Dragon's Milk Reserve - Toasted Chilies
New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's Milk Reserve - Toasted ChiliesDragon's Milk Reserve - Toasted Chilies
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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Stout - American Imperial
3.87 | pDev: 13.7%
Oct 10, 2018
Apr 28, 2014
Very Good
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Toasted ChiliesDragon's Milk Reserve - Toasted Chilies
Notes: 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.
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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

22 oz 2014 bottle on 10/10/18.
This stout is not for the timid or those adverse to chili heat: it has plenty of roasted chili flavor and heat, with the heat lingering on long after that last sip. The excellent base beer still has a clear presence but is a bit overwhelmed by the chilies in the aftertaste.

Oct 10, 2018
3.67 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Jul 18, 2018
3.77 by kidzord from Illinois on Jun 09, 2018
3.9 by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri on Dec 21, 2017
4 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Oct 27, 2017
4.04 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Oct 01, 2017
3.75 by Tracker83 from Michigan on Jul 05, 2017
3.75 by krome from Illinois on Jun 21, 2017
4.08 by tommy5 from Michigan on May 06, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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

Mar 02, 2017
4 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jan 29, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

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.

Dec 11, 2016
3.75 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Nov 17, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by angelmonster from Colorado

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.

Oct 20, 2016
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3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Oct 16, 2016
3.79 by Kuges from Texas on Oct 12, 2016
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3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by mschrei from Illinois

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?

Sep 28, 2016
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2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by strohme2 from Michigan

From notes. Weird aftertaste. There was no heat, just a green pepper taste. Thin body for an imperial stout. Not a fan.

Sep 21, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Stevedore from Oregon

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark cola brown body, nearly black, one finger thick and frothy mocha head, good retention, even thick lacing. Looking good. Smells of rich milk chocolate, oak, sweet bourbon, light char and mild roast. Not particularly chili or vegetal as far as aroma goes, which is probably good as I find chilis to add too much green pepper/vegetal aromas. This is pretty much Dragon's Milk, but maybe a bit more rich. Flavour is as expected; milk chocolate, bourbon with a light smoke to it, oak, vanillin, and a fairly big chili kick that comes in the middle and lingers all the way to the end. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, standard Dragon's Milk fare, good carbonation, with a spicy peppery kick on the latter half and which lingers for a while. An overall interesting and tasty brew, not one I would finish the entire 12oz pour of on my own because of the spiciness, but it's fairly well executed.

Sep 09, 2016
3.75 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania on Sep 07, 2016
4.15 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Sep 01, 2016
4.09 by jrs3994243 from Michigan on Aug 09, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

Deep, dark brown body; one-finger thick light tan head. Mint and chili aroma; tobacco. Mint and chili flavors riding a milk chocolate backbone; leather; brushes of vanilla. Heavy body; lush and velvety with a nice heat bite underneath.

I can't say I realized the chili aspect of things when I bought this, but what a great discovery after the fact. This is one fine chili-stout ale. The chili heat nicely balances the stout sweetness. The malt sweetness and chilies also do a fine job of sublimating the high ABV of this monster. Anyway, the usual superlatives apply: balanced, complex, etc., et al...

Aug 07, 2016
4.06 by TheBishopco from Tennessee on Jul 10, 2016
4.52 by stevenvonglahn from Florida on Jul 05, 2016
4.19 by Blakelvb from Florida on Jul 05, 2016
4.09 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Jul 02, 2016
Photo of brentk56
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours coffee brown, somewhat translucent, with a rather small head that fades to a ringlet and archipelago; splotchy lacing

Smell: Chocolate and chili pepper, with a hint of Bourbon

Taste: Chocolate and roast forward, with growing heat from the chili peppers; after the swallow, the Bourbon edges into the profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; heat tingles the tastebuds

Overall: Surprisingly thin and the heat seems a bit out of balance with the Bourbon barrel, but I otherwise enjoyed it

Thanks, SDDLSK, for the opportunity

Jun 12, 2016
3.28 by Johnct from New York on Jun 12, 2016
3.83 by MispeledStalion from Ohio on Jun 08, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

i am usually not a fan of chili beers at all, even the dark ones, even the highly regarded ones, but this is pretty darn impressive. the chili is the perfect amount for my tastes, and there is just a little bit of heat on the back end, but it goes away quickly, certainly doesnt have me frantically reaching for a glass of water like some of these do. smooth and rich, eggshell luster on the pour, black, with a short but easily roused tan head. the nose head is amazing, very little of the pepper, but lots of oak and lactose, roast and char, and maybe just a hint of smoke. the pepper is nice in the flavor, brings out some of the deeper chocolate notes in here, and comes on increasingly throughout the drink, climaxing right before the finish where i do get the toasted aspect too. i think thats so much more appropriate here than fresh peppers, and it really works for me. smooth and big, but not a trace of its strength, this is a good reminder of why i love the base beer so much, but its also a wonderful edition, the chili gives this another layer and makes me appreciate aspects i never have before. i think it makes it much less sweet so the grain depth is more obvious, ashy and dark, really nice. overall an outstanding beer, on tap with my lunch today at freshcraft downtown.

Jun 07, 2016
3.81 by sahd-1 from Illinois on May 30, 2016
4.03 by Kark from Minnesota on May 28, 2016
3.88 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on May 21, 2016
3.96 by loganburgh from Michigan on May 11, 2016
4.5 by Garrett_Landvaettir from South Carolina on May 10, 2016
3.67 by TPiwaron from Wisconsin on May 08, 2016
3.75 by devilfluff from New Jersey on May 01, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by gatornation from Minnesota

12 oz bottle received as an extra in a trade , pours a light black color with an dark tan head,, smells of roasted malts wit chocolate and spice, taste has a nice wood and whiskey note followed by some spice and pepper heat, mouth feel has smooth pepper heat mixed with a BA Stout it works well and is tasty, it thin for my liking but it still a nice BA Stout, recommended, if you like some spice heat with your stout.

Apr 30, 2016
3.69 by Dave2234 from Minnesota on Apr 20, 2016
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Toasted Chilies from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 443 ratings