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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

3,306 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,306
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 158
Gots: 482 | FT: 32
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.

2014 Bottles are 11% ABV

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

Iowa

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkest mahogany with sparkling ruby trim. The tight-bubbled cap of chocolate milk brown displays a wonderful moonscape surface of pits and bubbles that resembles caramelizing sugar. Thick sheets of tacky lace further affirm the outstanding appearance. I don't think I've ever seen an American strong ale that looks so much like a stout.

The nose, while aromatic enough, isn't what I'd call powerful or commanding. Chocolate is dominant, to the near exclusion of all else. Although there isn't as much complexity as I had hoped, I do appreciate dark fruit (dates) and a wee whiff of vanilla. I'll be disappointed if there's as little bourbon on the palate as there is in the nose.

Dragon's Milk is much more complex in the mouth and is becoming more so with every sip. The flavor profile features plenty of roasted malt flavors; especially dark chocolate and molasses. As it warms, vanilla and oak from the Jack Daniels casks becomes much more evident and the quality of the flavor surges forward as a result.

The final constellation is an intriguing mix of sugared vanilla beans, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar and bourbon whiskey. Vanilla, especially, fairly bursts out of each mouthful as the beer loses its slight chill. Any less than 4 months in the barrel wouldn't have been enough, and any more might have been too much. I started my bottle out at roughly 55 degrees and I can't emphasize enough how much it's improving as it approaches room temperature.

The mouthfeel seemed too light initially. Like the flavor, it comes into its own in smashing fashion in the bottom of the bottle. A notch more full than medium, it's wonderfully smooth with an understated (read: perfect) amount of carbonation. This is amazingly drinkable beer given the close to double-digit ABV.

I had two bottles of Dragon's Milk (thanks deejaydan) and decided to review the 2003 rather than the 2004 due to reports that an infection is threatening the well-being of the latter beer. No such worries with the '03, it has aged beautifully. This is one of New Holland's better offerings and is one that I'll be sure to look for on my semi-yearly trips back to Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 15:29:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in hue with a ruby influence, the liquid seems clear. The head was beige in color; at the apex the foam was one finger in height. Head retention was decent, the bubbles collapsed to a soapy cap, it was thicker around the edges but not naked in the middle but after a few more moments there was exposed liquid. There was some subsequent lacing; it was unorganized and not very prevalent. On the whole, this beer looks respectable but not remarkable.

The nose really surprised me! There is a rustic chocolate twang with vanilla, old oak chips, cookies, cream, vanilla schnapps, and there is a distant whisky cake vibe. The potency of the aromas was moderate. The nose is articulate, even if it is a mouthful... there is a great deal going on here. I need a breather just to figure things out. I can’t say I find the nose inviting but I am interested in taking a sip. I’d call it odd and mystical.

The palate is as strange as the nose suggested. What is the deal with the acidity? This really throws a curveball in the mix. It is like a Milk Stout on crack mixed with bourbon and vanilla schnapps. Okay, I don’t really know what the whole “milk stout on crack” means but you get the point I hope. It reminds me of a lambic and a stout, mixed. At least I can call this beer unusual. I do like, a lot, the chocolate cake taste, the vanilla cookie sensation, and the oaky underbelly. Honestly, I don’t dislike any aspect of this beer, it is just odd but it is growing on me. The finish reminds me of yogurt. Do I really want his in a beer? I guess so… the alcohol burn is minimal but it does supply a good deal of supporting attributes. I wonder if this beer is suppose to have the lactic twang… if not, I could see this beer kicking-ass. If so, this beer is very good, very odd but very good. Without hesitation I would sum up this beer as “wacky as shit.”

Around medium in body, the carbonation is low but very fitting for this beer. The mouthfeel isn’t impressive but it isn’t flawed either. It is good... workable but in order to reach greatness there needs to be more might in the mouthfeel department.

This beer is pretty drinkable, all things considering. There are many pluses but there a couple minuses. When I add them up, the pluses win. This is a good beer but it is nothing I would seek out or buy many of if I had the chance. I would like to try it again but because this beer was so surprising I might like it more now that I have been acclimated. I need to thank mentor for the bottle. It was a gift, what a great guy.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 15:53:06 | More by bditty187
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Dragon's Milk pours from the bottle a deep dark red tinted black with a sparse, bubbly tan head that falls to a ring around the top. Spotty lacing on the way down...almost no light getting through. Aromas are quite perplexing. I get hints of sweet caramel along with lots of dark fruity tones. There's some oak in the background along with an roasty, toasty aroma. Maybe a hint of licorice and some citrusy hops are thrown in as well. Kind of muddled.

