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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

3,509 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,509
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 172
Gots: 585 | 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:
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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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Opaque black, with a brown head that tries to form but never makes it beyond a patchy cap. Eventually it settles to a thin collar.

S - Butter, caramel, and chocolate. Hint of coffee and alcohol.

T - Semi-sweet malt, followed by bittersweet chocolate, and black coffee with an astringent alcohol bite.

M - Creamy and moderately carbonated. Borderlines on full bodied.

D - A little strong for multiple glasses, and slightly unbalanced. Decent strong ale, but would've probably worked better with a few adjustments as an imperial or American double stout.

07-24-2008 06:53:21 | More by PatrickJR
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

Deep, nearly impenetrable black body with a thin patch of tan foam; little lacing left, not surprisingly. Splendid nose, flush with molasses, chocolate, caramel, moderate oak/whiskey though I expected more, and a bit of vanilla.

Same with the taste, in which molasses is most prevalent, but vanilla and chocolate and caramel intertwine in terrific fashion. As with the smell, I expected more oak in the taste. It certainly isn't Oak Aged Yeti, in which the oak is unmistakable. However, it's there and finely blended into the ale, at times potent like stout but really, and ultimately, smoother as ale. Caramel is in the taste more than I expected also. Very impressed. The mouthfeel does so much for Dragon's Milk, smooth and delicious while masking the high ABV.

Excellent stuff, yet another fine product from New Holland that I'd strongly recommend.

07-21-2008 00:20:01 | More by Gehrig
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warmstorage

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

22 ounce bottle, $8.19 at Siciliano's, Grand Rapids, MI. No dating evide, tbottle states 8.5% ABV, 10* Plato.

Appearance: deep mahogany brown, with a medium beige head that leaves disappears rapidly, leaving significant lacing.

Aroma: oak and wood evident, vanilla, some slight tangy fruit.

Taste: fruit and vanilla dominate, oak and wood in the middle and finish, some chestnuts. Finishes with distinct smoke and oaky woodiness. Tastes like dark toasted french oak.

Mouth: slightly slick, but a little thin.

Overall: pretty tasty, and something I'd gladly drink again, but not terribly complex, and a little pricey for what it delivers.

07-18-2008 03:09:58 | More by warmstorage
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

22oz bottle into snifter.

Opaque black with a thin light tan head that slowly settles to a thin bubbly rim.

Very faint roasty aromas with a little bit of brown sugar.

Mildly roasty grains, sort of like a mild porter with stronger alcohol. Not much else to the beer. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is the lingering slightly bitter malts.

This one sits in a category of its own. It's not quite like a porter but it draws similarities. It's a well rounded beer and very drinkable. Recommended.

07-12-2008 22:42:45 | More by BeerSox
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joepais

Maine

3.85/5  rDev -3%

Bottle poured into a sniffer produced a fingers worth of tan head that turned to lace on top of a black body

Aromas of chocolate and coffee filled my nose a nice oak woodiness as well

Taste the same as the nose but with slight alcohol warmth

Full bodied brew not much carbonation

I had this before I flew out of VA and I am glad I did it turned into a long flight. I finished the bomber by myself and was looking for more it's a good brew

07-10-2008 01:38:28 | More by joepais
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%

Received a midnight black brew with little head (don't know if beer or bartender) but left some spider lacings as I drank. Some wood and sweet malts came through in the smell, plus some coffee malts. A little thick and syrupy with the body, the beer contained a good oak taste with some sweetness and a little coffee malt, among other malts. The oak kind of took over and this is a good beer, but not a standout beer. ABV hidden pretty good as there is a smoothness riding through this beer, including the backbite. I'd have it again but I'm not going out of my way to seek it.

07-05-2008 23:35:31 | More by clayrock81
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tmitch75

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

22oz bomber from Sam's in Highland Park. Cool silkscreened bottle.

Deep dark brown color is almost black, with crimson highlights when backlit. Head is pretty thin but it has very good staying power.

A lot going on in the nose... chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak, cherries, and some alcohol. Very complex but well-blended.

Remarkably smooth flavor, especially considering the 8.5% ABV. No alcohol bite but tons of complexity. Chocolate and coffee dominate with light bourbon and cherry notes.

Over-medium body, very well to style and incredibly smooth.

Deceptively smooth and very drinkable. Complex, well-blended, and simply excellent.

