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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

3,756 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,756
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 197
Gots: 686 | 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%

BYOFB, Dec 03, 2012
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2.99/5  rDev -24.9%
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!

davey101, May 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

tastymug, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch black. Seemingly no lacing. Not much to be said here.

Smell: Coffee, smokey, and chocolatey.

Taste/feel: Interesting. Very interesting. It has a lot of chocolate and coffee like you'd expect in a stout, but there's some smoke in there. Another surprise was the feel and carbonation. The feel is rather light, and the carbonation is medium/high. The alcohol is easily detected in this one as well. Stouts and porters and the like aren't my favorite styles, but I don't hate this one.

Alextricity, Oct 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

GennyCreamAle, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Vintage 2012

A: Pours an opaque black with just under 1 fingers width of mocha colored head which dissipates down quickly to leaves only an outer ring, that remains throughout the drink.  Some patches of blotchy lacing and alcohol legs can be seen clinging to the edges of the glass.

S: Bouron, with a mix of booze and oak,  dark fruits, interesting tart fruit aroma that's reminiscent of tart apples, a hint of chocolate.  Really unique for the style, with that apple aroma, but I really dig it.  

T: Surprisingly mild, at least initially when most of the flavors come out on the backend and include roasted malts, milk chocolate and oak.  As it warms the flavors become more prominent. The apple like tartness comes out in the taste as well.  Pretty tasty but I would have liked if the flavors as a whole were stronger, or if the bourbon notes from the nose came out in the taste.  

M/D: Medium bodied with an appropriate carbonation.  It certainly would benefit from being thicker.  A touch on the hot side going down, but not too bad,  and all things considered retry damn good drinkability.  

O: This was on of the more unique stouts I have tried in a while, and I quite enjoyed it.  I don't think it's something that would make my regular rotation, but I'd definitely recommend trying it.

zac16125, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Sazz9, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

tclipse, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

alysmith4, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of brew3crew
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
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

brew3crew, Feb 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

prisdefer, Mar 07, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into a snifter.

A - Deep hue with a thin tan head. Fair lacing and retention.

S - A bit odd with this mixture here... Effort reveals a mix of vanilla, sweet malts, chocolate, bourbon, light oak and some dark fruits. Generally a brew like this is more robust. Oh well.

T - Tart for a stout. I feel it leads into a wealth of other flavors, just setting them up poorly. The flavors are equal to those in the nose, all complex and balanced. The initial tartness just kills it for me.

M - A large medium body that is silky smooth. Less than moderate carbonation.

O - This one had some hype from a few well versed friends. Sadly, this one disappoints.

mscudder, Dec 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

JellyJacket, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

stephensinner, Dec 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

schmidtmattsays, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

inspektor, Nov 09, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap once and liked it pretty good so I bought a bomber to review. Poured into tulip. Dark brown with only a little light getting through. Even with a fairly aggressive pour, only a small head. Leaves a little lacing. Looks thin like an ale, but expected it to be thicker like a stout.

Slight aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. A hint of bourbon/brandy.

Solid flavor of dark fruit, chocolate, and very sweet. Oak aging apparent.

Good offering but with so many barrel~aged brews available today, this one comes up a little short.

FanofHefe, Nov 08, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Ristaccia, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

RMoeNay, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

amishbooze, Jul 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

drdiesel9483, Feb 24, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a snifter.

A- Deep brown color with a thin head and lacing.

S- Nice malty aroma. Sweet caramel malts with a molasses/maple syrup scent accompanied by light hops and a bit of alcohol.

T- More caramel in the flavor with a hint of toffee and light hops.

M- Solid feel. Slightly thick with light carbonation.

D- A definite sipper, but not so overpowering that you can't drink more than one.

GRPunk, Dec 16, 2007
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

ArtZan, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Casey3236, Sep 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

mkennedy119, Feb 10, 2013
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,756 ratings.