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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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4,287 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 4,287
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 234
Gots: 899 | FT: 35
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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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Gladius270
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Beer pours deep brown with about a 1/2 inch tan head that laces nicely and persists in a ring around the glass. Where light makes it through, it appears deep ruby red.

S- The smell hit me as soon as I took the cap off of the bottle. First and foremost, I get a boozy smell that reminds me alot of scotch. Some nutty coffee tries to come through, but is mostly beaten back by this scotch-like smell.

T- Much like the nose, booze dominates the taste right up front. There is a taste that develops that I describe almost like the char you would find on a burnt steak, then ends with dark roast coffee.

M- Immediately causes a mild sting to the tongue, which I like. Feels fairly light in the mouth, I think as a result of the stinging/numbing I feel from it. Nice warming feeling that results from the ABV in this one.

O- This beer would be absolutely fantastic if there were a lower ABV version. The booze takes center stage here and is too much at times. If the underlying flavors didn't have to compete in this one, I would rate it much higher.

Photo of MacQ32
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a super deep, dark brown. Pretty much no head here, just a small ring around the edge. Lacing doesn't stick to the glass, viscosity seems a little weak

S - An ok aroma but pretty faint, bourbon oaky, vanilla, chocolate and maybe some cherry or other darker fruits

T - Thank god it taste very good, I was worried. Chocolate and cherries for sure, bourbon and oak, and vanilla. Definitely a bit boozy

M - Not nearly as light as the appearance would suggest, medium bodied plus for sure. More of a sipper but very good.

O - A good rich warming brew. Dark fruits and bourbon oakyness dominate.

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown but passes no light through the glass. A modest tan head leaves some film and little lace.

This one is rather subdued, with a mix of chocolate, light bourbon, perhaps some vanilla. Lightly roasted malt adds little. As it warms, there is a suggestion of Kahlua.

The flavor follows the nose, however, it emphasizes bourbon, especially in the long finish. With warmth, cherry cordial comes out with a hint of oak. This one is substantially better at warmer temperatures.

A smooth texture, with lively carbonation, medium body and warming alcohol above expectation.

Paired with a cigar while reading, this one sips well. Other examples of the style are bolder, but this is a better match in the everyday line-up.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of DannyDan
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown hue with a thin tan head that leaves some retention and minimal lacing. Appearance was not as good as I thought it would be. The aroma has some oak, vanilla, dark fruits that really stand out and lets you know this is a beer worth drinking. The taste starts out with some dark fruits, followed by some vanilla and chocolate and has an oak like taste through out. This beer is very creamy and very smooth, I hardly noticed any alcohol in the taste even though it has 10% ABV. A great tasting beer that is very well made that any stout lover must try, I just wish this beer was a little bit cheaper to buy.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really nice. A nice barrel aged beer with nice flavor. A little strong on the alcohol taste, wish it had a little more oak flavor (maybe a little longer in the barrel would do!) Nice dark black color, brown head, deep chocolate smell and nice silky mouthfeel. Overall, a really nice drinkable barrel-aged stout!!

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A creamy dark brown. Smelled surprisingly light for how dark it was. Couldn't smell anything foul. Tasted slightly bitter, caramel flavors and roasty malt.

Overall it reminded me of a better Guinness. Smoother, tastier, and brought a little more all around, however, it wasn't as smooth as I was expecting.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass. Bottle purchased from Downtown Wine and Gourmet in Harrisonburg, VA.

A - Very little head, even with an aggressive pour. Not much retention but does show an off-white lacing around the edge of the glass, which fades as I drink. Very dark brown/black, although I see a bit of red reflections in the bottom of the glass when held up to the light.

S - Smells strongly of chocolate, dark fruits/cherry , and a hint of oak. Dark cherry and raisins is what really comes through.

T - Taste follows the nose, although the chocolate and dark fruits come through more than the oak. I also get some raisins and molasses. Works pretty well, although the finish was a bit boozy. Not surprising with the double digit ABV. I would have liked a bit more oak in the flavor.

M - Very smooth. Perfectly carbonated to my liking for the style. Medium bodied and a bit creamy. The mouthfeel is what impresses me most on this beer.

O - Overall, it wasn't bad, but didn't live up to my lofty expectations. It didn't blow me away. I think that I would go back to this one because I don't have trouble getting it, which is rare for a barrel aged stout, but would not prefer it to some of the other barrel aged I have had.

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2/5  rDev -49.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of beerman207
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of Dragon's milk and saw it on growler at Party Town - Yes please!

A: Very dark brown with little light in with a tan head that is about 1-2 fingers head.

S: Sweet is burnt wood and some milk as well as some dark fruit. Malt coming through as well - no booze in the nose

T: Taste is lactose as well whopper chocolate and some raisin and maybe even some plum. Booze comes through in the back but feels nice on a cold night.

m: carbonation is perfect for this big of a beer - light

O: Wow - this one is quite nice on tap. Very happy to have tried it on growler.

Photo of afoltz2
2.3/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - good dark color for a stout, a little disappointed by the lack of head, around a quarter inch.

S - good, strong smell with a hint of a possible coffee flavor.

T - the initial taste was good, but the immediate aftertaste was pure alcohol. I felt like I had just done a shot instead of drinking a beer

M - I swished a mouthful around to get different tastes, and it gave me a slightly numb feel due to the high alcohol content.

O - a very potent brew, high ABV with a strong alcohol taste. I was disappointed by this one, and I am a fan of stouts. I sampled it next to Guinness and Left Handed Milk Stout, and preferred both of those. I think if this beer were 2-3% lower ABV, it would compare much more favorably, because it did have a good initial flavor.

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,287 ratings.