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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

3,577 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,577
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 182
Gots: 613 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Bolivian22, Jan 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

rickcrip76, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Rmbr2, Jan 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

lswilma, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Ralphs66, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Pintofbrown
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%

Had this in a snifter.

A brown sugar-colored head rises to a finger's-width. Then the creamy stuff falls to a thick ring of sheet lace with just enough to cover the cap. The body is completely black with some carbonation columns noticed at the top sides of the glass.

The nose hits up front with bourbon and a little brown sugar, some vanilla. There are some stronger smokey notes of tobacco and leather, but so buried. The aromas are not especially strong, but enjoyable nonetheless.

The bourbon flavor is more muted, with only the slightest brush with booziness on the finish. Otherwise there are strong impressions of vanilla syrup. brown sugar, and caramel malt. The stronger roasted flavors, again smokey and leathery, are most apparent in the finish with the boozy kiss and a quick burst of fig.

Dragon's Milk is full bodied and very creamy. There is a substantial amount of stick to the flavors with the roasted and smokey notes clinging long to the back of the throat, definitely more of a woody dryness.

Dragon's Milk is a very enjoyable beer. The vanilla syrup quality on the palate is a little different at first, but the smokey and boozey finish is a very nice contrast. Add to that, the feel of this beer is great and makes it a joy to sip. Strong, but not overbearing, rich, but not cloying. This beer rides a fine line, and does it artfully.

Pintofbrown, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

sleepyteacher, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

DerrickW, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jsher1112, Jan 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

SenorEsteban, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

EndoRocks, Jan 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

DCdevyl78, Jan 15, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.7%

ChainChompsky, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

moarmare, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

surfrogue1, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

BennyThon, Jan 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Shazbott, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

projektyle, Jan 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Dshep1340, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Janis_Hoplin, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Brewsed, Jan 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

shigg85, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jubie921, Jan 10, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

2013 vintage. November 11 bottling date.

Inky black with ruby highlights at the edges. Sand-colored head dissipates quickly but leaves a nice layer on top and some moderate lacing.

Rich vanilla tones dominate the aroma with hints of boozy bourbon and cocoa.

The flavor adds nice texture to the cocoa and vanilla notes with a caramelized sugar quality similar to a creme brûlée crust. This leads to a warm bourbon booziness which then transitions to a nice charred, dark roast finish. Pretty solid but maybe not as harmonious as I'd like.

A little too carbonated and light in body I think. It seems to me a fuller body would serve this beer better.

BarwoodBonanza, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

tgraven, Jan 08, 2014
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,577 ratings.