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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

3,351 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,351
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 162
Gots: 504 | FT: 34
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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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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themind

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.4%

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

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

04-17-2012 04:20:15 | More by meanmutt
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NumberNone

Maryland

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-25-2012 01:59:18 | More by SCZ
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amalburg

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-01-2014 22:39:46 | More by amalburg
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A tasty little treat I found a local martini bar (?) for the deliciously fair price of $3.50.

This beer reeks of oak. Honestly, its like drinking dark, liquified tree. Not that is totally a bad thing, but there's something about this one that I find a bit one-dimensional.

The presentation is purty, the mouthfeel and drinkability are actually quite good. But this is not at all worth the money they are charging at local bottle shops for its lack of substance. That said, the alcohol is wickedly hidden. I had no idea (until the hangover) that this was a 10% beer.

Think Guinness on flavor (and alcohol) steroids ... add a heavy dosage of oak and there you go. Tasty ... but nothing i'll go for again.

All things considered, this is a perfect conversion beer for those that think Guinness is the lead dog of "dark" beers!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 19:49:42 | More by GreenWBush
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steveh

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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nitter

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

06-25-2013 07:17:43 | More by Ristaccia
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottle provided by and split with russwbeck, thanks Russ!

A - The deepest brown you can get without being black slowly slips out of the bottle, filling the glass until 2.5-fingers worth of creamy, tan head cap the pour. Head has pretty low retention, but some moderate lacing makes up for it.

S - The smell is complex for this. Getting a lot of wood, vanilla, slight bourbon traces from the oak, as well as the chocolate and coffee familiar in this style of beer. Some caramel. Alcohol is noticeably apparent.

T - Taste is surprisingly more sweet than anticipated, before transitioning into a smooth then bitter finish filled with chocolate, vanilla, slight smoke and bourbon, and a bit of a tannic component as well in the finish. The sweetness upfront mixed with the bourbon notes harken me back to Backwoods Bastard. Alcohol makes a strong appearance throughout.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy and full-bodied. What I really liked about this beer is it's well-blended and smooth. Very easy drinking and flavorful.

D - Drinkability is moderate. It's a well-flavored beer, but it's a heavy hitter for sure. I'm glad I split this bottle as it would've been tough to get through the whole bomber. As of now, it's a pretty hot beer, so hopefully some time in the cellar could mellow it a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 06:05:12 | More by nhindian
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

08-26-2013 09:27:44 | More by ohiobeer29
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an standard tumbler. Color was a almost completely opaque black, with a thin light brown head. A few occasional bits of carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma was a slightly smokey acidic, almost reminded me of a smoked meat. Very small bit of sweetness in the very back of the smell. Flavor was mellow and sweet. A bit of brown sugar sweet upfront, finished with some lactose sweet. Neither was overpowering sickly sweet, but it has small bit of additional flavor beyond just the sweet. Felt great in the mouth. A hint of carbonation, with good chew, and plenty of mouth coating. Overall I felt the aroma to be a bit offputting, keeping it from ranking higher.

2012 Vintage 12oz

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 01:07:08 | More by mountdew1
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linnymtu

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-15-2014 14:41:09 | More by linnymtu
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-08-2013 19:25:24 | More by Cubatobaco
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

01-06-2012 03:07:20 | More by Mark5252
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Rons35

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-19-2013 22:32:39 | More by Rons35
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ffshore545

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-06-2014 21:04:06 | More by ffshore545
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bboven

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I heard so many great things about this beer.

Appearance is deep mahogany with slivers of garnet highlights, semi-opaque. The head starts small and fades to nothing after a few minutes.

Aroma is dark fruit, huge vanilla from the oak and HUGE fusel alcohol.

Big vanilla flavor from the oak hides the great malt characteristics that are dying to shine if only they weren't so overshadowed.

Mouthfeel is very slightly carbonated, enough to make it fall flat. Sticky malt characteristics finally show up here but it's just too late.

Way too much emphasis on the oak in this beer, I have two more bottles that will be cellared in the hopes of knocking some of the green off the ale. Definitely oak aging gone extreme, but with less than stellar results.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 03:41:44 | More by bboven
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Natural510

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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