Dragon's Milk Reserve - Raspberries
New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's Milk Reserve - RaspberriesDragon's Milk Reserve - Raspberries
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,279
Ranked #13,722
3.93 | pDev: 11.2%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Dragon's Milk Reserve - RaspberriesDragon's Milk Reserve - Raspberries
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smackdanie from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a solid head but little lacing. You can smell the raspberries across the room, but surprisingly its not overwhelming the taste. If you like fruit in your stout, this is pretty good. Personally I don't like to mix the two but I could see making a beer float with this and a scoop of vanilla ice cream...

Nov 29, 2020
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my snifter glass, this beer pours a very dark brown, practically black color with a nice, creamy looking, dark tan head that's about an inch thick when first poured. Settles eventually to a very thick surface coating with a thick ring surrounding the inside of the glass and some nice lacing. Very strong aromas of oaked bourbon, raspberry, and hibiscus are all very strongly present in a very nice manner indeed along with roasted malt and hints of chocolate and black coffee. The taste is very much the same, with the bourbon oak very apparent right up front, but certainly not overpowering. This is followed by sweetness from the aforementioned raspberry and hibiscus, both of which also make their presence nicely known. Rounded out with a bit of additional sweetness from some chocolate notes and also some black coffee bitterness and some earthy hops. Also just a bit boozy from the 11% ABV level here. A really complex and tasty flavor profile here that's just incredibly well balanced. I'm very impressed. Has a slightly crisp and slightly prickly, just slightly oily, also smooth and creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Has a raspberry and oaked bourbon after taste that likes to linger nicely on my palate after each sip. And that's just fine. Just a great beer here all around!


Oct 05, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Review of a 2014 vintage 22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter in July 2017.

Pours very dark but not opaque with a short tan head that has quite limited retention. The body has reddish-brown edges under light.

Aroma: a subtle addition of raspberries? ... definitely not!; this smells of raspberry jam and fresh pressed raspberries with just faint hints of alcohol, oak, chocolate and brown bread.

Flavor: the barrel aging is much more evident here, particularly the bourbon, but there's still a load of raspberry jam and raspberries. Lightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium-full body with medium-light carbonation. Smooth with some warming.

Overall: a delicious variant of an excellent stout with loads of natural raspberry flavor and well hidden alcohol. Dangerously easy drinking.

Jul 13, 2017
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justinp444 from Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage, current date 4/5/17. Poured into a tulip it has a big head of 2 inches foamy beige and a black body. Smell of chocolate, tons of raspberry juice, vanilla, some bourbon, caramel, and some strawberry. Taste is sweet raspberry, bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, slight caramel, coconut, and a little bit of citrus. Mouth feel is full, body is moderate, and carbonation is moderate to full. Aged fantastic, helped balance out the overwhelming amount of raspberry and gave rise to some coconut.

Apr 06, 2017
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MikeyMcD86 from New York

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. They did not mess around when they said it was brewed with raspberry. Big tart raspberry on the nose with plenty of dark chocolate as well. Aroma translates to the palate. Tastes just like the dark chocolate and raspberry ghiradelli Squares. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel for 11% makes this beer super drinkable. Overall, a very unique and interesting stout. 92 points!

Dec 29, 2016
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Holland Barrel Aged Dragon's Milk: Raspberries, 11% ABV. Pours black and medium viscosity, with a one finger tan head, not much lacing. Nose is bourbon and some raspberry. Taste is tart raspberry, bourbon, slight bitter close. Heavier carbonation, decent mouthfeel. Overall excellent.

Sep 29, 2016
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angelmonster from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is of 2015 vintage

Pours a pitch black body with a tan 1/4th inch head. Lacing was above average and head retention was average.

Smells of raspberry syrup or jam, pretty sweet. Molasses is also present, black malt and burnt oak too. As beer warms, some whisky/alcohol become apparent.

First taste are definitely of stout characteristics. Burnt malts, prunes/dates, and charred oak. Raspberry jam and bourbon come through sweeting up the beer. Hops aren't present and alcohol was definitely detected but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel was nice and viscous, ample amounts of carbonation. Head died rather quickly unfortunately.

Overall this was a good raspberry stout but the fruit flavor came out kinda medicinal in my opinion. I do like the sweetness mixed with the whisky flavors but it just doesnt stand up to other berry stouts like lindley park.

