New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) - New Holland Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
Served in a small snifter at Mother Murphy's Irish Bistro in Chicago.
Some notes of vanilla very present at the initial taste and at the finish. Malt flavors also present.
Alcohol slightly present, but not overpowering- not too much to influence the taste.
Dark and tasty-a great beer to end the evening.
11-26-2009 21:35:54 | More by montecristo2
4.58/5 rDev +15.4%
A: opaque in the glass. Only when held to the light do garnet highlight appear. There is a thin, creamy film that sis atop the pint.
S: bouquet is well presented with notes of vanilla, caramel, and nutmeg.
T: fantastic balance of a malty caramel body and oaky vanilla notes. Not much in the way of hops, but this brew doesn't need it. The oak. Stands on its own to balance this brew out.
M: one of the most creamy brews I've ever had. Thick and creamy, a perfect complement to this beer's robust flavors.
D: one of my favorites when I'm back in Michigan. One of the best barrel aged ales ever made.
11-25-2009 20:06:32 | More by Avagadro
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
The color of the beer is very similar to guinness draft, dark but definitely not completely pitch black like some beers. You can still see light come through at the edges. =P
The head is not anything like guinness draft as it dissipate quickly while drinking. It leaves a fine lace on the top of the beer with not too much lacing on the sides of the glass.
The smell is boozy and oaky with a sweet and creamy hint. The taste is again boozy with a big oaky and vanilla taste. It is slightly astringent, but very tastey. The oak definitely drowns out the vanilla and sweetness.
With other great oak barrel aged ales out there, I would likely pick those over this, but this is a beer that is worth trying once.
11-25-2009 00:04:30 | More by engisch
3.58/5 rDev -9.8%
Appearance: dark brown in color, minimal head, clear
Smell: cream, sugar, oak, burnt malt, and cocoa
Taste: the oak dominates, but there are hints of milk chocolate, coffee, and burnt malt towards the end
Mouthfeel: smooth, prickly, moderate to heavy body, moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A good not great strong ale. You must like oak for this one to appeal. This one is sweet but not overly so. The dominate oak gives this some bite and is biggest reason why this one is a one per sitting beer.
11-24-2009 16:23:22 | More by tigg924
3.43/5 rDev -13.6%
22 oz bottle. $8.
Appearance: Dark brown-black with dark red highlights. The beer is not flat, but there is not ample carbonation. There a thin head with a hard pour, but after 30 seconds, there's only a few wispy collections of tiny bubbles. When the glass is tipped, some thin lacing clings, then slides back down the snifter into the beer over a minute or two.
Smell: Very oaky. Rich and sweet caramel malt. Lots of vanilla. Some chocolate. There is detectable alcohol. It smells rich and delicious. I am a sucker for barrel aging.
Taste: I'm a little disapointed with the taste after smelling it. Its sharp and boozy and too oaky. Not a soft bourbony oak flavor, but a harsh, astringent green oak sap taste. This really dominates the palate until you swallow, at which point the aftertaste is nice rich, malty, a little smoky, and with vanilla notes. Also lots of booze in the finish. Actually the more I drink it, the more I like it, but its still just not quite right.
Mouthfeel: This is not what I wanted either. Its too thin. It has some syrupiness to it, but it is quickly cut and neutralized by the oak sap and alcohol. The finish is actually a little dry. Weird.
Drinkability: I would not buy it again, but would drink it again, and would be open to drinking an aged bottle. I think a different barrel for aging would make a world of difference. Its very close to being fantastic, but ends up being an OK version of high end beer.
11-14-2009 02:06:57 | More by rapidsequence
3.45/5 rDev -13.1%
22 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip.
$8.99 / ea.
S: Bottle touts a vanilla / caramel malt bouquette and it delivers on this promise, thought the vanilla tends to come off more as chocolate. Somewhat boozy on the nose, it could definitely benefit from mellowing.
A: Dark brown to black body, with a big tan rocky head that leaves ample lacing and light cover.
T: Caramel malt is evident, but also hints of oatmeal, and the woody taste of oak aging. Sweet and boozy, this one stays on the tongue for a long time.
