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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

3,241 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 3,241
Reviews: 1,113
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 153
Gots: 472 | FT: 30
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.

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-12-2002)
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-21-2013 18:15:23 | More by MNBeer1017
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Skidz

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out dark brown and sits nearly jet black with bits of crimson showing through the sides. Nice sized brown head fades quickly to the sides, leaving litte on the surface.

Smells of roasted grains, quite malty. Some fruity esters show through, namely pears. Light hints of cocoa powder. Wooden sides and lightly nutty.

Tastes faintly sweet up front, good malt structure. Roastedness come out quite well and is balanced by a good amount of hop bitterness. Dry, wooden tones push in from the sides and from which seeps out a delicate warmth of alcohol. Flavors of dates, old raisins and chocolate syrup accumulate between the grainy flavors. Finish is dry and holds onto a spicy hop bitterness and lingering malty sweetness.

Creamy and well carbonated. This beer could benefit from a smoother feel with less interference from carbonation. Body is medium-full, but puts out quite a bit. One bottle is easily consumed. Tasty all the way, a bit grainy at times, but definately has it where it counts.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 00:15:29 | More by Skidz
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throwback

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-08-2014 18:27:14 | More by throwback
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev 0%
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....

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 01:08:57 | More by RoamingGnome
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nheinzie57

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-30-2012 16:24:54 | More by nheinzie57
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 01:29:04 | More by Ri0
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this in a snifter.

A brown sugar-colored head rises to a finger's-width. Then the creamy stuff falls to a thick ring of sheet lace with just enough to cover the cap. The body is completely black with some carbonation columns noticed at the top sides of the glass.

The nose hits up front with bourbon and a little brown sugar, some vanilla. There are some stronger smokey notes of tobacco and leather, but so buried. The aromas are not especially strong, but enjoyable nonetheless.

The bourbon flavor is more muted, with only the slightest brush with booziness on the finish. Otherwise there are strong impressions of vanilla syrup. brown sugar, and caramel malt. The stronger roasted flavors, again smokey and leathery, are most apparent in the finish with the boozy kiss and a quick burst of fig.

Dragon's Milk is full bodied and very creamy. There is a substantial amount of stick to the flavors with the roasted and smokey notes clinging long to the back of the throat, definitely more of a woody dryness.

Dragon's Milk is a very enjoyable beer. The vanilla syrup quality on the palate is a little different at first, but the smokey and boozey finish is a very nice contrast. Add to that, the feel of this beer is great and makes it a joy to sip. Strong, but not overbearing, rich, but not cloying. This beer rides a fine line, and does it artfully.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 07:14:48 | More by Pintofbrown
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dsshuck

Delaware

4/5  rDev +1%

05-12-2014 00:27:43 | More by dsshuck
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-04-2012 12:54:05 | More by ohtheguilt
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WVUbrew

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -24.2%

04-01-2014 03:06:46 | More by WVUbrew
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Trappeze. Poured into a chalice. Frothy, beige head, soapy lacing. Black body. Aroma is mild coffee, vanilla, coconut, mild malt sweetness, slight booze. Pretty nice amalgam of flavors, complex. Very easy drinking for the high abv, very. Flavors really start popping upon warming. Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2012 03:05:03 | More by KickbacksSteve
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

06-27-2013 10:10:59 | More by hellhammermario
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

03-04-2014 20:07:08 | More by Knoxrb12
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-05-2014 15:12:17 | More by psoriasaurus
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Black with a brown tint. Ruby color at the bottom of the glass. Sparse white patches of fine bubbles make up the head.

S: Huge oak smell along with chocolate malt and vanilla.

T: Sweet, with oak and chocolate flavors dominating. Vanilla, honey, and prune flavors are apparent to lesser degrees. Finish is medium to long and slightly astringent.

M: Mouthfeel is a little syrupy with low carbonation, well within style. Alcohol burn is quite noticeable.

This was good, but not as good as I remember it from 2-3 years ago. Appropriately named, this was the hottest beer for its Abv (8.5% on bottle) that I have had for awhile. Backing off the oak would improve this beer considerably as it overpowers most of the beer's other qualities. Will have to put some away next time I have the chance and re-review.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 03:32:32 | More by GeezLynn
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

07-29-2013 23:41:21 | More by Segelstrom
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tykechandler

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1%

06-19-2014 04:54:06 | More by tykechandler
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BamfBacon

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%

02-11-2013 21:30:44 | More by BamfBacon
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stephensinner

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1%

12-17-2012 04:01:07 | More by stephensinner
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep dark hazy brown into a snifter with about 2 cm of head that dissipates quickly to leave a thin film of bubbles on the top. Laces all the way down the glass.

S: Smell is a complex combination of coffee, milk chocolate, and cherry.

T: Taste incorporates all of the elements of the smell, but there is a lot more going on in this beer. The last half of each sip gives you a mild taste of bourbon and warming alcohol. As the beer warms, you can really taste the effects of the oak barreling. The oaky taste also contributes hints of vanilla and butterscotch.

M: Carbonation just slightly more than a stout, and is textured with medium body. The higher ABV makes it difficult for me to believe that you could session it, but my fondness for the style, as well as Kentucky bourbon makes me think that I could have 2 or 3 for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2008 01:23:52 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Twal

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1%

12-05-2012 03:57:40 | More by Twal
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at Riley's here in Madison. Nice new silkscreened bottle.

Pours a deep black with hints of ruby highlight at the edges under a finger of khaki head. I love the smell of a good bourbon barrel aged brew and this is no different - infectious, ephemeral woody alcohol over a bed of vanilla bean, lactose and bready yeast. Flavor is sublime, mellowed bourbon, oak, vanilla extract and toffee/caramel malt. Mouthfeel is thinner than I had expected, but made for easy drinking as did the well-hidden alcohol. A fantastic barrel-aged brew here, seek it out and you shall find nirvana.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 00:55:51 | More by Golden2wenty1
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EricCioe

Montana

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours very dark brown with brown highlights, not much head. On the nose there are powerful notes of alcohol, vanilla, raisins, and sugar. In the mouth the sweetness is overwhelming, hardly any roasted malt or hops to balance the sweetness. The booze heat makes for a nice long finish, though the body is too sticky for me.

Overall, this is probably a bit too sweet and the bourbon doesn't really integrate all that well. Also I'm not convinced this is a stout, more like an imperial brown or old ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 20:09:06 | More by EricCioe
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tclipse

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%

04-12-2014 21:32:09 | More by tclipse
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Envelopes

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

10-18-2012 05:32:36 | More by Envelopes
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 3,241 ratings.