Dragon's Milk Reserve - Raspberries
New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's Milk Reserve - RaspberriesDragon's Milk Reserve - Raspberries
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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Imperial Stout
3.9 | pDev: 11.28%
Mar 13, 2021
Aug 22, 2014
Very Good
Dragon's Milk Reserve - RaspberriesDragon's Milk Reserve - Raspberries
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Rated: 3.92 by bplabernie from Michigan

Mar 13, 2021
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Reviewed by smackdanie from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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
Rated: 4.37 by Sellen from Connecticut

Jun 12, 2020
Rated: 3.82 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Mar 05, 2020
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

4.62/5  rDev +18.5%
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
Rated: 4 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Sep 04, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by Eman17 from Illinois

Jul 16, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Apr 25, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by porters4life from Illinois

Apr 23, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Giggy from Michigan

Apr 11, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Beerdudenumberone from Indiana

Mar 29, 2018
Rated: 4.3 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Jan 23, 2018
Rated: 3.66 by Dr_Fox from Utah

Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 26, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

Dec 21, 2017
Rated: 3.71 by DanGeo from Michigan

Sep 24, 2017
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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
Rated: 4 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

May 30, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by Comander_Shepard from Georgia

May 30, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by tvenne from Minnesota

May 05, 2017
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Reviewed by justinp444 from Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
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
Rated: 3.88 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Mar 08, 2017
Rated: 3.43 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Feb 26, 2017
Rated: 5 by jeffbeckinc from Iowa

Feb 12, 2017
Rated: 3.84 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Jan 09, 2017
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Reviewed by MikeyMcD86 from New York

4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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
Rated: 4 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Cotton_27 from Michigan

Nov 18, 2016
Rated: 4.12 by tmryan21 from Illinois

Oct 31, 2016
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Rated by vfgccp from New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Printed as "vintage 2014".

The quality of the raspberry note was surprisng.
Oct 16, 2016
Rated: 4.18 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan

Oct 06, 2016
Rated: 4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Oct 01, 2016
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Reviewed by angelmonster from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Reviewed by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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
Rated: 3.25 by waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

Sep 07, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by Krice99 from Illinois

Sep 03, 2016
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