Dragon's Milk Reserve Raspberry Lemon | New Holland Brewing Company

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Raspberry LemonDragon's Milk Reserve Raspberry Lemon
BA SCORE
3.96/5
Very Good
144 Ratings
Dragon's Milk Reserve Raspberry LemonDragon's Milk Reserve Raspberry Lemon
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Michigan raspberries bring depth to Dragon's Milk and frame its chocolate tones beautifully while contrasting its dark, roast character. Lemon zest excites the fruit flavor, brightening the entire experience.

Added by superspak on 04-24-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,158
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
144
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
28
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review of a 7 June 2016 vintage 12 oz bottle served in February 2018.

Pours very dark and opaque with a short tan head that has good retention.

Aroma: a subtle addition of raspberries? ... no; this smells of raspberry jam with some more subtle lemon peel and just faint hints of oak, chocolate and brown bread.

Flavor: the barrel aging is much more evident here, particularly the bourbon, taming the raspberries. Lightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium-full body with medium-light carbonation. Smooth with some warming.

Overall: a slightly disappointing variant of an excellent stout, at least compared to the original version or to the compared to the raspberry version, with significant raspberry flavor and partially hidden alcohol. To my mind, the lemons don't mix well here.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ladle69
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 06/07/16. The beer pours a deep brown with a quick, fizzy head that leaves a small ring and no lacing.

The smell is sour at first then the chocolate comes through really strongly with raspberries underneath.

The taste starts a little sour then the dark chocolate malt comes through strongly. They're is a definite barrel presence on the finish. The raspberries stay subtly underneath, but come out stronger as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with medium body. It's a little thinner than most BA stouts.

Overall this is very good with nice balance.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: Complex, sweet, creamy smooth with some subtle notes of raspberry and lemon. Sweet bourbon and malt nose. Black/brown, mostly opaque, with smaller Barrel aged head and lace. Medium to Full body. Easy to sip.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass with a bottled dated of 6/16/16. How the hell has this been in my fridge for over ten months? How did I get to be 92? Where are my teeth?

The pour looks just like Dragon’s Milk - no floating raspberries, spare visible carbonation. Nose is lighter than a whiffle ball - spare oak, fruit, roast, but no more than one thin mint of each.

Dragon’s Milk with Raspberry & Lemon is the rare ’fruited’ stout that doesn’t engage my projectile vomiting reflex. Why? Well, it’s about 99.6% D-Milk: roast, vanilla, light barrel, good bit of oak, with cocoa emerging as it warms. The raspberries are just a fain echo of fruit & there’s a touch of bitterness right at the end that must be lemon; but I’d like to see some I.D. D.M. has always been one of the easier barrel-aged stouts to shotgun, & this is no exception.

This has been a lovely series from New Holland (minus that whole toasted chilies fuck-bacle) & while this doesn’t hit the heights of, say, Triple Mashed, it’s still a very good brew.

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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
2.44/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with a thin tan blanket that dies to almost nothing.

This variant is cloying and artificial smelling, like raspberry candy or freezer pops, with cherry lozenge and a weird milk chocolate element.

Unfortunately, taste confirms. Although not cloying, it is a bit too much like cherry Robitussin, with minor roast and chocolate trying to pop through, but it ultimately tastes like cherry cola with no barrel.

Moderate fizz, slick with a little heat.

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Photo of Mambajahamba
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sendsilk
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HermitDan
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyscottthomas
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chrispy_Creams
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown/black with a single finger tan head that fades to a skiff.
Aroma is chocolate, raspberry and a bit of roast coffee.
Taste is chocolate and raspberry with a bitter and slightly tart finish.
Medium Mouthfeel and a tad thin.

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMV
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour. Very thin brown head. Minimal lacing.

S: Roasted grains... coffee and cocoa. A bit of raspberry but faint.

T/F: Rich roasted malts... strong espresso and cocoa notes. Berry sweetness is subdued but present. Lemon zest... wouldn't have picked it out if I didn't know to look for it. Mostly just a strong Imperial Stout with hints of raspberry. Medium to thick in body. Moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet... a bit of lemon/citrus in the aftertaste.

O: Another winner from the 'Dragon's Milk Reserve' series. Not as good as a few others, but still a damned fine beer. Looking forward to seeing what some time in the cellar does for this bad boy.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FriedSlug
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No light comes through this nice dark beer. There is a tan head that retreats to the edges and leaves only a few specks of lacing behind. The aroma is lots of bourbon coffee and raspberry with a hint of lemon zest. The taste is burnt and sweet with bourbon and raspberry fading to a lemon and char aftertaste. Pretty solid stout with lemon really waking up the flavors.

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Raspberry Lemon from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 144 ratings