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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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4,362 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,362
Reviews: 1,257
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 244
Gots: 959 | FT: 38
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some kind of date stamp on the bottle: E012 (don’t know what that means).

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass resulted in about one finger of dark mocha colored head that quickly dissipated to a single layer of bubbles and then to only an edge ring. It also left a good lacing. The brew is dark brown and completely opaque.

S: The aroma has dark roasted malt and a bit of chocolatiness along with some booziness.

T: The taste has flavors of sweet dark chocolate, dried cherries, sweet toasty malt, and some alcohol booziness and oak, along with a touch of peppery hops to balance the sweetness.

M: The body just slips over the border from medium to the lighter side of heavy. There is very little carbonation, which seems like a good fit for this beer.

O: This is how a barley wine should taste. (I don’t know what style New Holland Brewing was trying to make with this beer, but to me it seems like a barley wine – and, a darn good one at that.) The focus is on the roasted malt flavors – chocolate sweetness, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. And, the oak helps balance the malt and adds some complexity to the flavor profile. There is also some booziness that works well here – it does not get into alcohol heat, but remains at just a touch to add balance and complexity. This is definitely a must try for barley wine fans.

Photo of Moby
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: Pours a very dark body, essentially black with a foaming, beige head that soon settles down to a slim film.

Smell: Jumbled sniff sniffing up the notes of grape soda, light anise, moistened barrels, and roast with already a whiff of the alcohol.

Taste: Sweet chocolate and roast and toast and caramel and even sorghum syrup all come together wonderfully, beautifully even. A somewhat milky oatmeal quality throughout. Vibrant raisins touched with a little splash of Madeira. Woodsy barrel character with touches of vanilla, bourbon. Sweetish, round, luscious maltiness wrapped in the barrel-aging through to and beyond the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Thankfully, the taste delivered what the nose was just embarrassingly fumbling around with. Almost hazardously drinkable. I'll be honest, it has been several years since I'd last had this -- nice to see it finally in Georgia.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of smalenberg
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark with a slim coffee-with-cream colored foam ring that persists through the whole glass. Light doesn't pass through it.

S - Bourbon! Chocolate, port wine, and rich malty nose.

T - Malty sweetness with the rich complexity coming from the oak that brings along the bourbon character. Deceptively smooth for 10% ABV.

M - Smooth as silk. Slight tingling from the carbonation, but otherwise rich and thick and very smooth.

O - This was a 12 oz serving, which is a good size of a big beer like this. A 22 would be fine to share, but I think it would be "too much of a good thing" and too filling for me. This is a great beer for a cool fall day.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Lemke10
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a single 22oz bottle of this from Woodman’s in Janesville, WI in summer 2012.

Pours a very dark brown/black color with a thin light brown head. Fantastic roasted scent that is heavy with roasted malts, oak, and vanilla. Texture is smooth and creamy. A great overall taste as bold roasted flavor hint your taste buds teasing with vanilla, coffee, and toffee hints. So complex and so delicious. To me this is like a more readily available version of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. A great brew on a cold night.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of rob119
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My roomate cracked open a 22oz and offered to split it with me. We were both very impressed, slightly above average appearance, nothing crazy.

Smell is fantastic, not overpowering but very smooth and sweet along with everything else youd expect from a stout. I can see why they named it milk oak barrel ale. The oak is a nice touch to the taste which is very balanced. Booze in my opinion is fairly well blended and is not distracting. Nice full mouthfeel but not over the top.

Definitely a beer I look forward to trying again.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the gingerman in NYC- pours a thick black color with one finger of tan head, good retention, amazing lacing.

Thick roasted malts and milky oats- bit much else except a little booze.

Taste is consistent- thick, rich and sumptuous. Milky sweetness up front, followed by just lots of rich roasted malt, dark as all hell, some oats in there as well.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth- full bodied, very light carbonation. This is a good one. Not too much complexity but great taste and feel. I would get it again.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BeezNeezy22D
3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A - Dark Brown. One finger of brown head that quickly became just a few bubbles lingering around the edges.

S - A ton of Bourbon. Oak. Vanilla. I kinda like it. Maybe dial back just a smidge.

T - The alcohol is definitely there. Roasted malts, chocolate, oak.

M - Medium. Creamy. Standard Carbonation.

O - I could smell this beer all day and for that I am a fan. As far as the taste goes I felt it lacked a little bit of complexity and the alcohol was super noticeable.

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4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this from Party Town in Florence, KY for $12.99

Pours deep brown/black with a small head. I don't think there was ample carbonation from the keg. I thought this would be darker and more viscous.

The smell from this thing is really great and bourbon forward. I get some oak, vanilla, and tons of bourbon.

The taste mirrors the smell. A lot of bourbon and vanilla. Faint oakiness is there along with roasted malts, being very secondary.... Bourbon is in yo face! The booze is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbs are a little low, but it could be the keg setup it came out of.

Not a world class beer, but fun to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,362 ratings.