M: Medium body with low carbonation. Smooth, but a little slippery on the tongue.
D: Not something I would linger on. It has some virtue, but its time comes and goes without much longing.
O: Ok ale, but not nearly as complex as the bottle implies. Strong -OH and overwhelming oak suffocate the malt and vanilla (chocolate).
11-13-2009 05:30:06 | More by dpnelson1978
2.5/5 rDev -37%
A disappointment considering I am generally a fan of New Holland's brews. It poured rather flat and the taste was quite overwhemling. The strong oak flavor overwhelmed all of it supposed complexities. It was a beer that I had to fight with to drink.
11-12-2009 17:11:36 | More by Katahdin
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
Appearance: dark brown in color with a wispy head despite a vigorous pour. No lace develops.
Smell: vanilla is most noticeable with some softer wood and alcohol tones.
Taste: caramel, big vanilla flavors, oak woodiness, molasses, prunes, and some milder bitter chocolates create a flavorful beer. Alcohol is noticeable and quite warming.
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth throughout with a long aftertaste.
Drinkability: despite the high alcohol levels, this beer goes down smoothly and it is almost like a liquid meal in a bottle. Worth a try by anyone who can get their hands on it.
11-12-2009 12:19:24 | More by Gavage
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Picked up a Dragon's Milk (on a bartender's suggestion) here at the Backyard Ale House in Scranton, PA.
Appearance is standard stout fare. Poured into a Murphy's pint glass...Dragon Milk is pure black with a lacing, cream colored head.
This New Holland offering smells of oak, roasted malt and a little bit of chocolate and coffee. Smells delicious...can't wait to dive in.
The oak indicated in the nose really comes through in the taste. A fan of oaked stouts like Stone's Oaked Arrogant Bastard will appreciate this beer. Surprisingly smooth for it's oakiness. The vanilla adds an almost milk stout like taste to this otherwise bitter stout.
Dragon's Milk isn't the thickest stout I've ever had, but it is chewy and smooth. The mouthfeel is far above average.
At 8.5, this is far from a session beer. However, an after dinner beer it certainly is. I can see myself enjoying two of these on a night spent with my beer and thoughts.
New Holland's Dragon's Milk is definitely a beer worthy of a stout fan's palate. The price is reasonable, it is fairly common and thoroughly enjoyed by this reviewer.
11-06-2009 00:58:08 | More by ericmunley
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
Purchased a single bottle ($4.95) at a local beer 6 pack shop.
The 1st smell had an intense alcohol smell. However, the 1st sip hid the alcohol very well.
This is a pretty good stout. Very dark, nice vanilla flavor. I'm not going to claim to know what Oak barrels taste like, but I'm assuming that added to the complextiy of the flavoring.
The mouthfeel was pretty good. Nice medium body.
I would buy a 6 pack of this stuff, but not at $4.95 per bottle. I would not be interested in an entire case. This is more like a desert stout, which you would have only 1, possibly 2 of after dinner. If you plan on drinking a 6 pack of these, you may be out cold at #5.
11-01-2009 18:16:41 | More by righthereisay
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler. Despite an agressive pour, thin off white head... no retention or lacing. Pretty much black in color... faint light shines through when held up to the light, making the beer appear to be a dark ruby color
S- Faint aroma of alcohol, molasses, raisin, dark fruits... almost has a 'wood' smell
T- Tastes like dark fruits, molasses, raisin... faint alcohol taste. Pretty smooth. Much better tasting/flavorful then the weak smell leads you to believe
M- Somewhat watery, medium bodied despite the dark heavy appearance... very little carbonation
D- Nice flavor + High ABV= somewhat drinkable. I don't think I'd ever go out and buy a whole case, but I'd drink a few out at the bar
10-31-2009 00:08:05 | More by bbeane
4.68/5 rDev +17.9%
Poured from a 22oz bomber, into a large snifter.
Apperance a very dark brown, when held to the light, you can see a hint of dark, ruby red. A thin strip of off white head rimming the glass.
