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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

4,278 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,278
Reviews: 1,233
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 234
Gots: 891 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of cvm4
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like a stout, black like a stout, brown head like a stout that dissipates quickly.

S - A slight bourbon smell. Dark Chocolate & molasses.

T - Sweet bourbon, malty, licorice, brown sugar and subtle coffee notes.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy.

O - It's not bad... The bourbon notes could be more pronounced & the sweet taste isn't to my liking.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Incredible

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of B33R501
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

opaque black, very little carbonation or head. the first pour was pretty, the second dull. No lace.

beautiful bottle aroma of chocolate, nice oak and bourbon in the glass. smells great, the best part of this beer. thought i would really like this.

lots of bourbon and oak taste, some vanilla, but little overbearing and tough to finish the bomber. surprising, since i usually dont mind big boozy beers. not very complex though.

thin and slick mouthfeel, too much alcohol burn. drinkability is just ok.

overall not a bad beer by any means, one ive been wanting to try but never got to until today. But no reason to get this again.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Wasn’t expecting too much from this beer and it was a pleasant surprise that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Pours like a good imperial stout should, jet black with a frothy brown head. Head dissipated fairly quickly, some patchy lacing remained on the glass.

Nose is chocolaty will prominent oak, maybe some subtle dark fruit, vanilla, coffee. Decently roasty. In the tasting the oak is there but not as prominent as in the nose, which I felt was a good thing; a little oak barrel is nice but I don’t always want to drink something that tastes like a wood shop. Again there was plentiful chocolate, a hint of vanilla and coffee, some raisins and figs, and a very mild touch of tartness that was a little odd. Thankfully it wasn’t particularly noticeable.

Body is medium-full, with moderate carbonation and a somewhat sticky overall mouthfeel. This is a pretty good beer, certainly not upper echelon, but not bad at all either. Lacks the fullness, heft, and complexity of the best of the style but also the pricetag of most. Worth a shot at least.

edit: more than two years and over a thousand beers later I find much of what I mentioned above still true, but I'd amend things by saying the body is firmly medium and isn't that sticky at all. Carbonation is medium but on the high side for style. Ultimately the feel is a little unsatisfying.

I'll give this beer credit for nicely counterbalancing sweet and roasty elements, but at this point I'm looking for more barrel out of my BA beers and more complexity out of this style in general.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of korguy123
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A- Pitch black pour with a half finger light beige head. Lacing is spotty.

S- Slight oak with a touch of bourbon in the mix. Slightly sweet with chocolate, vanilla and molasses. Roasted malt, slight char with a subtle coffee finish.

T- Chocolate, medium roasted coffee, vanilla and a nice, sweet warm bourbon presence. Molasses, brown sugar and licorice in the back end.

M- Medium to full bodied, slightly creamy, a little on the syrupy side.

O- I didn't know what to expect with this coming into it. I knew it was classified as an American Stout which generally to me feel a little on the thin side. This had a great feel, the bourbon added but didn't distract. Overall pleasant surprise!

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,278 ratings.