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New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)

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very good

2,898 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2898
Reviews: 1090
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 14.18%

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.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002)
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Photo of BEERMILER12


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage

A: Pours a pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that reduces to a thin cap

S: Quite a bit of barrel character and roast. Oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, and bourbon are all present. Not too much alcohol presence

T: Starts off with a good bit of roast and char and then goes into the barrel with notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and caramel. Some dark chocolate also comes through. Alcohol very well hidden. Finishes with a bit more of the char and a very light bitterness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid BBA stout with a good amount of barrel character. Easy to drink given the 10% and barrel nature. I'd drink it again

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 04:30:24 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of dowen17


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a big cream colored head. Great retention

The nose is dark chocolate, cream, vanilla, oak, and some alcohol. Very good smelling beer.

This beer tastes great. Milky vanilla taste on the first sip. The oak really doesn't present itself until mid-sip but its very good. On the sweeter side as well.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy stout. Great.

This is a great beer. Will definitely drink again any chance I get.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 21:54:18 | More by dowen17
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3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.
Vintage: 2013

Pours a nice dark liquid with some mahogany edges. There is a nice dense light tan head that forms. Pretty creamy looking. Retention is not bad. Nice and sticky on the sides of the glass.

Aroma starts off with some caramel and molasses. Dark fruit notes and some slight boozy notes follow. There are also some nice chocolatey hints in the aroma that give the brew a nice sweet notes. There is some good heat to the brew and there is also notes of wood from the barrels.

Flavor starts off with some nice boozy heat. There is nice molasses and dark fruit notes in the flavor. Notes of raisins and gooey caramel sweetness. Some earthy and woody barrel notes are present as well that intermingle with some more fudgey and chocolatey goodness. The barrel and boozy heat are present but not overwhelming and actually gives the beer a nice cleaner finish. The body is a bit on the lighter side but its still a bit on the medium side.

OVerall this is a yummy approachable BA beer. Nice notes of bourbon and some good dark fruits.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 00:03:43 | More by JoEBoBpr
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South Carolina

3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown-black in color, almost no head, poor retention. Opaque, overall nice-looking, but the head is disappointing.

Smell: Chocolate, sweet, nutty, biscuity, smells good and smooth.

Taste: Chocolatey, a little bitter up front, smooth overall though, slightly sweet. Not incredible, but pretty good, yeah.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little more apparent here. A little rough in the middle but otherwise smooth. Fairly well-balanced.

Overall: Pretty good, but not great. Definitely enjoyable, but I think I'd go for a Sam Smith Chocolate Stout over this.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 22:07:47 | More by mporter249
Photo of staaate


4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into tulip.

A: Pours almost pitch black with minimal mocha colored head. I've read that there wasn't much head, so I poured it very strong, but still got less then 1/2 finger.

S: malty, chocolaty, with a hint of bourbon

T: outstanding. I've been exploring bourbon barrel aged beers recently, and this is one of my favorites. Very malty, with hints of chocolate and bourbon. The bourbon factor really comes through in the aftertaste. Leaves an excellent taste in the mouth

M: Thick,light carbonation. Excellent for a nice stout

O: Great beer to sit back and really enjoy. I drank it watching football, but I would love to get a nice medium rare steak to enjoy this with. I only bought one, and I found myself putting off my next beer so that I could keep the taste from this brew around. One of the best bourbon barrel aged beers I've had the pleasure of trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 21:54:19 | More by staaate
Photo of Keepmywitbieraboutme

New York

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Having this on tap as I type.
This little guy is spot on with the ratings. almost opaque in color with very little head and light lacing. Smell is woody with boozy plum and raisins. Taste is spiced turkish coffee wifh a slick start. The more it warms, the more the bourbon comes through. The mouthfeel isn't chewy as one might think, but a little easier on the back of the throat. The taste overall though, is of spiked coffee with an aftertaste of straight soy sauce! If you can get past that, this is a very good sipping beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 17:28:06 | More by Keepmywitbieraboutme
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3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another one I've heard a lot about, although not as much hype, glad to try it.
Poured into becker pint glass; oily brown pour, black in the glass with a medium tan head that sticks around leaving nice lacing. Smell is dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste is big roasted malt, dark fruits bathed in boozy bourbon, with vanilla and oak finishing out a mellow, sweet finish with alcohol heat washing everything down. While not as well-balanced as other big name ones, this is a good easily accessible BA imperial stout. It's a bit messy compared to BCBS, but still good. Mouthfeel is full but a bit too slick, I'd prefer a bit more creaminess.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 21:23:26 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of Beerdanza


