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

New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,895 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2895
Reviews: 1090
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 14.21%


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.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002)
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IZoot

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've heard good things so here it goes,

A-pours pitch black with a quarter inch of head which disapates quickly leaving a light tan ring around the glass, decent lacing.

S-strong bourbon oak, vanilla and roasty goodness.

T-taste doesn't exactly follow the nose, lots if booze, whiskey-esque, roasty malts, rich chocolate and subtle vanilla notes.

M-nice carbonization, finishes well but leaves something to be desired.

O-overall a quality beer, would revisit this again, I'm aging a few bottle so I'm curious how's this goes down with some age on it. Hopefully the boost aspect mellows a good bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 04:08:07 | More by IZoot
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CCalvert

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this numerous times from a 22oz growler , but only a few from tap. Tap is by far better. But I do like the feel/taste of the ale from both, and will continue drinking it. Goes down great on chilly nights.
The first impression I always get is the hint of burnt oak, which is good, not too overpowering. Next thing I noticed was the very sweet malt/caramel, and vanilla tastes. The latter being very subtle to me. The alcohol taste is next. Though for me not too strong. To me anyway, it felt just right, smooth and not forced.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 19:13:32 | More by CCalvert
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bman13

Ohio

4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A dang good beer overall! Just had it for the first time, purchased at a Giant Eagle in a 22oz bottle, purchased last month just poured April 1.

A - can you say black? Very black, no see through light with this beer. Just plain out black.. looks deep and strong with a very minimal head and good lacing.

S - sweet and divine. Almost like dark dark fudge chocolate brownies with a hint of bourbon and a lot of vanilla. Yum

T - follows the smell with more chocolate than vanilla or Bourbon. Although they are still present. Semi sweet but not overly sweet at all. Has some nice tones of vanilla and Bourbon going on here

M - heavy and not light or soapy at all. Nice and you can taste this for about 5 mins after your last drink. Nice mouth feel.

O - awesome, one of the best stouts in a long time I've tasted. Overall 4.75, near perfect . Also tastes minimally boozy for being 11% alcohol.
( this particular stout varys from batch to batch) I luckily managed to snag the 11% alcohol batch woohoo ;)

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 23:46:54 | More by bman13
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bostoneo

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained from Mustard Seed market in Fairlawn/Montrose North Eastern Ohio f or 5.99. Served in a british non-nick pint glass.

A - Deep black, almost stout/porter looking, appearpance with a very small head that faded quickly.

S - Smells of quality stout/porter with a bourbon touch, which is very light.

Taste - Small touch of bourbon again with the base of a stout/porter beer

Mouthful - Almost like water with a bourbon and stout/porter taste, great balance.

Great beer to follow up with some bourbon you've already had. Smooth, can't even notice the 9% abv thats even in it! However a bit pricey, but hey its quality beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 15:00:55 | More by bostoneo
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nelso334

Michigan

2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- A black color with ruby tints. Pleasant to the eye. Head is a nice dark froth with good retention and a nice lace left behind.

S- Smells is blast of strong oak wood. Balanced with an undertone of raisin like malts as well as a smooth vanilla somewhere far in the back. I also can tell that there is gonna be some alcohol in this one.

T- Wow, talk about a blast of oak in your mouth. Flavor is dominated by the oak aging which you taste the whole way through. Underneath is a sweet malty reminiscent of dry fruit flavors but again the oak is what dominants. The alcohol comes through in this flavor as well.

M- A typical stout if you take away the oak. Feels smooth ith a bit of bubble.

D - The oak intensity along with to much presence of alcohol makes me not want to come back for more.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 04:36:18 | More by nelso334
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AverageJay

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Not exactly a daily nor weekly brew, but one helluva good timer.

A - Draft pint came to the table looking like an innocent glass of Coke with a thin lacing of foam.

S - Whiskey all the way. If you're a bourbon fan, this is YOUR beer.

T - Since I like an occasional glass of whiskey/bourbon, this one felt great on the palate. It's as if God himself created this combination of beer and sour mash.

MF - Imagine the smoothest whiskey in the world going down with no "Jim Beam" gag reflexes.

D - Could never play with this one every day, nor every week. but it still comes in as a helluva beer that will be further reserved for special occasions.

Overall, if you don't like a glass of whiskey, stay away. If you like some nice juice on the rocks, try it out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 00:22:03 | More by AverageJay
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pbmcguire

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle labeled Vintage 2010.

A- Very black with a light brown head that fades to a ring quickly.

S- Bourbon, oak, and a little chocolate.

