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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,879 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2879
Reviews: 1089
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 14.21%


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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jackndan

Illinois

2.42/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

New Holland Dragon’s Milk: from a bottle. Pours a deep, almost impenetrable brown/black. Not much head, what it had was off white, and left a thick coating down the sides. The aroma is sweet, and although, its probably just the name, smells like a chocolate milkshake.

The first sip, and damn, this was not what I expected, it is extremely thick/creamy and smooth, taste’s very much like bailey’s and coffee, except even more sweet and almost cloying. Really unusual tasting beer, there is a definite smokiness to this brew as well. I can’t say I like this beer, and then after much consideration, I realized why: this beer is very similar in smell and taste to Ensure, the protein drink. The bottle notes that the alcohol level is 10%, but its hard to note. Cripes, I can tell this is well made, but I’ll have to choke down at least half of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 23:01:24 | More by jackndan
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Winter

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours near black in color with garnet highlights near the bottom of the pint. Creamy brown head flattens to the surface of the body. A quick swirl revives it. Aroma consists of milk chocolate, roasted malt, barley and cream. As the ale warms a vanilla-like sweetness and just a hint of alcohol can be detected. Lovely full-bodied mouthfeel that's velvety smooth. Initial flavors consists of chocolate, rich malt and grain (barley). A slight hop bitterness cracks near the back of the tongue and breaks up the sweetness. The finish has hints of oak, vanilla and a ghost-like milk chocolate taste.

The alcohol is undetectable and Dragon's Milk is unbelievably smooth and drinkable for its 10% abv. Flavors from the oak aging are not quite as complex as I expected. I thought there'd be a greater presence of bourbon in the flavor profile, but I didn't pick up on that. Nonetheless, this is an awesome brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 14:52:38 | More by Winter
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Strong and black like a good cup of coffee. Little head, but a tad bit of sticky matter does cling to the glass. Aromas are at once of wood, with butter, roasted coffee and creamy chocolate in the background. The mouthfeel is quite lush. The carbonation is rather mild. Flavors run fairly deep, yet come back always to the wood-like a dry sauna at times. Some bitter chocolate/cherry like flavors are to be had, as well as strong, bitter chicory notes and malted milk. This is an interesting drink, yet I feel it is perhaps over-oaked? Try it if you see it, especially on a cold Winters night.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 02:01:30 | More by moulefrite
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Daily Growler in Upper Arlington, OH.

Pours a dark opaque black with a one inch head and not much lacing.

Smells include dark roasted malt, vanilla, and some oak.

Not much bourbon flavor in this BA stout, it's more of an oak and vanilla story. Some chocolate and roasted malt flavor. I might be spoiled now by other intense versions of this style, but this seems slightly muted. Good flavors, but would prefer a stronger barrel character. Quite sweet, slightly cloying.

Medium bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel, coats your mouth. Not much alcohol present.

A good beginner's BA stout, I think, but not one of the greats.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 13:11:40 | More by GreesyFizeek
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BakerBeer13

California

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good beer, I'm not a huge barrel-aged fan as a general rule, so I may be underscoring it a bit. I will say it smells absolutely heavenly... complex and rich with fantastic spices dancing on the nose that play off the bourbon. I ended up sitting on the last 2 ounces of the glass, just swirling it for a long time and drawing in lovely smells.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2014 18:51:23 | More by BakerBeer13
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dragon's Milk.

Extra dark to black. Head is khaki in color. End of keg, so lots of head and lace.

Lots of bourbon. Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon... and a little bit of stout. Caramel, vanilla, roastiness, and sweetness.

Vanilla stout with loads of bourbon presence. Super oaky and semi-sweet with huge vanilla, salted caramel, butterscotch, and toasted coconut notes. Missing roasty qualities for the base stout. Nothing terribly obtrusive here, except the whiskey. This flavor needs a muzzle.

Sultry smooth and filled out mouthfeel with condensed carbonation. Very nice.

A good bourbon barrel stout. One of the forefathers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2014 14:36:53 | More by thecheapies
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Mulciber_Volcanus

Georgia

1.85/5  rDev -53%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I have to say, since New Holland makes one of my favorite beers, I'm disappointed.

The first time I had this beer, it presented a great color and pleasant smell. On the front end, it was milk chocolate with a slight salty twang, but it finished with a nauseating taste of briny seawater. It was shocking. I promptly sent it back, assuming their keg had gone bad.

At another restaurant, I decided to give it another try. Unfortunately, I had the exact same experience: a salty brine that turned my mouth inside out and left me very thirsty.

