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 #429
ABV:
17%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,537
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 8.22%
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
283
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New Holland Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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94
Outstanding
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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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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into an oversized tulip.

Pours a fluid but surprisingly thin brown and black, but settles into my glass pitch-black with a frothy oatmeal-head. Not much lace but a thick layer of film is present over the beer. 5

It smells like brown sugar and marshmallows with some maraschino cherries in the mix. Something from Willy Wonka's line of candy. Vanilla and chocolate are there but take a backseat to those attributes I mentioned earlier. I hate to say it, but this smells a little too sweet and dessert-like for me. 3.75

Syrupy sweet brown sugar, caramel, lollipop, dark fruit, and cherry coke. I'll concede, there's lots going on, but it tastes a bit messy and cloying. This seems like Lindeman's approach to an imperial stout. 3.5

Cloyingly sweet, soda-like in body and feel, albeit a flat soda, and simply put, just more like candy syrup with some booze added. 3

Not my bag and there are some good flavors here, but they are as offensive as they are appealing, like an Eastern European gal.

Nov 15, 2015
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife is off vacationing on the East Coast without me, so time to break out the good stuff. 12 oz. bottle that will surely be interrupted by needing to shuttle my daughters somewhere.

The pour is Milk dark, but I can see ruby all the way through the body. The head is attached but nothing to put a frame around. The nose could stand some steriods: what I glean from enough inhaling to make me light-headed is a ton of oak, then quiet. Mild sweetness, Pepsi. Odd, but enticing.

Dragon’s Milk - Triple Mash carves a path of alcohol from the base of my tongue to just below my ankle hair. Wow. Drinks even bigger than its 14% ABV, more like a light whiskey, with alcohol front & center. Once I get past the boozy gates, there’s a syringe of brown sugar, flat Pepsi, more booziness, rich caramel malt, rampant vanilla. The whiskey really mops up with a flourish. The mouthfeel is…interesting. Leans more towards the feel of an old ale, without the thick Campbell’s Soup feel of a big stout. Drinking-wise, this turns my crank. Yup, that one too.

If this beer gets tested, it’ll never get into the Hall of Fame. Big, bad-ass, & with only a passing resemblance to the rest of the family, this misses the style mark like a Blair Walsch field goal attempt, but hit’s the yummy bulls-eye. Nice work New Holland; an excellent beer.

Jan 13, 2016
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camil1mj from Michigan

4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New Holland bringing the heat with this one. Super sweat, sticky and boozy. This is what Dragon's milk should be year round. I wish it were a little thicker like BCBS, but otherwise this comes close to being as good as it.

Oct 22, 2015
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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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Raime from Greenland

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dragons Milk Reserve Triple Mash.

Alright I paid $25.99 for a mixed four pack of all four new varities so this thing better be fucking great. I honestly wasn't the biggest fan of regular dragons milk when I had it a few years ago. At 14% I expect this thing to be pretty damn hot. Enough talk, let's dive in.

Look - From the bottle into a snifter. Served at about 55 degrees. Pours a lighter shade of black with noticable ruby hues of held up to the light. The head form to about two fingers of bubbly off white head that doesn't stick around very long and eventually dies down to a cloud formation around the top of the glass. Carbonation appear to be low on this brew. Looks intimidating and for the first time I feel somewhat afraid to dive in.

Smell - Now that shit just smells hot. Big bourbon barrel notes right from the get go with sweet chocolate and vanilla extract. A touch of wood and deeply roasted grains and a smidge of smoked meat. All those secondary flavors fall well to the back behind the bourbon presence.

Taste - Bourbon along with its trademark heat initially though it subdues as you go further into the glass. Bourbon remains present and truly dominates the flavor profile as expected though it lends way to smooth dark chocolatey bliss with a nice and welcome dosage of vanilla and oaky barrelyness. The flavor lingers around for what seems like forever. I cann tell you right now this is NOT a beginners stout and it may have you on your ass after two or three. So newbies beware. Half way through the glass and I'm already feeling the buzz so that should tell you something. Very tasty.

Feel - Body is very full though not coating. Carbonation is low to moderate seemingly dependant on the temperature of the beer. Swallows as you would expect for a large bourbon barrel stout. The alcoholic heat dies down as the beer warms up a bit and as you continue to drink the abyss. Lingering flavors of bourbon and vanilla dominate the large portion of the feel with just a touch of the barrel like flavor lingering on the tail end all around the mouth.

Overall - This was definitely a fantastic stout. The nose was mostly booze with touches of this and that but the taste and mouthfeel are what truly unlocked the potential. Heavy, wonderfully boozy and very warming as it hits the stomach. If it counts, I'm about a ' middleweight ' level drinker in terms of how quickly I feel things and one bottle has me correcting fast text typos already. At $25.99 a sixer, I'd say it is worth the price. Word to the wise, grab a few packs as this may achieve whale level ratings someday assuming we don't get any clueless Stella loving hipsters who make an account just to bash this. Perfect winter beer, and a perfect beer for a black, down on your luck kinda day. BUY IT..

