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

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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,304 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,304
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 156
Gots: 483 | FT: 32
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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.

2014 Bottles are 11% ABV

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002)
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corporatejim

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love a wood aged beer! Dark carmel nearing brown in the glass. Minimal head. Erratic laceing throughout the glass. Rich carmel sweet smoky nose. Licorice, smoky malty flavor with the nice oak flavoring coming in at the end. Little to no hop presence. I like hops, but I with big woodsy flavor like this, I can let it pass. This is a very tasty beer, but probably couldn'y more than one or two in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 20:12:18 | More by corporatejim
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep, dark brown..almost black with a bit of ruby highlights. Has a nice creamy light brown head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma is milky, slightly roasty, with a nice oakiness throughout. A bit of alcohol is also present.

The flavor is of caramel malts and bit of roast. It has a touch of oakiness and also vanilla and lactose. It is medium-full in body with a creamy mouthfeel. Easy drinking for its strength. I very nice brew. Thanks Paul.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 20:02:43 | More by BeerBuilder
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nortmand

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

One of my favorite Michigan seasonals, the 05/06 is a bit overwhelming on tap.

Pours very dark brown/black/red, with a short brown head.

Smell is rich roast and an ass ton of bourbon. Pretty nice.

The taste reveals that the bourbon is too fresh and too present. It hides this beers complexity behind a wall of kentucky special.

I've loved this beer on tap in the past and enjoyed several (too many) mugs of it at Crunchy's, but this year, the bourbon is overpowering. I've heard this year's new bombers are quite nice, so I look forward to reviewing that.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2006 00:40:12 | More by nortmand
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stouty1

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dragon's Milk poured a dark black with a deep ruby tint. Poured from a 750mL bottle into my snifter created a 1 inch head caramel in color. Leaves a nice creamy film along the side of the glass as it's inbibed.

Dark choclatey flavor with a hint of Bourbon. You can definitely taste the alcohol but, definitely not over powering. Leaves a nice malty aftertaste on the back of your tongue with a hint of something sweet. I am definitely enjoying this Stout and will get back to the store for more!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 01:46:12 | More by stouty1
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bashiba

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark black with slight ruby highlights and a thin dark tan head.

Smell is sweet with hints of vanilla, bourban, chocolate and alcohol.

Taste is a very nice and smooth with tons of complexity here. Hints of smoke, oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, with a nice burnt malty flavor. Very bourban like and delicious.
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Mouthfeel is super creamy and lush with a nice bit of warming.

Drinkability is great on this fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 01:02:08 | More by bashiba
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep black opaque body with a tan head with a slight reddish hint. The head quickly turns into a pile of big bubbles that floats to the edge. This beer is to thick to see any signs of carbonation.

S- The aroma of pale malt and chocolate malt with some lightly toasted malt are enhanced by a slight vanilla woody character. A soft notes of bourbon and pecans are in the finish.

T- This beer has a nice smooth deep roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate malt, brown malt and coffee and cream. The finish has a smooth bourbon finish but no alcohol heat.

M- The mouthfeel is medium with a creamy texture with soft fizz and alcohol warmth at the finish.

D- This beer has some good complexity in the malt bill and it has really blended with age (this was just released to the stores). The oak and bourbon really give nice depth to the beer and add more depth.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 03:28:46 | More by rhoadsrage
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is one of the most interesting beers I've ever had. Pours to a dark brown, almost black, with a nice white head. Minimal lacing. Looks pretty much like your run-of-the-mill stout.

The smell, on the other hand, is amazingly complex. The bourbon barrel imparts such a wicked beautiful aroma and taste. Lots of vanilla and a mild bourbon dominate the nose, along with some chocolate, caramel, and toffee.

The taste is exceptionally smooth. I would never have guessed this beer was anything over 5%. I can taste a bit of sweet from lactose and oat, perhaps, as well as some caramel, chocolate and toffee. Of course, the vanilla and bourbon really help to smooth things out. Amazingly complex and yet still simple and mindblowing.

The body of this beer is thicker than anything else I remember trying. It's almost like drinking a malt milk shake. The texture is as smooth as velvet. and the finish seems a bit dry.