First sip brings some roasty dark malts upfront..slightly sweet with caramel. Infused with a lot of dark fruity, berry flavors and some dry woody tannins as well. A bit of sourness shows up mid palate and is not that pleasant. Finishes with a slight hint of vanilla and citrusy hops and a bit of astringency. An interesting brew...alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is somewhwat light...I was expecting a bit more body. Nice, fast paced carbonation. Seems a bit lacking to me. I'm glad I got to try it but it didn't grab me enough to come back for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2005 03:10:35 | More by orbitalr0x
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HopHeadKen

Iowa

2.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours dark amber brown, porter like in appearance with a thick creamy head of fine, medium and large bubles.

First taste is TART, What is this an oak aged lambic porter ?
The tartness lingers and seems to overwhelm the malt and hops.

Thanks DonO for this one; I am glad I tried it, but it doesn't excite me.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 20:28:59 | More by HopHeadKen
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shippos

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured witha a deep dark ruby brown witha fluffy rocky light coffee colored head. has a vanillian woody aroma as it's cold...lots of vanilla oak. light amount of carbonation but a slick mouthfeel, velvety with an aged character well rounded to begin witha thin winey oxidized character. has a dry aftertaste witha lingering dry maltiness. complex and wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 16:26:55 | More by shippos
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: I've enjoyed this on tap and in bottles... but the bottles that are out there now are picking up a clean, lactic acid infection that's toatlly destroying this beer. I have alot of them and I'm out of luck! Try one before you buy a few! And don't try to age it.... it's not going to work. If you've got 'em, drink 'em! That said...

This oak-aged olde ale might just be New Holland's best beer yet! Its dark mahogany body is capped by a frothy head of dark tan that holds exceptionally well and leaves clinging sheets of lace throughout the glass. The nose is rich with milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, wood, a touch of vinous acidity, and mild bourbon. It's ultra-smooth, silky, and medium-bodied but not dextrinous across the palate. The flavor is rich and satiating with notes of a soft chocolate and caramel blend, sweet honey-glazed biscuits, lightly toasty malts, a cusp of dark-kilned and almost roasty malts, vanilla, subtle bourbon, and - oddly enough - some background hops. It's well balanced by a firm bitterness, and it finishes dry with more notes of bourbon, vanilla, wood, and lingering roastiness than it had in the mouth (...blocked by the sweet malts I guess). The alcohol is incredibly well-cloaked; and this one will sneak up on you! Brilliant!!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2005 02:55:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep deep brown with a one finger tight head that settles quicly leaving a nice sheet of lace behind,some nice caramel aromas along with some malted milk and some of the oak left behind very nice.Very lactic flavors for an old ale malted milk and deep woody flavors along with some chocolate with alate sourness wich I didnt care for much.A very flavorful big beer but not a fan of the sour finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2005 22:04:29 | More by oberon
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

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

Label explains that in the days of yore, Dragon’s Milk referred to brews reserved for nobility thus the implied Princely honor is mine alone to crack this bottle as such an oblation. “Art in fermented form.”

Dark onyx pour bereft of any light topped by a spotty sudsy tan collar and slick coating that won’t quit throughout the drink to the end, leaving decent tan lace down the glass.

Scents are deep caramel and butterscotch (not the defective kind, mind you) intertwined with toasted malt aromas of cocoa and some caffe au lait.

First swigs: Some sour lemony twinges with creamy stout roasted malts. Flat out butter milk in a way that no other beer has ever displayed. My best guess is that this resembles some milk stouts vis a vis the creamy textures. Aftertaste lingers around chalky blueberry yogurt and coconut.

Medium bodied presence is surprising considering the high 10% ABV and overwhelming olfactory bust. Drinkability is compromised by complexity. This is a specialized brew.

Last swigs: Buttermilk and yogurt. Buckle up for this wicked roller coater ride. This has to be at above fridge temp to be enjoyed. New Holland has some surprises up their collective sleeve such as their wheat wine and this gem. The oak barrel aspect is woven into the flavor. Picked up for $10 smakers a 4 pak at Candlewyck in Bucks County, PA.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 12:37:42 | More by blitheringidiot
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redmosquito

Michigan

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

Pours a ruby brown with a beige head that left lace along the edge of the glass. Aroma is a blend of coffee, rich toasted malt and oak. Flavor is similar, sweet, oaky, slightly tart, with a whiskey finish as it warms. The body is okay, not as big as I would have expected. Overall, this was a nice experience, but I found myself slightly disappointed (New Holland makes some of the best beers in the Midwest).

