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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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3,305 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,305
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 156
Gots: 483 | FT: 32
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 ChadQuest


3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours Black with a off white head. pour looks thin, but probally just because i expected this to be a stout like the upper right hand of the bottle says: "An intriguing stout with soft, rich malt character...". Honestly i'm not getting a big wave of aroma from this one,just a bit of oak, but my nose has been off with the changing of seasons so lets give this one the benefit of the doubt. The flavor however does have quite a Oak'd presence, with the obligitory vanilla notes. This one has alot of sweetness to it, and i would like to see more roasted malt to bring it a bit back into the balanced zone, but i can't say it hits the cloying sweet zone yet. This one tastes like a bigger beer then it is, for only having 8.5% it doesn't hide it, but i personally like that slight hotness, i enjoy the complexity it adds. The mouthfeel is very creamy, with a moderate amount of carbination that works.

Buy a 12oz bottle to try, not a 22oz. Solid beer but i think it should be a 4-pack $10 beer that you pick up to take to a hangout, not a single bottle that you buy expecting to be blown away.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 05:18:39 | More by ChadQuest
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Good brownish head, 1 finger that faded fast. Black/brown body, red when held up to the light. Ok lacing, but no visible active carb. Very complex looking.

S: Carmelly, malty sweet. I was at a fire so it was hard to smell, but I did get a bit of alcohol.

T: Smokey malt, but not roasted. Roasted in the aftertaste. No booze, or not much. Taste sort of fades away, but there are hints of vanilla and herbs.

M: Thinnish for what it is, but good. With this flavor, too much density could be overwhelming.

D: Good, could maybe drink two bombers and would be done for the night.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 13:57:37 | More by mdwalsh
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4/5  rDev +1%

12-25-2013 23:48:13 | More by Dank26
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

04-05-2014 17:03:59 | More by Filabee
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

03-23-2013 22:49:48 | More by emottram
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3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

A- Dark brown...almost black and nearly opaque, save the ruby highlights. Pours with just a weak smattering of bubbles, which becomes but a thin ring of bubbles almost instantly. The pour has me anticipating a "thin" feeling beer.

S- Sweet milk chocolate. Subdued notes of coffee and oaky/vanilla seep through, with a touch of booze.

T- Coffee and dark chocolate notes....fairly bold oak flavor, a bit of brown sugary/dark fruit, and a fairly substantial booziness on the finish.

M- Moderately low carbonation, with a surprisingly medium-thin feel. Just too light feeling for an imperial stout. I'm wondering if those describing this as "thick" had the same beer as me...

O- Decent. Fairly light and easy drinking for a boozy 10%'er, if that makes any sense.

Future outlook: This beer is interesting, but just fails to deliver the IS qualities that one would expect from it (and not nearly "robust," as the inside of the cap boasted). Not a "bad" beer, but not worthy of repeat business.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 03:34:12 | More by DoctorDog
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

09-28-2013 21:09:34 | More by EB1
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

04-02-2014 03:57:40 | More by rkarimi
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a dark reddish brown with a quickly dissipating head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, also a bit fruity. A bit of hops come out in the aroma as it warms. More chocolate in the flavor. Medium to full bodied. Vanilla flavors from the oak. I really got the flavor of a good English toffee from this beer. Fairly long finish with more vanilla notes from the oak. Very easy drinking for 9%.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 20:39:57 | More by homebrewhawk
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4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Formed paper thin eggshell head that left no signs of it's quick existence behind after a few seconds. The body is thick and solid looking..dark brown...only allowing light in at the edges when help up.

Very complex aromas...heavy cream, vanilla beans and a nutty/coffee like aroma. Reminiscent of Bailey's Irish Cream actually...

Wow...the taste is just as complex as the nose. Sweet and malty up front followed by a combination of molasses and vanilla. Finishes with a nice, oaky, warming alcohol burn. Please note: the flavors change as the beer comes to temperature. The alcohol calms down and the flavors intensify.

Mouth feel is medium to thick (on the thicker side), oily with no carbonation.

What a great after dinner beer. Should be sipped not gulped. Takes some getting used to, but once acclimated, a very nice, unique brew. Will keep a few around for sure!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 20:01:47 | More by mgbickel
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3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with a nice tan head.
The lace is sticky tan and remains

The aroma is sweet notes of vanilla caramel and oak very nice.

