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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
89
very good

2,898 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2898
Reviews: 1090
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 14.18%


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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amandebates

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear. Deep brown which glows ruby red when held up to light. It came out with a very thin layer of creamy off-white head. As I drank there was minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, caramel malt. The smell wasn't present enough for my personal preference when I first got it, but I could smell it a little more as it warmed up.

Taste: Caramel, oak, clean bitterness followed by a delicious sweet whipped cream finish that lingers after swallowing. Great balanced flavor.

Mouthfeel: Delicate, tingling carbonation. A little bit of a thicker, syrupy feel, but nothing too sticky.

D: Very drinkable for a slightly syrupy stout. I think I could drink a few of these in a night and enjoy every bit.

This is a more simple, and very well executed stout flavor profile. No complex malt flavor, but everything that is there is very well balanced. I've had this a few times and it's one I look forward to having again. I'd recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 03:55:51 | More by amandebates
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Franz4

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft poured into a snifter @ Gallo's Tap Room

A- head settles to leave a consistent circle of foam around the glass. Looks like black coffee, especially as you drink more and the light is able to move through the bottom of the glass.

S- Vanilla and subtle oak tones come through, not a whole lot in the nose thought.

T- A little chocolate, very milky, add in the vanilla, quite pleasant actually, even if it's not all that complex, it's tasty.

M- WOW-- very smooth, very close to drinking a glass of milk as the name implies. Medium bodied, but wow, just very smooth.

D- A nice stout, abv is very well hidden. This could be a stout that could convert someone to craft beer or stouts, as it could have very wide appeal, I could have drank several of these, but the game was over and it was time to leave.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 04:25:40 | More by Franz4
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tetonka4kzoo

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a dark brown hue and pours a swirly tan head. It quickly becomes a thin lace along snifter.

Dragon's Milk has a complex nose. Strong hints of malt, vanilla, and bourbon are noticeable. The oak barrel gives it a smokey aroma.

Officially listed as strong ale but tastes like a milk stout. It has a malty and chocolate taste. The barrel aging gives it the obvious oak and vanilla taste. It also has a pleasant caramel presence.

This ale is well-carbonated and creamy. The sweetness masks the high 10% ABV/ Not brewed for heavy drinking but perfect for brunch at Food Dance Cafe or swirling in your snifter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 14:43:59 | More by tetonka4kzoo
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MrDanno96

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours pitch black with about a finger of fluffy off-white head.

S: Strong aromas of oak, vanilla, and alcohol - the oak barrel really stands out on the nose. Hints of chocolate and caramel in the background.

T: The flavor is dominated almost exclusively by the oak barrel characteristics. It's very hot with lots of bourbon and vanilla flavor throughout. The vanilla becomes almost cloying in the finish. As the brew warms, it gains a little dark chocolate bitterness and balances out somewhat. Overall, however, the flavor is too unbalanced.

M: Full bodied with slight carbonation and very hot.

D: I suppose it makes sense that "Dragon's Milk" is hot and burning - but I'm not a dragon and need more balance than what this brew has to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2010 15:31:39 | More by MrDanno96
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MNJR

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Delicious brew. The color is black with a lush tan head with good retention. The smell is rich and fantastic: vanilla, oak, coconut, cream, with a hint of alcohol lurking in the back. The taste is also rich and fantastic. All of the scents above come out fully in the flavor. Maybe it's the name, but the beer does seem to have a milky or creamy texture. It is thick, but not syrupy. Nice sharp, extra fine carbonation, not wishy-washy and somewhat flat like some dark/stout-ish beers. It is not a stout, but the similarities are obvious. The 9% ABV is noticeable, but not overdone. It's an added bonus that the beer is so good and with the ABV being so high just one or two is a full serving of this stuff (it is expensive). If you have access to this, it is a must try. It won't be for everyone, but if you like stouts and rich specialty beers, this is one you won't soon forget. This is, I think, the best thing to come out of New Holland Brewing, besides their whisky which is stupendously good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2010 15:06:48 | More by MNJR
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dragon's Milk on tap at Bob's Bar in Columbus, Ohio. Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Beautiful black, huge fluffy head.

Smell: Oaky for sure. Some vanilla. Roasty aromas. Smells like a barrel!

Taste: Very rich and complex. It hits you with sugars, dark chocolate, milk.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, somewhat creamy. Right carbonation and great body.

Drinkability: Very good. A sipper, but a great one. Easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2010 21:30:30 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a off white head and generous lacing. Smells of vanilla and roasted malts. Tastes of sweet malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and subdued hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth with medium body. Drinkability is good. Really a nice beer. Would drink again. Much better on draft than in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 18:30:12 | More by TheKingofWichita
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of vanilla and butterscotch. Also present are sweet caramel malt undertones with slight amounts of roasted malt flavors.

