Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,598 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,598
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 272
Gots: 1,173 | FT: 39
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: 4,598 | Reviews: 1,318
Photo of robgutie
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I think this gets overlooked becasue its so widely available but a really great stout. Stronger whiskey notes than other similar overall enjoyable.

Photo of cserrato02
2.45/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

STRONG whiskey flavors, somewhat unbalanced. It seems to me that they loaded the beer with whiskey just to get to an 11% ABV. This is a sipping beer for me. Does not go well with a meal in my opinion.

Photo of mchegash
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
Pours a deep, dark, brown, with maybe a hint of red. A small amount of head.

Smell - 3.75/5
Vanilla, chocolate, roasty, alcohol

Taste - 3.75/5
Very sweet malts, oak, alcohol, vanilla, a bit of roastiness

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied, light carbonation, a little syrupy, but not too much. In between creamy and crisp.

Overall - 3.75/5
I remember when I was still new to drinking craft beer and I had this for the first time, I was blown away by how good it was. Now revisting it a couple years later, it's not nearly as good as I once thought. But then there have been other beers which I used to not like which I now do. I guess tastes change. Anyway, with my present taste buds, I'd say this is a good beer, but there are tastier beers out there. Especially considering the price of this beer. Still, never a bad option.

Photo of Salsashark3d
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beer straight from the teet of a dragon. Feels great and does the job quickly and thoroughly...

Photo of Thebearfoothippy
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer surprised me. I though that the price was too high but at the initial smell I realized there was something hiding in this bottle. After pouring I discovered a dark luxurious color was hiding behind the bottles glass. After pouring the beer the smell definitely was a little sweeter than before and the initial taste was smooth and flavorful

Photo of BGDrock
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brow, a little thin, and head fizzles to a ring in a few seconds

Aroma: fruity esters - rum, blackberry, cassis; toffee and caramel, vanilla; touch of oak; bubblegum; lot's going on, builds interest well

Taste & Mouthfeel: milk cream, vanilla, butterscotch and rum - lot's of deep, dark dried fruit flavours like you'd expect from a Belgian ale - would be interested to see their yeast choice, in fact, it's more in that style than a stout, the roast malt (in this case chocolate) flavours are light; dry finish, very long and with a bit of heat from alcohol, very nice; medium/light body with light carbonation

Overall: like dessert in a glass, a nice creamy pastry/custard - would pair great with a rich chocolate cake; better shared, sweetness can become cloying

Photo of smith_s4765
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice surprise.

Photo of Chris_the_Tartar
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon and ethanol smell. Taste is strong on the ethanol, with bourbon and vanilla notable. Feel is a definite strong point, thick and creamy. Comes off almost like (rice?) pudding. Overall really good, not too sweet for a milk stout, but the bourbon could have shined through a little more.

Photo of Aprice34
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good for the ABV

Photo of fire_house_vapor
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Didn't hide the alcohol very well but good beer.

Photo of AirBob
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 2/24/15 Vintage 2014

A - 3 fingers of dense khaki head. Sold retention and excellent lacing. Solid black body with some reddish brown showing along the edges of the glass when held to the light. Head is cappuccino colored.

S - Nice, mellow notes of milk and 80% chocolate. Soft but rich bourbon notes. A little roasted coffee bean. Also some vanilla and a perception of brown sugar.

T - Follows the nose but more bitterness than I expected (like paper filtered brewed coffee bitter). The bourbon is subtle but there's little booziness too. Chocolate and molasses come through big in the start and finish. Too much booze in the middle as it warms.

M - Creamy. A little alcohol heat in the middle. Low carb and sticky finish.

O - Way better than I remembered when I had it fresh. Creamier and more balanced. Maybe my palate changed but this is significantly better with age. Looking forward to another one from the same 4 pack next year.

Photo of Pepper7
2.33/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Highly overrated, I feel like the alcohol taste is not covered up at all, that's the taste that really stands out on this one, overpriced as well, not an imperial stout fan, but I've paid a lot less Jackie O's dark apparition, which was outstanding.

Photo of Clinthulhu
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is strong and you probably aren't going to drink too many of them but they are fantastic. If I had one complaint about Dragons Milk it would be that there is (at least for me) a bitter alcohol aftertaste.