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 21:25:45 | More by redmosquito
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SupaCelt

Michigan

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

This mug poured a violent purple black. Small, tan cocoa head dissolved into the ringer formation. Sloppy lace was left hanging in tattered curtains. I could barely glimpse carbonation through the thickness of it all.`

The smell had chocolate and coffee and caramel notes. The oak presence was perceptable. The aromas blended nicely together.

The taste was very soothing. The barrel aged ambiance enveloped the other flavours of chocolate and cream. This reminded me a bit of kalooey-n-cream with a smokey barrel flavour. I imagined some melting toffee candies floating in creamy chocolate coffee. This brew was perfect for going with some chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream at a birthday bash. Cripes, it tasted just about like that! Very nicely done. I think this was a cream stout though.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 17:56:53 | More by SupaCelt
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gimmehead

Illinois

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

Pours an inky black with some ruddy highlights and a frothy but short lived head. Smells of bitter roasted malts, sugary lactose sweetness, and some resinous oaky notes. Very malty, slightly burnt bitter flavor. Very complex; vanilla, raisiny sweetness, well hidden alcohol and a somewhat ashy aftertaste with some oaken sourness. This has a creamy full body with a semidry finish that puts me in mind of an Imperial Stout, save the raisiny sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 02:50:29 | More by gimmehead
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ypsifly

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Almost black with a small tan head that lingers for five minutes or so then falls to a small ring. Minimal lacing.

Smells very woody with some roasted malt underneath. The nose reminds me of Bell's Special Double Cream Stout, but this oak is younger.

The wood flavors are also the main component of the taste. After the oak things get fruity for a second, but the finish is a little weird. Like sour wood. On the upside, the abv is undetectable.

Nice, medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The weird woodiness and high abv ruin the drinkability on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 06:42:44 | More by ypsifly
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frazbri

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown, almost black with ruby accents, creamy beige head with good lacing. Milk chocolate, coffee and port aromas. Chocolate, cherries with roast coffee finish. Full body, modest carbonation with creamy mouthfeel.

Dragon's Milk is a rich, fruity beer. The wooden barrel the beer aged in asserts itself as it warms. There is a good balance between sweet, bitter, and tangy elements. The high alcohol content is hidden very well, until you try to stand. New Holland is another fine Michigan brewery. Dragon's Milk is another beer to get you through a midwestern winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 01:03:20 | More by frazbri
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tasty little treat I found a local martini bar (?) for the deliciously fair price of $3.50.

This beer reeks of oak. Honestly, its like drinking dark, liquified tree. Not that is totally a bad thing, but there's something about this one that I find a bit one-dimensional.

The presentation is purty, the mouthfeel and drinkability are actually quite good. But this is not at all worth the money they are charging at local bottle shops for its lack of substance. That said, the alcohol is wickedly hidden. I had no idea (until the hangover) that this was a 10% beer.

Think Guinness on flavor (and alcohol) steroids ... add a heavy dosage of oak and there you go. Tasty ... but nothing i'll go for again.

All things considered, this is a perfect conversion beer for those that think Guinness is the lead dog of "dark" beers!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 19:49:42 | More by GreenWBush
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just found this review written on an old piece of paper. Thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing this beer. I think the category is wrong. Should be a milk stout. Anyway. Pours a very dark color with a small head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma has a coffee and chocolate malt character, but there is also a slight sourness as well. The flavor is much the same. There are a lot of the chocolate and coffee notes, but there is also a lacto sweetness. It has a strange acidic bite that I don't care much for. It's still a great beer, but it could use a little less of the acidic bite.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 19:18:59 | More by clvand0
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ken3c

Michigan

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

Crystals evident under the cap probably from spillage but I just wiped them and it didn't affect the taste or anything else.

Very dark reddish hue with a ring of foam.

Sweet roasted aroma.

Sweet nutty chewy. maybe a little cloying but sometimes I really like something sweet. I really love the oakiness/nutty taste.

Well carbonated but syrupy. Warming. Coats the inside of my mouth.

I almost rated this beer higher except for the extreme sweetness. It definately has a place as an after dinner beer but I couldn't drink it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 04:19:22 | More by ken3c
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silenius

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a tremendous flowing light brown head that settles into something looking like a moonscape. It coats the side of the glass with lace.

