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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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4,284 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,284
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 234
Gots: 897 | 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:
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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4.25/5  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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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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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4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap over a year ago and fell in love with the smoothness of it. As I don't have access to the beer, this is my first taste since then. 2011 vintage into Duvel tulip.

A - Maybe a half finger of tan head (slight orange in it), but really not much. Body is deep brown, almost black. Needs at least 8mm to get any light through.

S - Great bourbon and vanilla. Slight alcohol as well. Some semi-sweet chocolate.

T - Definitely get that milk flavor, but it is dominated by bourbon, alcohol, and vanilla. Again some chocolate as in the nose.

M - Not as smooth as I remember, but carbonation is better than the pour suggested and body is quite nice. Great job.

O - Great beer. The alcohol is a bit too present. Nice barrel flavors and wonderful all-around production.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, almost black that's nearly impenetrable to light. Some red glints arounds the edges when viewed in sunlight. The impressive root beer colored head retains as well as any beer I've seen (I've seen two or three--and have drunk a few more than I could actually see). There is literally no discernible aroma. Hints of bourbon if you tip the glass a certain way and hold your mouth right. Nothing, I mean nothing that can prepare you for how this beer tastes. Lovely bourbon with a relevant alcohol warmth followed by coconut, all delivered by a viscous, creamy mouthfeel. Very well done, New Holland!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a one finger mocha colored cap. Head rises and falls really quickly. Little to no lacing left behind.

The aroma is a little muted. Some milk chocolate, bourbon notes, and a little bit of dark roast. Pretty straightforward.

On the palate, this guy follows the nose. Milk chocolate with bourbon come out of the gate first before bitter dark roast takes over in the finish. Meh. There is nothing here that is separating itself from the rest of the pack.

Medium body with a touch of booze in the finish. The carbonation is a little high.

I like my barrel aged beers to be big and bold. This guy is neither. Straightforward and slightly above average in spots.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,284 ratings.