Oct 24, 2015
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Hopeswimmer from Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark, but a little light shines through. Thin compared to the likes of BCBS with a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not as bourbon of a smell as i'd like but a nice sweetness about it.

Taste: Chocolate, Bourbon, sweet, and a very smooth. Flavor keeps going well after a sip.

Feel: So very smooth for a 14% beer. Very light on carbonation.

Overall: Living by New Holland, I've had several bottles of Dragon's Milk over my days. It was never my favorite beer, but I enjoyed it. This is a whole new experience and easily the best beer I've had from them (not that this says a ton). I'm glad I picked up a 4-pack and will look to secure some more. Well done New Holland, please do this again.

Oct 23, 2015
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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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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The success of New Hollands Dragon's Milk has been well documented. And now that they have given this acclaimed stout several make-overs, this Triple-Mashed version employs an overabundance of barley malt to the brewing process for a dark beer of epic strength, sweetness and complexity.

Surprisingly a lighter shade of black yields a beer of deep and dark garnet with redish mahogany ribbons tethering about the edges. While a short and creamy froth swirls like espresso froth, the ale finds stillness rather soon after. Decadent with caramel, chocolate coffee and bourbon, its initial scent takes the senses to thoughts of bourbon ball candy. And its taste follows suit with surprisingly sweet caramel.

Rich, thick and certainly cloying, the rich caramel taste is accompanied by the expected dark chocolate, french-press coffee, candied walnut, honey and mild port-wine tangy sweetness. Toffee, molasses and brown sugar delve into suggestions of dark plum and blackberry hints before its coffee-like bitterness and spicy alcohol attempts to balance the remaining sugars.

Though robust and complex based upon its own 'bigness', the stouts simple sweetness is syrupy and viscous. Difficult with even the most supple of sipping arrangement, the stout's taste begins to step out of the shadow of roast and into something that's better explained as a barley liquor. Its long molasses sweetness extends well into the next sip- save for a fine after dinner accompaniment with a plate of hard cheese and walnuts.

Dec 02, 2015
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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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steve8robin from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 25, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet, bourbony, caramelly, and fudgy. There's a hint of plums, raisins, and prunes that becomes more prominent as it warms.

Wow. Flavor is extremely dark fruity, almost reminiscent of a rum soaked fruitcake. Notes of fig, raisin, plum, prune dominate, with a hot bourbon finish that lingers. I actually wish there were more chocolate and roast notes. Far more reminiscent of an old ale or English barleywine than a stout.

Dec 20, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

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

Nov 26, 2016
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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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whatname from Pennsylvania

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

Nov 09, 2015
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aasher from Indiana

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

Jul 27, 2016
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Duff27 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 16, 2017
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mychalg9 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Oct 30, 2015
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AngusOg from North Carolina

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

Nov 30, 2015
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superspak from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/7/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, raisin, prune, fig, light licorice, and oak/roasted earthiness. A bit of booze shows up as it warms, but not much. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate dark fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, raisin, prune, fig, light licorice, and oak/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark bread, raisin, prune, fig, light licorice, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Some light drying character from bourbon/oak spiciness as well. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly slick/syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a moderate warming lingering after the finish; with minimal booziness. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on for the huge ABV, even with the warming finish. This is huge on the barrel character, but still has a nice balance of malt sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering.

Feb 28, 2016
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Prager62 from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a four pack on a recent Michigan jaunt. A bottle date of 10/07/15 with a 1046 code following. Pouring this bad boy into a twelve ounce snifter.

Look- Pours a thin cola brown color with a bit of tan foam.

Smell- Milk sugar sweetness with some faint bourbon.

Taste- A lot of sugar up front, followed by some barrel that's muted by considerable alcohol burn. A little vanilla and wet cardboard emerges in the finish.

Feel- Sugary sweet and dry with some alcohol burn in the end.

Overall- I went in expecting Dragons Milk with a bit of a spin and that's what I got, unfortunately it was on the sweet side for me. The sugary nature of this beer kills any barrel complexity for me. Not a good buy at $17.99 a four pack in my opinion. I'd rather drop a few more bucks and move up in class. I'll cellar the rest and see what transpires?

Nov 08, 2015
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eawolff99 from Minnesota

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

Nov 01, 2015
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rkf1976 from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 17, 2017
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shirtless_mike from Indiana

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

Nov 08, 2015
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jeff1973 from California

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jul 05, 2016
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Triple-Mashed from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 283 ratings