Smell was more like a whiskey, or bourbon, with a hint of vinilla.
Taste, was to say the least, awesome! A heavey alcohol/ bourbon flavor up front. A malty flavor sort of takes over, then gives way to an oaky, wood flavor, and finishes with more whiskey/alcohol taste left in the your month.
Mouthfeel is strong, heavy and warm.
Drinkabilty, well, if I could get this in Arizona, it would always be in my fridge. I enjoyed this beer a lot, one of the better beers I've had in the last year! I'll be seeking out more of this!
10-30-2009 17:16:10 | More by buffettfan
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
Malty notes, and molasses on the nose. Served in a brandy sniffer, first sip brings out the oak bourbon on the palate,
Black in color, not much head. I enjoy American strong ales as much as the next guy, so I'll be adding this to my list of very drinkable beers. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Cheers!
10-27-2009 04:53:43 | More by willmc
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
I got 2 bottles of this beer, 1 from a BIF pool and 1 as an extra in a trade.
I should write this stuff down, anyway...
22oz bottle served in a snifter.
Dark colored brew but then again, what color is an American Strong Ale supposed to be?... Good!
Alcohol/Bourbon aroma and not much else.
Roasted malt upfront with the bourbon/alcohol flavor taking over rather quickly.
Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
I don't know about this one?...
I have a 2nd bottle to age a bit more but for now I'd have to say the drinkability is average.
10-27-2009 00:13:50 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
New Holland Dragon's Milk ale pours a finger of sticky tan foam over an opaque black brew. Carbonation is hard to gauge, but a little slow. The nose is roasty malts, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and a note of alcohol stiffening everything up. Flavor is pretty much a reflection of the nose- sweet dark malts, notes of dark fruit, and chocolate balanced by espresso bitterness, a ghost of herbal hop and a rummy nip of alcohol. Mouthfeel is round and smooth, with that tang of alcohol (8% by volume) keeping things from getting fuzzy. Not exactly a porter/stout/wee heavy it's just a nice big barrel aged beer- just the thing for dark cold nights.
10-23-2009 07:18:42 | More by shadow1961
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
A: Deep black with a ruby red glow. A little head from a fairly aggressive pour, but what is there stays for a bit.
S: Chocolate, Oak, Vanilla, and Whiskey. Smells very nice.
T: That's nice. Starts with a whiskey kick, then goes to a deep malty sweet flavor. And ends with a more oaky vanilla whiskey flavor. The Whiskey is well balanced, the alcohol is hidden well, and it is not too sweet. Fine job.
M: Medium bodied, well carbonated for the style.
D: Let's just say I am sad I only bought the one.
10-23-2009 02:31:00 | More by Beejay
5/5 rDev +25.9%
Dark red brown with a varied tan foam head that builds up slowly then falls fairly quickly. Leaves a dense foam ring and a nice sticky lace after each sip.
Very complex blend of sweet toffee and caramel, hazelnuts, coffee, chocolate and oak. Incredible.
Hugely full and sweet roasted nuts and sweet caramel flavors. No hops or bitterness; smooth, clean and leaves a nice lingering woodsy / coffee aftertaste. Fairly prominent alcohol taste adds to the sweetness.
A little crisp (fizz) but immediately smooths out and rolls on through.
Comes in a 22oz bottle (marked 8.5% ABV) and is the perfect sipping beer when its a little cold outside. So smooth and full.
I bought this beer at the beginning of my beer journey. I must admit that I was drawn into the marketing and picked it up because of the cool label (and because I really didn't know anything about styles at the time). I actually mistook it as a stout until reading more into it. It was immediately my favorite beer and I now buy any "American Strong Ale" or dragon labeled beer out of tribute to this beer and to see if any other is even close to this. I actively seek out this beer and always have one tucked away in the back of the fridge (away from beer thieves) for special occasions or when I am tired of other styles. I'll share a bottle with someone but only if they will appreciate it. This is my #1 favorite brew.
