Dragon's Milk Reserve - Coffee And Chocolate
New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's Milk Reserve - Coffee And ChocolateDragon's Milk Reserve - Coffee And Chocolate
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From:
New Holland Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,118
ABV:
11%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,810
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 7.91%
Ratings:
429
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 01, 2020
Added:
Oct 23, 2015
Wants:
  35
Gots:
  123
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Coffee And ChocolateDragon's Milk Reserve - Coffee And Chocolate
Notes: Aged with coffee and chocolate. Rich, indulgent chocolate flavors are seductively punctuated with dark and roasty bitterness.
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Ratings by GRPunk:
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4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GRPunk from Michigan

Dragon's Milk Reserve Coffee and Chocolate
12 oz. bottle (dated 040116 from Copper Vine) into a Stone snifter

A- 1-finger, deep brown head drops quickly to light, lacy edges. The body is near jet through the middle with mahogany edges. Light sticky spots are left on the glass, growing more robust as it warms.

S- Tons of dark roast coffee. Rich, fudge-like chocolate is readily apparent as well. Light wood. A touch of vanilla. Nothing changes, just amplifies with warmth.

T- So good. Rich and bold. Lots of chocolate and coffee ( almost reverse of aroma). All seems very natural and beer-like. Light wood and vanilla qualities (maybe even some cinnamon).

M- Very full body. Light, abv bite. Low carbonation makes a smooth, though viscous sip. Almost a little grainy.

O- A wonderful, slow sipper on an early, wet, fall afternoon. I'd buy another.

Oct 02, 2016
More User Ratings:
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3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by bret27 from California

2016 vintage courtesy of BigTimeADL.
L: black with Minimal mocha head.
S: coffee, chocolate, musty.
T: Combination of coffee and chocolate. Flavors and booze are muted. roasty, no booze burn.
F: watery, flat.
Overall: this didn’t necessarily go bad with age but I think the coffee flavors probably faded. I would expect a bit more kick.

Dec 01, 2020
 
4.71 by Anacross from Oregon on Nov 22, 2020
 
3.84 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Jun 11, 2020
 
4.52 by Yendor61 from Michigan on Mar 16, 2020
 
4.41 by fisherbray from Florida on Oct 18, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam that dissipates quickly. Considering this is a 2016 bottle being consumed in 2019 - this is okay. Aroma is heavy chocolate (milk and cocoa powder) and coffee with that split being 70/30. Roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely malts coming through, supporting the chocolate and coffee, while providing depth and darkness. Flavor profile is chocolate, coffee, molasses, and toffee with hearty roasty, toasty, nutty, caramely, bready malts. Depth is supreme, with the coffee providing a light fleshy bean, fruity sweetness up front and then diving into the sweetness of the chocolate. Malts are heavy, dark and robost. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a fair creaminess, akin to 2% milk (as opposed to whole milk). Overall, chocolate and coffee have retained well in this ~3 year old bottle, while still providing a dark, complex and expressive experience. Lovely aging.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Jun 29, 2019
 
4.1 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by chinchill from South Carolina

12 oz 2016 bottle in April 2019.
Opaque black-brown body with clear, reddish-brown edges. Short and short lived head that manages to leave spots of foam o n the glass.
This version of Dragon's Milk seems to have a rather woody aroma but little wood in the flavor. Coffee present in both with more chocolate in the flavor. Medium-full body with light carbonation.

Apr 26, 2019
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3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 3/31/16; drank 4/18/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small dark tan head; decent lace.

Dark chocolate syrup & booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate syrup & cream flavors up front; oak & bourbon heat notes on the finish.

The dark chocolate distracted me up front, but the unbalanced booze & oak notes took over, just like the regular version. Disappointing as always.

Mar 08, 2019
 
4.25 by paulish from New York on Mar 06, 2019
 
4.34 by stanale from Illinois on Feb 17, 2019
 
4.23 by goblue30 from Michigan on Jan 26, 2019
 
3.75 by Eziel from Ohio on Jan 11, 2019
 
4.23 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Jan 05, 2019
 
4.38 by JoeLev from Ohio on Nov 10, 2018
 
4.65 by R1kk from Minnesota on Oct 20, 2018
 
3.96 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Oct 18, 2018
 
3.87 by Mikexw from New York on Oct 06, 2018
 
4.25 by Sirnickatnite from Texas on Oct 05, 2018
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4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

Appearance - pours jet black with thin tight tan head that settles to a rocky cap. Spotty lacing.

Aroma - Huge rich chocolate aroma, mild black coffee, vanilla, roasted malts, hint of bourbon, oak. Rich decadent aroma almost dessert like with a touch of bitter coffee.

Taste - Oh yeah wow so where to start bitter coffee hits first with a touch of roasted malt. Next up is rich sweet chocolate and light vanilla followed by a punch in the mouth of bourbon and oak. the bourbon flavor is big but everything is so well balanced the flavors come through in stages.

Feel - Big smooth creamy feel. Warming from the bourbon with a pretty dry finish.

Overall - Love this version huge coffee and chocolate combine with wonderful bourbon.

Oct 03, 2018
 
5 by Jrogg from Kansas on Jun 14, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

A - Dark body, some transparency on the edge, tan head fading quickly to nothing. No lacing.

S - The nose is chocolate, some sweet malt, slight acidity, presumably from coffee.

T - Full of chocolate and malt milk ball, with some bean acidity and alcohol on the finish.

M - Pretty light on the tongue, scrubs the tongue with mild acidity and warmth on the close.

O - This had over 2 years on it, and the lush flavor of chocolate survived, but the coffee has faded, so it is not perhaps all it once was. That said, I found it both tasty and still quite drinkable.

Jun 09, 2018
 
3.81 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Apr 26, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by OompaMentor from Georgia

Tinypalooza 3/24/2018

Mar 25, 2018
 
3.66 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jan 06, 2018
 
4.04 by mltobin from Connecticut on Dec 09, 2017
 
4.45 by Shafaegalo from Texas on Dec 04, 2017
 
3.95 by BenHoppy from Michigan on Nov 28, 2017
 
4.38 by Missygurl3133 from Ohio on Nov 07, 2017
 
4.14 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Jul 26, 2017
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

Bottled on 3/31/16 and poured into a snifter.

The appearance is pitch black in the glass with little to no head retention.

The aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, bourbon, oak, some sweetness and a hint of alcohol spice.

The taste is sweet and rich with chocolate and coffee obviously up front along with the bourbon bite. Also some roasted bitterness comes through.

The palate is medium full with lingering bourbon heat that works well with the bitterness from the coffee.

Overall this is a really good and probably my favorite variant of dragons milk.

Jun 11, 2017
 
4.5 by mwvman from Indiana on May 31, 2017
 
4.5 by tvenne from Minnesota on May 05, 2017
 
4.33 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on Apr 15, 2017
 
4.04 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Mar 06, 2017
 
4.5 by Timc32 from Michigan on Mar 02, 2017
 
4.1 by HermitDan from New Jersey on Feb 20, 2017
 
4 by Deltoro from Florida on Jan 17, 2017
 
4.16 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan on Jan 17, 2017
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Coffee And Chocolate from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 429 ratings