Tasted on 6/25/08.

07-05-2008 04:21:20 | More by tmitch75
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Dansting

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Bottle. Poured a dark, purplish brown color with a nice brown head and strong lacing. Aroma was very pleasant, with a nice blend of roasted malts and oak. Mouthfeel was okay. Flavor wasn't as bold as I had expected, especially for the ABV. Hints of chocolate, oak, alcohol, toffee, and coffee. This was a nice big offering from New Holland.

06-30-2008 02:29:04 | More by Dansting
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wedge

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%

Dark reddish color with a thin, creamy tan head that's gone before the end of the glass. Dark, sticky, malty aromas...vanilla, toffee, and chocolate cake. Lots of sweet dark flavor. Brown sugar, chocolate, syrup...everything sweet. Oakiness. Full body, smooth and heavy feeling. One glass is enough for me. Good with dessert maybe.

06-23-2008 05:27:45 | More by wedge
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured a dark brown almost black with very little head. Moderate lacing clings to the 20oz. glass. The smell is very sweet. There is a definite scent of cocoa and coffee present. The 1st sip is very chocolaty. The oak presents itself very nicely by mid glass and finishes with a nice alcohol warmth. This was my first experience with New Holland but was not disappointed. I wasn't sure what to expect from either the brewery or the beer, but based on this, I'll be looking more closely at the line.

06-21-2008 23:42:41 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

A- Just able to see the light through the dark ruby/black color. Nice lacing.

S- Choc. covered cherries, fresh flour, lactose sweetness, and a bit of buttery vanilla.

T- Dark choc, dryness of oak, cherries, dry hop finish, vanilla and touch of butterscotch.

M- Low carb, velvety smooth, dry finish is nice.

D- 8.5% is well hidden, not bad. I found it similar to 1554.

06-21-2008 18:28:10 | More by Greggy
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

Had this during a blackout to help pass the time.

A: Black, as they'll be, though against a flashlight, it's more of a very deep ruby or blood red. Tan head, on the shorter side, tops things off

S: Oakiness and coffee aromas, deep toasted malts. Not as much chocolate aromas as some of the style can get, but not bad.

T: Lordy, this is a pretty big punch - especially on the first couple sips. It mellows as it goes, or my palate numbs a little. Burnt malts, a pretty intense oak flavour... maybe a little too heavy on the wood. A bit of peppery alcohol on the finish.

M + D: Full bodied, not reall quite creamy... just a bit heavy feeling. A bit intense, so it should be taken easy. I might prefer it to have some more subtle oak flavours or more complexity, but it still ends up a decent brew. Worth a try.

06-19-2008 20:55:20 | More by Proteus93
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msgraves

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -3%

Served in a snifter from Dilly Deli in Mariemont, OH.

Presented as a deep, deep reddish-brown with minimal head and mediocre lacing around the edge of the glass.

What first hit me with the aroma was the astringency/alcohol and complexity of a fine bourbon. Lots of vanilla and chocolately sweetness compounded with some oak. Plenty of bourbon character to this one.

Again the bourbon shines through but with enough malt backbone to support it. Many of the aromas are mirrored in the taste: vanilla, chocolate, malt, alcohol.

Felt a little thin in my mouth. However, the beer finished sweet and lasted a moderate amount of time.

Look forward to having this one again.

06-19-2008 06:00:11 | More by msgraves
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

A- Very dark, it looks almost black at first glance. When held up to the light, it appears dark reddish brown. There's not much in the way of head, just a small off-white ring of lace, but that's not too surprising considering the oak aging.

S- Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a hint of coffee are all apparent in the aroma. It's like dessert in a glass!

T- Rich toffee and vanilla flavors dominate the palate, with a touch of astringent roasted malt. The finish is dry and woody, with a decent amount of hop bitterness.

M- Kind of thin here; I would have preferred a little more body. Good, lively carbonation, though.

D- Really no hint of the 8.5% ABV. I wouldn't want to drink a ton of it in one sitting because of its richness, but one bottle can go down pretty quickly.

I was impressed with this beer. The oak aging was done well and added a great character. I've had other oak-aged beers that were either overpowered by the oak or were not perceptibly changed by the aging. Neither was the case with this beer. This is a very good beer to have once in a while as an after dinner treat. Recommended.