This is one of the best beers I've had in recent times. Amazingly complex, definitely not "over-done," and very deceivingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 11:08:27 | More by neonbrown82
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ToggleEyes

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this in the new 22oz bomber. Poured out a mohogony black. formed a big pilowy head in my Pint. the smell was great, that of sweet rasins, coffee, milk and honey. The taste is awsome. Sweet chocolate, toffee, and espresso. It also has just the right carbonation with a small alcohol burn and a thin mouthfeel that lets you enjoy big gulps at a time. This is very easy to drink which always is most important in my book. I am now glad New Holland switch to a bomber style for this beer, I can easily put one down in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 01:03:01 | More by ToggleEyes
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark walnut color with a medium beige head and nice lacing. The aroma has a light smoke character, along with sweet malt and hops. Medium-bodied with a nice oak undertone. There is a nice mixture of toasted malt, smoke, bourbon and muted hops. The finish is rather short and mildly sweet. Doesn’t quite live up to the cool name, but enjoyable all the same.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 16:05:31 | More by Dogbrick
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Screened 22 oz. bomber. Pours a dark, nearly stoutish color, but allowing a little mroe light through. Head fades quickly to a small layer on the beer.

Smell: Oh yeah, there is the oak aging. Lots of bourbon smell in this one, a little carmel, some more vanilla.

Taste: An oaked barrel, salty affair, punctuated by some vanilla. Flavors go from woody and earthy, to fairly sweet and sharp at the end. Smooth, yet strong.

Moughtfeel: Not heavy, but still full, pretty good.

Drinkability: What style this beer is going for may be a mystery, but this is a good beer. I always enjoy oak aged offerings, and this one does not dissapoint.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 04:48:54 | More by TastyTaste
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BigDaddyWil

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass.
Bottle states 9% abv. oak aged ale.

Appearance: Great looking brew!! Two inch tan colored head that dissappeared slowly, leaving a little delicate lacing around the glass. Very dark colored brew, not black, maybe dark brown, with awesome ruby highlights around the edges.

Smell: Cool smell!!! Vanilla, roasted malts and a pretty strong bourbon smell. Not to mention a hint of oak or some kind of woody aroma.

Taste: What a combination of vanilla extract, roasted malts, and oak. It ends with a warming flavor of bourbon, but not too strong. The alcohol is hidden very well!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth, not heavy at all, light to medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy too drink, even at 9%. I could easily drink a few bombers in one sitting. My first brew aged in a oak barrel, what a great example. Highly recommended!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 03:20:58 | More by BigDaddyWil
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carln26

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a light amber highlight and topped by a thin tan head. The nose is very fruit forward. Dates, figs, a little sherry with a light citrus finish. He taste has a lot of wine. I hesitate to label this as a port or sherry. Really more shiraz with black cherry, toffee, vanilla, a little peppery. Light bitterness on the finish, kind of a tangerine citrus. This really hides the alcohol well. Slick and smooth mouth feel. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 20:04:29 | More by carln26
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at Riley's here in Madison. Nice new silkscreened bottle.

Pours a deep black with hints of ruby highlight at the edges under a finger of khaki head. I love the smell of a good bourbon barrel aged brew and this is no different - infectious, ephemeral woody alcohol over a bed of vanilla bean, lactose and bready yeast. Flavor is sublime, mellowed bourbon, oak, vanilla extract and toffee/caramel malt. Mouthfeel is thinner than I had expected, but made for easy drinking as did the well-hidden alcohol. A fantastic barrel-aged brew here, seek it out and you shall find nirvana.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 00:55:51 | More by Golden2wenty1
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with very little ruby highlight. Very little head to speak of, just a thin tan ring with slight lacing.

Smell is balanced bitter chocolate with the sweetness of vanilla and carmel malt. Light wood and bourbon notes.

Taste is creamy chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Bitterness appears late and in the clean finish. I can't believe how concealed the alcohol is in this brew. Bourbon appears in the finish with nice lingering feel. Oak flavoring brings a nice complexity.

Mouthfeel is extremely smooth and light. Carbonation is slight and controlled.

At 10% this brew is dangerously drinkable. Very smooth and unusual. Mouthfeel is a little light, but still intersting. This is a well worth a try. I'm sure I will have another.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 15:25:06 | More by Blakaeris
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Ahhdball

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at Whole Foods Market for about $7 just becuase of the name. How could i go wrong with Dragon's Milk? The bottle appeared different than the current pictured. It was black with a white dragon and barrel on the front, no date.
Poured smooth and creamy. The color is extremely deep brown with sienna highlights when held to the light. Small 1/2 inch head that left small amounts of slick residue.
I smell vanilla, oak and a hint of whiskey. Small amounts of each which when combined make an extremely interesting aroma. It took me a while to figure it out.
Taste was unbelievable. (GOOD) The oak barrel comes out fairly strong, hints of vanilla, whiskey, and cream. Don't be worried about the whiskey, it hints short and quick at the back of the throat and disappears. Quite an extraordinary flavor, unlike any other strong ale I've tried. Nothing like Arrogant Bastard or GLBC's Nosferatu. A class by itself IMHO.
I gave the feel and drinkability 5's because I could sip this all day or have it with my favorite smoke. It felt creamy smooth and leaves a nice taste.

