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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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3,475 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,475
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 166
Gots: 568 | FT: 36
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 Skidz


3.93/5  rDev -1%

Pours out dark brown and sits nearly jet black with bits of crimson showing through the sides. Nice sized brown head fades quickly to the sides, leaving litte on the surface.

Smells of roasted grains, quite malty. Some fruity esters show through, namely pears. Light hints of cocoa powder. Wooden sides and lightly nutty.

Tastes faintly sweet up front, good malt structure. Roastedness come out quite well and is balanced by a good amount of hop bitterness. Dry, wooden tones push in from the sides and from which seeps out a delicate warmth of alcohol. Flavors of dates, old raisins and chocolate syrup accumulate between the grainy flavors. Finish is dry and holds onto a spicy hop bitterness and lingering malty sweetness.

Creamy and well carbonated. This beer could benefit from a smoother feel with less interference from carbonation. Body is medium-full, but puts out quite a bit. One bottle is easily consumed. Tasty all the way, a bit grainy at times, but definately has it where it counts.

12-01-2004 00:15:29 | More by Skidz
Photo of DruC4


4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-18-2012 19:29:29 | More by DruC4
Photo of SaxmanRick


4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

10-13-2012 15:08:06 | More by SaxmanRick
Photo of Pens1967


4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-16-2014 02:30:39 | More by Pens1967
Photo of zenithberwyn


3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

01-01-2013 09:08:37 | More by zenithberwyn
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin


3/5  rDev -24.4%

12-15-2013 01:37:24 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
Photo of Pintofbrown


4.19/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

01-19-2014 07:14:48 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of GeezLynn


3.73/5  rDev -6%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Black with a brown tint. Ruby color at the bottom of the glass. Sparse white patches of fine bubbles make up the head.

S: Huge oak smell along with chocolate malt and vanilla.

T: Sweet, with oak and chocolate flavors dominating. Vanilla, honey, and prune flavors are apparent to lesser degrees. Finish is medium to long and slightly astringent.

M: Mouthfeel is a little syrupy with low carbonation, well within style. Alcohol burn is quite noticeable.

This was good, but not as good as I remember it from 2-3 years ago. Appropriately named, this was the hottest beer for its Abv (8.5% on bottle) that I have had for awhile. Backing off the oak would improve this beer considerably as it overpowers most of the beer's other qualities. Will have to put some away next time I have the chance and re-review.

01-04-2010 03:32:32 | More by GeezLynn
Photo of ohtheguilt


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-04-2012 12:54:05 | More by ohtheguilt
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-26-2014 19:55:23 | More by BostonPhilly
Photo of moarmare


4/5  rDev +0.8%

01-14-2014 13:19:18 | More by moarmare
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

On tap at Trappeze. Poured into a chalice. Frothy, beige head, soapy lacing. Black body. Aroma is mild coffee, vanilla, coconut, mild malt sweetness, slight booze. Pretty nice amalgam of flavors, complex. Very easy drinking for the high abv, very. Flavors really start popping upon warming. Excellent.

10-06-2012 03:05:03 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of hellhammermario

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-27-2013 10:10:59 | More by hellhammermario
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

04-10-2014 17:04:33 | More by Benesi88
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-08-2013 19:25:24 | More by Cubatobaco
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-26-2013 09:27:44 | More by ohiobeer29
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Pours a deep dark hazy brown into a snifter with about 2 cm of head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin film of bubbles on the top. Laces all the way down the glass.

S: Smell is a complex combination of coffee, milk chocolate, and cherry.

T: Taste incorporates all of the elements of the smell, but there is a lot more going on in this beer. The last half of each sip gives you a mild taste of bourbon and warming alcohol. As the beer warms, you can really taste the effects of the oak barreling. The oaky taste also contributes hints of vanilla and butterscotch.

M: Carbonation just slightly more than a stout, and is textured with medium body. The higher ABV makes it difficult for me to believe that you could session it, but my fondness for the style, as well as Kentucky bourbon makes me think that I could have 2 or 3 for sure.

10-24-2008 01:23:52 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.63/5  rDev +16.6%

Picked up a bomber at Riley's here in Madison. Nice new silkscreened bottle.

Pours a deep black with hints of ruby highlight at the edges under a finger of khaki head. I love the smell of a good bourbon barrel aged brew and this is no different - infectious, ephemeral woody alcohol over a bed of vanilla bean, lactose and bready yeast. Flavor is sublime, mellowed bourbon, oak, vanilla extract and toffee/caramel malt. Mouthfeel is thinner than I had expected, but made for easy drinking as did the well-hidden alcohol. A fantastic barrel-aged brew here, seek it out and you shall find nirvana.

12-30-2005 00:55:51 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of EricCioe


3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

This pours very dark brown with brown highlights, not much head. On the nose there are powerful notes of alcohol, vanilla, raisins, and sugar. In the mouth the sweetness is overwhelming, hardly any roasted malt or hops to balance the sweetness. The booze heat makes for a nice long finish, though the body is too sticky for me.

Overall, this is probably a bit too sweet and the bourbon doesn't really integrate all that well. Also I'm not convinced this is a stout, more like an imperial brown or old ale.

04-15-2012 20:09:06 | More by EricCioe
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2.5/5  rDev -37%

10-18-2012 05:32:36 | More by Envelopes
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-23-2014 05:15:31 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

03-05-2014 20:36:16 | More by TubaDan
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West Virginia

2.15/5  rDev -45.8%

22oz brown bomber with a cool white silk screen label with a dragon and barrel on it. Severed into a nonic glass. Very deep mahogany color with some rudy red highlights showing through with a tan creamy head with fair retentionleaving bits of webby lacing down the glass

Very earthy aromas with some woody boubon heat comming through and deep burnt carmell notes as well.

Lots of clean barrel wood tastes upfront with sweet vanallia candied carmell,not as boozy as the aroma would indicate.Smoother than anticipated,lacks complexity has clean sharp bitterness with a citrusy edge. Lacking carbonation with a syrupy edge that i'm not too fond of. Leaves bitter chocolate lingering with sone slight soured tartness. Not harsh,just not real pleasurable. Not a beer that i would drink again,but not repulsive either. Kind of boring,had a hard time finishing the entire bottle,the first half went down twice as easy as the last half.

10-13-2008 02:17:44 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of rkarimi


4.02/5  rDev +1.3%

04-02-2014 03:57:40 | More by rkarimi
Photo of Alpar


3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

07-16-2014 03:08:38 | More by Alpar
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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