It seems that a small percentage of the people who have this beer have a similar experience. Perhaps it's genetic, like those who think cilantro tastes like soap. Perhaps it's just bad on tap. Perhaps it's a bad beer. I don't know, but I won't be trying it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2013 04:21:47 | More by Mulciber_Volcanus
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Keepmywitbieraboutme

New York

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Beerdanza

Michigan

4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
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
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roger617

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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
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Mavigo

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.5%
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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JDReardons

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +1%
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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jtladner

District of Columbia

3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark beer, but not as dark as expected for a stout, definitely not opaque. I would compare it in color to a Belgian strong dark ale. The aroma and taste are almost completely dominated by oak and bourbon. Any roasted flavor was almost completely hidden. It was an enjoyable beer, and I would recommend giving it a try. However, I would not have known it was a stout if it hadn't been written on the menu, and since I was expecting a stout, I was a little disappointed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 00:35:33 | More by jtladner
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance- Served a deep brown colored brew with a tiny tan colored head. The head fades almost instantly leaving just scant lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a sweeter caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla and a coffee smell with a strong presence of roasted malt. Mixed with these smells is a moderately strong oaky and bourbon smell, producing when combined with the sweeter and roastier smells, a very warming smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and coffee flavor upfront. There is some milk chocolate in the taste upfront with both becoming stronger more toward the middle of the taste. The caramel fades slightly in the middle however, leaving a slightly drier flavor. This loss of caramel is replaced by some flavors of vanilla later in the taste. In the end a strong bourbon, boozy, and oak flavor come to the tongue. These are accompanied by some earthy hop flavors as well as an increase in the roasted malt and bitter coffee characteristics of the brew to leave a lightly bittered and roasty boozy warming taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. The feel is a bit off as a creamier and thicker body would have really be much more appropriate for the boozy, oak, and roasted flavors of the brew with a lower carbonation level allowing all the darker and boozier flavors time to linger on the tongue.

Overall – A tasty and boozy stout. It has a great warming and oaky flavor with a slow drinking style, even with the slightly lesser mouthfeel quality, it is still fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2013 00:37:15 | More by Darkmagus82
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: Thick creamy cappuccino head that billows over the top of a black mahogany highlighted body. Intricate lacing leaving beautiful walkways around the glass.

S: Sweet oaks drenched in molasses, thick rich malts, cocoa, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, big booze factor, vanilla, French oak, and over ripe bananas.

T/M: Huge bourbon flavor, vanilla bean, French oak, roasted cocoa nibs and milk chocolate. Old leather and cardboard once warmed and in the after taste. Full creamy body with a subtle carbonation sting. Finishes spicy with an aged presence.

O: A fantastic creation that displays a well balanced beer that has the aged bourbon flare but doesn't overpower the creamy richness. Hats off to New Holland.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 21:23:05 | More by Hopswagger
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler pour for Super Bowl. No head, as dark as you can get before it's black, with hints of red, very slight hints.

Smell is decent, not as intense as other bba beers: weakened vanilla, molasses, etc., some bourbon.

Taste is similar but more complex: dark fruit, some chocolate and coffe in there. Vanilla molasses and light bourbon notes are prominent.

Feel is nice and smooth, extremely light carbonation, a sense of earthiness to it. Enjoyable beer but not in the same league as other bba stouts, re: BCBS, BN, KBS. But don't let that sway you, go ahead and try it it's good. Cheers.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2013 01:27:43 | More by rodlavers
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RyanWilliamShields


4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love strong brew. I love stouts. With that said Dragons Milk from New Holland is one of the best that fits into both of those categories. It starts malty and strong, then bites so good! It has a dry mocha finish. A great bomber pick up on a cold night! Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2013 19:14:43 | More by RyanWilliamShields
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kojevergas

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a stemflute in a Minneapolis bar. Reviewed from notes taken around Thanksgiving 2012.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a very dark ruby-black. Nontransparent.

Sm: Caramel, cream, dark malts, chocolate, and rich dark chocolate covered cherry. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Dominant chocolate with rich caramel and dark malts for the foundation. Chocolate cherry comes through. Bourbon undertones. Rich and well balanced. Delicious. Some raisin. Licorice. Well built. I like it. Well layered, nicely complex, and subtle. I'd like more roast in the foundation. I get some grape on the finish, which is too sweet.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Creamy. Nicely thick. Good carbonation. Heavy on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I quite fancy it. A delightful brew. I'd like to try it in bottled form. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery; this was a good example of the style.

