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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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #355
ABV:
17%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,468
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 8.22%
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
283
From:
New Holland Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  38
Gots
  100
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
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 though.

Jul 12, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, snifter glass. Dark black body, one finger white head, shortlived with not much lacing, as expected from a big beer such as this. Smell is dark chocolate, a bit of fudge, slightly decadent, sweet brown sugar. Not much bourbon character, maybe a little oak. It's an overall a sweet tasting stout, a bit lighter in body, a lighter sweet chocolate fudge with a hefty dry brown sugar sweetness that isn't quite molasses or caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, relatively light and slightly watery. It's the base beer but bigger proportionately, which means the relatively thin body still detracts a little from the flavours that are all there otherwise.

Sep 16, 2018
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph. Pours a jet black ebony hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with hints of chocolate and mocha. Similar overall flavor profile.

Jan 11, 2018
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Pencible from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at SAVOR 2017. Rich and delicious and well integrated. Not cloying, despite the sweetness in the scent and taste. Hot finish, so it was better to sip.

Dec 28, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer is quite literally absurd. i mean, triple mashing an already intense and huge beer like this is awesome, but is wholly unnecessary. on paper, to me anyway, it looks like a novelty, but one drink and i was totally surprised and impressed, singing a much different tune. i couldnt believe how smooth this was, like, its mellow and rich but not sticky, not sugary going down for how strong it is, and really velvety in texture, its actually awesome. the other shocker for me is how well hidden the alcohol is, sure, you know you are drinking a strong imperial stout, but it doesnt taste or smell fusel to me at all, and blind i never would have guessed 17% abv! notes of dark molten chocolate, cigar, and barrel char and whiskey, its an intense palate, but its remarkably well integrated and the beer is far more drinkable and enjoyable than i expected it to be with this absurd recipe and alcohol strength. thats a huge credit to new holland, who has done something really cool with an already awesome beer. i want to know about what yeast they are using and how they are using it to get it this strong, someone enlighten me! dont be afraid of this or think its a gimmick like i did, its awesome.

edit: met some old dude yesterday who was passing around a crowler of this a couple of years old, not a format i would generally cellar beer in, but somehow its drinking amazing, i couldnt believe how mellow and smooth it was, how well preserved, how chocolate forward, and how delicious! no trace of its absurdly strong alcohol content either. a surprise treat, i bet it cellars amazingly well in the bottle!

Oct 18, 2017
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Bdubz94 from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 1/4/17 so about 8 months on it.

Pours a nearly black opaque color. Slightly brown on the edges of the glass. Almost no head. Thin lacing on the outside.

Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and bourbon. Pretty great. Definite booze but not overpowering.

Taste is powerful. Lots of bourbon and caramel. Hints of chocolate as well. Unlike the nose, booze overpowers the taste a bit.

Feel is heavy-ish. Low carbonation.

Overall a nice treat. Booze is strong on the palette but that is to be expected at this ABV.

Aug 25, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown. thin, short, foamy brown head that fades fast.

Smells roast malt, coffee, light chocolate, bourbon and vanilla.

Taste is a punch of bourbon character and sweet roast malt. Fades to coffee, chocolate and light vanilla finishes semi sweet with vanilla and a light alcohol burn. Medium body and smooth lower carbonation

Aug 01, 2017
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alexanderplatz from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is very high in alcohol content so I poured myself a 6 oz serving and recapped the bottle. An hour or so later I drank the remaining portion. The taste is sweeter than I would really prefer but it's not overwhelmingly sweet. The first half at least didn't bother me too much at least but round 2 was getting a little cloying. But aside from that great taste, great nose, great feel.

Jul 24, 2017
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scream from Wisconsin

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First stab at this one. Look, taste, smell, all top notch. The feel is for me a bit hot, but possibly due to the high abv. 17% is over the top. Wonder what will happen w time on the rest I have. Overall a winner.

Jun 07, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Body is near pure blackness, with a minimal tan head which fades to wisps. No real lacing.

S - Barrel, wood, sweetness, cocoa, and booze booze booze.

T - Opens with sweetness, vanilla and cocoa. Mild suggests milk, chocolate. Close is full of barrel and warmth.

M - The open is sticky, thick, not heavy given the hugeness of the beer, but it is all relative. The alcohol cleans the stickiness, warmth clearing the tongue, keeping it possible to drink without being immediately overwhelmed.

O - This is an extraordinary beer, in that it delivers a huge 17% with relative finesse. It is not a particularly deep set of flavors, but it is an extraordinary feel, and an enjoyable, satisfying ride.