Sep 23, 2016
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Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is pretty much black with a hint of reddish-brown as well.
The aroma is really raspberry forward along with some chocolate, oak and bourbon notes. Raspberry dominant.
The tastes are really raspberry forward along with bourbon spiciness, chocolate and some oak.
The palate is medium-full with a cloying sweet maltiness along with bourbon spice.
Overall a decent variant of the original but not one of the better ones I've had.

Sep 20, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark brown body, mostly black hued, one finger mocha head, long and great retention. Bits of frothy lacing. Smells of chocolate covered raspberries, dark fruit tempered by the roasted malt, slightly sweet and smoky bourbon, light vanillin, touch of oak. Flavour is similarly interesting, with dark fruit and chocolate covered raspberries; milk chocolate sweetness, bourbon, bits of oak. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, not as substantial as it would ideally be but it is plenty. Good depth, nice raspberry and chocolate on the finish. Overall, a very tasty raspberry stout. People seem to dislike fruited stouts for some reason, but this is nicer and a lot more accessible for the palate than say, Lindley Park.

Sep 11, 2016
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nola1988 from Louisiana

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Jet black, small brown head.
S: berries, fruit, touch of bourbon.
T: slight tartness gives way to big villain, oak, and medium alcohol burn.
F: On the lighter side, but not distracting.
O: The base flavor is still very present, which is a great! but I did look for more raspberry than I found. Solid addition.

May 28, 2016
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Phigg1102 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Very deep brown with garnet highlights, good clarity when held up to the light. Light brown cap about a half finger, settles quickly. Aroma reminds me of a dry chocolate brownie with raspberry sauce, as does the taste. The malt character is not too far on the charred side, the balance between the fruit and malt character is superb. Mouthfeel is very smooth and robust, alcohol is well hidden by the sweet finish .

May 23, 2016
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BSiegs from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with dark brown around the edges in the light. Light brown head with good retention and little lacing. The nose is pure raspberry, almost jam-like. Don't get any stout characteristics or bourbon. The taste has more complexity, although the raspberry is still clearly the prominent flavor. Some bourbon, oak, chocolate, and roast notes as well. Full bodied and moderate carbonation. Finish isn't too sweet, despite the strong raspberry flavor. Overall, a solid beer although a bit one note. Luckily, I love raspberries, so do enjoy the beer!

Apr 23, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This beer is from our collection of special variations that live in our Dragon's Milk celar. Local raspberries were added to the barrels in the final stages of conditioning. Raspberries lend depth, brightness and unique fruit character that harmonizes beautifully with Dragon's Milk's dark, roasty tones of malt, bourbon, and oak." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout, available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs, previously in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a pale tan color over a deep brown body with moderate clarity and light carbonation. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3

(Smell) Chocolate, caramel grains, lightly toasted oak and subtle bourbon. Very little raspberry aroma or any aroma that differentiates this much from the standard recipe. Very shallow on roasted malt characteristics with a lighter perceived body. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Many of the same flavors in the aroma, with chocolate and caramel grain malt building the majority of the body with little roasted malt flavor, and slightly less perceived oak or bourbon flavor than anticipated in the aroma. There is, however a creeping note of raspberry syrups by the finish, quite faint in presence but does not conflict the body of this beer. Finishes moderately grainy with a puff of bourbon alcohol. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly creamy, mildly sticky, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly grainy and boozy over sweet and roasted malt bitterness. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) I favor this beer slightly above the chile version I had last night, although it suffers many of the same issues, the problems are not quite as bold and leave the beer quite drinkable. The body of chocolate and caramel is amongst the lightest in American Imperial Stout territory and leaves quite a bit of exposure for the bourbon and oak, as well as the raspberry flavor, which was subtle and certainly not overdone in my opinion. I still find the body a bit too revealing of the biting alcohol and graininess which makes it slightly less drinkable than I'd like to admit, but this is still a beer worth savoring, even if it is far from outstanding. 3.5

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Dragon's Milk Reserve: With Raspberries

Apr 14, 2016
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brian44556 from Kentucky

3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12oz bottle into Teku. 2015 vintage. Served at 55 degrees.

Pours a midnight black with a thin chocolate head. Little head retention and light sporadic lacing. A bit of chocolate and an overwhelming amounts of berry roll up the nose. Also, a tad of booze mixed in there. Roasted malt upfront, boozy chocolate covered raspberries finishes this one off. Creamy and very boozy. This is my least favorite of the Dragon's Milk variants and could benefit from a year or two of cellaring.

