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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

3,229 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,229
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 150
Gots: 466 | FT: 30
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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Natural510

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2010 vintage.

Deep, dark brown-black, a bit flaccid in the foam/lace department until shaken in the bottle and poured.
Scent is vanilla-heavy and fairly sweet with a hit of musty oak.
Flavor is very sweet with vanilla and malt; notes of whiskey and wood. Moderate booziness which is apparent but blends well and does not overreach.
Somewhat thin in body, though in all fairness this is not intended to be an imperial stout.
The flavor (and milkiness+strength) illicits comparisons to a 'foreign-extra' stout. As such carries a similar flavor profile, with the oak contributing to the necessary dryness, but weaker in body and subtlety. On its own, not bad if you like your stouts sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 14:25:03 | More by Natural510
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steveh

Illinois

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
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bschinelli

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-20-2011 19:26:28 | More by bschinelli
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

02-24-2014 15:24:47 | More by drdiesel9483
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

~ 22 oz bottle chilled served into a tulip glass

Pours a very dark brown/ruby color with very little tan head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Very little light gets through.

vanilla caramel on the nose along with some dry oak & alcohol phenols

Dry plums along with caramel & some dark baker's chocolate comes through prior to the swallow. Bourbon flavors come through a bit...a bit of burn on the swallow.

Very little carbonation throughout with a fairly dry, but chewy body.

Solid brew. Pretty easy to drink, but I"m sure the 9% will catch up with me quickly! ;)

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 01:24:15 | More by Fish113d
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: the pour put forth a surprisingly lighter body, or lighter than I was expecting. The name made me think of a heavier beer for some reason. In any event deep browns and heavy reds were everywhere, maybe a hint of plum color in the mix as well. A soft ring of foam is floating around the perimeter of my snifter and no lacing is present

S: big and rich caramel smells, coffee, dark fruits, and light vanilla and roasted malt wafts. The smells are faint and average in some regards, however a few bonuses exist for the senses

T: my mouth is processing a very tasty beer. Dry cocoa powder, a faint hit of coffee, and a slap of licorice. The body houses a good bit of roasted chunkiness and I find sweet molasses making its way in amongst the plethora of flavors. This beer is fairly complex. What I find most intriguing is the crushed vanilla bean blast that infuses its way in every sip, with just the right profile I might add, this also coincides with barrel oak aged character. Not a bad sipper and warming temps give the flavors a boost in character. Good stuff going on

M: as when poured, it's a bit light and the mouthfeel is roughly the same. It is very smooth and very drinkable. I would prefer a thicker body with these flavors. The body lies in the medium category and exhibits a good feel.

D: as far as the centipoise measurement goes it's a bit thin for my taste. However, the flavors are a nice experience. A solid effort from New Holland and a sure place in the fridge when the chance allows. The lighter body makes drinking a piece of cake and where is the alcohol? A tasty liquid overload

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 19:50:11 | More by Magpie14
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CreightonSM

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

05-22-2013 02:42:47 | More by CreightonSM
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NumberNone

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1%

06-16-2014 13:50:29 | More by NumberNone
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Blaze5445

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-15-2013 01:32:11 | More by Blaze5445
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oldedog

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1%

04-01-2014 21:30:32 | More by oldedog
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-10-2012 23:50:09 | More by Peyton5410
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler. Despite an agressive pour, thin off white head... no retention or lacing. Pretty much black in color... faint light shines through when held up to the light, making the beer appear to be a dark ruby color

S- Faint aroma of alcohol, molasses, raisin, dark fruits... almost has a 'wood' smell

T- Tastes like dark fruits, molasses, raisin... faint alcohol taste. Pretty smooth. Much better tasting/flavorful then the weak smell leads you to believe

M- Somewhat watery, medium bodied despite the dark heavy appearance... very little carbonation

D- Nice flavor + High ABV= somewhat drinkable. I don't think I'd ever go out and buy a whole case, but I'd drink a few out at the bar

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 00:08:05 | More by bbeane
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emwild12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

04-04-2014 23:52:27 | More by emwild12
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

04-28-2012 21:01:59 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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nitter

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-16-2013 13:54:23 | More by nitter
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spw109

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-19-2014 02:14:50 | More by spw109
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themind

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.2%

08-09-2013 03:58:35 | More by themind
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -62.1%

01-06-2012 03:07:20 | More by Mark5252
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falconxman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-04-2012 23:11:11 | More by falconxman
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MrDave

California

4/5  rDev +1%

11-11-2013 16:22:42 | More by MrDave
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moarmare

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1%

01-14-2014 13:19:18 | More by moarmare
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

03-06-2014 21:53:28 | More by bleedsblu
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nickhiller

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Cherry Coke, Juicy Juice, Nescafe (like a stale cafe/Starbucks), multi-grain bread, lots of alcohol (nail polish remover), the cheese aisle at Whole Foods, balsamic vinaigrette without the acid.

T: Coke, vanilla, chocolate, roast/char.

M: light body, warm, burning alcohol.

O: too sweet, too thin, too carbonated. As barrel-aged stouts go, this one is lacking body and is out of whack with the high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:41:18 | More by nickhiller
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at Penguin's practice facility in Canonsburg, PA. Served in a standard pint glass pretty cold. Little head and looks dark & opaque. Don't blame this on the brewery; just going with how this was served to me.

Smells pretty good. Nice oak, bourbon and vanilla notes. Some detectable alcohol notes from the bourbon. Tastes great- love the vanilla & bourbon character. Sweet tasting- guessing some lactose in here. Nice lingering sweet bourbon & honey-like sweetness. Mouthfeel seems like an issue to me. Feels light. Needs more body and more mouthfeel. The perceived alcohol seems hidden but I know it's there.

Overall, glad to have finally tried. A solid dark oaked bourbon beer. Needs a little fine tuning though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 02:07:47 | More by jwhancher
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bconsidine

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1%

06-03-2013 14:08:43 | More by bconsidine
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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