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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,364 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,364
Reviews: 1,258
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 244
Gots: 963 | 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:
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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Photo of neenerzig
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap 2 days ago at La Cav Du Vin. Shortly after I got mine, my friend Passow (imaguitargod) killed the keg! Drawn into a goblet. This beer is a dark brown color. Tan head maybe 1/4 inch when first drawn into the glass. Settles fairly quickly to a thin surface layer with a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Sweet malty aromas of chocolate, some coffee and perhaps a bit of vanilla or dark fruit of some type is present here. The taste is also sweet, sort of biscuity and malty with all the aforementioned chocolate, vanilla, and coffee flavors. Very little to no hop bitterness here. Definitely the least hoppy beer of this style I have ever had. This beer reminded me of a lot of milk/sweet stouts I have had. has a crisp, frothy, and full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Excellent drinkability! A great beer! Too bad it is all tapped out, at least for now, at La Cav Du Vin.

Eric

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Deep, impenetrable brown. The slimmest margin of khaki head on the pour that quickly ran to the walls of the glass.

Smell -- Oak, vanilla, toffee, cocoa powder, faint smoke and charcoal. Overall, sweet and rich.

Taste - Oak, chocolate chip cookie dough, toast, alcohol presence, some charcoal in the finish. Lingering flavor of oak and vanilla extract.

Mouthfeel -- On the heavy side of medium-bodied, but not motor oil either. Carbonation is moderate, perhaps a little heavy for the style. Sharp alcohol bite in the finish. Warmth in the throat is noticed almost immediately.

Drinkability -- Very rich. Perhaps it's the vanilla paired with the chocolate malt and the strong oakiness, but this came off as quite sweet to me (see: chocolate chip cookie dough); more charred and acrid notes would've done well to balance the flavor.

If you've never had a barrel-aged beer and are interested to see what the fuss is about, this is probably a good place to start.

Photo of RMoeNay
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Winter
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours near black in color with garnet highlights near the bottom of the pint. Creamy brown head flattens to the surface of the body. A quick swirl revives it. Aroma consists of milk chocolate, roasted malt, barley and cream. As the ale warms a vanilla-like sweetness and just a hint of alcohol can be detected. Lovely full-bodied mouthfeel that's velvety smooth. Initial flavors consists of chocolate, rich malt and grain (barley). A slight hop bitterness cracks near the back of the tongue and breaks up the sweetness. The finish has hints of oak, vanilla and a ghost-like milk chocolate taste.

The alcohol is undetectable and Dragon's Milk is unbelievably smooth and drinkable for its 10% abv. Flavors from the oak aging are not quite as complex as I expected. I thought there'd be a greater presence of bourbon in the flavor profile, but I didn't pick up on that. Nonetheless, this is an awesome brew.

Photo of marburg
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ignoring for a moment the style of beer to which this brew supposedly belongs, isn't this something else? Quite a trip if I may say.

Dark, translucent body with a big, bubbly brown head that dissipates very quickly. Vanilla bean, cream, and roasted grains envelope the nose. Fascinating. Perhaps the most bizarre taste/mouthfeel combination I've run across in a long time. Smooth and light bodied. Reminds me of flavored skim milk in many respects, so I suppose the name is appropriate. Very lightly roasted grains finish it off but are not to be outdone by woodchips, raw earth, vanilla extract, and a teaspoon of chocolate syrup.

Interesting stuff. Very, very drinkable for something with a 10% abv.

Photo of MikeWard
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. 2013 vintage.

Poured what appeared to be inky black, but when held up to the lamp, some reddish and burgundy tones. 1 + finger of thick oatmeal colored head. Did disspiate somewhat, but retained as an at least covering all the way down. Not agreat deal of lacing.

Aroma was mostly of vanilla and bourbon, neither particularly strong, with a faint chocolate mixed in. Very appealing.

This tastes excellent. The bourbon is ever present, but not overwhelming. The vanilla gives a delicious sweetness. This beer is perfectly balanced.

Mouth is full, and rolls around the tongue, which definitely savors the flavor. Although you get the bourbon, it is extremely drinkable for a 10.0abv, but must be respected with some restraint.

Have had this beer several times, and it's always a great choice. This was the beer that turned me around on BBA stouts, as first tries from other breweries were very bourbon heavy. This one acchieves a wonderful balance. Thoroughly reccomend it.

Photo of Denzo
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of korguy123
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A- Pitch black pour with a half finger light beige head. Lacing is spotty.

S- Slight oak with a touch of bourbon in the mix. Slightly sweet with chocolate, vanilla and molasses. Roasted malt, slight char with a subtle coffee finish.