The taste is mostly alcohol and oak. I wish I had let it age but it was the only bottle I bought on a trip across the country. Its a an ok taste but I would let it sit to dissipate the alcohol and try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 21:15:41 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of LordAdmNelson


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite good, actually-- I was expecting it to be just ok. Dark brown, moderate tan head on it. Smell is a little lower in my book than the rest of the beer, oaky/woody/boozy. Flavor though is good, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, and vanilla. Nice stout here. Body is decent, maybe a hair light, smooth though. Very drinkable big stout. Nice one.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 03:27:48 | More by LordAdmNelson
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-16-2013 23:14:01 | More by hinemk76
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, Dragon's Milk has a dark brown body with a slight red tint. A little bit of head forms at first, but quickly fades.

Sweet, oaky, wood drifts up from the glass. Caramel and other sweet malts mix in as well. Almost reminds me of a syrupy candy stored in an oak barrel. Would love to have a stronger aroma of this.

The first couple of sips pull out toffee, alcohol and oak. Vanilla comes out nicely from the barrel aging as well as some tannins. Malts are quite sweet, caramel like. Much like the smell, the flavor is warming malt candy with oak. Pretty good stuff if you like sweeter beers and a good oak presence.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side. I'd like to see a heavier body to pair with the warming alcohol and some of the harsher aspects of the wood. Carbonation is about right.

Drinkability is pretty good. A sweet beer and the ABV is somewhat noticeable, but the oak is well done. One bottle is about the perfect serving size.

Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable brew. New Holland did a really nice job with the barrel aging and brought out some nice vanilla notes from the oak. This beer is probably the closest I've come to liquid toffee. Not something I would drink all the time, but I'll probably pick up another bottle if I see it around.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 01:55:45 | More by sisuspeed
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4/5  rDev +1%

01-09-2013 19:44:16 | More by iemailjack
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

05-02-2014 03:15:41 | More by AlaskanYoung
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3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler pour for Super Bowl. No head, as dark as you can get before it's black, with hints of red, very slight hints.

Smell is decent, not as intense as other bba beers: weakened vanilla, molasses, etc., some bourbon.

Taste is similar but more complex: dark fruit, some chocolate and coffe in there. Vanilla molasses and light bourbon notes are prominent.

Feel is nice and smooth, extremely light carbonation, a sense of earthiness to it. Enjoyable beer but not in the same league as other bba stouts, re: BCBS, BN, KBS. But don't let that sway you, go ahead and try it it's good. Cheers.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2013 01:27:43 | More by rodlavers
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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a rich, cocoay, dark brown near black with a dark caramel brown two-finger head that fades to a thin collar and leaves thin bits of lace.

aroma is earthy. brown sugar, blackstrap molasses, mushrooms and booze.

taste is rich, complex, and intensely boozy. malty despite the strength and the heat. earthy, woody, oaky. tastes like mushrooms growing on wet oak soaked in cheap booze. interesting. hints of brown sugar, heavy raisin, and some clean oak.

mouth is moderately thick with ample sharp carbonation that helps prevent it from being cloyingly sweet or cloyingly hot. but it's still pretty dang sweet and hot, with a lingering funkiness that is somewhere between earth, mushrooms, and guano.

stoked to finally give this a shot again after trying it on tap a few years ago. this one just isn't that great. it might just need more time to age... I'm not certain though... it just doesn't jive for me.... but it might be the bees knees for someone else.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 04:21:45 | More by djeucalyptus
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4/5  rDev +1%

02-24-2014 15:24:47 | More by drdiesel9483
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4/5  rDev +1%

06-23-2013 00:21:43 | More by riemster
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-25-2012 23:42:58 | More by cowboy83
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-19-2014 02:14:50 | More by spw109
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see BA updated the photo for this one. Another delicious New Holland product. We had one of these over Thanksgiving after several other diverse and strong beers and thought it a tad weaker and less bold than we remembered. So I decided to try another one tonight and compare. Similar to what I remember from Thanksgiving, but this is my first beer of the night, and it's great.

A: Cola color with lacing that sticks around.

S: Love this smell. Chocolate, vanilla, oak, toffee.

T: Same smell notes are present in the taste, though as noted above, it's not as bold as I remembered. Could just be that I've been drinking a lot of strong stuff lately in comparison, because the first time I ever had this I was blown away by how sweet and powerful it seemed. in any event, the taste is nicely balanced and very rich.

M: Creamy, almost milk stouty. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D: This beer is in no danger of being poured out. Love it. It should be available in 12 oz bottles though.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 01:18:37 | More by waltonc
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4/5  rDev +1%

07-04-2014 02:51:42 | More by elec
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

05-24-2014 20:59:17 | More by benloho
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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