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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

4,275 Ratings
THE BROS
86
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Ratings: 4,275
Reviews: 1,231
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 232
Gots: 891 | 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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in the Duvel tulip for maximum taste and sniffage...

Appearance- Deep, clear, caramel cola with a head that rushes to the surface and surges with tightly packed bubbles. The off-white head explodes to 2 1/2 fingers and sticks well along the inside of the glass. The soapy crown looks like the suds in a car wash bucket, with iridescent colors and good, craggy lacing.

Smell- Porter-like caramel notes, with a nose of coffee with milk & sugar. A little mocha and vanilla comes through.

Taste- Complex and smooth as all hell... soft and mellow, then exploding with oak and vanilla. Dessert in a glass. An interesting lemony citric note, a brightness like when you squeeze lemon zest into a cup of espresso. The finish is dry and tart... really good. Refreshing, like a spritzy squeeze of lemon in a dunkelweisse.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Exquisite... light and smooth on the tongue, swelling perfectly in the mouth. Effortless and ridiculously drinkable for the style, very highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap over a year ago and fell in love with the smoothness of it. As I don't have access to the beer, this is my first taste since then. 2011 vintage into Duvel tulip.

A - Maybe a half finger of tan head (slight orange in it), but really not much. Body is deep brown, almost black. Needs at least 8mm to get any light through.

S - Great bourbon and vanilla. Slight alcohol as well. Some semi-sweet chocolate.

T - Definitely get that milk flavor, but it is dominated by bourbon, alcohol, and vanilla. Again some chocolate as in the nose.

M - Not as smooth as I remember, but carbonation is better than the pour suggested and body is quite nice. Great job.

O - Great beer. The alcohol is a bit too present. Nice barrel flavors and wonderful all-around production.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of NODAK
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one, dark as night and viscous, into my glass. Pretty good head for style actually, though it went down fairly quickly.

Smell is heavy with dark, bitter chocolate...bourbon...a bit sweet (vanilla?).

Taste has quite the vanilla component to it...much more than most beers in this style. Definitely the notes of dark chocolate as well....and obviously, some bourbon, though it's a bit muted and this one doesn't come across too boozy or full of bourbon as others. Drinks pretty well for its 10 percent...and of course, the sweet vanilla doesn't hurt. Only a small twinge of bitterness at the finish....but definitely more vanilla.

This bourbon stout is a bit different than others due to its somewhat lacking bourbon taste, but reliance on the vanilla flavors. I like it!

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.36/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes 11-8-08

Eye: Unfortunately this one lacks when it comes to the eyes. Nice deep red in color when light passes through it, dark ruby, otherwise it is a very dark brown. Head is non-existant. No lacing, bad head formation to begin with. 3

Nose: First thing I notice is the hugely complex boquet of aromas going on in this beer. Deep malt profile accented by notes from the bourbon barrels that this beer was aged in. Vanilla is upfront with some hints of coconut as well. An overall soft tone permeates the beer, a nice mellow, warm oakiness. Caramel is also present, giving rise to some malt aromas that work in conjunction with the bourbon aromas. Maybe some soft chocolate tones in the background as well.

Tongue: Really cool beer. Lots of flavor going on here. First thing I got was a smack of chocolate on the tongue, then some of the bourbon notes-vanilla and some oakiness. Really nice soft toffee and caramelly flavor weaves its way in there, inbetween chocolate and bourbon flavors. I'm almost tempted to claim that there is some lactose in there, the beer has a real smooth character and has some flavors that are associated with the addition of lactose. Alcohol is well hidden. Leaves the mouth with some oaky flavors. This is a real nice complex well rounded brew. Every sip brings something new out in the flavor, right now I'm getting strong bourbon notes-the buttery, warm vanilla like flavors of bourbon are playing in my mouth giving this beer an extremely long lasting flavor. This is by far the best beer that makes use of a bourbon barrel that I've had...and yes I think that it is better than Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island, there's just so much more bourbon here.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Extremely smooth on the palate and easy to drink. Sure I don't think that I'd quaff this, its definitely a sipper...It'd be great to warm up with on a cold winter night. Body is full and heavy, creamy with a velvet like smoothness. Carbonation is at a perfect level, low so as not to interfere with the smooth body. This is one that I'll definitely recommend to anyone. This is one I can easily see myself buying again.

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4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with dark red edging, decent initial head, faces to a ring, leaving some lacaing.

Bourbon and wood in the nose.

When cool, sweet malts dominate. As it warms, oak and bourbon take over. Definitely an alcohol bite, but it complements the mix. Vanilla really melts well with the mix.

Mouthfeel super smooth, light carbonation.

This was nicely done. Unique and balanced, a little boozy but if you like that it works.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 4,275 ratings.