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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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3,738 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,738
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 194
Gots: 681 | 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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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 2011 vintage.

Very dark brown, pours easily in a tulip to a 3/4 inch head that is tan colored and has good retention.

Smells sweet and boozy, with a strong note of bourbon. Lots of dark fruit--prunes and rasins--under the alcohol and oak.

Tastes quite sweet and boozy, with dark fruit flavors of raisins and prunes, bourbon, vanilla, oak, charred malt, and some milk chocolate. The alcohol is prominent even for 10%.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel, not much carbonation. But I can feel the alcohol and acidic charred malt burning my tongue--this is pretty hot and spicy.

Overall, a drinkable barrel aged beer, but very boozy and hot--even after being cellared almost a year. Definitely a sipper as too much of this will make for a bad following day.

Beerenauslese, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Holland Dragon's Milk

Poured from 22 ounce bottle into CBS snifter. Served very slightly chilled.

A) Dark brown with a reddish tint upon closer inspection. A finger of tan head, which quickly dissipated to a wispy dusting. Some alcohol legs noted as well.

S) A fairly sweet scent which consists of vanilla and a little bit of brown sugar. This is a little bit woody, and you can just pick up a bit of that cask aroma. A hint of alcohol.

T) A fair amount of roasted malt, and a good amount of vanilla flavor as well. The fact that it is barrel aged is definitely noted in the flavor, however the bourbon is not overpowering. A light alcohol tingle in the finish.

M) Medium bodied and minimal carbonation. This is smooth. I guess it could've been a little heavier, but it had a nice feel. A nice barrel aged aftertaste awaits.

O) As far as Bourbon barrel aged stouts are concerned, I have to say, I enjoyed this beer. Bourbon County Brand Stout is one of my favorite beers of all time. This isn't in that league, but it is quite good, and definitely worth a try. It's tasty, and it certainly gave me a good buzz on a work night, which I needed big time. Glad to recommend this brew....

RoamingGnome, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of JohnnyMc
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

JohnnyMc, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of azdback
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my large tulip glass. Black but only at the center. The edges get more transparent. Two fingers of light tan creamy head top this brew nicely. Lace looks like it could be sewn onto a silk nighty.

Smell...Ether. The sweet roasted malt bill comes out next, followed by chocolate and coffee...or coffee and chocolate. There really isn't any barrel coming through. Maybe a hint of vanilla, but no wood at all.

Taste is sweet roasted caramel malts. It tastes almost like a Baltic porter. Chocolate, coffee, and some tartness. I want to say there is a "red" sweetness. Very tasty beer, but not a good example of a "barrel aged" stout.

Overall very very good beer. I am really enjoying it. I guess I am just disappointed by the fact that the label says, in big letters, Barrel Aged Ale. I didn't even know it was a stout until I came to this page. But other than that, there is nothing wrong with this beer. I think this is the best freebie from my buddy McNuts. Thanks Keith! Cheers!!

EDIT: The bottle I reviewed was marked Vintage 2010. I am enjoying a 2011 bottle right now (08/18/11) that is very different from the last. I can't smell any of the alcohol like the first. The taste is much more barrel. Quite a nice difference. I am only going to change the overall score from a 4 to a 4.5 on this. This is something you should ask your Midwest trading partners to add. Note: The 2010 was a 22oz. bomber and this one is a 12oz. bottle. A little easier to get as an extra. Thanks to davesway10 for this one.

azdback, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Cubatobaco
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Cubatobaco, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

akttr, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours your typical dark chocolate black that is barely transparent. Had a nice dark brown head on it but dissipated very quickly and leaves about an average amount of lace.

S - Still a bit too cold so the aroma is a bit constricted but it mainly consists of roasted malts for the backbone in the smell and a light chocolate aroma to accompany it. Quite simple in aroma but it works.

T - It has a very nice creamy/milky flavor which I like but an alcohol flavor kicks in pretty quick. It is matched with a oak/woody taste but the sweet alcohol is more predominant. It finishes with roasted malt sugars and the aftertaste is a mix between subtle chocolate notes and wooded flavors.

