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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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3,308 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,308
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 waltonc


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
Photo of Elfastball7

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

04-09-2013 10:06:14 | More by Elfastball7
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Holland Dragon's Milk (Oak Barrels)
22oz brown bottle

A: poured into a snifter. Dragon's Milk pours a very intense mahogany color that is practically pitch black. Very minimal tan head with, with practically no retention. Faint lacing if it is even that much.

S: Sweet roasted malts, with a lot of sweet cherries. Some serious alcohol aromas in the nose as well. I am pulling some hints of toasted coconut.

T: Some serious roasted malts, with some hints of coffee, toffee and some lactos. I am getting some coconut and cherries from the barrels, along with some serious oak. The fruits are right up front, then the roasted malts come through.

M: surprisingly, very smooth and creamy. Medium body which was shocking, since I expected something a little more dark. Good carbonation.

D: Wow! Such an amazing beer, with a great mouthfeel. This is a beer anyone should try, especially if you enjoy barrel-aged beers. I really enjoyed this brew at noon after just waking up.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 17:59:19 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of dtivp


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown, near black, no head a very little lacing.

Aroma of dark chocolate, oak and hints of vanilla.

Taste of roasted malt, bitter dark coffee followed by a slight dark fruit sweetness, vanilla and a hint of alcohol.

Mouth Feel was light leaning medium body, low carbonation, balanced, a little thin with a slight alcohol warming.

Overall it is a nice flavored stout, needs a little more thickness would make this a top notch stout.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 22:46:56 | More by dtivp
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

05-20-2014 00:44:21 | More by JLapadura
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nittanybeerfan for bringing this out last night. I have heard a lot about this one and am glad I finally got to try it. Poured into two tulip glasses.

This is an interesting style of beer. It is not big enough for a RIS, yet too big for a Porter. Strong Ale, eh I suppose.

A: Pours a dark brown, but by no means black. Noticeable edges of brown and maroon show when held to the light. Pours with a one finger, fluffy khaki head that fizzles out into a thin ring of foam.

S: The smell is rather light, but has great complexity nonetheless. The bourbon comes to the forefront and is accompanied by some nice cocoa nibs. Other noticeable aromas are chocolate, molasses, and sweet caramel.

T: Just fantastic. The bourbon comes right to the front and shows its presence. The bourbon is light though, which I like, it is not overpowering. This allows the sweet caramel, chocolate, and slightly bitter roast to come through on the finish. Overall, the taste is on the lighter side, but the complexity does not lack.

Overall, this was a great bourbon beer. I would have preferred it to be a little richer, but because it was light, I finished my glass in no time.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 16:33:41 | More by treyrab
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New York

4/5  rDev +1%

06-07-2014 21:38:56 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
Photo of phisig137


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Santa DeeJayDan for this one

Pours a deep black, only letting a bit of brown light through around the edges. One finger head has excellent retention, and eventually falls into a thick creamy blanket of foam on top of the glass, leaving behind abundant creamy lacing. Looks fantastic.

Aroma is mostly dominated by oak and vanilla tones, but not in a harsh or overbearing way. Roasted malts also find thier way through,as well as biscuits and a hint of alcohol.

Flavor is very nice. Light roasted malt presence, with a strong vanilla barrle flavor that integrates beautifully with the beer. A bit more of a baltic porter or stout than a strong ale... but hey, it's pretty fantastic whatever you call it. The finish is almost devoid of hops, but is slightly sweet, lingering and pleasant. You want another sip, but instead you can sit and contemplate the flavor. Well balanced, and not overly oak-ey, like some barrel beers can be. Mouthfeel is just a little thin for me, but is quite creamy, and smooth. Drinkbability is good considering the 9.0% ABV.

This is my first beer from New Holland, and I am very impressed. I now wish that this was a regulalry seen item around VA. Either way, I'd recommend this beer, and would buy it constantly in the winter, given the ability to do so. Thanks again DeeJayDan!!! This one is a winner!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2006 01:20:14 | More by phisig137
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

11-01-2013 01:18:58 | More by kjrod20
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

04-28-2012 21:01:59 | More by CB2maltygoodness
Photo of tourdot


4/5  rDev +1%

03-04-2012 02:42:58 | More by tourdot
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4/5  rDev +1%

03-25-2014 23:53:55 | More by DavidHume
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4/5  rDev +1%

07-14-2014 22:42:32 | More by _morandi_
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-15-2013 01:32:11 | More by Blaze5445
Photo of GreenWBush


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tasty little treat I found a local martini bar (?) for the deliciously fair price of $3.50.

