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New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) - New Holland Brewing Company

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very good

3,606 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,606
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 182
Gots: 627 | FT: 36
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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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.15/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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
Photo of Blaze5445
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Blaze5445, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of seavercm
4/5  rDev +0.5%

seavercm, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of mgr78704
4/5  rDev +0.5%

mgr78704, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Greggy
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Williaar
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Williaar, May 23, 2014
Photo of ScottP
4/5  rDev +0.5%

ScottP, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of bigdeuce
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

CB2maltygoodness, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of tourdot
4/5  rDev +0.5%

tourdot, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of rodlavers
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler pour for Super Bowl. No head, as dark as you can get before it's black, with hints of red, very slight hints.

Smell is decent, not as intense as other bba beers: weakened vanilla, molasses, etc., some bourbon.

Taste is similar but more complex: dark fruit, some chocolate and coffe in there. Vanilla molasses and light bourbon notes are prominent.

Feel is nice and smooth, extremely light carbonation, a sense of earthiness to it. Enjoyable beer but not in the same league as other bba stouts, re: BCBS, BN, KBS. But don't let that sway you, go ahead and try it it's good. Cheers.

rodlavers, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4/5  rDev +0.5%

davidwhatshisnam, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Thishops4u
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Thishops4u, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of themind
3/5  rDev -24.6%

themind, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Rborre321
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of bishopdc0
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with a nice tan head.
The lace is sticky tan and remains

The aroma is sweet notes of vanilla caramel and oak very nice.

The taste is mostly alcohol and oak. I wish I had let it age but it was the only bottle I bought on a trip across the country. Its a an ok taste but I would let it sit to dissipate the alcohol and try again.

bishopdc0, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of sunofneurot
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

sunofneurot, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of TechBrew
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

TechBrew, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of mpenning13
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

mpenning13, Apr 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

dwoolley1, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of ToddGingerich
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

ToddGingerich, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of swierczt
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

swierczt, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of falconxman
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

falconxman, Feb 04, 2012
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,606 ratings.