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Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

4,375 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 4,375
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 246
Gots: 970 | FT: 38
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:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002

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
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jtrockchalk for this one.

Poured a 22oz beer into my Unibroue tulip. This beer pours a thin, chocolate brown, with a big creamy light brown head and left sizable lacing down the sides of the tulip. The aroma is heavy oak, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and what reminds me just of a hint of bourbon. I actually think this is the oakiest aroma I have ever had the pleasure to smell in a beer. The taste is chocolaty up front with oak playing a much lesser role, just imparting some vanilla and woodiness to the flavor profile. Milk chocolate and cream come through. This is really a tasty brew. The mouthfeel is a little light for how big his beer is but not really off putting. This is a really good beer and one that I think I will be searching out again.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Holland Dragon's Milk

Poured from 22 ounce bottle into CBS snifter. Served very slightly chilled.

A) Dark brown with a reddish tint upon closer inspection. A finger of tan head, which quickly dissipated to a wispy dusting. Some alcohol legs noted as well.

S) A fairly sweet scent which consists of vanilla and a little bit of brown sugar. This is a little bit woody, and you can just pick up a bit of that cask aroma. A hint of alcohol.

T) A fair amount of roasted malt, and a good amount of vanilla flavor as well. The fact that it is barrel aged is definitely noted in the flavor, however the bourbon is not overpowering. A light alcohol tingle in the finish.

M) Medium bodied and minimal carbonation. This is smooth. I guess it could've been a little heavier, but it had a nice feel. A nice barrel aged aftertaste awaits.

O) As far as Bourbon barrel aged stouts are concerned, I have to say, I enjoyed this beer. Bourbon County Brand Stout is one of my favorite beers of all time. This isn't in that league, but it is quite good, and definitely worth a try. It's tasty, and it certainly gave me a good buzz on a work night, which I needed big time. Glad to recommend this brew....

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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2.99/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 vintage, 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Huge thanks to match1112!

A - Pours a clear brown but sits nearly black. If you squint hard enough you can see the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of light khaki foam settle down into thin edging. Looks a little thin, but a pretty basic stout appearance.

S - Oh boy. This is like a double oaked stout, only the base beer is average and the oak isn't exactly welcome. Its just an awkward mix of super intense wood, synthetic vanilla, and dry chocolate powder.

T - That dreadful aroma in liquid form! Lots of over the top oak, fake vanilla, and a dry chocolate that is missing any sweetness. This is a weird beer. Its not bad, but its not good. Its exactly in the middle. I mean I don't mind if I had another sip of this but the prospect isn't entirely attractive. Thin to medium body, meh carbonation.

O - Like a clothespin with a chocolate powder dusting. The barrel aging seemed forced and artificial and the base beer was probably not an all star to begin with. Happy to try this beer because now I know!

Photo of AmitC
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Relatively very thin dark brown colored pour. Dark black inside the glass. Very thin tan colored head. Some shine. Fades easily. Excellent lacing on the sides. Opaque.

Aroma is a mix of oak barrel characters. Good amount of vanilla and creamy sweetness. Dark roasted malts. Strength is moderate to slightly faint. No hint of 10% whatsoever. Slightly porter like feel. Not a very robust aroma by any means.

Taste is perplexing. Good amount of warming but not hurting alcohol upfront. A lot of charred and almost ash like burnt up flavor. Too much charcoal. But distinct. I like it slightly. Some hops as well. Nice to see again. Finish is dry.

Mouth feel is medium and slightly thin for a stout. Decent warmth. No astringency of any kind except for some burnt up smokey flavor. Moderate carbonation.

A distinct brew. Could have used a better body, appearance and aromas and it would be a winner.

Edit: A very nice mix and interplay of robust barrel aged tastes. Excellent towards the end.

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2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours cola with dissipating off-white head. Smells of cola, chocolate, prunes, raisins. Tastes of chocolate raisins, plums, booze, bourbon, slight brown sugar and residual soy sauce aftertaste. Heavy body with light carbonation. Thick, syrupy. Dragon diarrhea after a night of Eithiopian food.

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

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5/5  rDev +25%

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the new holland restaurant

A-pitch black with a moca head that retains
S-oaky under tones. Smells very sweet
T-very smooth chocolate. Almost tastes like a mudslide or chocolate milk
M-light bodied and very pleasant
D-very drinkable. The smoothness really impresses me here

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4/5  rDev 0%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap a number of times at Jacs (Madison). And while my wife loves it, I've always felt overwhelmed by its bourbon-barrel booziness. But somehow now that I'm having it from a 12 oz. bottle, I find it enchanting. Seems counter-intuitive that the alcohol would be better hidden coming from a bottle than from a tap. But the vanilla roundness and lactose sweetness play front and center, and I now love it.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,375 ratings.