4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the perfect sipping beer. The oak barrel aging gives it an amazing heart and soul. You will taste the sweet malt, and a nice touch of hop bitterness. But the oak resins really come through, and mix with the high ABV to make a beer that has all the sipping satisfaction of a fine bourbon. This is probably my favorite beer so far. Try it if you can!

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 22:32:39 | More by Beerdanza
Photo of Bunookana


4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I will return to update as I get better at reviewing beers, but this beer along with a couple other drinks is the reason I am getting into brewing. A friend gave me a couple of bottles because they did not like it. I was amazed. I almost broke the bottle open to lick the remaining nectar from the shards. I love the deep taste with a bourbon kick! I drank it straight from the bottle since I was in a hotel room and did not expect to enjoy it that much, so I don't have much to say about the appearance and the smell is like most stouts, which are not the most floral.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:13:13 | More by Bunookana
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North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a very small tan coloured head.

The smell is chocolate and bourbon. Smells sweet like a desert liqueur.

The taste is sweet, much like the smell, the bourbon is prevalent as is it chocolaty. There's a little alcohol on the finish but it adds to the flavour.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with quite a high carbonation.

This was a great beer, the bourbon and chocolate flavours mix well and provide a desert like experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 23:49:20 | More by Dave1999
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into 12 oz snifter

A: 3.75 pours dark black with less than 1 finger of off white head
S: 4.0 smooth roast and coffee, slight bourbon
T: 4.25 a great blend of coffee and bourbon hit up front and longer nicely. The bourbon is subtle, but pleasantly noticeable.
M: 4.0 carb is a little high for style, but the smooth and silkyness help mask the higher carb level.
O: 4.0 great beer, especially for being readily available. This is one I have every so often, and that will continue.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2013 21:23:51 | More by roger617
Photo of Roman5150


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle into tulip, 2013 vintage

appearance: black, 2 finger off white/tan head

smell: biscuity, bready notes, vanilla, earthy hops, getting some bourbon on the tail end, lot's of alcohol presence (fuck this smells like a jack on the rocks), even some subtle marshmallow. Smells like a damn Jack Daniels...

taste: lots of alcohol warmth off the bat, roasted malt and espresso, getting some oak flavor, not exactly bourbon per se, but definitely some oak smokiness.

mouthfeel: not much carbonation, thick and creamy

overall: A great barrel aged stout, lot's of alcohol presence, and some great oak and roasted malt flavors, this is a big beer. The price could be a little better, but it's definitely a satisfying brew. If you like barrel aged, try this if you see it, I wouldn't say go out of your way to seek it out, but you shouldn't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 05:19:02 | More by Roman5150
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3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2012. Pours dark brown. It's lighter than expected and and I can see through two to three inches of liquid to the bottom of my little snifter. Small beige head. Pretty good retention and lacing for the style and strength. The aroma is dominated by sweet bourbon. Stout flavors are sitting in the background, mostly just contributing some sweet caramel and chocolate.. The bourbon is nice enough, if a bit simple. Lots of vanilla and toffee. Taste is similar. Everything about this beer just seems simple and sweet. There's some more nice milk chocolate, caramel, sugar cane, vanilla, maybe a touch of pepper, but little depth. Good deal of booze in both taste and aroma. Mild oak. Maybe a touch of roast in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and kinda sticky. Finish is sweet and boozy. At first blush, I thought this beer surpassed my low expectations, but ultimately, I think my memories of sips at tastings and whatnot were spot on. It's better than Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, which I admit is a pretty low bar, but it's still just a sweet, simple beer dominated by sweet, simple bourbon flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 03:54:35 | More by popery
Photo of Mavigo


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Reno's East, I've been quite hesitant of trying this because of it's big price tag and relatively low ratings (in terms of price), $15 for a 4 pack is quite steep and I live within driving range of the brewery, so import and shipping costs are not applicable. Was served in a snifter.