B

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 19:13:04 | More by kojevergas
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Penguin's practice facility in Canonsburg, PA. Served in a standard pint glass pretty cold. Little head and looks dark & opaque. Don't blame this on the brewery; just going with how this was served to me.

Smells pretty good. Nice oak, bourbon and vanilla notes. Some detectable alcohol notes from the bourbon. Tastes great- love the vanilla & bourbon character. Sweet tasting- guessing some lactose in here. Nice lingering sweet bourbon & honey-like sweetness. Mouthfeel seems like an issue to me. Feels light. Needs more body and more mouthfeel. The perceived alcohol seems hidden but I know it's there.

Overall, glad to have finally tried. A solid dark oaked bourbon beer. Needs a little fine tuning though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 02:07:47 | More by jwhancher
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begforme4484

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tyler's Taproom in Apex, NC. Served in a tulip glass.

The beer was black with a deep copper, almost red hue. Not much head to be had.

First and foremost, the hops and grain stand out. There just is no ignoring the vanilla on the nose of this beer. Very subtle oak resin and dark sugar overtones as well.

Immediately malty and bittersweet. Caramel, oak resin, and raisin begin to take over the beer right before the vanilla hits you. It's a very sweet beer, but the bitterness is not lost on the edges of your palette.

Very full bodied, but the carbonation complements it nicely. Definitely a warmer with the abv of this thing.

This was a fantastically delicious beer. It's a HUGE beer though. The ABV on this sucker will really sneak up and hit you.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2012 20:02:55 | More by begforme4484
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lizardville tapped a fresh keg for Cleveland Beer Week.

The bourbon was a little rough tasting compared to other well-done barreled aged stouts I've had. A little on the boozy side (which isn't necessarily a bad thing). Overall, I felt the beer lacked balance. I'd really would have liked to let this one age a bit and see if that changed my opinion on it - it very well could.

I would not recommend going out of your way for this. In the region, there are many Stouts worth your time and this is low on the list. The more I try New Holland's stuff, the less impressed I get. Sorry to hate, but their beers just don't do it for me.

Edit: 5/11/2013 Revisited this beer again and it was a little better than I remember. Still not something I would go out of my way for, but if it's around I'll keep trying it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2012 13:52:50 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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SpasticKoala

New York

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep dark chocolate brown/mahogany. The head was a chocolate milk color and laced nicely. A beer where you just want to take a moment and stare at it.

Smell: Not as deep as I expected. There are definitely notes of chocolate and vanilla with a very faint whiff of oak/bourbon.

Taste: Overall very complex. Lots of roasted malt flavors, molasses, dark chocolate. The vanilla and oak flavors are much more prevalent on the palate than they were on the nose. I'm finding background flavors of brown sugar, caramel, and whiskey.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was lighter than I expected. I figured a deep thick stout, but instead it was just a touch over medium. It was very smooth with just a soft amount of carbonation, which was appropriate.

I enjoyed two pours of this over the course of the evening. With each mouthful this beer grew on me more and more. Definitely worth seeking out and keeping a few bottles in storage.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 22:52:34 | More by SpasticKoala
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Trappeze. Poured into a chalice. Frothy, beige head, soapy lacing. Black body. Aroma is mild coffee, vanilla, coconut, mild malt sweetness, slight booze. Pretty nice amalgam of flavors, complex. Very easy drinking for the high abv, very. Flavors really start popping upon warming. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 03:05:03 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Hopdaemon39

New York

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the gingerman in NYC- pours a thick black color with one finger of tan head, good retention, amazing lacing.

Thick roasted malts and milky oats- bit much else except a little booze.

Taste is consistent- thick, rich and sumptuous. Milky sweetness up front, followed by just lots of rich roasted malt, dark as all hell, some oats in there as well.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth- full bodied, very light carbonation. This is a good one. Not too much complexity but great taste and feel. I would get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 02:34:07 | More by Hopdaemon39
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JDizzle

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this from Party Town in Florence, KY for $12.99

Pours deep brown/black with a small head. I don't think there was ample carbonation from the keg. I thought this would be darker and more viscous.

The smell from this thing is really great and bourbon forward. I get some oak, vanilla, and tons of bourbon.

The taste mirrors the smell. A lot of bourbon and vanilla. Faint oakiness is there along with roasted malts, being very secondary.... Bourbon is in yo face! The booze is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbs are a little low, but it could be the keg setup it came out of.

Not a world class beer, but fun to drink.

Serving type: growler

09-26-2012 01:29:41 | More by JDizzle
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