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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

3,342 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,342
Reviews: 1,123
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 14.11%
Wants: 160
Gots: 500 | FT: 33
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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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a rich, cocoay, dark brown near black with a dark caramel brown two-finger head that fades to a thin collar and leaves thin bits of lace.

aroma is earthy. brown sugar, blackstrap molasses, mushrooms and booze.

taste is rich, complex, and intensely boozy. malty despite the strength and the heat. earthy, woody, oaky. tastes like mushrooms growing on wet oak soaked in cheap booze. interesting. hints of brown sugar, heavy raisin, and some clean oak.

mouth is moderately thick with ample sharp carbonation that helps prevent it from being cloyingly sweet or cloyingly hot. but it's still pretty dang sweet and hot, with a lingering funkiness that is somewhere between earth, mushrooms, and guano.

stoked to finally give this a shot again after trying it on tap a few years ago. this one just isn't that great. it might just need more time to age... I'm not certain though... it just doesn't jive for me.... but it might be the bees knees for someone else.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 04:21:45 | More by djeucalyptus
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waltonc

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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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DavidHume

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-25-2014 23:53:55 | More by DavidHume
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moarmare

Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-23-2013 00:21:43 | More by riemster
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cowboy83

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-25-2012 23:42:58 | More by cowboy83
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JLapadura

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-20-2014 00:44:21 | More by JLapadura
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spw109

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-04-2014 02:51:42 | More by elec
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

04-09-2013 10:06:14 | More by Elfastball7
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Blaze5445

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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larryarms847

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

08-12-2013 02:33:50 | More by larryarms847
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-25-2014 03:52:29 | More by brpendergast85
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treyrab

California

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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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tourdot

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +0.8%

03-04-2012 02:42:58 | More by tourdot
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phisig137

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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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kjrod20

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

11-01-2013 01:18:58 | More by kjrod20
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falconxman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

02-04-2012 23:11:11 | More by falconxman
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CB2maltygoodness

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

04-28-2012 21:01:59 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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C2H5

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

01-13-2012 23:09:44 | More by C2H5
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Morakaton

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-19-2013 05:35:25 | More by Morakaton
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MrDave

California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

04-17-2012 04:20:15 | More by meanmutt
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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