Mar 31, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Cocoa and raspberries
T: Cocoa and raspberries
M: Full-bodies, this one shows a bit of alcohol
O: Decent but not great, my least favorite of the series

Mar 16, 2016
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Kurmaraja from California

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As it warms, a really nice rounded raspberry and chocolate flavor. Strangely, seems to be less bourbon forward than the base version. Not surprisingly, also a bit less dense but has a creamy feel at room temp that's appealing.

Mar 15, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate with a boozy syrupy sweet note. Flavor is chocolate, boozy and raspberry. Overall a nice beer but the raspberry feels a little to sweet and artificial.

Feb 06, 2016
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour looks thin even though mouthfeel is decent. Still not as slick as I would prefer in a double stout. Sweet, jammy raspberries but not much else on the nose. Taste is sickly fake, cloying and straight artificial. Not sure what went wrong from the nose to this. No bourbon, no barrel, little chocolate. So much potential to be a great dessert beer, just did not execute. I've felt that way about all the Dragon's Milk Reserves.

Jan 29, 2016
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body, good clarity, ruby tinged at the edges, tan head that mostly disappears, no lace. Nose is mostly (overly) sweet raspberry juice, with roasty malt and chocolate as an afterthought. Taste is sugary, slightly tart raspberry that clashes with the bitter charred malt. Faint chocolate. All the nuance of the oak in the original is lost, blanketed by saccharine sweetness. The bitterness balances the sweetness somewhat, but both are irreparably over the top. Feels like sticky juice, although it does have some redeeming viscosity.
The original is hedonistic, this is Satan's nectar itself. Completely self-indulgent, it took the raspberry flavor way too far and smothered any 'crafty' aspect the original had. Another failed fruit-stout combo, I'm beginning to think they're just a bad idea.

Jan 15, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a huge fan of Dragons Milk I was extremely excited by the addition of raspberries. This came across a much boozier than the regular Dragons Milk with a very light tarttness and sweetness. Caramel and chocolate structure with lighter coconut and vanilla. Much lighter mouthfeel as well.

Dec 11, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big raspberry aroma upfront dominates. Notes of roast malt become evident, but are overwhelmed. Becomes a little metallic.

Flavor is initially caramelly sweet from the bourbon, becoming raspberry tart mid palate, and finishing dry and roasty. Don't think the fruit addition improves the beer.

Dec 01, 2015
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a weird way the raspberry was refreshing and it almost tasted more like a summer fruit beer than a barrel aged stout. I also think raspberry doesn't work as well in a stout as some other fruits do. Glad I tried it but it was just okay.

Nov 30, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of tan head that slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty, rich, and fruity dark malt forward aroma with a scent of chocolate, raspberries, bourbon, and oak. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Big scent of raspberries along with some fruity hints of other berries. Barrel hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Sweet hints of molasses. Subtle dark fruit hints of cherry, fig and prune. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a roasty, rich, and fruity dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, berries, oak, and bourbon. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Good juicy berry notes with lots of raspberry. Solid barrel taste with notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet notes of molasses and cream. Solid dark fruit undertones of fig, cherry, and prune. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and fairly slick. Alcohol heat is hidden fairly well.

Overall: Another really good twist on a good Stout. The raspberries blend really well with the dark roast notes.

Nov 30, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

Pours brown like molasses, at least in color, but thinner in body. Once in the glass, the body looks pitch-black and sports a coffee-with-heavy-cream froth above it. Lace streaks and a thick film stick around as the head departs. 5

Hard to detect any aroma from this beer. I have to really put some effort into sniffing this beer in a way that I'd feel ashamed to do in a bar or anywhere else public. Trying hard enough though, some faint raspberry, chocolate, and malt. Underwhelming. 3.25

Redemption comes on the palate, but in relative terms. Much more berry and it's a touch tart and sweet and tasty. The stout elements of this beer are hard to come by---no roastiness, no chocolate, no nuffin--- and more resemble Dr. Pepper in flavor. 3.5

Thin feeling and soda-like until it warms up, at which point it coats the tongue with sticky sweetness. Slightly solvent and bitter in the finish, but overall this drinks pretty nice. 3.75

The first in the series that wasn't cloyingly sweet to the point that I could actually finish this one.

Nov 30, 2015
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K-Dog from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 in 22oz bottle aged a year. When fresh though it was pretty good. Aged well after a year. First sip cold has a very tartness too it but as it warms the rasberry flavor mellows nicely and almost has a vanilla aspect to it. Recently had this year's coffee version and really liked it. Unfortunately was only able to get one bottle of the triple mash so I'm going to age it for awhile. Overall I really like the variants of this beer. Well done.

Nov 15, 2015
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Raspberries from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 378 ratings