New Holland Cherry Dragon's Milk - New Holland Brewing Company
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Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. I was disappointed when I missed the chance to try this at Ashley's in Westland, so I was excited to see it on the tap list for New Holland at the 'fest. Deep brown, very nearly black but not *quite* there just yet. A few millimeters of light tan foam settles quickly to a bang-up collar with a hole in the center. No lacing, none expected.
The aroma is a seemingly balanced battle of wits between a light cherry sweetness and a mildly spicy note of cinnamon. I don't know if cinnamon was actually used, but it sure smells like it was. Cherry is sweet and pure, and doesn't really reach acidic or tart levels at all - a good thing, because I don't think it would suit this stout too well. Bourbon and oak are there, but remain quite tame, more like a supporting cast than co-stars themselves.
Again, the taste starts with some cinnamon notes - undeniable. This has to have something that's imparting that cinnamon-y flavor. Cherry puree-like sweetness follows closely behind, alongside a warm boozy presence - more bourbon-y than the aroma made it seem, but much more smooth and tame than the original Dragon's Milk. The refinement of the bourbon character makes this variant also much, much more drinkable overall.
Spices, mild oak, sweet vanilla, and the large, caramel and brown sugar underbody fill out the rest of the profile quite nicely. The cherry flavors are there from start to finish and even leave a lasting impression on the palate, along with a touch of boozy oak and sweet, sweet maltiness. Carbonation was middle of the road, a pretty good level for this type of beer; thicker than Dragon's Milk, but still not as chewy as I'd like. Soft and a little thinner than creamy.
Well, well, well... if this were to find its way into bottles and in place of the original Dragon's Milk on store shelves everywhere, then I'd always have some on hand. Delicious and drinkable, and far better than the original version. Smoother booze induction, more varied flavors, and just a more enjoyable experience overall. Hopefully they realize how much better this stuff is and brew it again someday.
08-14-2013 16:58:18 | More by tectactoe
4.06/5 rDev +4.4%
10 oz serving at Ashleys (Ann Arbor) where it is listed as Ashleys 30th Anniv. Cherry Dragon's Milk Stout.
Black with traces of red-brown at the edges. Small head.
Full, smooth body. Appropriate low carbonation.
Good cherry note in the aroma carries over nicely to the flavor. Fruit is well balanced with dark malts. Somewhat sweet, but just as it seems like the sweetness will build too high, it levels off.
O: Very enjoyable but may be overly sweet for some.
08-10-2013 05:13:53 | More by chinchill
3.01/5 rDev -22.6%
Appearance: black as night. almost no head.
Smell: I get hit right up front with straight booze, not even bourbon just booze, once i get past that there is some cherry and bourbon and vanilla
Taste: again extremely boozy, cherries make a presence along with bourbon and vanilla. needs some balance to it.
Mouthfeel: not hot as expected from all the booze notes. just kind of a dull feel. nothing special or noteworthy to it.
Overall: I liked the regular dragon's milk but this one lacked any good things that that one had.
04-26-2013 15:44:25 | More by SportsandJorts
New Holland Cherry Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.