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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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4,419 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,419
Reviews: 1,267
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 251
Gots: 1,015 | FT: 41
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: 4,419 | Reviews: 1,267
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage bomber poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass. The beer is almost black with a dark tan head.

It has an aroma of dark fruit (dried plums and raisins), roasted malt and a bit of baker’s chocolate.

The taste is of dark roasted malts, assertive raisins, dark chocolate, a hint vanilla and something earthy that revealed itself to be the wood elements left over from the barrel aging. In this case, I would prefer a non-barrel aged version, as the wood aftertaste distracts from the base beer. The alcohol (10%) is very well hidden with no heat or harshness.

The mouth is smooth and silky. This is a good beer, but the wood notes just seem to throw it a little out of whack.

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4.74/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very very dark

S: bourbon, oak, coffee

T: oak, bourbon, and hint of coffee.

O: this is a beer that takes a few sips to get used to. Once it warms up a bit it's flavors really come out. I really enjoyed this beer. Let the beer warm up a bit after pouring it...then enjoy!

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3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A super dark brown, burgundy hue when held to light, quite clear, small light tan head that keeps a nice ring, but leaves minimal lace.

S: Sweet, estery, & alcoholic – not dark or robust at all. You really have to hunt to find even the barest ghost hint of roast. Big & boozy in a floral way. Good touch of vanilla. Good strength. But not that appealing and not really stout-like at all.

T: Very sweet & very firmly bourbon-esque oak & vanilla. Roasty grain in the background. Spicy & peppery more from alcohol than from hops. A faint touch of dark crystal to the sweetness. Hops are there but grassy and a touch astringent. Minimal finish other than a hint of vanilla and booze. Way late in the finish a barely decent roast comes out. Roast grows and sweetness gets a tad richer & more malty as it warms, but still . . . . .

M: Sweet and full with soft carbonation. Not syrupy but getting there a bit – and a touch cloying. Oaky tannins & some sticky sugars for texture. Though thinned by alcohol. Sweet with just a hint of drying in the finish as much from alcohol as from roast or anything else. Warming is surprisingly minimal.

D: Big and potent – more a strong darkish ale than any sort of stout. Too much barrel & not enough stout. Way too much booze. And especially given the richness it should have as a stout. High octane, but not in a good way. Almost not possible to finish. A very slow sip and cringe. Only manages a 3.0 on the firm and reasonably nice oak/vanilla character throughout.

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3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Due to the fact that I am drinking Dragon's Milk with some dark chocolate as I am writing this, I can be more in depth with this review.

Appearance: Its Dark! Barely can see light through it. Looks lightly carbonated. I poured it gently out of the bottle so I don't know what kind of head it may produce but I would assume a very thick head.

Smell: Sweet and malty.

Taste: Kinda Barley-wine like. Sweeter than a typical dark ale. I dig it. Leaves no bitter after taste. In fact it leave a very pleasant after taste.

Mouth Feel: Rather thick. The name implies a thicker feel and that's exactly what you get. But not like you have to chew it.

Seeing how I like thick beer in the right style and flavor, this one will routinely stock my shelf whenever I do my beer runs.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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2.68/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

head is decent. color is good, but some light is getting through. nose is cardboard and molasses. Unfortunately, that is the taste, too. not worth the price. disappointing, given I've been looking forward to trying this. Based on reviews, I will be much happier with Night Tripper. Looking forward to it.
At this ABV, why is this classified as an american stout, versus a double? though I guess it does taste like a fairly weak american stout with some Old Crow mixed in. or maybe just crystal palace vodka.
It is still Way better than Boak's monster mash. That is my number one worst Impy experience. Still looking forward to Night Tripper. If that is so good, why is New Holland still marketing this?

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3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

I really need to revisit this one, as the few times I had it I don't think I was ready for BA stouts. One of the most unique beers I have had. Pours black with heavy bourbon and vanilla notes. Tastes like those root beer barrell candies, vanilla and bourbon on the finish. Very warm alcohol. A bit sweet for my tastes, and mouthfeel is rather thin for a stout, especially one with that Imperial name in it. Would like to try and rerate this later. Strange, but extra points for its uniqueness.

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3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.
A: Pours near black with a thin finger of creamy light brown head that quickly faded into a fain collar. Hardly any lace.
S: Rich and potent notes of vanilla, booze, caramel and light notes of chocolate. Smells pretty good.
T: Follows the nose with smooth flavors of boozy alcohol, vanilla, and woody oak with a hint of sweet caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate in the finish. The alcohol is actually really smooth. Aftertaste is full of vanilla oak, and I get a hint of roasted coconut as well.
M: The only knock again this beer is how thin it feels. It’s not watery by any stretch, but the carbonation is too low and the mouth is too thin. Slick overall.
O: Great flavor, easy on the palate, but just a bit too watery. This got better after every sip. A few more bubbles would do it wonders. Cheers!

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4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Heorot and also bought a bottle and enjoyed a few days later. There is really no difference in taste between each of the two ways.

This is one of the strongest bourbon-influenced stouts that I have had so far, which is saying quite a lot. The aroma is oozing of bourbon and chocolatey goodness, and the color is approaching complete darkness upon pour.

From the initial smell you would believe it to be very pungent with its bourbon taste, almost to an overwhelming state, but it really isn’t. Other than a slight (very slight) dip in aftertaste, this is a terrific bourbon barrel stout.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
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