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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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3,730 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,730
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 192
Gots: 680 | 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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jimberflap, Jun 27, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark almost black color with little head. Its high alcohol content is apparent both in the smell as well as the taste. Somewhat overbearing flavor to me, which is surprising because I tend to drink stouts regularly. Chocolate taste with a mix of fruits makes for a smooth taste and feel in the mouth. Very strong beer.

ZachMcGinn, Apr 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

sandman912, Jul 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

2014 vintage
Almost completely black. The most slight ruby around extremities of glass. Kaki head, about one finger, quickly receded.

Excellent roasted malt and bourbon aroma.

Taste is quite nice. This is very easy drinking. Vanilla and bourbon. The bourbon is not as intense as many of the more aggressive bourbon barrel aged beers. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, though. This is not really the same experience that you will get from Parabola, KBBS, or some of the other great bourbon stouts. That said, I bought this for $5.09 for a 22oz bomber and enjoyed it quite a bit.

Nice and sticky. Not too much carbonation.

Overall, this is a very good beer. The bourbon could be more intense, but as it is the beer is very well balanced and goes down extremely well.

Ksoden1186, Oct 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a jet black with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that quickly dissipates. Excellent lacing on the glass as well. The aroma is sweet. Caramel, vanilla, oak from the barrel, chocolate malt, and just a hint of bourbon. The aroma is fairly subdued, and does not overwhelm you. The flavor is delicious. Plenty of flavors here. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, sweet fruits. A bit on the sweet side, but it does not linger long on the palate. A very warming beer. This is probably the best offering from New Holland I have tried.

antzman, Oct 07, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Dusty8807, Aug 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Tchfunkta, Mar 06, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with not much head... the amount that was there was a nice frothy Chocolate Milk color. It was gone quickly.

The opaque pour into the glass spoke volumes of what was to come.

The aroma was FANTASTIC! Heavy dose of rich vanilla and a hint of bourbon.

The rich chocolatey taste with a Brandy like flavor, gives way to a lovely oaky finish.

Not a whole lot of bubbles, but that works for me.

The higher alcohol content definitely makes this a 1-2 bottle beer, but what a great bottle it'll be.

chadu, Nov 16, 2010
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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Greatheil, Aug 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Arsenal11, Jun 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

SassyMammaK, Jan 03, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance- Poured a deep dark mahogony into a pint glass with good lacing and nice 1.5 inch esprosso like head. light can barely pass thru this monster.

Smell- Roasty Coffe, Vanilla, Bourbon, booze.

Taste- Starts off with a typical roasty coffee stout tastes which quickly gets attacked by some vanilla and strong bourbon flavor. I'm not a bourbon fan at all but it is a nice sidekick to the vanilla and roasty character of this beer.

Mouthfeel- Nice creamy mouthfeel on this one which I think is perfect for the style

Overall- Its my birthday today and a friend of mine picked this up for me at 8 Degree Plato Beer company Ferndale, Michigan. This is actually the first oak aged Stout i've had and I really enjoyed it. If your the kind of person that enjoys craft beer and enjoys bourbon/whiskey on the rocks this beer will turn you into a raging alchoholic if your already not there. CHEERS.

psnydez86, Dec 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

rottnbkr, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

amalficoast, Apr 01, 2012
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4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured down the center of a Left Hand balloon glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: A smooth-bodied black stout with a finger of moderately-creamy off-white head. The head quickly recedes and leaves a halo of creamy big bubbled foam. A moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: A hint of molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, oak, and a tease of alcohol. The aromas are quite subtle.

Taste: Milk chocolate, heaps of vanilla, malts, smooth oak, and a bourbon bite on the finish. The burst of vanilla, malts, and oak at the midpoint is delicious.

Mouth: Thick yet incredibly smooth body with moderate to light carbonation. There's a slight prickliness from the bourbon influence but it certainly doesn't diminish the overall body of the beer.

I love this stout. I know some people find it relatively underwhelming, but I find the balance of flavors and the smooth body thoroughly enjoyable.

HistoricalMan, Jun 04, 2013
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3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage.

Appearance: I was surprised to be able to see some light through this. Usually an Imperial Stout, especially a BA one doesn't. Black/Dark Brown with tons of ruby highlights.

Aroma: Dark fruits like raisin, fig, date, plum. Tons of Bourbon, oak and vanilla. Stout characteristics are faint, chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice.

Taste: Alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, charred oak, fig, raisin, cinnamon, spice, bakers chocolate, corn.

Body: I wanted more. Maybe I'm just used to viscous imperial stouts that use flaked oats.

Overall: This is a really good beer but I was expecting an "Imperial Stout". Then again, nowhere on the bottle does it say "imperial". This is a standard stout aged in Bourbon Barrels.
If you want viscosity look else where.

BriantheBeerGeek, Apr 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

J-King, Jun 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

d1224, Jul 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

BigTuna1066, Jun 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

vickival, Aug 10, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

akeiii, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

theRevBrewmaster, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%


cclark2, May 13, 2012
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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