T- Oak, bourbon, and a little malt up front with some vanilla and semi-sweet chocolate in the middle. Slightly hot (fusel) at the end.

M- 2% milk. Pretty smooth.

D- Pretty drinkable but the oak and bourbon probably limit it to a couple. That and the 10% abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 23:24:19 | More by pbmcguire
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Boodoggy

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Lost Abbey Tulip.

Dark and inviting, miminal head after a perfect pour good lacing.

S. Oak and peat, oak is strong and up front. It is oak barrell aged and the smell is expected.

T. Wonderful oak and roasted flavor come through hops there but I get more of the malt and an earthly flavor. Alcohol is there to tingle.

M. Full and rich, this is a barrell age stout and to me it taste spot on.

D. Very good. gets better as it warm a bit. Definitely a great beer this time of year and I will be buying more.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 01:53:57 | More by Boodoggy
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plusorminus

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a deep dark brown with a thick creamy head, but that was the highlight of this beer.

S: Overpowering alchol smell with slight hints of vanilla.

T: Can taste the oak from the barrels along with the hints of vanilla can be tasted. With the strong alchol smell I would think it would overpower the taste, but it did not.

M: not bad at first but sharp tang at the end.

D: Was drinkable but could not get over the sharp tang at the end.

Overall I was not very impressed with this beer. With the 10% Alc. can get you buzzed pretty quick.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 05:11:11 | More by plusorminus
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flyboy599

Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - Chocolate, vanilla, musty oak.

A - No light is passing through this beer, very "motor oil" dark. Poured from a bottle with about a quarter finger of light caramel head which quickly vanished.

T - Oak and vanilla permeate the chocolate heavy malt character. The sweetness of the vanilla, almost caramel like, nicely counters the light bitter coffee flavor. At 10% ABV, the after-taste is only slightly of alcohol. No big burn.

M - Velvety and smooth. The carbonation, or lack of it, allows for the full smooth feel.

O - This beer ran me $17.50 for a 4 pack so the expectations were pretty high. Mostly, I felt that the beer delivered. It had the sweetness of a Wee Heavy that countered the bitter roast taste most common to a stout. The fact that it drew this sweetness from vanilla was interesting that the oak flavor lent itself nicely to the style. Given it's price it won't be one that I'd grab every time, but I'd say it's memorable enough for a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 20:56:22 | More by flyboy599
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tabooky


4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There’s 3 things you need to know about Dragon’s Milk;

1) New Holland takes a good imperial stout, black and strong yet smooth. 2) They aged it in an oak bourbon barrel which imparts a prominent oaky-vanilla-milky quality that really smooth’s out the acidic nature of the stout, down right creamy. 3) It’s like someone dumped half a shot of your favorite bourbon into it. The bourbon taste is right up front, naked and saying “hey, look over here; I’m Bourbon, check out my junk”.

This is all brought together in pseudo harmony with many layers of toasted, creamy, alcoholic notes. It has a thick mouth feel and tons of flavor you would expect from a 10%-er. Definitely a sipper. One will do. Could get gross after a while but I really enjoy this 25oz-er.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 01:38:33 | More by tabooky
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BanjinTsuki

West Virginia

4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first bourbon barrel stout left me a changed man.

I hesitate while writing this review as the Dragon's Milk is my first bourbon barrel stout brew. But I was so impressed with it I felt I must let the world know how wonderful it is. Shame on me, if a bro came along to read the reviews of Dragon's Milk to see if it is worth a quaff, and I was silent. A well tapped draft Guinness might be the best beer, but a bottle Dragon's Milk beats out a bottled Guinness, especially when you want the extra punch brought by 10% ABV. For some reason they call this a oak barrel ale, but it really feels and tastes more like a stout.

Appearance - For a dark beer lover, this is one pretty beer. Dark chocolate in color, with a nice two finger foam when presented. I was at a restaurant, so I didn't get to see it from the bottle, but the waitress poured it well. The creamy looking foam reduced quickly and didn't leave much of a lace, but I wonder if that has to do with the devil's cut of bourbon residing it its midst.

Smell - Strong roasted Oak with a nice tone of malt and a hint vanilla all blanketed in a strong whiskey overtone. Everyone seems to smell chocolate, but I've got a good sniffer and I didn't quite detect it. Not saying they're wrong, it just didn't hit me with chocolate. I wonder if a draft version has more coffee and chocolate balanced flavor.

Taste - Oak. For a once-upon-a-time saxophone player, the oak was almost heavenly. Imagine a shot of oaken-laced bourbon tamed by malt and vanilla and you've got a good idea of the taste.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated (a little too much for my liking, but not so much for a bad score) followed by a bourbon-smooth finish (the dragon's fire, I suppose) that ran to about mid throat. The carbonation lightened the body a bit and yielded a medium body feel. The bourbon kick and aroma definitely cleans the palate!