M/D - Very smooth and velvety on the plate with a medium body. Low volumes of carbonation work very well with this style. The presence of alcohol make it a sipper but nothing you can't enjoy.

VaTechHopHead, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
4/5  rDev +0.5%

pwoody11, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Segelstrom
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Segelstrom, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of DerrickW
4/5  rDev +0.5%

DerrickW, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of mikefuski17
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

mikefuski17, May 31, 2014
Photo of Agold
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage poured into a duvel tulip. Pours very dark, but not pitch black. It has a medium amount of head which recedes to a ring with a thin film of bubbles on top. Pretty nice, especially considering it is 10%. The aroma is extremely oaky, with vanilla, chocolate, and a very mild dark fruit presence. The oak does a very good job complementing the rest of the beer. It does not overpower the beer, it adds to everything else the beer has to offer. The taste is very nice as well. The oak is at a very good level, and if it was just a touch less sweet, it would be perfect. Oak, coco, vanilla, roast, but all playing very well with eachother. The mouthfeel is a bit light with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, a very pleasant surprise.

Agold, May 17, 2011
Photo of appetiteforparis
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

appetiteforparis, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Kaveman
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of jriggins6
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jriggins6, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of mecmd
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

mecmd, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Artjsantos
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Artjsantos, May 10, 2013
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This brew pours very dark brown, almost black, light still shines through. the head is off-white, and very thin.

S: The smell is complex with hints of caramel, fig, vanilla, and wood. Hops aren't real present on the nose.

T: Malt and oak bless this brew with notes of vanilla, some coconut, sasparilla, fig, and a bit of cola. A slight rasin character is also present. Hops are very subtle, as it cuts through the thickness to give the beer a clean finish.

M: Medium to full bodied, almost to the point where this could be called a stout, but it lacks the roastiness to call it so. It's a viscous beer.

D: A pretty solid brew. This is one that would make a fall night by a bonfire complete. One of my favorite offerings from New Holland.

WYVYRN527, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into my pint glass.

While pouring this looks brown, but as the glass fills it looks black. When it's held into the light it looks mostly black, and light only shines through at the edges, where you get brown and ruby hints. Even an aggressive pour produced the smallest of mocha colored heads, which quickly disappeared and had no lacing.

The nose is pretty good, and very strong. I get milk chocolate, or possibly vanilla and bitter chocolate, or some combination of the two. There is a significant wood aged portion of the aroma going on here, with a nice (oak?) boubron or whiskey presence mellowing things out. To finish I get dark fruits, such as raisins and dates. Great aroma on this one.

Edit: After actually reading the bottle I realized my guess of the oak smell was right. Next time I'll look more closely...

The taste is as advertised, yet slightly more hazy, as in it's not as impressive. I get the milk chocolate and vanilla, I get the wood aged bourbon and whiskey and I (barely) get the dark fruits. But there is just something about it that doesn't allow it to mesh in the best way possible. It's possible that because the nose is so intense and the flavours are a bit muted that it only appears that they aren't mixing well, when really I just want more "oomf."

Mouthfeel is medium with an appropriately low carbonation. Overall pretty creamy and smooth, with no offensive aftertastes. Drinkability is good given the style. The booze is nicely hidden behind the complexity of the nose and the flavors. I'm pretty impressed with this brew.

Overall, this beer is pretty much what I expected. I enjoyed it a lot and would not be opposed to buying it again. A solid brew from New Holland, who I'm liking more and more these days.

Mistofminn, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of ThreeFishes
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

ThreeFishes, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of carln26
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a light amber highlight and topped by a thin tan head. The nose is very fruit forward. Dates, figs, a little sherry with a light citrus finish. He taste has a lot of wine. I hesitate to label this as a port or sherry. Really more shiraz with black cherry, toffee, vanilla, a little peppery. Light bitterness on the finish, kind of a tangerine citrus. This really hides the alcohol well. Slick and smooth mouth feel. Decent drinkability.

carln26, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of leroybrown10
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

leroybrown10, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.9/5  rDev -2%

Hopheadhiker, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of ohiobeer29
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

ohiobeer29, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4/5  rDev +0.5%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Sep 12, 2013
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,738 ratings.