Dragon's Milk Reserve - S'mores - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's Milk Reserve - S'mores - Bourbon Barrel-AgedDragon's Milk Reserve - S'mores - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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From:
New Holland Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #835
ABV:
11%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,387
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 7.78%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
165
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 18, 2022
Added:
Apr 10, 2017
Wants:
  22
Gots:
  39
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Dragon's Milk Reserve - S'mores - Bourbon Barrel-AgedDragon's Milk Reserve - S'mores - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: Hints of toasted marshmallow and graham cracker compliment the chocolate character of Dragon’s Milk, giving this Reserve a flavor reminiscent of campfires and summer nights.
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
As the weather rolls through the cooler seasons, the time for chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker has arrived. With all those fall flavors rolled into a beer and served in a glass, New Holland will have us crawling back for s'more.

Batch 2022, Reserve 3 pours simply as midnight black as many other Dragon's Milk variations before topping off with a creamy tan blanket of froth. As the robust perfume of caramel and campfire bring the familiar scents of the original stout, the additions of chocolate, sweet cream and granola add a different yet savory complement of scents. A direct comparison can be made in taste as the initial sip elevates with chocolate, French vanilla, toasted graham cracker and caramel.

Once the stout crosses middle palate, the sweetness invites more robust flavors of dark roast coffee, roasted walnut, heavy toast and a light smoky chocolate presence echo the nose while a long and savory taste leads to a spicy finish of kahlua, fall spices and a soft coffee-like bitterness to close.

Full bodied, creamy and sweet, the stout favors a bolder malt presence with a focus on the chocolate. Nuanced marshmallows and graham crackers fall off sooner leaving the late palate sweet and spicy with a boozy hot chocolate character.
Nov 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.77 by hophugger from Virginia

Nov 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.33 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Nov 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.51 by Argail from Louisiana

Oct 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Good head production and decent retention.

Quite a bit of cookie on the nose, surprisingly so. Cola, prune, chocolate, vanilla, and graham cracker.

Perhaps a touch thicker on the palate than regular DM, but overall a similarly smooth mouthfeel, with little hint of just how high the ABV rises.

Tasting notes represent the additives quite well, with graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow all shining through cleanly. In retrospect, I'm not quite sure why they didn't go with "S'mores" as a theme, although there is little char, bitterness, or roastiness. Speaking of little: not a ton of bourbon on the palate, although that's par for the course with DM.

Overall, this is a delicious beer. DM typically underwhelms, and this one too leaves a lot of points off the board, but at the end of the day, it's still really damn good.
Oct 22, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a clear pint glass. The color was dark brownish-black with a white-tan head. The smell was of chocolate, marshmallow, graham, and alcohol. The taste was like having a liquid s'more with a nice alcohol kick. I liked it and will gladly take another.
Oct 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Oct 18, 2022
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve 2022-3 Chocolate, Marshmallow, And Graham Cracker BBA Imperial Stout (S'mores), 11% ABV. Pours black with a 1.5 finger tan head that left some lacing. Nose is chocolate, marshmallow, and bourbon. Taste follows, plus graham, quite sweet. Smooth mouthfeel, overall outstanding. Not as much bourbon burn as other variants.
Oct 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Oct 13, 2022
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark brown color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of alcohol and chocolate. Taste is sweet vanilla and marshmallow, dark chocolate and alcohol. Smooth and creamy.
Oct 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Oct 10, 2022
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Reviewed by BigIronH from Michigan

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2022- Reserve 3

Pours a cola brown with a finger of mocha foam reducing to a decent island. Plenty of sticky lacing. Nose is milk chocolate, graham cracker, burnt oak, and vanilla. Taste follows suit. All the flavors are there and meld nicely for a delectable treat. Finishes smooth but not full or chewy. Overall; excellent.
Oct 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Oct 07, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This one is pretty good, I'm assuming its the same as the 2022 3rd reserve edition. It has the same smores ingredients. Not much chocolate but vanilla and Graham cracker are detectable. Id get thus again.
Oct 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by goleeoh from Michigan

Mar 08, 2021
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Rated by bronxbommers from North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
My personal second favorite stout of all times
Nov 22, 2020
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Rated by MattDecker from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Dragons milk version of KBS. Not as FULL full body as I would prefer, but still phenomenal!
Aug 02, 2020
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 9/13/18, so it held up well. High octane version of the S’mores stout. Plenty of chocolate and vanilla marshmallow with a bit of graham cracker flavor and a definite bourbon barrel holding it all up. Strong bourbon booziness elevates the usual dessert style you’d expect from a S’mores stout. Winner.
Jun 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.65 by Whitey_from_Remedy from Pennsylvania

May 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.35 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

May 05, 2020
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging, with a tan, half finger width head that fizzes away a tad slower than soda, leaving behind a mostly barren surface. No lacing.