Very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 14:42:54 | More by Ahhdball
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep dark brown with a light brown head.
aroma of figs, oak, and chocolate, with a hint of oak and vanilla.
flavor is rich with carmel malt, chocolate, vanilla, hint of burbon and oak.
wounderfully drinkable goes down with ease and the mouthfeel is medium.
let it warm up a little and the flavor and aroma shines through.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 23:48:10 | More by plaztikjezuz
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My God... utterly amazing brew. Pours out to black coffee color with a nice firm tan head of about 1/4 inch. No lacing. Medium low level of carbonation. Aroma is laden with vanilla, malt, cream and coffee. Phenominal off the get go. Taste is heavnly; sweet creamy roasted malts blend with coffee overtones and woody scotch-like notes. Exceptional. Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy, yet not sticky or too thick. Carbonation remains present and gives a slight zing to the finish. Exceptional drinkability, as the 10% ABV never even comes close to being noted. World class beer. Highly Recommended. This is what it's about people.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: I didn't even want to share this beer. Benji got one taste and nearly decided to go for the bottle and finish it. Bloodhounds have exceptionally good taste, as exhibited here...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 00:44:11 | More by Frozensoul327
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froggyfrog

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. screen printed bottle served in a snifter. Dragon's Milk appears courtesy of deejaydan (SS '05).

Beer is opaque black with hints of red and a sticky tan head with aggressive lacing.

Take a whiff, get a nose full of woody alcohol. Smells like whiskey but tempered with something sweet like vanilla.

Tastes like cool whip. Vanilla extract or french vanilla ice cream come to mind. Quite sweet and creamy.

Smooth and silky on the tongue, this beer carries a pleasant warming alcohol note down the hatch.

A good natured ale with plenty of punch and lots of rich vanilla flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 06:30:45 | More by froggyfrog
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I had this brew once on draft over a year ago and it really did nothing for me at the time but now, I'm blown away! This is a very, very tasty brew. Good job New Holland!

Pours a murky deep brown in color with a slight creamy head. Nose is outstanding, lots of depth and character going on here. Some nice strong vanilla notes going on here along with that characteristic wood barrel aged profile. Quite distinct. Also some dry sherry tones as well. Taste is quite similar, fairly explosive with the vanilla. There is an interesting boozy cherry cordial thing going on here as well. Incredibly appealing. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly buttery/milky but finishes fairly neutral.

One of the better beers I've had lately, I'm honestly very impressed. Good show!

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 09:12:12 | More by Gaisgeil
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Brian700

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours pretty dark with mocha colored head that slowly settles down to a creamy ring around my glass.

The smell is or roasted malt, chocolate, and heavy oak aroma. Very nice. Must be a bit warm to really get the nose going.

The taste is also of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and it is obvious that this beer is aged in bourbon barrels. The oakiness of the barrels is very present along with a little extra bite from the bourbon flavor. It is a bit creamy like a milk stout would be.

The mouthfeel on this one is full bodied with medium carbonation. Very creamy.

I enjoyed this beer a lot and would highly recommend it. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 22:14:47 | More by Brian700
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PatYoda

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle over 1 year old I believe.

Very dark brown with an excellent light brown head that recedes to a solid ring around the glass and some film. Leaves some nice lacing. Smell is fruity to the max - berries, cherries and raspberries and grapes. These are mixed in with some wood, roasted grain and a little wine like alcohol. Cocoa too. The fruit really dominates the taste here. It's complemented by a dry woody flavor which takes over in the finish and cocoa that is subtly there all along. With all of the fruit in there and the high alcohol, this really reminds you of a red wine at times. Medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep things moving along. Drinkability is hindered a bit by the strong berry and oak flavors and lack of hop balance, but other than that, this is a very intriguing beer to me. Not many beers have imparted this strong of a berry flavor to me, so I consider this one very unique. I'll definitely be picking some up from the next batch.