Tastes good. A combination of sweet caramel malt and roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sweet butterscotch flavors. Midway through the sip hints of light chocolate flavors make an appearance before being crowded out by smooth vanilla. Finally, hints of earthy oak come into play and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a very nice beer however the sweetness from the barrels was just a bit over the top and hurt the drinkabililty for me. Still, a good beer that should be on par with Crème Brulee as far as love-hate relationships.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2010 20:36:32 | More by glid02
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good offering from New Holland. I've been wanting to try this for a while now. CBX got it on tap, so I had to take advantage of it. Thought it had a nice taste of coffee, chocolate malts, and a finish of slight bourbon. I thought it went together pretty well and didn't have a nasty aftertaste. Even though it was a little hot here, it still went well, didn't make me feel bloated and full. Glad I got the chance to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2010 22:33:52 | More by JISurfer
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Sheffield's into a goblet.

A: As black as black gets with a thin tan head. Decent retention and very light lace on its way to a sold ring. Pretty good-looking for a strong beer.

S: Bourbon is apparent at first, but isn't allowed to dominate. Rich vanilla and caramelized dark fruit (prunes and raisins) follow up with great intensity. Butterscotch and the cinnamon rolls from River Street Restaurant in Spooner, WI are also apparent. Awesome.

T: Follows the nose amazingly precisely. Huge wood, bourbon, malt, caramel, vanilla, fruit, and only the lightest bit of alcohol on the finish. Outstanding.

M: Surprisingly light body that absolutely explodes into pure ultra-=fine effervescence. Interesting, but not necessarily what I want from the style.

D: Excellent for being so strong and sweet.

Notes: Great beer. Stands up to the best of all strong ales, Angel's Share. Stands up quite well, in fact. Delicious, decadent brew.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2010 02:18:45 | More by woosterbill
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - quite dark but a good amount of red around the edges. The head vanished quickly.

S - sweet with mild bourbon. Almost wine-like in a way.

T - sweet, vanilla with some bourbon. Unlike most oaked brews the bourbon is NOT overpowering. Almost cream soda with a small shot

M - good coating, no real tingle, mild alcohol burn in the throat.

D - one only. Too sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 00:31:21 | More by biglite351
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AverageJay

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Not exactly a daily nor weekly brew, but one helluva good timer.

A - Draft pint came to the table looking like an innocent glass of Coke with a thin lacing of foam.

S - Whiskey all the way. If you're a bourbon fan, this is YOUR beer.

T - Since I like an occasional glass of whiskey/bourbon, this one felt great on the palate. It's as if God himself created this combination of beer and sour mash.

MF - Imagine the smoothest whiskey in the world going down with no "Jim Beam" gag reflexes.

D - Could never play with this one every day, nor every week. but it still comes in as a helluva beer that will be further reserved for special occasions.

Overall, if you don't like a glass of whiskey, stay away. If you like some nice juice on the rocks, try it out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 00:22:03 | More by AverageJay
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champ103

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nearly pitch black color. A one finger tan head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt up front. Chocolate and coffee is strong. Slightly smoky and some dry wood.
T: Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and sweet vanilla. Lots of dry wood. A light grainy flavor. Plenty of fusel alcohol.
M/D: A full body that is low on the carbonation. Creamy and smooth. The fusel alcohol makes this a one and down. Though a nice beer to sip on.

This is a nice beer. Big and something to sip during a contemplative night. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2010 12:35:00 | More by champ103
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alkemy

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a very thin tan head from the tap. It's neither here nor there, but the bartender and New Holland's website say the ABV on this is 10%.
Scent is dominated by butterscotch. There's also vanilla, bourbon, and a touch of bitter chocolate. The taste is much of the same...lots of butterscotch. Also woody vanilla and a chocolaty finish. You can taste that there is a bit of alcohol in this, but it's not over the top. Creamy feel and the carbonation was just right. I was really impressed with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 18:24:58 | More by alkemy
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JMC_TM

North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably in my top 3 favorite beers. I had it on tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte, NC.
It pours a thick, dark onyx with a nice off-white head. The nose gives you lots of chocolate, dark roasted malt, some vanilla oaky notes and just a hint of the alcohol. Each sip helps paint a full picture of this complex Strong Ale. You start off with lots of chocolate that tastes nice and creamy because of the subtle vanilla, and as it warms you start to taste the malt backing it up, along with some oak notes and again just a hint of the alcohol. The lingering finish is of vanilla and chocolate and leaves you wanting more. This is an awesome and dangerously drinkable beer for the 8.5% abv.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 18:34:52 | More by JMC_TM
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in a brandy snifter at Betty's in Columbus.

A: Black with an amber hue. The soft, big tan head disappears after your first sip and you're left with a thin lace.
S: Heavy fruity bourbon and vanilla.
T: More of the same with some roasted malts. I'm not a big fan of these one-note stouts.
M: It has a full body but it's a crisp beer with an alcoholic bite. The mouthfeel is in-balance and really is this beer's saving grace.
D: If I stuck around, I'd order a different beer. This definitely is a brandy-snifter beer.

