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
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #759
Ranked #2,164
4.25 | pDev: 8.24%
Jul 20, 2020
Jul 16, 2015
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Triple-MashedDragon's Milk Reserve - Triple-Mashed
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Ratings by Raime:
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Raime from Korea (North)

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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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

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
4.25 by goblue30 from Michigan on Jul 07, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by EMV from Pennsylvania

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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4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Buck89 from Tennessee

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
4.5 by rare_bird from Michigan on Jan 30, 2020
3.88 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Sep 13, 2019
4.39 by GarrettBoots from Georgia on Aug 25, 2019
4.67 by mrklnvl from Ohio on Jul 28, 2019
Photo of thebeers
3.81/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

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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4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dd53grif from Michigan

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
4.07 by RickS95 from Indiana on Jun 16, 2019
4.57 by BLPasch from Michigan on Jun 16, 2019
4.33 by Midwest_beersnob from Indiana on May 20, 2019
4.24 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on May 18, 2019
3.52 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana on May 17, 2019
3.56 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on May 12, 2019
4.31 by BobbyOlson from Michigan on May 11, 2019
4.64 by ECOBOOSTINST from Iowa on Jan 11, 2019
4.5 by paulish from New York on Nov 09, 2018
4.4 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee on Sep 28, 2018
Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Stevedore from Oregon

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
4.35 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jul 21, 2018
4.34 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Jul 18, 2018
4.28 by kidzord from Illinois on Jun 09, 2018
4.5 by dtm426 from Michigan on Jun 03, 2018
4.11 by Lazhal from Michigan on Apr 05, 2018
4 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Mar 31, 2018
4.55 by JoeLev from Ohio on Mar 19, 2018
4.56 by Grupatre from Michigan on Feb 17, 2018
4.78 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Feb 07, 2018
4 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jan 27, 2018
4.15 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jan 23, 2018
Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

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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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Pencible from Virginia

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
4.68 by AyatollahGold from Indiana on Dec 26, 2017
4.21 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Dec 16, 2017
4.75 by Bajdog from Maryland on Nov 29, 2017
4.75 by MIBeerGeek from Michigan on Nov 17, 2017
4.3 by Muss42 from Michigan on Nov 16, 2017
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Triple-Mashed from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 283 ratings