10-22-2009 01:48:43 | More by CRichardsMN
3.85/5 rDev -3%
Poured a dark brown in color. Head was offwhite in color. Or you could probably say tan in color. Had a nice two fingered head that didnt hang around very long. Left some lacing, but not alot. Smelled of alcohol, caramel, and malt. Tasted sweet like caramel. Also notes of cream, oak, and alcohol. Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was right. With the higher ABV, you couldnt make this a session beer. But it sure tasted good on a cool October evening.
10-18-2009 13:47:45 | More by youngleo
3.85/5 rDev -3%
Found this in my friend's local store, (Englewood NJ) hadn't seen anything by this Brewery before so I went for it.
Bomber poured into regular glass
Dark black with thin sticky head
Smell is big on the oaky side with vanilla caramel syrup
taste was to be expected, heavy warming alcohol, whiskey, oak, caramel vanilla, sweet malt
Oak flavor might be a bit much but I'm enjoying this, really warms the throat, great for a cold night like tonight.
High abv doesn't make this session worthy but I would get this again.
10-17-2009 03:10:04 | More by JVEyck309
3.68/5 rDev -7.3%
One of the more balanced oak barrel beer. Overall, it's a decent sipping beer that's worth a try (especially if you're a whisky fan)
Appearance: Deep dark brown with a tan head
Smell: Fragrant malt, butter, and a touch of mocha
Taste: Sweet malt, toasted oak, and butter
Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth with a bitter kick
Drinkability: Definitely a sipping beer with its many rich flavors.
10-16-2009 21:17:34 | More by Norfawkers
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
Poured into a pint glass this brew has a cola color with a moderate off white head that had small bubbles (almost like on nitrogen). Rich oak aroma with a bourbon alcohol nose with toffee and vanilla notes. The taste is strong of aged bourbon and coffee and chocolate. Very smooth on the palate but does have a strong alcohol finish.This is a great brew and I thank my bro Steve for giving up a bottle for me to review...good thing it is in a 1 1/2 pint bottle for longer enjoyment.
10-16-2009 00:41:12 | More by WJVII
3.5/5 rDev -11.8%
Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Peace Street Market.
Black in color with some light coming through. A small tan head. Aroma is molasses, oak and alcohol. The oak is a bit much for me. The flavors follows with oak dominating the experience. It's just too much for me. Some oak to augment the other flavors would be nice but here it just overshadows them. The mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation is low.
Too much oak for me. I tried to separate that out in this review but it clearly influences it.
10-11-2009 18:58:01 | More by GJ40
3.93/5 rDev -1%
~ 22 oz bottle chilled served into a tulip glass
Pours a very dark brown/ruby color with very little tan head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Very little light gets through.
vanilla caramel on the nose along with some dry oak & alcohol phenols
Dry plums along with caramel & some dark baker's chocolate comes through prior to the swallow. Bourbon flavors come through a bit...a bit of burn on the swallow.
Very little carbonation throughout with a fairly dry, but chewy body.
Solid brew. Pretty easy to drink, but I"m sure the 9% will catch up with me quickly! ;)
10-10-2009 01:24:15 | More by Fish113d
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
Welcome to New Jersey New Holland.
A: It's black, but it is also brown. There wasn't much head on the pour and the lacing wasn't great.
S: Whiskey, chocolate and vanilla interesting combo.
T: Very sweet tasting, it's kind of like a mix between double bastard and ba boris. Very strang, but still good. Nice oak notes that have a hint of whiskey, than a big of chocolate/oatmeal stout.
M: Full and rather creamy, some booziness but not too much.
D: Fairly easy to drink, and for the price definitely something I will go back to
10-07-2009 23:13:59 | More by mikey711
4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours a muddy brown color with a medium sized tan head. Big nose of whiskey barrel and sweet roasted malts. Bang, whiskey again right upfront, i love how much the wood shines through, but then again, i also love whiskey, but i could see how some people may think its a bit overkill. Mellow, boozy and pretty drinkable for a beer of this magnitude, but still a sipper for sure. Very well done, glad to have it in New Jersey.
10-06-2009 22:53:26 | More by ATPete
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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