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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,375 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,375
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 246
Gots: 971 | 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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Ratings: 4,375 | Reviews: 1,262 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

This one's a superb tutorial of proper drinking temperature.

Poured from a 22ouncer into a tulip glass. Straight from the beer refrigerator ~40* which was far too cold. The nose and subsequent taste was overpowered with the higher ABV and tannin/oak. The finish was a bit puckeringly sour.

After warming to 55*+ it really came alive. A whole different beer! Much more caramel, chocolate and vanilla on the nose and initial taste. All of those balanced well with the oak. I'd even say the mouthfeel became a bit more pleasing, though overall it remains light on carbonation and 'thickness'.

Overall a pleasing sipper for a style that I don't typically gravitate towards.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with chocolate hues and a thin tan head that sits atop the body with just a thin layering.

Aroma consists of roasted malt, vanilla, and oak just as advertised, as well as a developing sweetness as the beer warms.

The flavor is similar to the aroma with a much greater concentration on the oak notes, perhaps a touch of bourbon like maple sweetness, again vanilla, and more roasted malt.

Very little carbonation exists in this beer with a medium body and the traditional woodnote bite I have come to expect from this type of brew.

Considering the serious body, flavor, and abv attached to this beer, it is quite drinkable and tasty. I enjoyed this beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon
Head small (2 cm), light brown, mostly diminishing to a broken 2 mm ring
Lacing OK – small islands of small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins with a moderately sweet bourbon taste, ends with a lightly sweet lactose taste; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends with an alcohol stomach burn.
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation.

This is an average bourbon barrel stout – nothing special. Appearance is OK, aroma promises goodness that the taste doesn’t provide. Once again, the palate is the best part of this beer.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into glassware, served cool and purchased from local LCBO for about $7.50 CDN. As this is the 2014 batch ABV checks in at a statuesque 11%.

Appearance - A very dark brown, nearly black color. Half finger of tan head is poured with some frothy bubbles. Spidery lacing left behind and thin tan wisp lingers on top throughout. Also opaque.

Smell - Sweet vanilla, with a slightly nutty aroma that goes away as the beer warms. Tons and tons of bourbon. Another dose of vanilla followed by more bourbon. A bit of a woody barrel aroma thrown in at the end. Complex and inviting and there is no doubt in what this beer was aged in.

Taste - Vanilla to start, followed by oodles of bourbon. Wow. Oaky and boozy. Taste is straightforward but well executed. Alcohol is not hidden and thus a bit of a harshness to the taste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth slick and oily. Low to medium carbonation a good mouthfeel that finishes boozy and a touch harsh.

Overall - Very good BBA stout that's a little rough around the edges but comes through as a delicious beer, that can easily be enjoyed as long as you take your time. Immense bourbon flavors pretty much make sure that you sip this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of projectflam86
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown almost black color with only a tiny bit of light shining through on the sides. A decent head leaves some lace.

S- I don't think this brew was aged in bourbon barrels but there seems to be a good amount of bourbon in the nose. A touch of coffee as well.

T- Slightly sweet initially with some chocolate and coffee bean flavors coming out in the finish. A bit of bitterness and tannins from the oak.

M- Medium/full bodied with gentle carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

D- I was pleasantly surprised. This is a pretty solid brew.

Photo of richj1970
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours midnight black with one finger tan colored head with a some spotty lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a little bourbon.

T: Mix of semi-sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Some oak flavors lingering in the background. The bourbon is a bit less prominent than I would have thought.

M: Full bodied with a creamy texture. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden.

O: Solid Imperial stout, and one I would pick up whenever I'm in an area that carries it.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of yelterdow
4.6/5  rDev +15%
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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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,375 ratings.