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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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very good

3,752 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,752
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 195
Gots: 684 | FT: 38
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

TooGood, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of BakerBeer13
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

BakerBeer13, Apr 02, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +3.5%

rkarimi, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of bman13
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A dang good beer overall! Just had it for the first time, purchased at a Giant Eagle in a 22oz bottle, purchased last month just poured April 1.

A - can you say black? Very black, no see through light with this beer. Just plain out black.. looks deep and strong with a very minimal head and good lacing.

S - sweet and divine. Almost like dark dark fudge chocolate brownies with a hint of bourbon and a lot of vanilla. Yum

T - follows the smell with more chocolate than vanilla or Bourbon. Although they are still present. Semi sweet but not overly sweet at all. Has some nice tones of vanilla and Bourbon going on here

M - heavy and not light or soapy at all. Nice and you can taste this for about 5 mins after your last drink. Nice mouth feel.

O - awesome, one of the best stouts in a long time I've tasted. Overall 4.75, near perfect . Also tastes minimally boozy for being 11% alcohol.
( this particular stout varys from batch to batch) I luckily managed to snag the 11% alcohol batch woohoo ;)

bman13, Apr 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

oldedog, Apr 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

jklecko2, Apr 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

NuckleDragger, Apr 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

daledeee, Apr 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

WVUbrew, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of suburbeer
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz with the annoying foil. Bought in Asheville, NC on vacation.

Appearance: Poured thinner than expected. Dark brown not black. Essentially no head in the wine glass I had to drink out of. slight tan bubbles around the edges

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, syrup, fig Surprisingly little malt smell

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, wood, sweetness. Dark fruit pokes through occasionally around the bourbon. Very little bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Feel: Slick, sweet stout creaminess despite pouring thin for the style.

Overall: Really hit the mark on this particular evening. Enjoyed and will keep one on hand but it takes a mood to really enjoy. unbalanced sweetness and bourbon is perfect sometimes even if the beer isn't all the time.

suburbeer, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jampics2, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Balvenie, Mar 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Cloaked_Phantom, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

kdahnke123, Mar 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

NonicPanic, Mar 29, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally got New Holland in TN, heard good things. Four pack purchased at Craft Brewed. Great looking pour. Thick dark brown head, black in color. Heavy scents of bourbon, vanilla, smoke and chocolaty malt. Rich, warming flavor. The bourbon flavor is there but not overpowering. More tones of toffee, chocolate, and a vanilla after taste. Somewhat boozy, heavy bodied, thick, and sticky. Definitely lives up to the hype. A solid BBS that's a bit on the sweeter side.

mattsdenney, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

SpartyJoe, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

DaveMiller, Mar 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Juicer, Mar 27, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4-Pack purchased from Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting, PA.

A-very dark cola-colored pour. half inch tan head that quickly faded.

S-vanilla. strong bourbon notes. roasted malts. sweet.

T-huge vanilla and bourbon up front. very creamy. some coffee. chocolate as the beer warms. kind of a smoky flavor.

M-full bodied. nice carbonation. smooth and creamy. warming alcohol near the finish.

O-I don't drink a ton of stouts, but this was nice. good to sip as the night winds down. you can definitely pick up on the wood aging from the bourbon barrels. I look forward to cellaring a couple of these and trying again somewhere down the road.

Zetcha7x, Mar 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Cosho, Mar 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Leiting, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of palma
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful aroma of vanilla bean, tequila, and bourbon.

Taste is big vanilla, smooth roastiness, and bourbon, raw alcohol. What you would expect from a barrel aged stout although relatively a little sweeter than others.

I would have liked to see a little more thickness in the feel.

Overall, an excellent tasting bourbon barrel aged double, though a little too boozy and thinner on the mouthfeel.

palma, Mar 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

DavidHume, Mar 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

MidwestBA, Mar 25, 2014
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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