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New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,941 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 3,941
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 211
Gots: 753 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

juliusseizure, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ChipMurray, Nov 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

MaximumYuks, Jul 08, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +9.5%

Vogt52, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Denzo, Sep 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

srgj88, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Devman171, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of scottyshades
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 batch for $3 a bottle

A: Pours a pitch black color with a small foamy khaki color cap. Retention is minimal.

S: Right off the bat you get the barrel aromas - wet wood/oak, bourbon in the nose (despite the fact that there is no bourbon), lots of vanilla, caramel, toffee.

T: The flavor is pretty interesting...its similar to BCS, but much thinner and with less bourbon/vanilla/richness. Actually pretty good. Alcohol is extremely warming (not unlike BCS), vanilla, chocolate, lots of oak, a touch of lactose, and maple syrup. Pretty complex, but not really balanced, and a little thin.

MF/D: Viscous body, smooth and creamy feel. Finish consists of vanilla and oak with a touch of bitterness/sourness.

Notes: This is like BCSs ugly cousin...a little thinner, sloppier, and less complex, but still good.

scottyshades, Sep 18, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -2%

Hopheadhiker, Sep 16, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev -1.5%

Beestin, Oct 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Blaze5445, Sep 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Filabee, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

pwoody11, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Sep 12, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours your typical dark chocolate black that is barely transparent. Had a nice dark brown head on it but dissipated very quickly and leaves about an average amount of lace.

S - Still a bit too cold so the aroma is a bit constricted but it mainly consists of roasted malts for the backbone in the smell and a light chocolate aroma to accompany it. Quite simple in aroma but it works.

T - It has a very nice creamy/milky flavor which I like but an alcohol flavor kicks in pretty quick. It is matched with a oak/woody taste but the sweet alcohol is more predominant. It finishes with roasted malt sugars and the aftertaste is a mix between subtle chocolate notes and wooded flavors.

M/D - Very smooth and velvety on the plate with a medium body. Low volumes of carbonation work very well with this style. The presence of alcohol make it a sipper but nothing you can't enjoy.

VaTechHopHead, Jan 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

xdtfx, Sep 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Benesi88, Apr 10, 2014
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meanmutt, Apr 17, 2012
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Goldfishman, Jul 06, 2014
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mecmd, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

kybeerdrinker, Jun 28, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage poured into a duvel tulip. Pours very dark, but not pitch black. It has a medium amount of head which recedes to a ring with a thin film of bubbles on top. Pretty nice, especially considering it is 10%. The aroma is extremely oaky, with vanilla, chocolate, and a very mild dark fruit presence. The oak does a very good job complementing the rest of the beer. It does not overpower the beer, it adds to everything else the beer has to offer. The taste is very nice as well. The oak is at a very good level, and if it was just a touch less sweet, it would be perfect. Oak, coco, vanilla, roast, but all playing very well with eachother. The mouthfeel is a bit light with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, a very pleasant surprise.

Agold, May 17, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

linnymtu, Mar 15, 2014
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,941 ratings.