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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

3,585 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,585
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 182
Gots: 615 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ethanmc12, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Alpar
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Alpar, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Roger85, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.18/5  rDev +5%

A: Pours a deep dark hazy brown into a snifter with about 2 cm of head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin film of bubbles on the top. Laces all the way down the glass.

S: Smell is a complex combination of coffee, milk chocolate, and cherry.

T: Taste incorporates all of the elements of the smell, but there is a lot more going on in this beer. The last half of each sip gives you a mild taste of bourbon and warming alcohol. As the beer warms, you can really taste the effects of the oak barreling. The oaky taste also contributes hints of vanilla and butterscotch.

M: Carbonation just slightly more than a stout, and is textured with medium body. The higher ABV makes it difficult for me to believe that you could session it, but my fondness for the style, as well as Kentucky bourbon makes me think that I could have 2 or 3 for sure.

NittanyBeerFan, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of minterro
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%

Gift from my girlfriend for my birthday. Enjoyed with her and my dad.

A&S: slight coffee, lots of vanilla and woody aroma. almost bourbon alcohol tones in the smell.
Nice foamy tan head with good lacing. jet black colored beer.

T&M: slightly sour. Dark chocolate tones in the tastes more so then the smell. lots of alcohol but more of a scotch ale. On the high side of medium bodied and the low side of medium carbonation.

Overall: very well put together double. By far my favorite commonly found new holland beer, and I think most would agree with me.

minterro, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of FrankShirley
4/5  rDev +0.5%

FrankShirley, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%

Picked up a bomber at Riley's here in Madison. Nice new silkscreened bottle.

Pours a deep black with hints of ruby highlight at the edges under a finger of khaki head. I love the smell of a good bourbon barrel aged brew and this is no different - infectious, ephemeral woody alcohol over a bed of vanilla bean, lactose and bready yeast. Flavor is sublime, mellowed bourbon, oak, vanilla extract and toffee/caramel malt. Mouthfeel is thinner than I had expected, but made for easy drinking as did the well-hidden alcohol. A fantastic barrel-aged brew here, seek it out and you shall find nirvana.

Golden2wenty1, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of EricCioe
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

This pours very dark brown with brown highlights, not much head. On the nose there are powerful notes of alcohol, vanilla, raisins, and sugar. In the mouth the sweetness is overwhelming, hardly any roasted malt or hops to balance the sweetness. The booze heat makes for a nice long finish, though the body is too sticky for me.

Overall, this is probably a bit too sweet and the bourbon doesn't really integrate all that well. Also I'm not convinced this is a stout, more like an imperial brown or old ale.

EricCioe, Apr 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Envelopes, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Petey_the_Quiet, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

MrDave, Nov 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

TubaDan, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.15/5  rDev -46%

22oz brown bomber with a cool white silk screen label with a dragon and barrel on it. Severed into a nonic glass. Very deep mahogany color with some rudy red highlights showing through with a tan creamy head with fair retentionleaving bits of webby lacing down the glass

Very earthy aromas with some woody boubon heat comming through and deep burnt carmell notes as well.

Lots of clean barrel wood tastes upfront with sweet vanallia candied carmell,not as boozy as the aroma would indicate.Smoother than anticipated,lacks complexity has clean sharp bitterness with a citrusy edge. Lacking carbonation with a syrupy edge that i'm not too fond of. Leaves bitter chocolate lingering with sone slight soured tartness. Not harsh,just not real pleasurable. Not a beer that i would drink again,but not repulsive either. Kind of boring,had a hard time finishing the entire bottle,the first half went down twice as easy as the last half.

jcdiflorio, Oct 13, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

stogirelli, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Robyn, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of richj1970
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours midnight black with one finger tan colored head with a some spotty lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a little bourbon.

T: Mix of semi-sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Some oak flavors lingering in the background. The bourbon is a bit less prominent than I would have thought.

M: Full bodied with a creamy texture. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden.

O: Solid Imperial stout, and one I would pick up whenever I'm in an area that carries it.

richj1970, Sep 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Brams17, Friday at 07:27 PM
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4.31/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours pitch black with a very small tan coloured head.

The smell is chocolate and bourbon. Smells sweet like a desert liqueur.

The taste is sweet, much like the smell, the bourbon is prevalent as is it chocolaty. There's a little alcohol on the finish but it adds to the flavour.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with quite a high carbonation.

This was a great beer, the bourbon and chocolate flavours mix well and provide a desert like experience.

Dave1999, Jul 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

meanmutt, Apr 17, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Served from a 22 or 25 oz bottle. The bottle was different than the picture above as it had a silk screened lable on it in white that was pretty darn cool. I poured the beer into my trusty Duvel tulip.

The beer poured a deep black color with a slight tan head that disapated rather quickly. left behind was a good ring around the glass and some solid lacing down the sides. The aroma was a full toasted caramel smell, pleasing to the nose. The tasted was a nice toasted, malty bite up front with some very nice vanilla tones as well which made for a smooth mouth feel. With a medium body, this is still a pretty darn easy beer to drink because it is tastey and so smooth going down but yet it leaves a nice taste in the mouth.

ggaughan, Sep 02, 2006
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4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

A- Just able to see the light through the dark ruby/black color. Nice lacing.

S- Choc. covered cherries, fresh flour, lactose sweetness, and a bit of buttery vanilla.

T- Dark choc, dryness of oak, cherries, dry hop finish, vanilla and touch of butterscotch.

M- Low carb, velvety smooth, dry finish is nice.

D- 8.5% is well hidden, not bad. I found it similar to 1554.

Greggy, Jun 21, 2008
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

ScottP, Sep 01, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +8%

This is true. This is no American Strong Ale, but I have seen it listed as some type of English Strong Ale. Anyway, it is some type of Imperial Stout in my estimation. Nonetheless, this is an outstanding beer. Scents of deep chocolate, cherries, robust coffee shine through. Tastes similar, very light and unique. Heavy ABV not well detected. An a great looking opaque beer. I did not see a large foamy head, but it still is worth pouring and looking at. A nice well rounded nightcap, brew!

bigdeuce, Apr 30, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Blaze5445, Sep 15, 2013
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,585 ratings.