New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) - New Holland Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +2.8%
22 oz bottle I picked up from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC. I think the bottle ran me about $9. I don't care because I wasn't expecting to find New Holland around here. Served up in my Terrapin pint glass.
A: Off the pour, this actually looks pretty thin. A bit of a shock. The pouring liquid look like a medium brown color,but as it builds in the glass it makes a more black body. Held to the light, the body is pretty solid and I am only getting light coming through at the bottom where it has a touch of brown and red coming through. The pour got me about half a finger of mocha colored head, but it quickly feel apart and disappeared completely. No lace whatsoever going on here.
S: I really like the aromas coming out here. Every time I take a sip, I can't help but get a huge whiff of this beer. It just has a huge aroma, very up front for you. Starts off with a huge milk chocolate aroma. Like opening a wrapper off a Hershey's bar. Behind that I am getting some nice vanilla presence along with a good amount dark fruits (dates and prunes, maybe a touch of cherry). Getting a nice bourbon/whiskey presence rounding all this out, nice and lightly boozy but not over powering. The chocolate does take center stage though. Really dig this.
T: Pretty much the same as the nose but sadly a bit more muted. This actually starts more with a nice bourbon boozy quality. Very oaky and the barrel does translate well. The vanilla from the wood mixes nicely with the heavy and quite beautiful chocolate presence. The dark fruits don't translate as well as they did in the nose for me. There is a bit of cream or milk type presence on the back end, but its a bit strange in flavor. Overall, not bad here but I could absolutely be up for the flavors to be amped up a bit more.
M: This beer is on the light side of full in body. Has a touch more thinness than I want or expect. Still has a good weight to it. Carbonation is light but present. ABV is nice a boozy, has a touch of heat on the throat but its not overwhelming. Just nice and creamy overall, pretty smooth. Aftertaste is just some nice chocolate and bourbon.
D: This is what I expected pretty much and it didn't disappoint by any means. I could use a bit more in the flavor department but I really can't bitch. This is a damned solid brew and I would be totally game to have this on a regular basis. New Holland is really impressing me with what I have had so far from them and I look forward to further exploring this brewery.
09-14-2009 05:30:23 | More by everetends
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours out to a jet black in the glass with a moderate-sized head. Aroma is that of licorice and baking bread. The taste is good with a good dose of malt on the forefront giving way to an alcohol warming on the finish. The ABV isn't hidden, but its not meant to be. However, its not overhwelming either. Well-crafted. A beer to drink on a cold winter's night.
12-23-2004 03:33:41 | More by proc
3.23/5 rDev -18.6%
Color is very dark brown almost black. As others have previously said the style is questionable. While the brew may not be the perfect example of an American strong ale I disagree that it is a stout or porter.(on reconsideration the brew does have some similarities to Breckenridge Vanilla Porter in taste) Luckily beer does not have to fit perfectly in to styles to be enjoyed.
Smell mostly of chocolate/toffee. Light coffee fragrence is also present.
Taste of vanilla and coffee quite strong up front. As the flavor sits you do taste the woodiness in the brew. Although i feel a bourbon barrel may have added a more desirable flavor I don't hate the oak.
Drinks very smooth very light mouth feel for a high abv brew.
I feel another bottle may be necessary to cement my overall opinion about this brew. I will definitely try again, may also buy one to see how it does in the cellar.
05-02-2008 23:07:54 | More by kzoobrew
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
Dark brown with russet highlights and a sandy brown head.
Bourbon is the first thing I notice upon putting my nose in the glass and inhaling some of the liquid:) Toasty cocoa and oak notes hangin' out with some vanilla and molasses biotches. Not overdone or overpowering aroma, it's just pleasant.
Some boozy heat on the tongue, but that's okay being that there are noticable bourbon notes for it to stick to. Toasty caramel, chocolate, and bourbon flavors lead to a warm feeling in my tummy; the body has some soft richness, but could use a touch more. It's no oak aged yeti, but I have faith in aging a bottle or two of this for a few. Mellow this sucka out.