Overall, the intense vanilla bourbon flavor overwhelms the beer. I would order a local brewpub's stout over this anyday.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 04:51:34 | More by ne0m00re
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served with a fine foamy tan head and good lace. Color is a very dark, almost opaque cherry wood. Aroma is heavy malt, whiskey, caramel, vanilla, toffee, and leather. Flavor is like that, but much more intense and quite sweet. Wonder if they're using lactose... Has a smoothness to the body. Good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and long. Not a session beer. Might work good with ice cream.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2010 03:13:37 | More by drpimento
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Florida9

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appears black, but it reveals itself to be a very dark brown when held to the light. Served with a minimal 1/8" of light tan, very creamy head, that has little retention. Light lacing.

S: Heavy scent of oak and vanilla. Sweet dark malts. Molasses.

T: Vanilla and oak and a bit on the boozy side, leading to the inevitable scent of bourbon. Slightly sweet, caramel. Long, hot finish.

M: Medium heavy with medium carbonation level. High alcohol content gives a cooling feeling to the mouth.

D: I've seen this beer around, but have been passing this one up for a very long time. However, I found it to be a very good ale, much better than expected. The high alcohol content gives the beers a lighter feeling and encourages another sip. Enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2010 02:20:40 | More by Florida9
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chaz410

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this many of times from bottle but reviewed on tap at the flying saucer.
Pours a deep blackish red with a thin kakhi colored head.
Smells of thick caramel and biscuit malts along with huge punches of vanilla and oak sweet notes. No real hop profile evident here.
Taste smooth, chocolate notes and caramel lace the tongue. Not like a stout, more like a chocolate infused strong dark ale. Oak and vanilla character are very evident. Rich crisp finish.
Very smooth mouthfeel that saturates the tongue quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 03:57:33 | More by chaz410
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dondeez21

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Surf Taco Jackson NJ.
A:Deep, Dark, Black with a tan 1 finger thick head.
S: Hints of bourbon,oak and vanilla
T: Bourbon, Oak, Vanilla, Roasted malts with a hint of alcohol once the beer warms up.
M: Thick Chewy and stickey with a slight alcohol burn.
D: Very good beer couldnt throw down more than a 12oz pint in a sitting though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 01:30:12 | More by dondeez21
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colefsuwr

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark, and heavy define this beer. Not for the faint of heart. This will make you never want to drink a guiness again because it takes mouthfeel to a whole new level. A wonderful vanilla undertone coats your palate and faint notes of whiskey can be caught as well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 21:11:16 | More by colefsuwr
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goldbot

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a goblet. Poured a dark brown to ruby color, with one finger tan/brown head.

Smells of chocolate and dark cherry, some oak, and a moderate solvent/alcohol smell. Tastes more of the same. The solvent taste is very noticeable, but like a good bourbon, with decent alcohol warmth. The dark cherry, however, backs up the alcohol flavor quite well, creating a pretty nice balance. Nice oak flavors to back up everything else.

A great beer overall, the booziness is overpowering at first but it's like a good whiskey. I probably wouldn't drink a ton of it at once, but I'll have more if I get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2010 02:34:31 | More by goldbot
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear black with ruby highlights all around the glass. A decent looking pour. Plenty of ecru head atop the body. The aroma is sweet bourbon oak along with plenty of malt. The flavors burst on the tongue with coconut quite strong from the bourbon barrels. The oak quality really stands out. Though this is classified an American strong Ale, I would call it a Bourbon Stout without the body. Tons of vanilla and bourbon characteristics are omnipresent. This is one awesome tasting beer. The mouthfeel is lighter than most, but the abv of 10% probably lightens it up a bit. The only thing that would improve with this is possibly a fuller mouthfeel, but I could care less since it is so amazing in the flavor department. If you like the taste of anything oaked, you will love this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2009 12:59:38 | More by rtratzlaff
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a very dark, almost black with a small head and nice lacing observed.
smelled of oak, vanilla and alcohol. Hints of bourbon came to mind as took a good wiff!
taste was of oak, bourbon, vanilla and malts.
warming the insides as i quaffed this one.
very unusual beer...good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 21:05:33 | More by dmamiano
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koopa

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage served during the Black Friday event at Capone's.

Appearance: pours a dark black with garnet corners and a minimal off white crown that exhibits a touch of retention and lace.

Smell: Roast malt, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, oak, and creme. I'm not noticing any booze presence so perhaps the 2 years of aging made that difference.

Taste: While the flavors aren't as vibrant as when consumed fresh, everything has melded well into a delicious brew. Oak and chocolate up front.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with little carbonation. Feels a bit slick with a touch of chewiness.

Drinkability: The abv is the only thing holding this one back from scoring higher in the drinkability department. The flavors are well melded.

Not fantastic, but I enjoyed this 07' vintage more than fresh samplings.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2009 22:07:29 | More by koopa
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 2,898 ratings.