06-10-2008 23:57:46 | More by vtfan77
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tedpeer

Iowa

4/5  rDev +0.8%

22 ounce poured into a pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields a huge tan head that quickly subsided into a thin layer. Minimal lace. Almost black.

S - Toasted malt & Oak.

T - Slightly sweet upfront

M - Thick, mouthcoating. Lightly carbonated.

D - The alcohol is hidden on this one.

06-07-2008 01:54:18 | More by tedpeer
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

22-ounce bomber poured into a pint glass yields a deep dark brown body with a tinge of chestnut highlights and very little off-white foam that rests as a thin broken sheet with a big-bubbled ring. The additional pour is aggressive, hell, bombs-away-style, from some serious altitude--yet also fails to puff up the lifeless head at all, even though the beer stream was given lots of in-the-air-time between bottle and glass. I am not at all impressed as the words 'flat' and 'insipid' leap to mind as the virtually headless drink leaves only a few tiny specks of lacing.

Smells lightly of molasses with a nice tinge of oak with a roasty note lurking in the wood.

Rich malt profiles dominate the sweet flavor; there's toffee with caramel, brown sugary molasses, dark and nutty roasted barley with a pleasant bitter note and a firm dry oak backing with a lightly acidic coffee aftertaste. Despite the utter flatness in the appearance, the beer still tickles the tongue with carbonation, keeping the drinkability decent.

My hopes and expectations for this beer were high, and not met. Ho-hum. Next.

06-05-2008 23:51:29 | More by cvstrickland
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

Appearance is pretty close to black topped by a slightly tan tight head. Small with stringy + scattered lace. Aroma has a lot of milky cocoa, bready malts, light fruit that's somewhat jam-like. Taste is similar with molasses, smoother, and has a mellow carbonation. Not bad at all but alllmost too sweet for me. I decided this would make an excellent dessert beer. Texture is mellow, buttery, and perhaps milky. Drinkability suffers a little with the intense sweetness.

Not bad, but a little heavy for a anytime but during dessert beer.

05-27-2008 02:51:52 | More by tastybeer
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Riverwarrior

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Smell = Roasted malt and bourbon/oak aromas.

Taste = Sweet malts upfront, caramel, and a slight bourbon/oak rounding out the flavor. A faint hop bitterness appears at the finish. The alcohol was truly hidden.

MF = Rich, smooth, creamy, and low carbonation.

Overall, after smelling the bourbon/oak aromas, I was afraid they would ambush the flavor. This was certainly not the case. This beer was amazing. The flavors were complex yet gentle. It made for an incredible beer.

05-25-2008 18:46:37 | More by Riverwarrior
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brstilson

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -26.2%

Appearance
I tasted this ale in a room-temperature glass mug. The liquid was refrigerated. I noticed immediately the head was quite small, only about 1/4 finger or so, and it dissipated rapidly. Dragon's Milk is very dark. Darker than a brown ale but not quite as dark as a stout. Some red hues also peek their way through in the right light.

Smell
The smell consists mostly of roasted malt. I could detect no hop aroma. There are also hints of vanilla and chocolate, as well as smoke.

Taste
The taste has a strong roasted malt and vanilla flavor. Hop bitterness is present but it imparts no flavor. This beer is extremely malty--to the point of almost being unpleasant--and could have used more hops to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel
Dragon's Milk is extremely thick and syrupy. It's more like one is drinking some sort of beer concentrate mix than actual beer. It coats the mouth in slightly sticky film not unlike a warm Coca-Cola.

Drinkability
One thing is for sure, this is not a beer that most would be able to drink at a normal rate. With a consistency like that of whole milk, it will fill you up fast, being almost a meal in itself.

Overall
It could be worse, but I can't help but feel that this is a beer with an identity crisis, trying to be a belgian strong ale and an imperial stout at the same time, utterly failing at both. It certainly is an interesting experiment, but unfortunately it's following a trend that I see with many American microbrews.

Too often we have a beer like this with no subtlety, where everything is turned up to 11. Instead of making it complex and interesting, it actually makes the beer quite dull and boring. Everything is intense, so nothing stands out, like a modern music mix where all the tracks have the same volume level: loud.

I don't regret the $9 a paid for the bottle, but this definitely isn't going to make my regular drinking rotation.