08-13-2010 02:56:53 | More by brownbeer
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
Black pour with ruby edges,one finger tan head.Aroma of vanilla,chocolate,burbon,oak,and dark roasted barly very nice. Flavor is complex and changes as it warms,sweet boozy vanilla creamy oaky honey burbon goodness. Full creamy mouthfeel,chewy and sticky.This came highly reccomended, I now agree.... Good stuff !
12-30-2008 01:15:04 | More by WakeandBake
3.93/5 rDev -1%
A: A deep, dark ruby brown almost black with good clarity. The head is a medium light brown with small compact bubbles and average retention.
S: A moderate oak aroma having mostly chocolate and vanilla characteristics with a light touch of cinnamon. There is moderately-light malt sweetness with some roasted and chocolate malt aromas. There are no hops aroma.
T: Rich malt flavors with oak and some bourbon like character. The oak brings a fair amount of vanilla that plays well with others, complimenting the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The is a moderately hops bitterness with no hops flavor. A light touch of fruity ester having a little bit of fig and prune-like flavors. The balance is about even between the malt sweetness being countered by the hops bitterness and the alcohol. The finish is slightly sweet with a roasty, chocolate aftertaste.
M: A creamy, medium-full bodied beer with a moderately-light carbonation. No astringency and a slight slickness on the tongue. The alcohol is very apparent, being a touch boozy at first but its a gentle warmth afterwards.
O: A nicely balanced oak aged stout with some alcohol warmth.
11-22-2012 00:13:47 | More by MadScientist
4.14/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
01-23-2014 01:29:04 | More by Ri0
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice. This strong ale is a deep deep ruby, that appears almost black until you hold it to some light. Rather like a porter in color. I got a very thin head that faded quickly with a minimum of lacing.
Aroma is dark and mysterious, warm and inviting. Dark malts, prune and some spice. Alcohol also present in the nose.
Taste has hints of bourbon, dark fruit, spice, and an alcohol finish.
The mouthfeel is not as heavy as expected. There is not much carbonation to speak of.
This is a great beer to sip and as it warms me up inside I am looking forward to pouring the rest of the bomber. Recommended!
01-20-2007 02:14:57 | More by ZimZamZoom
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
20th Review...12oz bottle poured into a Rahr pint glass.
A: Pours a dark black that shows a bit of light through but not much. Small tan head that fades to a small ring and leaves no lacing. I even poured this pretty aggressively and it didn't make much of a head.
S: The smell is great, smells like a slightly fainter version of BCS. Cocoa, roasted malt, sweet molassess and a slight boozy whiskey aroma.
T: The molasses really takes over in the taste but is not as powerful as BCS. I also get flavors of milk chocolate, cocoa, and a slighty boozy flavor...maybe the whiskey. It could use a little more flavors from the barrel aging but it's evident.
M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin but creamy and carbonated well. I feel this should be thicker but it's not a stout so I didn't deduct too much.
D: I would have this again if it was readily available. The ABV isn't extremely high but it's enough that you wouldn't want to drink a 6er or anything.
Unfortunately the online store I bought this from only had one 12oz bottle left. I wouldn't mind having this on hand to drink occasionally.
10-03-2009 02:02:50 | More by GregSVT
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
2011 vintage 12oz bottle poured into snifter
A- comes out of the bottle very dark, almost black and sits in the glass flat black. The head is a smaller 1 finger and is slightly off white. It doesnt have too much retention and leaves very little laving.
S- The first thing I get is chocolate and a roasty scent followed up with a slight alcohol sting. Theres a tiny hop bitterness hidden in there but very small. Not a ton of smells going on, but whats there smells nice
T- Roasty smoke gets me upfront along with a bitter chocolate. The woody oak comes through in the middle as well as an alcohol bite that isnt really that bad. Theres a sweetness like caramel or toffee in the end that follows to the finish which is slightly bitter. Nice things going on here.
M- Big thick feel with little carbonation. chewy and heavy is what i like in stouts. mouthfeel is spot on.
09-20-2011 23:42:56 | More by Gushue3
3.96/5 rDev -0.3%
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....
01-10-2013 01:08:57 | More by RoamingGnome
New Holland Dragon's Milk (Bourbon Barrel Stout) from New Holland Brewing Company
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