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New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) - New Holland Brewing Company

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3,609 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,609
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 182
Gots: 628 | 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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Photo of xnicknj
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter glass. 2010 vintage.

Pours a fairly thick black color with a thinner crop of tanned head, leaving some spotty film and lacing behind.

Scents of sweet licorice and chocolate, smoky edges, some alcohol heat and earthiness on the back end.

Begins with some syrupy sweetness and roasted earthy malt. Bitter hops coupled with dark chocolate and molasses. Light smoke with some woodiness and soft bourbon notes. Finishes with some additional alcohol heat, understated vanilla, and a bit of anise.

Fuller body, sticky and syrupy, decent carbonation. Drinks pretty decent, although I really would have liked more barrel presence and better meshed flavor. This is one of those beers that I've passed up about 200 times before and now I kinda see why.

xnicknj, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of dudecandle
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown nearing on black with ruby highlights, barely any head, but still some lacing from the slight cap.

S: Big vanilla, subtle caramel and chocolate

T: Absolutely huge on the bourbon vanilla, but the sweetness, which also has a caramel tone, is offset quite well by some good raw cacao bitterness. There might be the subtlest touch of hops rounding it out. As it opens up, it gets a bit of a wonderful boozy burn, but the vanilla still dominates.

M: Medium-slick body, quite creamy.

D: For how big the vanilla and alcohol are, it goes down quite smooth. It opens up quite well, and the flavor progresses along the palate. Definitely not a one-note beer, with a very nice balance between the vanilla and chocolate. I would definitely have it again.

dudecandle, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of kenpo23
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark brown with a small head that is gone quickly

S: boozy for me but it has a good vanilla smell that mixes with the oak and makes it ok by me.

T: i was expecting more oak and got more sweet. i think i actually like this for its lack of oak barrel taste. sometimes i drink an oak aged brew and think 'hell i should just get a glass of whiskey' but i found this to be just the right amount of oak aged and beer taste. don't get me wrong, there is absolutely a strong oak aged presence here just not as much as other brews i've had. the taste was (as it should be) the saving grace for me on this one. the warmer the better!

M: on the thin side of things but still manages to be creamy.

D: let it warm up and have it on a snowy night. its a solid clean tasting brew that i would have again if it were there but would not go out of my way to hunt down...although, maybe i'm wrong, i do love the label.

kenpo23, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of BBP
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly thin in coloration for a 9% stout, but perhaps that's part of why isn't classified as an imperial stout. There's a thin film of a head and some very nice lacing. Very little carbonation.

S- Vanilla and oak. A bit of rum. Slight notes of booze. Hints of dark fruit. Chocolate is barely noticeable. While it smells nice, it also smells quite new and different. It smells like very few drinks I've had before, but is a bit enticing.

T- There's notes of plum underneath loads of malt. Chocolate is somewhat the foundation, but it's not one bit aggressive. It's quite subtle. The oak aging is definitely noticeable, but can be missed. It sort of gives this brew a polished taste. There's some booze in this, but it's some of the most enjoyable booze I've come across. It works with the flavor quite well. On the bright side, the flavors all work quite well in unison. Sadly, none of the flavors seem to take the lead. It ends up tasting a bit light and unfocused. It's very pleasant, but not in your face.

M- Creamy and somewhat full, due to the lack of carbonation, but still not thick. Leaves a dry, and quite sticky finish.

D- Where'd my bottle go? I doubt I'm the only person asking this. I'm only getting done my review and I have only half of the bomber remaining. While the booze is present, it goes down smooth. It also calls you back for another sip not long after. It's hitting my stomach a little hard though from the booze, but not enough to slow me down.

Overall I found this drink to be more interesting than anything; It's not exactly traditional, and while not reinventing beer, it certainly mixes things up a bit from what I'm used to. I think I'd buy this again if the price were right.

BBP, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of jss79
3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - very dark black with a slight head and faint carbonation.
Smell - initially a very soggy wet rainy smell from aging in the oak barrels, followed by hints of vanilla and chocolate.
Taste - earthy chocolate with initial sweet giving way to a more rounded bitter after taste. A short and less intense finish that did not linger very long.

jss79, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of atsprings
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage on-tap during Flying Saucer's 11th anniversary served in a tulip glass a not quite opaque black with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a noticeable oak note in front of roasted malts. The taste is a smooth blend of roasted malts, vanilla, oak, cocoa and molasses. The beer is medium bodied and has become quite easy drinking with age!! This is a very enjoyable stout, one that certainly ages well!

atsprings, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown body with an extremely small tan head that's fast receding.

S: Strong aroma of vanilla from the oak, booze, roasted malts, milk chocolate, & a hint of dark fruits.

T: Initial flavor is a strong alcohol bite followed by milk chocolate, vanilla, & woody notes. There is a bit of a creamy flavor to it as well roasted malts that play out nicely against the burn of the high ABV.

D: Medium body, light carbonation, creamy and pillowy texture.

M: I have to say, I think the burn from the ABV in the flavor plays against this beer for me. If the mouthfeel was a bit heavier, I think it could help, but this would be a 1-2 beers most. Really enjoyed it, but the burn can be a bit much.