A: Is a brooding black, brown, burgundy color, has a short tan-light brown head with medium amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate, barley, malts, yeast, wood, brown sugars, but above all, predominated by that whiskey, bourbon barrel smell

T: This ones a kicker, quite some bunch to is. Strong whiskey, bourbon tinge to it, heavy barley, malts, spices, herbs, boozey

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation, quite thick and rich

O: Overall it's pretty good, but to me, it won't justify the crazy price. For less, I could have something I like so much better. Don't let that be discouraging, I paid $5 for a glass, which is fine, It's not that enticing to me to buy more of it. Still, I'd recommend it, quite interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 03:22:06 | More by Mavigo
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4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice dark chocolate with a huge 2 finger tan head with great retention. Very good looking stout

S - Wow. Lots going on here! Big aromas of chocholate custards and coffee right upfront with undertones of vanilla and bourbon in the background. Wonderful smellnig beer!

T - Nice! Big bourbon kick right up front followed by a pleasant sweetnes of chocolate custard with a coffee background.

M - Great feling beer. Extremely creamy. The bourbon gives the beer a very nice warming effect ont he mouthfeel. A very heavy beer

O - Loved this beer. This was my first time trying it and I will definately be picking it up again. Reminded my of Founders KBS. It was not quite as smooth and seemed to get a little harsher as it warmed. But it had tons of flavor and it a great beer. Could only handle one at a time though!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 12:37:26 | More by Goosehunter75
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well balanced the barrel aging rounds out this whole beer. Not overly hoppy or overly malty. This is a very good beer to start out with, that is easily assessable to everyone and therefore should be a good starter beer because it is a good representation of what the imperial stout should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 01:35:37 | More by Tonerelia
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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very dark brown with a 1/2 finger mocha colored head that quickly dwindled to a small remnant with a little bit of lacing. Smell is all bourbon, with just a hint of plum on the pour and also as the beer warms. Taste is bourbon and chocolate, with a hint of plum/prune. Just a hint of the roasted malt on the backend, but you really have to search for it. This is definitely a sipper, and is a fantastic dessert beer. Carbonation seems to be about medium. Almost a little syrupy in mouthfeel. All in all, a very enjoyable high-gravity beer. Will definitely pick up more of this beer at the next opportunity!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 00:45:01 | More by TheDrunkenDwarf
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3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a fantastic beer! It reminds me of a women i knew once some time ago. Deep, dark and a bit boozey. Looks sexy, the body filling out every curve of the glass its in. A little light in the head but still worth approaching. Face to face you can smell the roastiness of coffee and the sweet scent of chocolate masking the slight alcohol presence, as though it's coming straight off of, or barreling straight into, a bender of epic scale. Either way, you want to experience this gorgeous thing befoer you. At 10%abv, you know she will screw you up if you're with her too long, but you just can't help yourself because after that first taste makes your mouth tingle with excitement, you're hooked.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 15:23:41 | More by JDReardons
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother-in-law included this and a variety of other good beers for us at his 4th of July party this year, so thanks to him for that. I did not see an expiration date on the bottle, but he got it from the Plainfield Binny's store, so I'm sure it's fresh.

The beer poured a dark brown color with ruby red highlights when held to the light. Just a one finger mocha brown head that lasted a little over a minute with lots of thin lacing.

Big roasted malt smell along with chocolate, vanilla bean, oak barrel, and alcohol.

All the flavors from the smell are in here. Lots of roasted malt and lots of vanilla lead the way, followed by a dark chocolate bitterness and caramel sweetness. It also has a definite oak barrel taste, warming alcohol, and a touch of hoppy bitterness.

