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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

4,189 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,189
Reviews: 1,208
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 220
Gots: 829 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip. Dark brown, not quite black, mostly opaque beer, with a beige head that fades to a ring pretty quickly. The nose is oak, some spiciness, and vanilla, all of which are present in the flavor as well. There's also a slight metallic note in the flavor, maybe some oxidation, that is a little distracting, and the alcohol is clearly evident though not hot. The beer finishes with a caramel sweetness that leaves it just shy of cloying, with a hint of cocoa at the very end. Somehow the beer never seems to come completely together; certainly a decent brew, but by no means outstanding.

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4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from dozens of 12 oz and 22 oz bottles over the years.

A- pours a pretty charred mahogany w/ minimal tan head

S- boozy whiskey, vanilla, brown sugar, hint of chocolate

T- rum raisin, boozy charry whiskey, vanillin/oak/lignin, brown sugar/molasses, hint of coffee, coconut (yes coconut)

MF- silky smooth, virtually no carbonation, body seems very light in contrast to such a dominating flavor profile

O- deadly delicious, surprisingly drinkable

years ago we noticed that each batch was a little different but in recent years it has become very consistent and now leans towards a preferred sweetness. we also noticed the 9% ABV printed on the bottle a few years ago couldn't possibly be correct, and even the 10% that's currently listed seems suspiciously low. regardless, watch out because this goes down surprisingly quickly. absolutely do NOT make the mistake of drinking 2 bombers in a night...
of note: when paired w/ dessert this revealed a hop presence that actually served to cleanse the palate very nicely. very surprising level of complexity in something that otherwise seems so one-dimensional (yet delicious)

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3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a vintage date of 2011 on the label.

LOOK: Dark brown, nearly black with ruby edges. Good lacing even if it is a bit thin.

SMELL: Oaky, vanilla, barrel juice, boozy, mild char, toasted bread, burnt raisins, fig jam

TASTE: Very smooth, wood, char, mildly fusel, vanilla, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, chicory, booze soaked raisins, charred drying finish

A really good barrel aged brew that rides the path of a stout, a big beer that you'll need to sip. Very well balanced, had fun drinking this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FINEBEERGUY for this one!

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and a slight whiff of Play-Doh. Taste is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and extremely sweet raw/natural sugar. There is a mild roasty bitterness that quickly fades from the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation for a stout with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good barrel aged stout but it is extremely sweet and cloying.

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3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage bomber poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. The beer is almost black with a dark tan head.

It has an aroma of dark fruit (dried plums and raisins), roasted malt and a bit of baker’s chocolate.

The taste is of dark roasted malts, assertive raisins, dark chocolate, a hint vanilla and something earthy that revealed itself to be the wood elements left over from the barrel aging. In this case, I would prefer a non-barrel aged version, as the wood aftertaste distracts from the base beer. The alcohol (10%) is very well hidden with no heat or harshness.

The mouth is smooth and silky. This is a good beer, but the wood notes just seem to throw it a little out of whack.

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look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very very dark

S: bourbon, oak, coffee

T: oak, bourbon, and hint of coffee.

O: this is a beer that takes a few sips to get used to. Once it warms up a bit it's flavors really come out. I really enjoyed this beer. Let the beer warm up a bit after pouring it...then enjoy!

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3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A super dark brown, burgundy hue when held to light, quite clear, small light tan head that keeps a nice ring, but leaves minimal lace.

S: Sweet, estery, & alcoholic – not dark or robust at all. You really have to hunt to find even the barest ghost hint of roast. Big & boozy in a floral way. Good touch of vanilla. Good strength. But not that appealing and not really stout-like at all.

T: Very sweet & very firmly bourbon-esque oak & vanilla. Roasty grain in the background. Spicy & peppery more from alcohol than from hops. A faint touch of dark crystal to the sweetness. Hops are there but grassy and a touch astringent. Minimal finish other than a hint of vanilla and booze. Way late in the finish a barely decent roast comes out. Roast grows and sweetness gets a tad richer & more malty as it warms, but still . . . . .

M: Sweet and full with soft carbonation. Not syrupy but getting there a bit – and a touch cloying. Oaky tannins & some sticky sugars for texture. Though thinned by alcohol. Sweet with just a hint of drying in the finish as much from alcohol as from roast or anything else. Warming is surprisingly minimal.

D: Big and potent – more a strong darkish ale than any sort of stout. Too much barrel & not enough stout. Way too much booze. And especially given the richness it should have as a stout. High octane, but not in a good way. Almost not possible to finish. A very slow sip and cringe. Only manages a 3.0 on the firm and reasonably nice oak/vanilla character throughout.

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,189 ratings.