BrewCrew2010, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of tgorgz
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a snifter; it appears about the colour and consistency of cola. No head, minimal lacing and some carbonation.

S: Actually, the first thing that hits you is the alcohol. This is followed by the oak, and then finishes off with vanilla. A second sniffing switched the wood and bean, however. But the alcohol was more prominent than I was expected- even with an AVB as high as this one's.

T: Actually, the alcohol wasn't as prominent as I was expecting. But I'm tasting loads of vanilla and timbers of oak. However, I thought the balance between the two was pretty good.

M: Thick and chewy- excellent beverage.

D: Definitely a sipping beer, here, folks.

tgorgz, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Flipadelphia84
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pretty much black, looks to be decent carbonation. Light mocha colored head.

S- Chocolate, vanilla, sweet roasted malts. A little boozy.

T- Starts off a little hot, heavy roasted malts, a little dryness from the oak aging, then calms down with a distinct vanilla sweetness.

M- pretty good. It doesn't have as much carbonation as I thought. I've had worse but I like a little thicker body in a stout with this much flavor.

D- The alcohol in this brew is a little overpowering. I would say its fairly drinkable.

Flipadelphia84, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of tigernipples
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22Oz, 2010 Vintage.

First Impression is that it seems a bit thin for a stout. Alot of carbonation, some dark fruits and malts in the nose with some vanilla notes popping through as well. I'm not picking up the typical coffee and chocolate characteristics. Nothing special so far in the looks and nose.
lets taste this...Being brewed in oak, there is not much vanilla i'm picking up. Malts are up front. Again, not much coffee/chocolate going on. This is called Dragon's Milk and there is a milky aspect to this, almost a creamy mouthfeel to it. It is a bit thin in the mouthfeel though. I tend to like to know I'm drinking my stouts and want a chewy mouth to it.
Overall, its not bad. bought a pretty cheap at $7.99 a bomber. I wouldnt go out of my way to get this but would drink it again if i was craving a stout fix and options were limited.

tigernipples, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber, 2010 vintage, into a snifter. The pour is pitch black, medium tan head, light lacing. The aroma is heavy on oak, vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavors of roasted chocolate, oak and vanilla are prominant. It finishes with some dark fruit and hot alcohol. The body is medium and it drinks like a much smaller beer. A very enjoyable beer that I have been meaning to pick up for some time.

bonkers, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a red/brown, lots of ruby colored light comes through, not just around the edges, and no head.

S - big smell, booze, vanilla, raisins, and woody notes.

T - Booze, wood, chocolate, warm vanilla. surprisingly little going on here.

M - astringent, dry, and surprisingly thin.

D - I simply don't like this very much. I wouldn't drink more. But it's not bad to drink.

ColdPoncho, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask, via hand pump, @ Teresa's Next Door (Wayne, PA) on 2/6/11. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours black with a ¼ finger cap of creamy mocha head. This retains a nice robustness in the glass, throwing up a good bit of rich spotty lacing onto the sides of the glass. The aroma is a smooth mélange of molasses, chocolate, caramel, and a bit of dense dark roast in the nose. The barrel is fairly prevalent as well with a good bit of oak and vanilla character. This is quite rich yet still easy feeling in the nostrils.

The taste matches the aroma, with a silky smooth mix of cocoa, butterscotch, vanilla, and dark roast, and oak, which hangs on the finish. Man, this is smooth and delicious feeling on the palate, with the flavors seeming to literally melt in the mouth at times. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied but it just so easy and creamy here on cask; it feels somewhat lesser than that at times. There's maybe some general intensity to the flavors from the big ABV but other than that, there is no way that you would know that is 9-10%. Just no way. This is very dangerously drinkable for the size here on cask.

Wow, this was something. If you like your Dragon's Milk as a big beer with pronounced and assertive flavors that you can wrap your tongue around, I recommend sticking with the bottle or tap version of this. If you're looking for this with all of those flavors melded and smoothed out into a decadent and obscenely drinkable glass of beer, then I would wholeheartedly say that you must check this out on cask. You'll be glad you did.

Kegatron, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of hwy61mb
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this 2010 vintage from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter. I can smell it right off the bat, without even putting my nose in it. Its dark, but not opaque - not as dark as most stouts that I have had. Little head, basically none except for a ring around the edge of the glass. There is also minimal lacing. The smells are of the roasty, caramelly, vanilla variety - with a healthy does of booziness.

This hits me in the front of the mouth first with a tingling sensation. The taste follows the nose, it is sweet and malty, but also a touch bitter in the finish, along with plenty of booze. As it warms up, the oaken flavors and smells begin to reveal themselves. This is a sipper for sure, but it's real good.

hwy61mb, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish hints. No real head to speak of. Smells oaky... Very oaky. Definitely a different animal than normal dragons milk. The tastes is a bit astringenty but mostly just strong and oaky. Thick mouthfeel and decent drinkabiliy for the alcohol percentage

Better warm...