Creamy, but not as full bodied as some stouts. Carbonation is a bit higher than average.

I liked this a lot. More of a sipping beer than a guzzler.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 10:28:40 | More by matjack85
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Rhode Island

4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass. 2012 vintage.

A- Pours a deep brown, translucent body with cherry highlights. The head is about 1" and light mocha in color, reducing to a ring of foam and leaving little lacing.

S- The bourbon character takes the front seat here, the aroma is sweet french vanilla, maple syrup, dark fruits, and toffee. Dessert-like.

T- Upfront I get big milk chocolate and vanilla notes. The follow through is sweet like a mocha milkshake with roasty, coffee-like flavors. The finish is smooth with a slight bitter, roasty character. No alcohol detected which is impressive for 10%. Very nice balance.

M- Slightly thin but highly drinkable. Slightly overcarbonated for a BA imperial stout.

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer and I feel that it is underrated. It's quite sweet which may be cloying to some people, but other than that I think it's half a notch under the big name barrel aged stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 03:54:48 | More by gcamparone
Photo of BenZ


4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It is clean and not so sweet, but the oak/bourbon is just right. As it warms the sweetness comes forward a little and some slight fruit even rears it's head. No chocolate or coffee to speak of. Glad I found this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 00:14:23 | More by BenZ
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3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Holland Dragons Milk

A- pour yields a 1 finger mocha head receding quick leaving some lacing. 3.75

S- char, vanilla, lactose, dark chocolate, alcohol is pretty prevalent. 3.75

T- big step up from the smell and quite good. Bourbon upfront with a semi-sweet milk stout base. Dark chocolate, caramel, marshmallow, and a good alcohol warmth. 4

M- a tad thin for a beer this big. Good carbonation level. 3.75

O- a very enjoyable beer. Average drinkability for a BA stout. 4

High B+

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 23:35:59 | More by t420o
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New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Definitely not as dark as I had anticipated. It's a deep brown, pretty clear. Some dark amber hues at the bottom of the pint glass. Sturdy two finger head atop.

S - A sweet bouquet of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Balanced with a certain mineral quality, and earthy oaky notes.

T - Sweetness and warmth up front. Viscous tastes of all of the above. Burnt caramel, brown sugar, sweet malt. The high alcohol is present, and evaporates on the palate sort of like a clean clear liquor. The 10% is present but not cloying. Dry roasted grains and oaky tones in the end.

M - Pretty slick, like a nice milk stout. The carbonation allows the flavor profile and abv to shine through.

O - Not so traditional milk stout in my opinion but tasty. Seems closer to a double bock or a maple porter. Try it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:21:29 | More by BeerForMuscle
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New York

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, vintage bottle dated from 2012. Label written as Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Appearance: Thin body but completely opaque coming off a brown tinted black with steady bubbles on the body. Off-white head maybe rises to just under a finger's length.

Smell: A sweet vanilla scent comes off slightly roasted, strong alcohol feel but comes in and out the nostrils.

Taste: A real nice complexity here, you feel a little scotch with a little chocolate. Not to mention a dose of vanilla extract. Little bit of everything. It makes you think this is your "all in one" stout.

Mouth: Medium body carbonation, with a bitter chocolate feel at the end. Sticky, I would say it is and no reason to knock on it.

Overall: This is my first beer that i have had from New Holland and yes I will buy more from them. An imperial stout that absolutely delivered. Whether it's after dinner or dessert I do not think you would be disappointed. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 07:40:18 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gift from my girlfriend for my birthday. Enjoyed with her and my dad.

A&S: slight coffee, lots of vanilla and woody aroma. almost bourbon alcohol tones in the smell.
Nice foamy tan head with good lacing. jet black colored beer.

T&M: slightly sour. Dark chocolate tones in the tastes more so then the smell. lots of alcohol but more of a scotch ale. On the high side of medium bodied and the low side of medium carbonation.

Overall: very well put together double. By far my favorite commonly found new holland beer, and I think most would agree with me.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:35:36 | More by minterro
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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