Smell - Nice aroma, with hints of vanilla and bourbon, then chocolate and lesser graham cracker character.

Taste - Chocolatey upfront along with some graham cracker and marshmallow sweetness. A hint of bourbon and barrel finds it's niche mid-taste, and follow through to the finish. Good balance of the "S'mores" infusion and the more classical "Dragon's Milk" flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Smooth, slick and with a hint of creaminess. Damn smooth for 11%.

Overall - Good beer, and perhaps one of the better Dragon's Milk variants I've had, but not better than the OG or some of the better variants. Something is just missing. A bit of smokey character would have gone a long way to bring that classic campfire experience to life, but it's simply not there. Smooth, as all the Dragon's Milks are. Would I buy it again? This came in a gift pack for $18 with two glasses. Good deal, but not unless I suddenly break both glasses would I feel the need to buy this again.
Apr 09, 2020
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours as dark of a brown color without being black as possible with a dense tan head. Milk chocolate and char notes highlight the nose, and there’s also vanilla and oak from the barrel. No sign of the s’mores, unless the vanilla is masquerading as marshmallow.

The s’mores show up on the taste, with the milk chocolate and barrel notes combining with the sweetness from the marshmallows to glide into the barrel notes on the taste to yield a really balanced BA imperial stout with zero discernible booze.

That’s difficult to do with an 11% ABV beer. New Holland did this exceptionally well, IMHO.
Dec 14, 2019
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Reviewed by lucius10 from California

3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Sweet, whiff of Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, and hint of cinnamon aromatics on this one. Ha!
Nov 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Shanex from France

4.91/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A world class Stout from New Holland and courtesy of Superspak

Bottled on 12/04/17

Poured in a Guinness pint, Strong aromas and flavors of milk, caramel and brown sugar.

Overall, most outstanding beer! Very creamy and glad I could trade with Ian so I get a chance to sip on it. Cheers.
Sep 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a pitch black coloration with a medium, foamy head. Smell is dominated by Graham crackers, with lighter notes of roasted, caramel malt, chocolate, vanilla and just a hint of bourbon and oak. Taste is a little more balanced than the nose, with the graham crackers still standing out, but being more nicely balanced by roasted, caramel malt and chocolate, with lighter notes of marshmallow, vanilla and a stronger, almost sharp bourbon presence and just a hint of earthy/musty oak and herbal hops. Finishes bittersweet, with a light bitterness and some roasted malt and "s'mores" notes lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and medium carbonation.

I never had S'mores, but this beer tastes just like I would imagine them to taste like as well. It took a while to grow on me, but the initial sweetness is balanced nicely by some roasted and bitter notes and while it does feel a little bit artificial when it comes to the Graham cracker and marshmallow notes, there's still a nice chocolate, vanilla and bourbon presence to make up for that. All in all a little too sweet and artificial for my taste, but still just about enjoyable enough. First it grew on me, then I found it difficult to finish, just too sweet and artificial athe end of the day, ended up drainpouring the last third of it or so. At least serves as a good reminder never to buy another stout with "natural flavorings" ever again though.
Jul 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.41 by chillin from Indiana

Jun 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by jhilman from New Hampshire

May 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by scottiethebody from California

Apr 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Apr 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.32 by HopSessions from Illinois

Mar 18, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Mar 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.14 by desint from Belgium

Feb 20, 2019
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Reviewed by stakem from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle into a snifter appears black with khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

An aroma of biscuit and gram crackers with a hint of vanilla.

It tastes bitter and herbal with a booze vanilla aftertaste.

Its medium in body with modest carbonaion. A decent thing to try, dont need to have it again
Feb 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by lebriarjr from North Carolina

Feb 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.21 by jmh21 from Minnesota

Feb 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by jrawls3 from Florida

Feb 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.99 by HeartPAC from Illinois

Feb 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.1 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Jan 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by goblue30 from Michigan

Jan 26, 2019
Dragon's Milk Reserve - S'mores - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 225 ratings