Dragon's Milk Reserve Triple-Mashed | New Holland Brewing Company

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Triple-MashedDragon's Milk Reserve Triple-Mashed
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by superspak on 07-16-2015

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Ranking:
#1,315
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
258
pDev:
8.25%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 258 |  Reviews: 61
Reviews by Rifugium:
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Raime
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
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..

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Photo of BWood
4.45/5  rDev +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 BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Hopeswimmer
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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 DanGeo
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 tvenne
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gibgink
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got one bottle, and really wished I had more. For me, this is extremely reminiscent of fresh Bourbon County from 2014. The bourbon is very prevalent, but there is a nice, raisin sweetness to balance it all out.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warmbier804
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that quickly settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt forward aroma with a scent of bourbon, chocolate, and oak. Upfront barrel presence with good hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses along with some hints of black licorice and tobacco. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, cherry, and prune. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet, roasty, and nicely boozy dark malt driven taste with notes of bourbon, chocolate, and oak. Big barrel presence with notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Sweet and syrupy notes of molasses. Also some notes of black licorice, leather, and tobacco. Dark fruit undertones of fig, raisin, and prune. A really good complex taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and syrupy. Alcohol heat is milder than expected at 14-16%.

Overall: A really good take on a Barrel Aged Stout. Big combo of dark malt, bourbon, and dark fruit flavors.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Update: tried new batch... still like dr pepper with vodka

A- Dark brown, but not void of light as I would expect an imperial stout
S- Alcohol, dark fruit, vanilla,
T- Very sweet. Almost like Dr. Pepper. Rasins, vanillas, and figs.
F- Medium. Closer to a porter than a stout
O- I was expecting more. Tastes like boozie Dr. Pepper and about as thin.

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

Photo of tdm168
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Triple-Mashed from New Holland Brewing Company
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