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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,418 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,418
Reviews: 1,267
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 250
Gots: 1,013 | 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: 4,418 | Reviews: 1,267
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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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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a bit of white head. Blackish body, brown is easily seen when the glass is tilted. Nice alcohol legs and minimal lacing.

Big vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, carmel, toffee, carmel and raisins. I could smell this all night.

Tastes of burbon, vanilla, rum raisins, alcohol. The alcohol tastes doesn't detract too much from the overall flavors. A light bitterness, chocolate and roast finishes out the flavors.

Medium bodied with a slightly oily coating finish. Low carbonation.

Overall this is a very solid barrel aged beer. I'd like to see it a bit more opaque and maybe a bit more head. The smell and flavors are quite good. It may not be the most interesting but for the price at $8 a bomber it's hard to beat.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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

A-very dark brown with almost no highlights seen, a very thin layer of tan head quickly disappears to leave some lacing around the top

S-boozy, chocolate, vanilla, sticky malts, and a light roasted coffee smell

T-taste has a lot of nice roasted notes to it, chocolate, vanilla, oaky, coffee, and a strong amount of alcohol.

M-medium to full body, smooth, very light carbonation, a slight burnt taste left in the mouth

Overall this is a very interesting beer. It is heavy on the booze taste/smell/feel, but a lot of other flavors come out which are often missing in high ABV beers. It is expensive but if I found it again I would probably buy it.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch black. Seemingly no lacing. Not much to be said here.

Smell: Coffee, smokey, and chocolatey.

Taste/feel: Interesting. Very interesting. It has a lot of chocolate and coffee like you'd expect in a stout, but there's some smoke in there. Another surprise was the feel and carbonation. The feel is rather light, and the carbonation is medium/high. The alcohol is easily detected in this one as well. Stouts and porters and the like aren't my favorite styles, but I don't hate this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.02/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours black with a small mocha head. Light still manages to penetrate. Leaves no lacing

S - Whiskey, slight vanilla, dark roasted malt. And that's about it.

T - Strong booze up front, perhaps a bourbon meets a tequila, slight roasted malt, rich oak and vanilla. Taste gets better as it sits. Chocolate also works it's way into the finish.

M. Very heavy boozy body with almost no carbonation. I simply cannot get over the bourbon boozyness.

O - Overall, I was excited to try this beer after hearing so many good things about it. Sadly it did not live up to what I had expected. Typically New Holland always impresses me but I did no like this beer as much as I had hoped. I wouldn't pay $3.99 for another 12 oz. Bottle

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep dark chocolate brown/mahogany. The head was a chocolate milk color and laced nicely. A beer where you just want to take a moment and stare at it.

Smell: Not as deep as I expected. There are definitely notes of chocolate and vanilla with a very faint whiff of oak/bourbon.

Taste: Overall very complex. Lots of roasted malt flavors, molasses, dark chocolate. The vanilla and oak flavors are much more prevalent on the palate than they were on the nose. I'm finding background flavors of brown sugar, caramel, and whiskey.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was lighter than I expected. I figured a deep thick stout, but instead it was just a touch over medium. It was very smooth with just a soft amount of carbonation, which was appropriate.

I enjoyed two pours of this over the course of the evening. With each mouthful this beer grew on me more and more. Definitely worth seeking out and keeping a few bottles in storage.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,418 ratings.