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

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very good

3,592 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,592
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 182
Gots: 619 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

rjp217, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

BamfBacon, Feb 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

gwiedman1, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 2011 vintage.

Very dark brown, pours easily in a tulip to a 3/4 inch head that is tan colored and has good retention.

Smells sweet and boozy, with a strong note of bourbon. Lots of dark fruit--prunes and rasins--under the alcohol and oak.

Tastes quite sweet and boozy, with dark fruit flavors of raisins and prunes, bourbon, vanilla, oak, charred malt, and some milk chocolate. The alcohol is prominent even for 10%.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel, not much carbonation. But I can feel the alcohol and acidic charred malt burning my tongue--this is pretty hot and spicy.

Overall, a drinkable barrel aged beer, but very boozy and hot--even after being cellared almost a year. Definitely a sipper as too much of this will make for a bad following day.

Beerenauslese, Jun 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

DerrickW, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

psoriasaurus, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Agold
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage poured into a duvel tulip. Pours very dark, but not pitch black. It has a medium amount of head which recedes to a ring with a thin film of bubbles on top. Pretty nice, especially considering it is 10%. The aroma is extremely oaky, with vanilla, chocolate, and a very mild dark fruit presence. The oak does a very good job complementing the rest of the beer. It does not overpower the beer, it adds to everything else the beer has to offer. The taste is very nice as well. The oak is at a very good level, and if it was just a touch less sweet, it would be perfect. Oak, coco, vanilla, roast, but all playing very well with eachother. The mouthfeel is a bit light with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, a very pleasant surprise.

Agold, May 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

SaxmanRick, Oct 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Jeffrey2310, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pens1967, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Ri0
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into chalice. 2012 vintage.

A - Black with a lighter off white semi fluffy head. Fair retention and spotty lacing.

S - The nose is bourbon (held up well with age) with hints of roasted malt and chocolate, slight vanilla, marshmallow and caramel.

T - The bourbon is quite pleasant after 2 years. Roasted malt and chocolate overtones with sweet caramel and marshmallow.

M - Very light in carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

O - This beer has held up very well and I prefer it with some age on it. I usually like BB stouts fresh, but this was a bit harsh when fresh. The age mellowed it out, but kept the bourbon notes. Quite good with 2 years on it.

Ri0, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Artjsantos, May 10, 2013
Photo of azdback
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my large tulip glass. Black but only at the center. The edges get more transparent. Two fingers of light tan creamy head top this brew nicely. Lace looks like it could be sewn onto a silk nighty.

Smell...Ether. The sweet roasted malt bill comes out next, followed by chocolate and coffee...or coffee and chocolate. There really isn't any barrel coming through. Maybe a hint of vanilla, but no wood at all.

Taste is sweet roasted caramel malts. It tastes almost like a Baltic porter. Chocolate, coffee, and some tartness. I want to say there is a "red" sweetness. Very tasty beer, but not a good example of a "barrel aged" stout.

Overall very very good beer. I am really enjoying it. I guess I am just disappointed by the fact that the label says, in big letters, Barrel Aged Ale. I didn't even know it was a stout until I came to this page. But other than that, there is nothing wrong with this beer. I think this is the best freebie from my buddy McNuts. Thanks Keith! Cheers!!

EDIT: The bottle I reviewed was marked Vintage 2010. I am enjoying a 2011 bottle right now (08/18/11) that is very different from the last. I can't smell any of the alcohol like the first. The taste is much more barrel. Quite a nice difference. I am only going to change the overall score from a 4 to a 4.5 on this. This is something you should ask your Midwest trading partners to add. Note: The 2010 was a 22oz. bomber and this one is a 12oz. bottle. A little easier to get as an extra. Thanks to davesway10 for this one.

azdback, Jul 22, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This brew pours very dark brown, almost black, light still shines through. the head is off-white, and very thin.

S: The smell is complex with hints of caramel, fig, vanilla, and wood. Hops aren't real present on the nose.

T: Malt and oak bless this brew with notes of vanilla, some coconut, sasparilla, fig, and a bit of cola. A slight rasin character is also present. Hops are very subtle, as it cuts through the thickness to give the beer a clean finish.

M: Medium to full bodied, almost to the point where this could be called a stout, but it lacks the roastiness to call it so. It's a viscous beer.

D: A pretty solid brew. This is one that would make a fall night by a bonfire complete. One of my favorite offerings from New Holland.

WYVYRN527, Sep 17, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into my pint glass.

While pouring this looks brown, but as the glass fills it looks black. When it's held into the light it looks mostly black, and light only shines through at the edges, where you get brown and ruby hints. Even an aggressive pour produced the smallest of mocha colored heads, which quickly disappeared and had no lacing.

The nose is pretty good, and very strong. I get milk chocolate, or possibly vanilla and bitter chocolate, or some combination of the two. There is a significant wood aged portion of the aroma going on here, with a nice (oak?) boubron or whiskey presence mellowing things out. To finish I get dark fruits, such as raisins and dates. Great aroma on this one.

Edit: After actually reading the bottle I realized my guess of the oak smell was right. Next time I'll look more closely...

The taste is as advertised, yet slightly more hazy, as in it's not as impressive. I get the milk chocolate and vanilla, I get the wood aged bourbon and whiskey and I (barely) get the dark fruits. But there is just something about it that doesn't allow it to mesh in the best way possible. It's possible that because the nose is so intense and the flavours are a bit muted that it only appears that they aren't mixing well, when really I just want more "oomf."

Mouthfeel is medium with an appropriately low carbonation. Overall pretty creamy and smooth, with no offensive aftertastes. Drinkability is good given the style. The booze is nicely hidden behind the complexity of the nose and the flavors. I'm pretty impressed with this brew.

Overall, this beer is pretty much what I expected. I enjoyed it a lot and would not be opposed to buying it again. A solid brew from New Holland, who I'm liking more and more these days.

Mistofminn, Sep 27, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jriggins6, Sep 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Segelstrom, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

DavidHume, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

JohnnyMc, Aug 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

dsshuck, May 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Wayne17, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

beersdmf17, Jun 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.6%

WVUbrew, Apr 01, 2014
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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