05-25-2008 15:06:48 | More by brstilson
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

black with dark brown and blood red highlights. tan head is very small and fades quickly leaving minimal lace. nose and taste... pretty well balanced mix of wood, a hint of smoke, vanilla, a little dark fruit, and some herby root beeryness like sassafrass or sasparilla. medium full body with a slight boozy warming finish that is welcome in an ale of this sort. i thought it went nicely with some sausages and burgers on the grill, so i ranked it very high in the drinkability category. decent beer.

05-25-2008 00:02:29 | More by timtim
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bboven

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -23.7%

I heard so many great things about this beer.

Appearance is deep mahogany with slivers of garnet highlights, semi-opaque. The head starts small and fades to nothing after a few minutes.

Aroma is dark fruit, huge vanilla from the oak and HUGE fusel alcohol.

Big vanilla flavor from the oak hides the great malt characteristics that are dying to shine if only they weren't so overshadowed.

Mouthfeel is very slightly carbonated, enough to make it fall flat. Sticky malt characteristics finally show up here but it's just too late.

Way too much emphasis on the oak in this beer, I have two more bottles that will be cellared in the hopes of knocking some of the green off the ale. Definitely oak aging gone extreme, but with less than stellar results.

05-16-2008 03:41:44 | More by bboven
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%

New Holland Dragon's Milk (Oak Barrels)
22oz brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. Dragon's Milk pours a very intense mahogany color that is practically pitch black. Very minimal tan head with, with practically no retention. Faint lacing if it is even that much.

S: Sweet roasted malts, with a lot of sweet cherries. Some serious alcohol aromas in the nose as well. I am pulling some hints of toasted coconut.

T: Some serious roasted malts, with some hints of coffee, toffee and some lactos. I am getting some coconut and cherries from the barrels, along with some serious oak. The fruits are right up front, then the roasted malts come through.

M: surprisingly, very smooth and creamy. Medium body which was shocking, since I expected something a little more dark. Good carbonation.

D: Wow! Such an amazing beer, with a great mouthfeel. This is a beer anyone should try, especially if you enjoy barrel-aged beers. I really enjoyed this brew at noon after just waking up.

05-15-2008 17:59:19 | More by paulthebeerguru
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -3%

A: When I poured this beer from a bottle to a pint glass, it had a black color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch head and some good lacing.

S: Not exactly an overpowering aroma, but solid. Strong presence of malt, chocolate and a bit of hops.

T: When you drink this, you get a big shot of coffee, then chocolate, then roasted malt. There's also some caramel in there as well. Very tasty and pretty complex.

M: This had a fair amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. It's not quite a full-bodied beer, but not a medium-bodied, either. Something in between.

D: This is a drinkable beer. It's a little on the heavy side, but it has a solid taste and a goes down easy.

05-12-2008 13:15:42 | More by avalon07
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dnichols

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

My ex-father in law was born in Holland, MI. For years I associated Holland with the conservative Dutch Reformers who frown on beer (and all alcohol). Now comes this brew which I shared with friends who came home to help repair my ailing computer.

A: It poured a dark black body that when back lit was ruby red. The head was a moderate dark tan despite an aggressive pour. The head receded fast to a ring around the collar and there was a modest and diminishing lacing.

S- After resting it emitted the aroma of richly toasted malts, vanilla and caramel as well as hints of chocolate, nuts and bourbon.

T: My first impression was not all that favorable but as I got deeper into the beer my esteem grew. It had a smooth rich roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate, caramel and vanilla. The flavors of the oak added to the nutty flavors and the hops were recessive but gave the back side a touch of tang and diluted coffee. The high ABV was well hidden.

M: It had a medium creamy body with low carbonation and a warm sweet finish.

D: This beer grew on me. It is light enough to last long into the night but the high ABV would catch up with me and cause an early end to the night. My respect for Holland, MI was reestablished by this nice solid brew.

05-09-2008 23:19:12 | More by dnichols
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birchstick

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

This poured a very dark with a minimal head. It smelled delicious, with vanilla, caramel, and cocoa scents coming through. Dragon's Milk tasted as delicious as it smelled. It started out with a vanilla and dark chocolate. The aftertaste consisted of the burnt oak that was advertised, with a hint of bourbon. All in all, this was delicious. It was sweeter than I was expecting and all of the flavors mixed very well to create a very enjoyable tasting experience, however it is not one that I can drink in large quantities.

05-09-2008 03:22:05 | More by birchstick
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,509 ratings.