Overall - excellent. It certainly makes me want to try other bourbon barrel stouts to see how they stack up to this bar-setter. I'll be looking to see if this brew is available in my area. In fact, I'll be running out to see as soon as my wife gets home.

Your bro in brew,
Banjin Tsuki

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 16:40:11 | More by BanjinTsuki
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suburbeer

Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz with the annoying foil. Bought in Asheville, NC on vacation.

Appearance: Poured thinner than expected. Dark brown not black. Essentially no head in the wine glass I had to drink out of. slight tan bubbles around the edges

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, syrup, fig Surprisingly little malt smell

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, wood, sweetness. Dark fruit pokes through occasionally around the bourbon. Very little bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Feel: Slick, sweet stout creaminess despite pouring thin for the style.

Overall: Really hit the mark on this particular evening. Enjoyed and will keep one on hand but it takes a mood to really enjoy. unbalanced sweetness and bourbon is perfect sometimes even if the beer isn't all the time.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 16:25:34 | More by suburbeer
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se7enchurches

Georgia

2.3/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a review of later (than the previous review) bottles i have had of Dragon's Milk, purchased last week from a tiny bit further away from the brewery (Ann Arbor). The following phenomenon is consistent across three bottles worth that i have tried, pulled from at least 2 different cases (bought my own case, some from the shelf, and one from the cooler, and all three groups taste the same).

I now completely understand the disparity in reviews on this beer.

This bottle was sharp and acrid, filled the glass 95% of the way with foam as soon as I started pouring it, and bears little resemblance to the bottle that i previously reviewed.

There is a sour twist to the smell of the beer, and like i said it foams up ridiculously. It still has the good, rich brown color. Upon tasting it, the sourness is even stronger, overpowering what little remnants there are of the smooth, creamy dark ale that i loved in the earlier bottle.

I do not know exactly what causes these differences; it seemed like a bad batch but I can't really be sure. A look at some earlier BA reviews shows that at least occasionally, other people have definitely encountered this bastard cousin of the "real" Dragon's Milk over the course of the brew's existance. Much more so than can be chalked up to the normal occurance of beer going bad.

It is rather disappointing to have fallen in love with a beer that lives 5 states away, and end up nabbing a case of that beer which tastes nothing like what you liked at the brewery. New Holland needs to figure out what is causing so many "bad" bottles, and fix this issue, both in sour taste and in overcarbonation.

When this beer is good, it is one of the best i've had, but I can't really support the sour version.

Be careful with this beer, and if you get a sour tasting bottle, know that there are MUCH better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 16:06:47 | More by se7enchurches
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mopargoof

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I heard about this beer at the Blues and Brews festival in Akron last summer but by the time I got to the distributor they were just handing out the last one. I finally saw it in a store over the weekend and bought a couple. This beer is most excellent - probably moved into one of my top five faves so far. Creamy and delicious in a milky kind of way. The only mistake you can make with this beer is only leaving the store with 1.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 06:38:49 | More by mopargoof
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bevdaddy

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 into a snifter.

picked this up on a trip down to philly a couple weeks ago.

A: very dark brown, rich color. fairly opaque. while looking at it towards a light, there are some almost deep red colors.

S: definitely barrell aged. the obvious notes are chocolatey vanilla with the oak there as well.

T: very interesting and different. just like some others noted, the barrel aging is making my brain think "stout", but the taste is definitely a strong ale. a very interesting one. the alcohol is definitely there. i'm tasting chocolate, coffee and vanilla. the other taste, i can't put my finger on. not quite caramel, but something along those lines. it's nice.

M: definitely not an overly thick beer (which my brain was expecting because of the barrel aging). medium mouthfeel and carbonated just right. for a non-stout beer of this type - this is the smooth creamy mouthfeel youre looking for.

D: this is a sipper. delicious, but heavy duty. very well-crafted, but the beer is rich and there is an alcohol presence - so i'll probably stick to one bottle, and definitely enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 00:44:27 | More by bevdaddy
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gnoeou

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2010

Poured from a 12 oz Bottle into a snifter

Beer poured a deep brown, almost opaque black, with minimal head that faded back into the glass leaving no trace behind. Lacing on the glass was nonexistent.

A Smokey acidic aroma wafts from the glass that is quickly followed by a slight sugary caramel note. An oaky/bourbon aroma is in the forefront and adds to the overall enjoyability of the drink.

