Dragon's Milk Reserve - Triple-Mashed
New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's Milk Reserve - Triple-MashedDragon's Milk Reserve - Triple-Mashed
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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #789
Ranked #2,128
4.25 | pDev: 8%
Aug 29, 2022
Jul 16, 2015
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Triple-MashedDragon's Milk Reserve - Triple-Mashed
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle at fridge temp. Pours black as night with a light layer of tan head. Tons of bubbles streaming up throughout. The nose is fantastic. Tons of malts, oak, black licorice, brown sugar, and a nice dose of dark fruit. Red grapes, blackberries, and a boozy alcohol note. You can definitely tell the ABV is high from the nose, but I wouldn't guess 17.3% - something closer to 13 or 14.

The taste is pretty hot. Reminiscent of Utopias WWS. Boozy. Bourbon, chocolate, a touch of spice, molasses, raisins, shark oak, charred wood, tobacco, and coffee grounds. Really nice. I could see this improving with another year in the bottle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. The aftertaste is a mix of sweet and wood. Overall, really great.
Aug 29, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Aug 16, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by bplabernie from Michigan

Aug 06, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Jul 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle from 2022 poured into a snifter.
Poured coffee brown and looked black in the glass with ruby highlights. The light brown head appears and disappears quickly.
The aroma was bourbon, then malts. But Bourbon was definitely first and foremost.
The taste rather follows; I think maybe I was expecting more malts (it is triple mashed after all) but bourbon leads and the toasted malts followed meekly with its assorted flavors of coffee and chocolate and vanilla and toast.
The feel, well, again, triple mash implies thicc- and this isn’t. Easily quaffable, just not as aspected.
I enjoyed it, a lot, it just isn’t what I expected. YMMV
Jul 22, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On draft at New Holland Pub. Poured an opaque, deep black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass. It smelled of bourbon, charred oak, vanilla, molasses and chocolate. So much bourbon barrel taste with vanilla, oak, dark chocolate and toffee.
Jun 29, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle labeled 2022 release but stamped 09/08/21 poured into a perfect pint glass at just above fridge temp 17.3% ABV per label. The beer pours very dense black with medium brown colored head. The cola like head recedes to a pencil thin ring and a few tiny bubbles quickly. No lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength featuring fudge brownie, vanilla, light oak and very light bourbon. The taste is bittersweet roasted malt rolling into boozey chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a semi dry finish. It's not overly sweet, but it is rather sticky. The oak and ethanol nicely balance the huge amount of malt here. Overall, very good to excellent Imperial Stout.
Jun 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Resistance88 from California

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Upon prying cap off i get a massive whiff of dark roasted malts that i have never gotten before . As i pour into my glass i get smells of oaky bourbon, chocolate and caramel sweetness.
It pours very light brown and settles black with light brown around the edges. Making me question whether this is a well done triple mash.
First and second sip are big alcohol heat and chocolate bourbon bite. The alcohol is big in this boy and i aint mad at it. Holy shit its hot . I am sure to be drinking this one slow. At 17% I'm not surprised. This is a big, alcohol heat havin, dark chocolate tastin, charred malt assault. Jumping in with both feet .
Mouthfeel is a bit thin which kinda pisses me off cuz for a triple mashed Stout i would expect it to be damn near tree bark chewy. Alcohol burn stays on the tongue for a while .

Overall its a bold move on their part and i tip my hat to them. The mouthfeel is disappointingly thin for a triple mash but i am not a big fan of thick chewy stout so i prolly wouldn't have been to fond of a thicker body . Alcohol heat is very present so tread lightly. Maybe put it away for a year or to and see if it mellows.
If you like big barrel presence in imperial stouts grab one for sure. Let's see what happens after killing this bottle!
Jun 10, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by mattjp03 from Alabama

May 31, 2022
Rated: 4.67 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

May 22, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by TP2MSU from Michigan

May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
12FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours super dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. It is topped with a loosely bubbled tan head that disappears quickly.

Caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and booze.

Chocolate, caramel, and vanilla flavor with a nice dose of booze. Very tasty

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

The booze is well hidden considering the abv. Kinda thin, but I like it.
May 03, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Dated 09/09/21, poured at 50.1°
Surprisingly thin looking, dark brown pour, thin khaki head that was gone in an instant. Snot locker gets some chocolate, roasted malt, a whiff of bourbon. Tasty devil, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit and roasted grains,some heat as it goes down. Thinner than expected, goes down surprisingly easy at 17.3%. Nice beer, I'll age a couple.
May 02, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle served in a footed pilsner glass. Dated 04/23/19. Received from @superspak in NBS BIF #15.

Pours -- surprisingly -- dark brown, and fairly translucent. Almost no head. I was expecting black and syrupy, a la BCBS. Smell is burning hot. It smells like a liqueur. Aside from that...tons of chocolate, a little wood, faintest smoky whiff. Smells sweet.

Taste is not as boozy as the smell, but still boozy. It only tastes like 10%. Sweetness, chocolate are prominent, but doesn't come across as a pastry stout. I get more vanilla from the flavor than the aroma. I do get some coffee and anise.

