Dragon's Milk With Toasted Chilies | New Holland Brewing Company

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Dragon's Milk With Toasted ChiliesDragon's Milk With Toasted Chilies
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3.82/5
Very Good
365 Ratings
Dragon's Milk With Toasted ChiliesDragon's Milk With Toasted Chilies
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer, aged with Chili de arbol peppers in the barrels, is one of a series of innovative specialties to sneak out of our Dragon's Milk Cellar. The earthy pepper character mingles with the dark roasted tones of Dragon's Milk as the spice slowly warms your palate, pleasantly contrasting the deep malt character. Pairings red meat, smoked foods, balsamic, rich cheese & dark chocolate.

Added by Cynic-ale on 04-27-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,274
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
365
pDev:
14.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
75
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 365 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of kidzord
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tommy5
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger creamy khaki colored head that has good retention long after the pour

S- smells of roasted malt, chocolate, char, woody oak, caramel, dark toasted bread, hint of pepper skin

T- dark roasted malt up front with notes of chocolate and char, followed by a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness, along with a bit of molasses. mid-palate gives some woody oak and light bourbon notes, the finish gives cocoa and wood

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy warming finish, pepper heat kicks in just enough on the linger

O- pepper heat is prevalent throughout, although doesn't really show up much in the taste. Basically a Dragon's Milk with a bit of a burn on the linger

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/5/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, molasses, chili pepper, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, dark fruit, coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, chilies, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, molasses, chili pepper, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, dark fruit, coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light chili pepper and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, molasses, chili pepper, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chilies, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slight increasing dryness from pepper spice through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 11%; light pepper heat builds through the glass, but never becomes overwhelming. Overall this is an excellent pepper spiced imperial stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chilies, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. This was a lot more balanced than the 2014 version, which felt way too hot on the peppers. This one still has nice earthy pepper flavors, with increasing spice and heat; but they never overpower the base beer. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review is of bottle from 10/2015. 1 year old

Pours a black body with a small, 1/5th of an inch sand colored head. Lacing and head retention are average.

Smell is big on burnt oak, roasted malt, and some alcohol. Chilis' are super light and no hops detected. Sweet toffee comes through as beer warms.

Taste is big on chili, roasted malts, smoky oak and alcohol. Toffee balances out the heat nicely, no hops present.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Slightly thin for the style, low head retention doesnt help.

Overall, I thought the chilis' in this beer were great. Didnt get much vegetal aroma/flavor but the heat was definitely there. I think that I'm just not too fond of the base beer. Dragons milk isnt bad but I think its just middle of the road in terms of everything. That being said, this version of it is unique, would try again.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark clear brown gathering to a solid opaque black with a dense creamy tan blanket.

Smells pretty roasty, with dark chocolate malt, heavy molasses, earthy chilis, and woody oak.

Taste is chocolate and bourbon interrupted by chili that immediately warms the throat with pepper without burning--it's a good balance with the roasted malt and other elements--all seems to be evenly split.

Thick, full bodied that's almost sticky, but not quite. I don't understand how this can be markedly better than the other variants of Dragon's Milk, but, it is.

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Photo of Kuges
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mschrei
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. Poured into a stout snifter.

First off, I am not a hot pepper fan, especially when it is in beer and really heats things up. I bought two of these last year, and I tried the first one on Thanksgiving. I got a quarter of the way through, it was way too hot for me, and I poured it out. I am glad I let the second one sit for a year.

Second, I went for this one today because I have a cold and spices always help open my sinuses.

Standard looking stout – dark with tannish edges, but at least there is some presence of lacing after a while.

Due to the aforementioned cold, I really can't judge well on the smell, but I am detecting some roasty notes with an underlying pepper presence, so I'm going to give it the rating I feel it would deserve under normal conditions.

Taste and feel is not bad, but not great-the back of the mouth heat is still the most powerful part of it, but the roasty nature of the stout still comes through pretty well. Very hard to feel any barrel presence, however, and the high ABV is either disguised well or tough to detect by my impaired taste buds.

Overall, not a great beer, but I would gladly give it another chance with aging and not having a cold, and also because hot pepper beers are generally not my thing, but I want to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Anyway, sometimes you have to do what you have to do, especially if it involves drinking beer, right?

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Kark
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Garrett_Landvaettir
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave2234
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 5EKF
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of q33jeff
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

"3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
samsmith33 (768) - - JAN 3, 2016
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01/03/2016
On tap at blend. Side by side with xocoveza. Dark black, off white head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is very boozy. Not much pepper compared to coffee. Thin feel. Good beer, but overshadowed here."

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4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EdVandenberg
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Dragon's Milk With Toasted Chilies from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 365 ratings