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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk

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4,409 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,409
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 248
Gots: 1,004 | FT: 42
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: 4,409 | Reviews: 1,266
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, almost black, very dark brown with ruby highlights. Good initial light brown head. Ring of bubbles lingers.

Aroma is wood with a little vanilla and baker's chocolate. Light sweet molasses present. Some alcohol.

Upfront taste is sweet molasses, wood, vanilla, brown sugar. Finish is similar but with more pronounced wood and alcohol--still slightly sweet. Wood comes across as kind of soggy at times though.

Medium body, light creaminess, medium carbonation, syrupy. Sticky lingering finish.

Dragon's Milk from a bottle drinks much better than on cask. Flavors meld better and compliment each other nicely. Barrel aging adds some nice vanilla, but the wood flavor is just alright. Overall a good beer--would have again.


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

This pours a black-ruby complexion with a thin lacing of foam on top. It has an aroma of toffee and espresso, with a bit of smoke. It’s tasty, with some smoked malt, lots of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee, sweet bourbon notes and a long, smoothly boozy finish.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark brown color; looks more like a porter than a stout. Very little head off the pour, which then fades to absolutely nothing. No lacing to speak of.

S: Smells just like bourbon. Very little else peeks through the strong whiskey surface. A little of the chocolate malts make an appearance on the backend.

T: Wow, that is bourbon stout right there. Thick bourbon boozy kick, with the oak coming through, milk chocolate and vanilla hints, and some bitter roasted malts to finish. The booze is too upfront here. Tastes like a good stout with a bourbon shot dropped into it.

M: Average. Medium-bodied, no carbonation, with the ABV front and center. Hot!

Side note: After pairing the second half of the bottle with a piece of chocolate cake, this really took on more life. This is a pairing beer if anything.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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A: It looked dark. Really dark. Nearly black body with just a thing white head. Left behind thin white lacing as well.

S: Smelled mostly like whiskey. Maybe a faint cocoa powder, but mostly just whiskey

T: It tastes like it smells, whiskey. The alcohol is overpowering. Although the brew is only 10%, it tasted like it could have been 20. I could tell it was a familiar taste, but couldn't put my finger on it. Passed it to my little sister who nailed it right no the head. "Irish Car Bomb". It tastes just like an ICB and if you like those you'll love this. I tried to pick up the vanilla notes which the bottle hinted at, but I caught none of them.

M: Heavy and smooth. Swirl it around in your mouth and it will just feel like alcohol fumes.

O: I'm not a fan. Tastes like whiskey more than anything else, definitely not what I'm looking for in a beer. My older brother loves whiskey, so I got him a bottle. He didn't love it, but drank it. I would not get this again.

Serving type: bottle

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
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