This beer reeks of oak. Honestly, its like drinking dark, liquified tree. Not that is totally a bad thing, but there's something about this one that I find a bit one-dimensional.

The presentation is purty, the mouthfeel and drinkability are actually quite good. But this is not at all worth the money they are charging at local bottle shops for its lack of substance. That said, the alcohol is wickedly hidden. I had no idea (until the hangover) that this was a 10% beer.

Think Guinness on flavor (and alcohol) steroids ... add a heavy dosage of oak and there you go. Tasty ... but nothing i'll go for again.

All things considered, this is a perfect conversion beer for those that think Guinness is the lead dog of "dark" beers!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 19:49:42 | More by GreenWBush
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

05-01-2014 22:39:46 | More by amalburg
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle purchased a couple weeks ago. Silk screened label, no date. Poured into an imperial pint.

A -- Deep and dark black color, nearly opaque, with ruby highlights peeking through. Thick and dense, tan colored head.

S -- Caramel up front, vanilla, spicy alcohol, clay earthiness, dark fruit characters. Enticing.

T -- Sweet caramel and vanilla up front, blends into a spicy alcohol reminiscent of whiskey. Dark fruit characters throughout and at the finish. Some fleeting licorice flavors too. Same earthy character from the nose, a character I often get in aged ales. Finishes quite dry in contrast to the sweetness up front.

B -- Full bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel.

D -- Drinkability is very good. Flavor complexities keep you going back for more. No harsh alcohol to ruin the sampling -- and at 10%, that's surprising.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 22:30:19 | More by steveh
Photo of nhindian


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottle provided by and split with russwbeck, thanks Russ!

A - The deepest brown you can get without being black slowly slips out of the bottle, filling the glass until 2.5-fingers worth of creamy, tan head cap the pour. Head has pretty low retention, but some moderate lacing makes up for it.

S - The smell is complex for this. Getting a lot of wood, vanilla, slight bourbon traces from the oak, as well as the chocolate and coffee familiar in this style of beer. Some caramel. Alcohol is noticeably apparent.

T - Taste is surprisingly more sweet than anticipated, before transitioning into a smooth then bitter finish filled with chocolate, vanilla, slight smoke and bourbon, and a bit of a tannic component as well in the finish. The sweetness upfront mixed with the bourbon notes harken me back to Backwoods Bastard. Alcohol makes a strong appearance throughout.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy and full-bodied. What I really liked about this beer is it's well-blended and smooth. Very easy drinking and flavorful.

D - Drinkability is moderate. It's a well-flavored beer, but it's a heavy hitter for sure. I'm glad I split this bottle as it would've been tough to get through the whole bomber. As of now, it's a pretty hot beer, so hopefully some time in the cellar could mellow it a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 06:05:12 | More by nhindian
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-13-2012 23:09:44 | More by C2H5
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4/5  rDev +1%

09-04-2013 05:50:09 | More by xdtfx
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-16-2013 13:54:23 | More by nitter
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-07-2013 20:33:56 | More by target88
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1%

03-25-2014 03:52:29 | More by brpendergast85
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New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an standard tumbler. Color was a almost completely opaque black, with a thin light brown head. A few occasional bits of carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma was a slightly smokey acidic, almost reminded me of a smoked meat. Very small bit of sweetness in the very back of the smell. Flavor was mellow and sweet. A bit of brown sugar sweet upfront, finished with some lactose sweet. Neither was overpowering sickly sweet, but it has small bit of additional flavor beyond just the sweet. Felt great in the mouth. A hint of carbonation, with good chew, and plenty of mouth coating. Overall I felt the aroma to be a bit offputting, keeping it from ranking higher.

2012 Vintage 12oz

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 01:07:08 | More by mountdew1
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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