Mouthfeel is thicker than it looks, a little chewy. Overall, this is very tasty, and I'm enjoying it. It's going to be interesting to experience its warmup sequence.
May 01, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Apr 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Black in color with minimal light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown around the firm and covering a quarter of the top. The aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, and a wallop of dark malt. I'm tasting a wallop of dark malt and bourbon. The mouth is thick, sticky, chewy, and warm with alcohol.
Apr 26, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Apr 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This fine brew pours a dark brownish
black with a modest head of kahki foam that sizzles to a thin ring and
subtle wispy layer with light lacing. Nose of bourbon, dark chocolate,
vanilla, and oak...nice but rather muted. Flavors hit the mark with rich
warming bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, light coffee, subtle char,
and astringent alcohol. Nice mouth feel; medium full body, warming,
light carbonation, and a lightly dry finish.

Overall, very solid addition to the Dragon's Milk line!

Apr 22, 2022
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Reviewed by odement from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Yet another Michigan brewery nails it. BBA World Wide Stout was great but at $42/4pack takes a back seat to this one at $27.99 locally...wish there was more raisin though.
Apr 22, 2022
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle, bottle is stamped with 09/09/21 but the label says 2022 release. 17.3% ABV. Served in a Dragon's Milk chalice, the beer pours dark brown/black with not quite an inch tan head that stuck around a little bit. Decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt and some dark chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some oak, boozy, dark fruit and fudge flavors. All the flavors mesh well together with no one flavor overpowering the others. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and a bit rich with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's a little boozy, but doesn't quite seem like it's 17.3% either. Overall I liked this brew a lot, certainly worth trying if you're able to! $27.99 a 4-pack.
Apr 17, 2022
Rated: 4.71 by Fubudu187 from Illinois

Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by DSouth09

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I really loved this beer. Made a family trip up to pick up a couple cases to last me and friends a while. Dark brown in color, very little head. Aroma of chocolate and bourbon with similar taste. Goes down easy, even with the 17% abv.
Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look - great fairy thick black with a slight head and great rimming
Smell - caramel vanilla and barrel
Taste - really like the smell with the caramel vanilla and lots of barrel with a slight roasted malt, really hides the booze
Feel - thick buy not syrupy, light carb
OVerall - really great beer
Mar 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Very nice! Had the chance to get this one on tap at the Grand Rapids location. Cola colored liquid in a small snifter. Aromas of wood and vanilla and dark cocoa and roast. Smooth on the nose, and not as heavy an aroma as I thought it would have. Flavor punches with alternately smooth Whiskey Barrel flavors and boozy burns. Sweetness abounds, whether it's dark fruits or cocoa or vanilla.
Jul 20, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by goblue30 from Michigan

Jul 07, 2020
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. 2017 edition (so rocking 17% ABV)

L: Dark, dark brown pour... nearly black with thin off-white head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Big and boozy... roast, bourbon, sugars, and vanilla.

T.F: Just like it smells. Super smooth... strong roast grains and burned sugars. Whiskey definitely present and accounted for. Vanilla and chocolate... lighter espresso. Boozy... but not as much as 17% would make you think. Medium bodied... low carbonation. Warming... more complex as it comes up to room temp.

O: A stellar bourbon-aged booze bomb. Delicious... a slow dessert sipper, and definitely a departure from the rest of the 'Dragons Milk' line.
May 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2019 bottle poured into a wine glass. An opaque dark brown color as expected with a very small tan head that left quickly. Aroma was surprising with restrained whiskey notes and big malt character - brownie batter and roasted grain. Taste followed for the most part. A thick brownie flavor met by the barrel. There were some cola notes and a sweetness likely from the malt and the big ABV. Full bodied and gloriously boozy. Enjoyable.
Feb 07, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by rare_bird from Michigan

Jan 30, 2020
Rated: 3.88 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Sep 13, 2019
Rated: 4.39 by GarrettBoots from Georgia

Aug 25, 2019
Rated: 4.67 by mrklnvl from Ohio

Jul 28, 2019
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a plum-tinted black color with close to two fingers of light tan head that fizz away very quickly leaving a thin, but lasting crown.

Restrained bourbon barrel and a little flat Coke, root beer and cherry in the nose. Maybe a little chocolate, too. It’s very mild.

The booze absolutely shows in the taste, though. The alcohol heat here packs a punch. Again, I’d say flat Coke / root beer and a hint of cherry add a touch of dull sweetness. There’s some even lighter chocolate, ash and nice wood character in the mix as well. Alcohol and very light piney bitterness are what linger in the aftertaste.

The feel is relatively thin for an imperial stout these days, and a touch sticky, with fizzy carbonation.

This one is mostly about the ABV, but there is enough malt character lurking beneath the alcohol to ponder over. Very fun to try, and I do like the booziness.
Jul 12, 2019
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a black color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Smell is bourbon. Taste is sweet; bourbon with chocolate. beer. Good mouth feel. Smooth and sweet.
Jun 27, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by RickS95 from Indiana

Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 4.57 by BLPasch from Michigan

Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by Midwest_beersnob from Indiana

May 20, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

May 18, 2019
Rated: 3.52 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

May 17, 2019
Rated: 3.56 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

May 12, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by BobbyOlson from Michigan

May 11, 2019
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Triple-Mashed from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 306 ratings