The taste is a sweet honey roasted maltyness followed with a slight hop bitterness for balance. A slight burn from the higher gravity leaves the tongue wanting more.

The mouthfeel was a little thinner than expected based on looks. The medium carbonation made it easy to drink.

Overall it was an enjoyably beer that I would like to come back and try after some aging. The high gravity is present the entire time that, in my opinion, would make it hard to have more than one. Definitely recommend sipping on this one for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 01:24:23 | More by gnoeou
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darkbeeronly99

Ohio

1.2/5  rDev -69.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I see quite the disparity in reviews here. I bought a 4 pack of bottles of this stuff, and after 1 beer all I can say is - yuck. My favorite beers are OldRasputin, Bell's Expedition,Weyerbacher15 and Brooklyn Black Choc Stout - so I love dark syrupy beers - but this one was horrible. It had way too much of an alcohol/cough syrup type vibe and the combo of how sweet it was with the alcohol and I can see getting sick after a few of these. Almost no head on the pour and after a minute, there was no head at all and the beer comes off as 'flat'. Avoid this one. Maybe they do have quality control issues, but they aren't getting my money on the chance I get something different.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 13:35:27 | More by darkbeeronly99
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mdbdoc

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring the beer my mouth started to water. It pours out smooth and dark with a decent head to it. Take a sniff and it smells rich and full with a hint of sweetness. It's got a great taste that lets you know it's been in an oak barrel. This is one beer I say you all have to try at lest once.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 01:11:18 | More by mdbdoc
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MittenBeer

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - aggressive pour into a 12oz pint glass resulted in a nice milk chocolate/tan head. mostly opaque with a bit of translucence at the very edges

s - up front i got vanilla and bourbon and on the back end chocolate and coffee. quite boozy.

t - this beer tastes how it smells. the big players are vanilla and bourbon. not sure how people are not getting that it was aged in oak..that is where the main flavour is coming from. coffee and chocolate abounds on the back end with a little hint of dark fruit. very boozy finish..like I'm drinking bourbon.

m - a lot of people are calling this a stout. it's not. it's a strong ale, so don't expect the chewy, thick mouthfeel of a stout. It's thinner on the palate than it looks. strong ale made with dark malts, folks. not a stout!

o - i'd drink this again. ideally on tap with a steak. it's also a good after dinner/dessert beer. I could see myself sipping on one for 3-4 hours after a big meal. becomes better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 14:45:11 | More by MittenBeer
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Dizzle32

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heard a lot about this beer so I thought I would give it a go. Overall this beer has a great good oaky aroma. I poured into a goblet to enjoy. A dark pour with nice lacing. First sip was very warm. A nice flavor but the alcohol is the overwhelming characteristic. If you do not mind a truly warming beer this might be for you. I would drink it again but only on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 02:01:11 | More by Dizzle32
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Emunselle


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Due to the fact that I am drinking Dragon's Milk with some dark chocolate as I am writing this, I can be more in depth with this review.

Appearance: Its Dark! Barely can see light through it. Looks lightly carbonated. I poured it gently out of the bottle so I don't know what kind of head it may produce but I would assume a very thick head.

Smell: Sweet and malty.

Taste: Kinda Barley-wine like. Sweeter than a typical dark ale. I dig it. Leaves no bitter after taste. In fact it leave a very pleasant after taste.

Mouth Feel: Rather thick. The name implies a thicker feel and that's exactly what you get. But not like you have to chew it.

Seeing how I like thick beer in the right style and flavor, this one will routinely stock my shelf whenever I do my beer runs.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 17:18:06 | More by Emunselle
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Holmgrown


4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very very dark

S: bourbon, oak, coffee

T: oak, bourbon, and hint of coffee.

O: this is a beer that takes a few sips to get used to. Once it warms up a bit it's flavors really come out. I really enjoyed this beer. Let the beer warm up a bit after pouring it...then enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 23:38:41 | More by Holmgrown
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TommyWalt

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange-black, quickly dissipating head.

S: Strong coffee, booze.

T: Pronounced bourbon, vanilla, significantly hot.

M: Medium body, just enough carbonation.

O: A good sipping beer, demanding but not difficult, would pair with dark chocolate.

Musical pairing: High on Fire's "Rumors of War."

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 08:33:12 | More by TommyWalt
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RyanWilliamShields


4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love strong brew. I love stouts. With that said Dragons Milk from New Holland is one of the best that fits into both of those categories. It starts malty and strong, then bites so good! It has a dry mocha finish. A great bomber pick up on a cold night! Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2013 19:14:43 | More by RyanWilliamShields
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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