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:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #327
ABV:
17%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,392
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 8.22%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
278
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Photo of thebeers
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
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.

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Photo of Pencible
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of Bdubz94
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.

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Photo of Blackop555
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

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Photo of alexanderplatz
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.

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Photo of scream
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
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.

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Photo of BB1313
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.

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Photo of Bum4ever
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.

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Photo of bbtkd
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.

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Photo of BWood
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.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
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.

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Photo of TFB5
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.

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Photo of mothman
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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
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.

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Photo of Impfan
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
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

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Photo of martinpfal
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My oh my, New Holland has taken one of my favorites and made it better! I don't give many 5's, but this one is rightfully deserving. Pours very dark -as expected. Almost no head. After a good swirl in the glass, the legs are very present and slow - indicating the high ABV. Nose is sweet and malt-driven. Taste ; it's pure bliss! Smooth and boozy, but not harsh. The fundamentals of dragons milk is there, but enhanced! Mild finish and extremely drinkable. If you can find this one, get it! I was only lucky enough to score one bottle.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: 2017 bottle 17% abv

Smell: tons of oak vanilla sweet malts
carmel toffee honey booze chocolate figs raisin

Taste: right upfront huge sweet malts Carmel toffee the sweet malts last into the finish middle of the mouth vanilla sweet dark fruits golden raisins figs honey in the finish you get a a nice hit of toasted oak and a noticeable bourbon heat the warms your throat and chest.

Feel: medium to full body sticky but goes down extremely smooth especially for how high the abv is.

Overall: this is by far the best variant of dragons milk there is. Super sweet but oak and booze balance the sweetness out very well. Drinks more like an aged barleywine then a stout but that's ok because this beer is fantastic!

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Photo of Ri0
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Vintage 2015. Very dark brown with a 1 finger thin tan head that fades into thin ring. Active micro bubbles keep the beer swirling and dancing on the surface. I have never seen a stout do this before. Aroma is almond milk, chocolate covered caramel with vanilla and bourbon soaked raisins. The taste is dessert like, with caramel covered in milk chocolate. Mocha late with some raisin, vanilla and bourbon notes. Medium feel with soft carbonation and not much hear from the 14% ABV. Enjoyed this as an after dinner treat.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"'Double Dragon' is triple-mashed Dragon's Milk, aged in New Holland Artisan Spirits oak barrels. Intense malt character is paired with the toasted notes of American white oak. Robust, yet balanced, Double Dragon is an experience all its own." Brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout, available in 12 oz. single bottles and on limited draft.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy head of a medium brown color over a medium brown colored body with a moderately crisp. Retention is below average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Dark chocolate malt and moderate roast with a bold bourbon nose, rich oak tannins and soft grain alcohol. Potency is moderate/high. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor follows the aroma, with notes of rich chocolate, caramel and roasted barley for a viscous, rich malt body, finishing on a graceful, clean note of bourbon and oak. Very well presented flavor profile and an excellent display of bourbon barrel impact as well. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, lightly oily, softly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a light frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is shy of heavy for the style, heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to specialty malt bitterness and bourbon alcohol. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 4.25

(Overall) Triple mashing this stout makes an incredible impact on the depth and boldness of key flavors, enhancing the viscosity and richness of the malt profile, and justifying the boldness of the bourbon oak barrel aging. Very enjoyable beer and worth trying alongside Dragon's Milk standard to see how significant a difference it makes. 4.25

New Holland Brewing Company's
Dragon's Milk Reserve Triple-Mashed Stout
4.17/5.00

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Dragon's Milk Reserve - Triple-Mashed from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 278 ratings