May 21, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1/14/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small khaki head that quickly fades leaving a decent ring and little lacing. The aromas are bold and balanced. Chocolate and caramel is there blending well with the bourbon. Hints of cherry along with some dark fruits as well. The flavors are very rich. It's slightly sweet, but not cloying or over the top. Tons of molasses. Lots of milk chocolate and dark chocolate. The bourbon characteristics really come through. Hints of rye and black pepper in the mix. Finishes with a mild spiciness. It finishes warm and the alcohol is noticeable, but it's not hot or boozy. It doesn't come off as a mess. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slick and velvety. Not too thick, not too thin. It's ultimately smooth, but makes for the perfect sipper. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a great barrel-aged stout. It drinks like a big brew because it is, but it's ultimately balanced. It starts to drink like a smaller beer halfway through. Once again, it's dangerously drinkable. The craftsmanship is very impressive. Well done. Very enjoyable stuff.

May 16, 2017
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Bum4ever from California

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with very little head to speak of. Smell is bourbon and oak. Followed by a hint of vanilla and chocolate.
Taste is so smooth for 17%. There is a lot of bourbon there, but not too much for me. I also just love bourbon. Also oak and definitely some sweetness on the finish.
Feel is medium bodied and super smooth with very little carbonation.
Overall this is basically a hitter more bourbon version of dragons milk. Which means I loved it.

May 10, 2017
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve Triple-Mashed Bourbon Barrel Stout, 17% ABV. Pours medium viscosity and black, with little head. Nose is bourbon and chocolate. Taste is bourbon, milk, bourbon, chocolate, and bourbon. Pretty sweet but not cloying, with a faint bitter close. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

May 10, 2017
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BWood from California

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: black with no real head. What you would expect from a 17% beer.

S: I get some barrel. Slight base beer.

T: holy crap. Huge barrel. Huge chocolate. Super sweet but not overpowering. Honestly it's a very well balanced beer. I have no complaints

F: super smooth. Clean finish. Slight biter from the chocolate but it's nice.

O: awesome beer. Love it.

May 05, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours light brown with almost no head, looks black in the glass.
S: chocolate and slight barrel
T: huge barrel, big sweetness, rich chocolate. There is a booze taste that brings some alcohol warming with it. It's a high abv beer @ 17% and I tell. But with that, I like the booze. It's not too boozy, there is awesome flavor to go with it.
F: alcohol warmth but still smooth. Sticky syrupy feel with medium thickness.
O: a better version than thre original dragons milk.

Apr 13, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a flat black with a small head. The offers up vanilla. cream, nutmeg, strong booziness, and caramel. The flavor is very sweet, with vanilla, mocha, chocolate, and cream. The mouthfeel is full and slick. Overall this is a rich and lovely direct beer. It is strong, and exactely what it should be.

Mar 25, 2017
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TFB5 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Without a doubt the best Dragons Milk available. I am not a fan of the other variants, but this one is extremely smooth. Just be warned, DM is on the sweet side in general. For being 17%, it's not that boozy.

Mar 20, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Dragon/ Triple mash

Black in color. Little tan head.

Thick and fudgy with lots of barrel flavors. Big bourbon and oak with lots of vanilla and marshmallow. Chocolate and molasses.

This is full bodied with a very nice warming feel.

This is impressive. Not sure why the low rating. If this had a bourbon county label on it, it'd be a 4.5 avg.

Mar 18, 2017
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had it on draft with all other on-off variants at the brewery. Got lucky to find on the day I was here. The Triple Mash was wonderful. Extremely smooth for the amount of alcohol.

Mar 12, 2017
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Impfan from Washington

5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly complex malt profile. Admittedly, this is very sweet, but it never crosses over into cloying, thanks to just enough hop balance. I could name at least 25-30 flavor nuances, but, suffice it to say, this smooth (for its 17%) powerhouse is absolutely delicious, and completely balanced.

Feb 20, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
2015 vintage
14% ABV

A- pours deep brown in color with some light sneaking through, thin foamy khaki head has short retention before settling into a ring around the edge

S- aroma is predominantly bourbon and earthy toasted oak, with undertones of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, anise & a hint of booze

T- big sweet and malty notes up front with notes of caramel, brown bread, fruit cake & fig. Mid-palate gives light bourbon barrel notes, along with brown sugar & molasses. The finish gives more caramel and finishes with some alcohol

M- medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish that Coates the mouth

O- this drank more like an American strong ale, rather than a stout. It doesn't have any of that roasty, chocolate & char you expect from the style. Interesting, nonetheless

Feb 01, 2017
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Triple-Mashed from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 283 ratings