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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,416 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,416
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 250
Gots: 1,012 | FT: 41
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:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002

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
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Ratings: 4,416 | Reviews: 1,266
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my snifter

A- pours a dark brown, once the whole bottle is poured turns to a pitch black. Thin fluffy tan head, miniamal lacing to the glass

S- smells sweet, sugary, followed up boozy oak Bourbon. Not over powering but its there

T- light sugary chocolate malt, mellow woody characteristics, Bourbon booziness

M- light bodied for a stout, almost makes me feel like this is a milk stout with alot of lactose,alcoholic ting spread out like a spread formation on the palate. Bitterness at the swallow trying to balance this out... hit or miss in this bottle

O- I like this... its different... boozey as all hell... sweet and woody... if your into strong Bourbon or Scotch than this is the brew for you....

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: handsome mahogany with a thick tan head and lacing. Doesn't look a stout though.
smell: vanilla roastiness with a hint of bourbon. Quite subdued compared to many barrel aged brews. Nice nose though not tremendous.
taste: mostly as the nose goes. a bit of alcohol burn that subsides and mellows.
overall: a nice brew but at $15.99 a 4 pack, somewhat a disappointment. Gets better and more complex as it comes to room temp.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: translucent brown obsidian on the pour; glass of black beer with slightly translucent edges; initial ivory finger of head settles into a milky film with a thicker collar; a few motes of lace speckle the glass

S: malty milky sugars prominent; background espresso and chocolate; overlaying oakiness

T: bittered and dark roasted malts and winey, oaky woodnotes dominate; for a stout, very subdued chocolate and espresso flavors. On the dry oaky finish, bitter hops and barrel-aging flavors are interrupted by spikes of sweet anise

M: light-bodied; there is mild sweetness at the start, but it turns and finishes mostly dry - some sugars poke in; some of the 10% abv slips through; relatively light-bodied for a stout

O: enjoyed this much more in 2013 - lotsa of oak and bourbon, the chocolate character was sweeter and denser, while retaining a distinct milkiness.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of bcostner1
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep rich mahogany brown; almost looks like a snifter full of maple syrup, not a pitch black "stout" for sure.

S: bourbon, booze, dark fruits, vanilla, mild chocolate notes

T: amazing; fantastic melange of bourbon, vanilla, wood, maple, molasses; milder notes of milk chocolate; raisins, figs; mild boozy afterburn.

M: sticky, rich, satisfying; definite boozy element present but not offensively so; sipper for sure; really warming.

Overall awesome brew. Would definitely buy more of this as I find it.

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4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC. Served in a tulip glass.

The beer was black with a deep copper, almost red hue. Not much head to be had.

First and foremost, the hops and grain stand out. There just is no ignoring the vanilla on the nose of this beer. Very subtle oak resin and dark sugar overtones as well.

Immediately malty and bittersweet. Caramel, oak resin, and raisin begin to take over the beer right before the vanilla hits you. It's a very sweet beer, but the bitterness is not lost on the edges of your palette.

Very full bodied, but the carbonation complements it nicely. Definitely a warmer with the abv of this thing.

This was a fantastically delicious beer. It's a HUGE beer though. The ABV on this sucker will really sneak up and hit you.

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3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lizardville tapped a fresh keg for Cleveland Beer Week.

The bourbon was a little rough tasting compared to other well-done barreled aged stouts I've had. A little on the boozy side (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Overall, I felt the beer lacked balance. I'd really would have liked to let this one age a bit and see if that changed my opinion on it - it very well could.

I would not recommend going out of your way for this. In the region, there are many Stouts worth your time and this is low on the list. The more I try New Holland's stuff, the less impressed I get. Sorry to hate, but their beers just don't do it for me.

Edit: 5/11/2013 Revisited this beer again and it was a little better than I remember. Still not something I would go out of my way for, but if it's around I'll keep trying it.

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3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this beer right after finishing the Game of Thrones books. Anything to do with Dragons I'm a fan of.While im not the biggest fan of Oak aged beers, i have to say that this is a good tasting beer.

I would compare this beers blackness coming out of the Bottle like oil found on Jeb Clampetts farm. The beer pours a dark black with a light head.

The first sip is smooth, and at 10% alc its not over powering. It really is something to behold; halfway through the bottle and im already feeling it. But then again im kind of a pussy.

Overall while not being a huge fan of barrel aged stouts i have to say this was pretty impressive.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a de Struise chalice.

Appearance - Black, but not quite inky. Nice khaki head. Excellent retention and lacing. Nice.

Smell - Very nice.Oaky and bourbony. Nice deep roast. I detect some sweetness but not sure if it's lingering sugar or lactose.

Taste - Not quite as nice as the smell. Oaky notes and roasted malt. Slightly bitter malts. Vanilla integrates nicely. Very sweet in the back end. Not syrupy, but sugary. Detracts slightly.

Mouthfeel - Very sweet, too sweet. A sipper, but still very pleasant to drink. Medium carbonation and medium bodied.

Overall - It would be really good if it wasn't so sweet. Just too much extra sugar. Nice barrel and roast, though.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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4.64/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Really cranked the pour and at first there was no head. Then, a 1/4" head magically popped up! Very attractive reddish black in color with a tan head.

-Smell 5.0: Oh, wow. What a bouquet on this beer. First, the grains and hops hit and then immediately the vanilla and wood resins from the oak hit you. There's also this dark sugar essence in here...wonderful.

-Taste 5.0: Front is slightly malty with a very subdued sweetness. Middle is BIG with malt, raisin, caramel and oak tannins and vanilla. Finish is also big with more sweetness and vanilla and slightly tart on the edges of the tongue. Aftertaste is a monster and this is where you get hit with the hops...and the oak tannins again. Just an amazing beer experience.

-Mouthfeel 4.5: Well-balanced level of carbonation and the warming properties of the ABV are very noticeable (and enjoyable) in this brew.

-Overall 4.5: Just a fantastic beer that takes everything you may have heard about Innis & Gunn and multiplies it by at least five. This is a beer for fans of big ABV beers, but also a beer for fans of BEER. This brew is fantastic and worth every penny you will spend tracking it down. Worried about paying $5 shipping to get a big bottle of this? Dont. Just order it and order it now. Paradise awaits. WARNING: the ABV in this baby will creep up on you and knock you off your perch. I'm just saying.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very, very dark brown, just a shade of black. Two and a half fingers of dense off white head forms on top of the beer. Retention is good.

S: Sweet caramel, milk chocolate,bourbon, and a bit of coffee and roast. I also get a distinct malted milk ball smell in the background. This could use more roast and chocolate to balance all this sweetness.

T: Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of sweet caramel and milk chocolate with bourbon in the background. Also some sweet lactose. Behind that, I get some coffee, stronger than it was in the aroma. This still does not have enough roast or chocolate for the style. Booze is strong, but appropriate for the style.

M: Medium thickness with creamy carbonation.

O: There is not nearly enough roast or chocolate in this beer to be world class. There are no major defects to the beer and the bourbon adds complexity, but I want less sweetness and more robustness in my RISs.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
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