Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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very good

4,176 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,176
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 220
Gots: 823 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into one of my Stone RIS tulips.

A: Pours motor-oil black, with about a half a fingers worth of mocha-brown shaded head that built nicely and stuck around impressively for a 10% beer.

S: Roastiness, cocoa, and vanilla notes. Sweet. I don't think the oak barrel was holding bourbon, but it kind of smells like a hint of bourbon.

T: Taste follows the nose. Big roastey flavors. Strong vanlla presence. And I'm still picking up on "bourbon". Maybe it's just the combination of oak barrel + sweet vanilla.

The sweetness is strong on the back end of this beer. A bit of bitterness from the roasts and perhaps a touch of hops, as well, work to keep it in check, but I do feel that this might be a bit out-of-balance sweet.

M: Hefty. Carbonation is low and appropriate for this style. Finish is not as dry as I would have expected, and very sweet.

D/O: Try as I might, I just can't get into these barrel aged beers. It's not my thing. This is a big beer. A lot of flavor. A lot going on. It's just not that drinkable for me. It's too sweat and too boozy. It's unbalanced and wore on me as I worked through the glass.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap a number of times at Jacs (Madison). And while my wife loves it, I've always felt overwhelmed by its bourbon-barrel booziness. But somehow now that I'm having it from a 12 oz. bottle, I find it enchanting. Seems counter-intuitive that the alcohol would be better hidden coming from a bottle than from a tap. But the vanilla roundness and lactose sweetness play front and center, and I now love it.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I’ve seen this everywhere, but only finally bought it after a liquor store attendant said this was his favorite beer ever. That’s a good enough recommendation for me.

Brewed around a year ago, 2011 Vintage.

A: As dark as brown gets, nearly black. A low head of dark tan forms, with a creamy texture and strings of oily lacing. Not a lot of retention, though – it seems to have been swallowed up by the body.

S: A booze bomb: strong scents of paint thinner if you get your nose in there deep enough. It’s a little too much, but there are some barrel notes of vanilla, oak, and toffee peeking through. Sticky-sweet caramel in the malts, laden with dark chocolate. The alcohol is really too distracting, not done well at all.

T: Chocolate, caramel, and a bit of roasty barrel pop up before the alcohol takes it under…so damn boozy it’s almost vodka-like at times. There are char and earthy spice flavors in play, as well, but they don’t come out until you’re halfway through the bottle because of the booze. Raisin, oats, cola, and molasses are apparent in this beer’s chunky maltiness, a common stout caramel taste. Finishes with tastes of sugar syrups and big alcohol.

M: All the syrupiness you’d expect from a 10% alcohol stout, and then some; this beer is very astringent in its alcoholic tendency. That thickness and syrup appears at the first taste, ensuring the palate is alcohol-heavy.

O: This is a good beer trapped within a single flaw; a nice drink, nonetheless. I’d like to taste this beer without the barrel aging, actually, just to get a feel for how this beer tastes without the booze.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 8.99. 2011 release. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours black with no transparency. A thin tan head. Just a little lacing. 

Smells of vanilla, wood, burnt sugar and a little distant cocoa. 

Flavor is a nice smooth blend of fig, vanilla, apple smoke, wood, cocoa, burnt coffee. Just a little booze bite noticeable. 

Medium thin feel, slight carbonated tingle. 

It wasn't fair to drink this right after Dark Lord but it held up pretty well. It has many of my favorite barrel aged attributes without overpowering the beer. It may not be on my short list of favorites but I'll happily drink more should it come my way again. 

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,176 ratings.