Edit: After having a fresher bottle from the late 2005 batch, I'm bumping the mouthfeel up from 4.0 to 5.0 and the smell from 4.0 to 4.5. Also the drinkability from 3.5 to 4.0. The caramel malt really comes out a lot more in this bottle and the smoothness is breathtaking. The fruit it much more subdued than in the aged bottle. There was also a significant vanilla undertone and a strong roasted malt flavor. Very interesting. It's almost like this is a completely different beer than the one I reviewed before.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 00:05:29 | More by PatYoda
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hero27

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle
8.5% abv

Pours an ominous, deep reddish-purple, nearly black color. Even with a hard pour, the thin, beige head settles down fairly quickly, leaving a ring around the glass. Really too oily to leave much for lacing. Definitely an oaky, fruity aroma that is pretty powerful. Chocolate & coffee flavors are buried behind the dark fruits. Tastes are overwhelmingly fruity. Astringent, acidic bite that is different than your typical alcohol bite in a beer of this %abv. It's more tart and sweet. Lingering bittersweet flavor...goes on & on... Lays on the fruit really thick, and that dominates the taste and character of this brew. You can't fault this for lacking flavor..it really busts through the gates and shows itself for what it is. Oily mouthfeel & feels nice on the palate. If you can get past the potent flavors, it really is fairly drinkable.

Interesting beer from NH. Thanks to walleye for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 02:52:40 | More by hero27
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a couple of these sitting in the "cellar fridge" since the summer, or earlier

appearance: quite dark and creamy, a deep plum color, some creamy white head with ringed lacing

smell: sugary sweet/sour, chocolate covered cherries, creamy vanilla aromas. quite sharp

taste: quite interesting...chocolate covered cherries really stick out, some nice alcohol burn, very sugary...nice oak and vanilla flavors...Im pretty impressed by this one...the flavors are quite explosive

mouthfeel: very much a red wine afteraste, medium bodied, sugar tingles on the tongue

drinkability: pretty drinkable

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 02:01:15 | More by dirtylou
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blackie

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Thin khaki head, the beer itself is blackish with some red hues escaping.

smell: This beer smells really wierd, seems to share alot of characteristics with the darker red wines. I smell tannins, and what I think are tart cherry and blackberry notes. Slight roasted aromas. Definately some oakiness in there. Not many hops that I can pick up on, and the slightest tinge of alcohol.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is almost high and the body on the heavier side of light.

taste: I am picking up on some tart cherry-like flavors, and an almost lambic like sourness. Is this a bad bottle? Hard to differentiate between any hop bitterness that may be present and the astringency. Slight roasted, coffee like flavors. Obvious oak characteristics are present, too much so. Aftertaste is sour with an almost chalky feeling left in the mouth, and just a tiny hint of cocoa on the senses.

Thanks dirtylou for the two bottles. This bottle has been in the cellar since June, and I think I am going to have to keep the other in there until then next year to see if there is any improvement. At this point, it is a strange, slightly offensive beer. I started at cellar temperature of 50 Fahrenheit and the beer definately got better as it became even warmer, almost to room temperature. The more I drank, the better it tasted.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 05:23:23 | More by blackie
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle, oldcrustacean!
Deep, deep garnet, nearly black. A vigorous pour generates a thin ivory head that quickly dies into a wispy, broken coating. Good clarity, the yeast staying neatly in the bottle. Some broken lace trails down the glass, and the head stubbornly collars the brew for the duration.
Black cherries steeped in alcohol, creamy oaken tones, prune, raisin. Syrupy caramel, with a soft, wooden hop undertone. Some perfumey floral notes, as well as thinner-like fusel alcohol.
The wood aging is very prominent in the flavor. Vinous red grape and cherry overtones, backed thoroughly by malt, malt and more malt. Fruit just gushes forth, acquiring a pleasant sourness in the finish. Perhaps a touch wild, my guess is some latent bacteria in the wood. Not much in the way of hops, just a vaguely woody, pine-like tang in back. Creamy oaken tones. A dash of vanilla and powdered cocoa. Very smooth on the palate, the wood aging has softened this nicely. The fruitiness is intense. Rather dry as well. Slight booze in the swallow, remaining present on my breath. Soft, refined carbonation. Thinner bodied than I'd anticipated, but still substantial enough. Acquires a bit of a port feel as it approaches room temperature.
Very, very sophisticated. More in common with cabernet than beer. Although I'm not the biggest of wine fans, I do mean that as a compliment. The closest beer comparison I can make is JW Lees Prize Old Ale. Elegant and refined. Quite a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 04:28:28 | More by UnionMade
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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