Smells like unsweetened dark chocolate with some malt characteristics along with a hint of cherry.

Taste is a light dusting of chocolate on an unsweetened vanilla creme and cherry soda. Very enjoyable. For 10% abv they do a great job of hiding the alcohol. Bravo!

I expected the mouthfeel to be a bit thicker. Its a pretty thin mouthfeel with light carbonation feeling despite the huge head.

Very drinkable. Please make more beers like this New Holland!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 03:33:41 | More by silenius
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deejaydan

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Fall 2004 release**

Nice lacing, and I can't believe the head retention given the ABV of this beer. Pours dark brown, but there is a hint of dark amber/garnet if you hold it up to the light. Smells like freshly crushed chocolate malt, with a hint of the bourbon mixed in. Taste.. slightly astringant/woody tones overpower other flavors going on. There's just enough residual sweetness to keep drawing you back for more. It's surpisingly light and fluffy in the mouth. This is a beer that is a good winter warmer style of beer. Like when you just get done snowblowing the foot of snow that fell overnight, and it's 5 degrees outside.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 18:53:49 | More by deejaydan
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meathookjones

Virginia

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

Reviewed from a 12oz bottle on 12/29/04. Pours from the bottle a not quite black color but a very dark brown. A decent sized small tan head forms leaving a few rings of lace around the glass. Wow the nose is quite strong and interesting full of a variety of scents. First thing that came to mind was an odd milk stout hybrid with a strong creaminess and chocolate nose. Also I believe there were hints of vanilla and it was a bit woody. Maybe some alcohol as well but with all the other elements it was hard to tell, either way this is on tasty smelling brew. Roasty malts and a woody oak taste hit you first. An interesting sweet creaminess is there as well making it a bit milk stout like. There is some notes of sweetness and alcohol as well. When drinking this I had no idea what style it was but Imperial Milk Stout kind of came to mind. Medium to full body that is creamy. Very interesting brew here, its kind of confusing to drink with so many tastes jumping out that don’t add up to a usual style. Its done well though and is pretty good. Thanks for the sample TikkiGodxxx.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 20:36:08 | More by meathookjones
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Sixpack595

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet aroma with lots chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of oak. Strongly carbonated with a touch of lacing as the thick head recedes to a thin film. Bittersweet and chocolately flavor followed by a bit of oak/bourbon taste. Very creamy, great mouthfeel. For a fairly strong beer it goes down easy. I wasn't expecting very much from this beer, and it has improved quite a bit in the months since I first tried it. I just wish I had a few saved in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 10:01:43 | More by Sixpack595
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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

This beer comes out of the bottle a very dark brown color with a small head that falls to lightly ring the beer. The nose is really nice, but ir reminds me more of a milk stout than an American Strong Ale. I still like it. There is a lot of marshmellowey, creamy tones in the nose. The flavor backs this up very well. Lots of lacto creamyness and actually some acid bite on the back of my tongue. There is lots of vanilla and hints of chocolate malt. I like it. The feel is a little too thin for the flavors I get. Dinkability is just okay. I can't do more than sip at it, but I do like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 04:51:31 | More by kmpitz2
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

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

In my secret santa from Mentor. Thanks man!
I am drinking a room temp bottle in a snifter. The beer pours pitch black with some ruby tints at the edges of the glass when held up to the light. A small beige to tan head foams up about 1 cm and fades to a thick edge layer quickly. Aroma is all malt with chocolate, molasses, some oak and maple syrup hints. Also a bit of alcohol.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body and very milky in flavor and texture. Smooth and silky with lots of chocolate on the flavor end. No hop presence I can detect in this overall very sweet beer. No hint of the 10 % abv on the mouth either. A rich smooth brew that I find very enjoyable. If you want hops dont look here.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 20:50:12 | More by sulldaddy
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lackenhauser

Maryland

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

Pours a very,very deep chestnut color. It looks pitch black until you hold it up to the light. Nice head though its gone pretty quickly. Pleasant aroma- treacle like. Some very nice vanilla notes. Somewhat toasted and maltish. Malty and vinuous flavor. Absolutely no sense of 10%abv-very well hidden. Nice moderate body. Goes down easy-almost too easy for that matter. Another really good beer from New Holland. Again I will say if they could pull off their regular brews as well as their seasonals offerings I think they could really be up there with some of the other top micros.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2004 19:28:48 | More by lackenhauser
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,306 ratings.