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 #853
Ranked #2,103
4.25 | pDev: 8.47%
Feb 16, 2024
Jul 16, 2015
Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash is aged for one year in select bourbon barrels. The flavors of Dragon’s Milk – chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, & oak – are all amplified in a way that still allows for balance and refinement to shine through.
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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
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Reviewed by micada from New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Not what I expected. Pours a rich chestnut brown with a veritable underwater volcano of carbonation. I’m not exaggerating. The middle was so effervescent I thought maybe something was dead and decaying in it! The aroma is muted, almost imperceptible. The first sip was a surprise, tasting like a bright bourbon, darker version of a Samichlaus triple bock. I enjoy Samichlaus, so this is a good profile. Mouthfeel is medium, and leaves a slightly sticky linger that keeps the caramelly notes in play. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in bite or warming, but it’s a beast, so I’m not knocking this back quickly to get another.
Feb 16, 2024
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottled Jan 19/23 - purchased at Siciliano's Market in Grand Rapids, MI April 2023. Now simply "Dragon's Milk Triple Mash" and 2023 version 17% ABV, a triple mashed bourbon barrel-aged stout.
Pours a midnight black (could it be exceptionally dark brown - sure) with a small covering of short lived dark tan head.
Aromas of brown sugar and bourbon booziness, caramel, some molasses and date, vanilla and a soft hint of chocolate.
Taste follows with bourbon soaked vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, and some raisin and date. There is certainly a bit of chocolate, but not the dominant feature.
For the ABV this beer only has a solid medium mouthfeel - warming booziness - sweet and delicious but in no way cloying - Dragon's Milk pumped up just a tad.
Jan 29, 2024
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottled ??/??/23, date partially obstructed

It’s been a while since I’ve had one of the BIF beers that BigIronH sent me, and I only have one left after this unfortunately. This one is bound to be a bold and boozy beer at 17%. Let’s pop it open and find out what it’s all about

Pours completely pitch black with a finger of creamy light beige head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

The nose is boozy for sure but it’s nicely balanced. I’m picking up on aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, brown sugar, sweet bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla bean, burnt caramel, raisin, and light black pepper

It’s even more boozy in taste but I still really dig this. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting molasses, cocoa powder, black cherry, sweet bourbon, brown sugar, charred oak, and caramel. The swallow brings notes of dark chocolate, molasses, sweet bourbon, charred oak, vanilla bean, burnt caramel, black cherry, red grape, and walnut

A full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a slick beer. Finishes surprisingly dry for the abv

This one is really solid. It almost veers into overly boozy territory but just avoids it
Jan 25, 2024
Rated: 4.25 by jakea from Wisconsin

Jan 14, 2024
Rated: 4.49 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Dec 26, 2023
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Released 3/18/23; drank 10/8/23 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black appearance.

An even pour yielded a small, noisy tan head; no lacing remained.

Toasted oak, caramel, sweet bourbon & faint marshmallow notes in the nose.

Sticky medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel, toasted oak & sweet bourbon flavors.

Too thin, sticky & sweet for me to enjoy. Not awful, though.
Oct 09, 2023
Rated: 4.18 by Roguer from Connecticut

Sep 23, 2023
Rated: 4.33 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Aug 22, 2023
Rated: 4 by BigIronH from Michigan

Aug 13, 2023
Rated: 4 by Dope from Massachusetts

Jul 19, 2023
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Reviewed by Oktoberfest from Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
While regulation Dragon's Milk is a strong candidate for nectar of the gods, some of the seasonal variations prove the more is less theory. What we have here is more, but unlike the typical seasonals with their banana and orange and smores, (and there's nothing wrong with any of those,) this is more of the same. So what happens when you ramp up the base model from 11% to 17%? You get a warmer, bourbonier, boozier take on the beloved original. And if that's not a slam dunk 5/5 then I don't know what the hell is.
Jul 03, 2023
Rated: 4.69 by Donco from Pennsylvania

Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by Curt3 from Ohio

Jun 23, 2023
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
great bourbon malt taste whach out for this beer goes down easy - that's bad for a 17% beer gra=eat tast to the finish
Jun 03, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

May 22, 2023
Rated: 4.09 by Gkruszewski from New York

May 18, 2023
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours dark chocolate brown with a nice, one finger head. Aroma is nicely oak and bourbon. Taste is chocolate and bourbon, nicely complex and flavorful. Body is to the left of moderate, being on the lighter side, but still carries a very nicely complex character. The ABV at 17% is fairly well controlled but in no way hidden. This is a wonderful beer that i would enjoy again in a heartbeat.
Apr 29, 2023
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Reviewed by cwm51662 from Indiana

4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
From what I remember, this was a very good beer. Right up my alley on taste, mouthfeel, aroma. Problem being I remember nothing after I stupidly opened a third one. Never again, but not the beer's fault.
Apr 15, 2023
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash from New Holland. 12 oz bottle. Stored at 34 degrees at home. Received from @Whyteboar in NBW BIF #16. Reviewed 31/01/23 (Review 3126). Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Printed on label “2022 RELEASE” and stamped in shoulder in yellow ink “09/08/21 09:26”. Served at 57.7 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. The final temperature was 61.8 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5
First pour – Medium Amber (SRM 12), clear.
Body – Brown (SRM 30), opaque. Under direct light, opaque chocolate brown with noticeable precipitates. When rear lite, same but xanthous at the edges. By the final temperature, it is slightly translucent.
Head – Average (Maximum two cm, aggressive center pour), wheat, medium density, fizzy, quickly receding to a 0.1 cm bubble ring and several irregular bubble islands.
Lacing – None. Really not expected at 17.3% ABV.
Aroma – 3.5 – Weak bourbon and roasted malt. Slight oakiness and a bit of caramel. No hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3 – Distinctly bourbon forward, no hops, no yeast. The bourbon drowns out any other flavors although a bit of oak appears in the aftertaste. No ethanol (17.3 % ABV as marked on label) aroma or taste. Initial gastric burning occurs but quickly mellows. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 Disappointing. The appearance was typical of impy stouts in general, so no surprises there. The palate is unpleasantly thin. Bourbon dominates the aroma and flavor profiles to excess. There is little stout present, just cheap bourbon. Perhaps using barrels from a better distillery would have improved the overall experience. It leaves my lips slightly sticky and my fruit fly drinking friends curious but undecided.
Jan 31, 2023
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Triple-Mashed from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 329 ratings