Urbancaver, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Internatbrewlove
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This American Stout pours with a dark brown opaque body and a light brown, moderate sized head. I was pleasantly surprised at the orange and slight floral smell, which is unusual to stouts. There is still an underlying smell of chocolate and coffee that is more common. The mouth feel is awesome with a fine fizziness that lasts and obscures the high alcohol content. The taste reminds me of chocolate and bourbon, with mild coffee and hops undertones.

This American Stout is fairly complex yet tastes good with a variety of foods but, also stands very well on its own. This is another great beer from a Michigan brewery!

Internatbrewlove, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, though a bit translucent, more like a porter than a stout.

Impressive mix of vanilla, caramel, molasses and floral undertones.

Initial bite of alcohol is quickly washed away by caramel and sweet cream. Hints of roasted coffee, wood, dark fruit and semisweet chocolate. Light tinge of cola flavor, strange but I kind of liked it.

Strong carbonation, a bit of a bite, but crispness compliments the flavors.

Definitely a unique beer. With so many beers sticking to the standard formulas, it's refreshing to have something outside of the box.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the new holland restaurant

A-pitch black with a moca head that retains
S-oaky under tones. Smells very sweet
T-very smooth chocolate. Almost tastes like a mudslide or chocolate milk
M-light bodied and very pleasant
D-very drinkable. The smoothness really impresses me here

brew3crew, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 2011 bottle -

Poured into pint glass - The beer was black with minimal head that quickly dissipated into an extremely thin lacing,moderate carbonation .

Smell - booze with light fruity hints slight chocolate.

Taste - Booze with light chocolate hints, some raisin/fig fruitiness, toasted malts with maybe a slight touch of vanilla.

Drinkability - Slightly boozy with warming chocolates, roasted malts in the backing , finishes rather well for a higher abv% beer - I found this rather easy to drink ( sipped) and enjoyed it's warmth .

InebriatedJoker, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bourbon on the nose.
T: The taste has subtle flavors of bourbon along with some notes of the oak from the barrel aging and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is some warming and burn from the alcohol in the finish, which also has some dryness.
D: The beer is definitely one that needs to be sipped given its high alcohol content.

metter98, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of thebierbrewery
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served ou tof a 12oz bottle.

A- Not as dark as a stout, deep mahogany color. Slight head retention.

S- Carmel raisin with big time alcohol/bourbon, some oakiness, slight cardboard, some vanilla

T- Balanced, heavy on bourbon in the beginning, slight vanilla in the end, minimal oak flavor. There is a nice smootheness to it.

M- Medium body, light carbonation, has a slickness in the beginning and then a nice dryness in the finish.

D- It depends if you like bourbon or not, nice balance. It is a smooth beer, the warmer it gets the more aromas and flavors come out.

thebierbrewery, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of radioscooter
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"High Gravity Series" is right.

Beautiful almost black coloring. Typical caramely stout frothy head.

I don't find this as sweet as other reviewers have. But I like them SWEET so...let's call it sweet-ish. Certainly not overly sweet by any definition.

Aroma is java-ish and cocoay. First tastes are of cocoa, vanilla bean, coffee, and maybe a little fruit, but just a touch.

Very creamy and seductive on the tongue. Syrupy, clings to your lips.

As it sits, - mostly rich dark vanilla, and burnt brown sugar, with a tinge of devil's food cake.

Tasty. Could drink a few but not an all-nighter. VERY boozy. Not overly so - but make no mistake squier.

radioscooter, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of Natural510
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2010 vintage.

Deep, dark brown-black, a bit flaccid in the foam/lace department until shaken in the bottle and poured.
Scent is vanilla-heavy and fairly sweet with a hit of musty oak.
Flavor is very sweet with vanilla and malt; notes of whiskey and wood. Moderate booziness which is apparent but blends well and does not overreach.
Somewhat thin in body, though in all fairness this is not intended to be an imperial stout.
The flavor (and milkiness+strength) illicits comparisons to a 'foreign-extra' stout. As such carries a similar flavor profile, with the oak contributing to the necessary dryness, but weaker in body and subtlety. On its own, not bad if you like your stouts sweet.

Natural510, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of mexikrainian
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into a Stone tulip.

Appearance: black with thick, tan head and smooth lacing.

Aroma: malts, molasses, licorice, coffee, dark fruits, and chocolate.

Flavor: chocolate, sweet malts, licorice, syrupy and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: smooth, creamy texture that lasts from start to finish

Overall impression: phenomenal stout! can have two or three in one session.

mexikrainian, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Corndork2
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into snifter

A - Motor oil black. Thin head that dissipated quickly. No lacing.

S - Strong chocolate and coffee tones. Deep, dark malts come through as well.

T - It smells darker than it tastes. However, it tastes just like it smells. A big dark malty, coffee, and dark chocolate kind of taste

M - Coats the mouth and throat, the lack of head makes it feel less creamy than I would like. Its not watery by any means, but it is not thick by any means either.

D - Sharp going down, but overall a very good after dinner sipper

Corndork2, Jan 20, 2011
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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