T- Chocolate, medium roasted coffee, vanilla and a nice, sweet warm bourbon presence. Molasses, brown sugar and licorice in the back end.

M- Medium to full bodied, slightly creamy, a little on the syrupy side.

O- I didn't know what to expect with this coming into it. I knew it was classified as an American Stout which generally to me feel a little on the thin side. This had a great feel, the bourbon added but didn't distract. Overall pleasant surprise!

Photo of ahbithwabm
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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

Near black pour with a small, quickly disappearing head. Smell is lightly toasted malts, faint hints of oak and toffee, and a bit of citric hoppiness.

Taste is roasted malt, oak, and a tiny bit of dark chocolate bitterness. A bit ashy in the aftertaste. Slightly fuller than medium bodied. This is standard fare for barrel aged stouts. Nothing to make it stand out, but definitely still very flavorful and somewhat tasty

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very Guinness-esque in the plastic cup it was served in. Good layer of foam and lacing. Very opaque and thick. Coffee-like.

Smell: Burnt vanilla and oak mixed into coffee. Very strong. I was on the fence with rating this as good or very good. Considering I've smelled similar beers before that I thought were good, and since I like this better, I boost this up a bit.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Incredibly mix here. There are different complex layers of dark fruit, coffee, and burnt vanilla with some spices. Initially I get the burnt vanilla. Then, coffee and chocolate, followed by the fruit. I also detect fine balsamic vinegar. What makes this truly special is the heavy and smoke overtones of oak bring everything together and persist throughout. Very versatile use of the oak barrel in my opinion that also creates a smoky, tingly, tobacco-like mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability: One of the finest American stouts. I'm suprised this isn't rated higher or more well known.

Photo of crowsnest
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, a deep dark color with decent head, shrinking to a swirling, snarling film, very appropriate, and not so much lacing. Aroma is full of chocolate, a creamy, woody vanilla, some bourbon or something, a little on the subtle side but quite nice. Taste is not so subtle, a potent but well infused with lots of lively chocolate, some plum, hops being minimal, malty as a bastard, bourbon tweaking the edge of my mouth into a grin. really quite nice. Mouth is creamy, smooth, very warm, nice. Overall, I'm a fan. A fan who is glad he has more of it.

Photo of Ri0
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into chalice. 2012 vintage.

A - Black with a lighter off white semi fluffy head. Fair retention and spotty lacing.

S - The nose is bourbon (held up well with age) with hints of roasted malt and chocolate, slight vanilla, marshmallow and caramel.

T - The bourbon is quite pleasant after 2 years. Roasted malt and chocolate overtones with sweet caramel and marshmallow.

M - Very light in carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

O - This beer has held up very well and I prefer it with some age on it. I usually like BB stouts fresh, but this was a bit harsh when fresh. The age mellowed it out, but kept the bourbon notes. Quite good with 2 years on it.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Nice 12oz brown pop top; abv is less than stated here...no date to be found

Appearance: Attractive dark walnut beer with garnet highlights, nice tan cap with good retention

Smell: Liquid cocoa...seriously. Wow. This is one of the most chocolatey beers I've ever smelled, it's like good, homemade hot cocoa with a hint of boozy vanilla

Taste: Not nearly as chocolatey as the aromas....Nice dark fruit, dark malts, hints of milk chocolate...the oak comes through pretty strong, but only after the beer has left your mouth. Warming. Pretty tasty overall. I'd only had this once before, and I rememeber the oak being MUCH more forceful; this is pretty good actually

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy

Drinkability: 1-2 and done

Conclusion: Tasty oak-aged ale. I'd only had this once before, a couple of years ago, and HATED it. This is much better.

Photo of NJB145
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Hootie159
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of craft_shannie
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of WVUbrew
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of beveritt
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint glass. Label is a paint on with the shape of a dragon flying around a wine barrel. No freshenss date, but listed as 19 degrees Plato and 9% ABV. Kind of hard to find this int he index, whoever entered all the New Holland beers saw fit to put New Holland in front of every beer. No kidding, huh? That's who makes it? Printed under the cap is the single word aroma.

Appearance: Pours with a 1 inch tan head. This settles into a thin coat of foam and a ring around the glass. The beer itself is almost opaque, with a mahogany tint around the edges.

Smell: Sweet cherry vanilla notes mix with an oak aroma. Slightly sweet alcohol smell.

Taste: Initial taste is of a slightly fruity, vanilla oak. Maybe cherries or plums? Finishes with a stronger oak and bourbon flavor, though the alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A good sipping beer; very complex. I wish I had a 12oz bottle and not a bomber. Not sure if it is available int he smaller sizes, but a bomber is a bit much for this hig ABV.

Photo of linnymtu
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,364 ratings.