessly rolled into one concise sip. Flavor profile is much the same as the nose. Charred oak, vanilla, and chocolate being the dominate flavors. Roasted and coffee flavors balance all these seemingly sweet flavors. A touch of bittering hops also comes into play at just the right time along with a bit of detectable alcohol.

Rich and creamy mouthfeel with flavors that compliment the feeling, Not sure what this beer truly is stylistically but it has the grace of an american stout with the depth of a Russian Imperial Stout. I'm really impressed by this brew.

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of meanmutt
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of thydarkprevails
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bomber poured into my duvel tulip. Served at 55 degrees F. Pours a dark dark brown with a finger length beige head that shrinks to near nothingness. Aroma is toasted dark malt, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. Flavor is as complex as the aroma. Vanilla, chocolate, mild bourbon, oak wood, cream, and roasted barley. Mouthfeel is medium and quite sticky. Pretty good beer.

Photo of rinhaak
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a red wine glass.

Pours a deep rich mahogany/brown, almost the shade of root beer. A thin, flimsy head that actually clings nicely to the side of the glass.

Aromas of chocolate, cherries, deep plums, oak, and red wine.

A wonderful mouth with flavors of oak, cherry, vanilla, and caramel. It is sweet, though not cloying; I personally felt that the sweetness was well balanced. With a silky, velvety mouthfeel (almost like a milkshake), the lactose shines through. A slight booziness gives away the high ABV.

I am not certain that this is really a stout, and I actually could almost taste some Belgian-style yeasts. (To my palate, it was more like a quad.) I tremendously enjoy this beer, and I highly recommend it!

Photo of EricCioe
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours very dark brown with brown highlights, not much head. On the nose there are powerful notes of alcohol, vanilla, raisins, and sugar. In the mouth the sweetness is overwhelming, hardly any roasted malt or hops to balance the sweetness. The booze heat makes for a nice long finish, though the body is too sticky for me.

Overall, this is probably a bit too sweet and the bourbon doesn't really integrate all that well. Also I'm not convinced this is a stout, more like an imperial brown or old ale.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,071 ratings.