Photo of cryptichead
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfectly balanced and very drinkable for an imperial. Alcohol is well masked by unsubtle tones of vanilla and cream. Just the right degree of bitterness and hints of oak.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love stouts but i guess I dont care for ones that taste like straight up bourbon and dietcoke searved in a burnt oak vessel no vanilla I could smell or taste if u like this style u love this me never again

Photo of Boccu
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good bourbon stout. Snifter. Nice flavor not too boozy

Photo of Irishbeerlover13
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New Holland hit a gold mine! Fresh malty smell, with a hint of bourbon. Nice pour with a darker thin lacing. Tastes like heaven. A bit thinner than most stouts. The bourbon oak flavor mixes in perfect, with a hint of vanilla. Smooth, clean finish. Bottoms up!

Photo of k9freddy
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very smooth love the taste

Photo of SLOTHLIFE
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My go-to barrel aged stout. Bourbon tidal waves knock you on your ass and you let yourself get sucked in by the vanilla undertow, not caring if you drown in its boozy bliss. This is like the Black Sabbath of beers.

Photo of daharrison
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding Stout with a creamy flavor. I would definitely recommend this beer.

Photo of kbcrawford90
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon boozey tastes, dark fruit, vanilla, a bit of malts,oakey. I like that bourdon boozey feel.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, vintage 2014. 11.00% abv listed on the label. At long last I am finally getting around to trying the legendary New Holland Dragon's Milk that I always see.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark cola color but appears a near opaque black in the glass. Barely conjures a half finger of mocha head that disappears fast. Some good fat sticky lacing.

S - A buttery creamy aroma. Vanilla, cream, oak wood, mustiness, caramel. A very moderate but pleasant aroma. The creamy / buttery vanilla characteristics are dominant though. Mouthwatering, to be sure.

T - Taste follows the nose: cream, vanilla, caramel, oak wood, and some hot boozy bourbon warmth. Sweet and sugary, with some underlying notes of chocolate and dark roastiness. A touch of dark fruits.

M - The feel is extremely smooth & creamy, with mild bourbon alcohol heat.

Overall, a very enjoyable and underrated bourbon barrel stout from New Holland.

New Holland Dragon's Milk -----4/5.

Photo of pwlong19
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me of Sam Adams Triple Bock. Caramel, sweet malt and licorice.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.24/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Near solid black on the pour. Head is a dark tan. Decent head retention leaves a small cap with small chunks of lacing. Minimal to moderate carbonation on the pour. Small clumps of a cap. Small collar.

Smell: Bourbon barrel. Vanilla and a ton of caramel. Roasted malts. A touch of almost char. Some dark fruit. Raisin and a hint of dark cherry. Cocoa powder. Hazelnuts. A hint of old coffee. Milk chocolate layered through the back. Oak punches through as it warms. Deep woody notes. Some mild hop notes. A touch of pine. Licorice and raisin. A touch of leather.

Taste: Licorice soaked with some bourbon. Some heavy vanilla and oak notes. A touch of butterscotch with some backing toffee and marshmallow. Big and sweet. Touches on molasses. Malts are heavily roasted offering up some solid caramelized sweetness with a slight burnt element. Hops are very minimal with pine and an herbal element. Marshmallow and even a touch of coconut. Lots of raisin. A touch of oxidation. Clean. Solid backing woodiness to the whole thing. Sweet. A touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slick and creamy. Minimal carbonation.

Overall: Distant dragonkin.

Better than I remember. Bourbon is well layered but ends up dominating a bit. Base beer runs a touch sweet as well and the two elements don't quite meld. Still, it's tasty.

Photo of good-friar
2.57/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm troubled by this beer. My biggest problem with it is that there is entirely too much going on. I feel like there are too many pieces, too many tastes, and too many places for the pallet to wander that you get caught up in a maelstrom of muddled tastes. The alcohol is too prominent in the beer and the milk stout and bourbon barrel favors disagree with one another making for beer that I won't have again. This is a personal taste note, so that being said, milk stout lovers will probably find this to be a welcome change in a new direction from New Holland brewing.

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,598 ratings.