Dragon's Milk Reserve Smores Bourbon Barrel Stout | New Holland Brewing Company

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4.24/5
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179 Ratings
Dragon's Milk Reserve Smores Bourbon Barrel StoutDragon's Milk Reserve Smores Bourbon Barrel Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by gatornation on 04-10-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,891
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
179
pDev:
7.55%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
26
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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jmar25
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 09/13/18. Served in a New Holland Dragon's Milk chalice (2 glasses came as part of the gift pack the beer was in), the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like milk chocolate, graham crackers, roasted malt and vanilla. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but I think there's the addition of some bourbon and wood flavor along with a bit of marshmallow. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and a bit creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought it was pretty good, and it really does remind me of S'mores. Wish there was a little more barrel/bourbon in this, but that's a very minor complaint. I know I'd like to drink this again!

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Photo of michaelsmith11
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a dark black with a small tan head. Smell: Out of the bottle I got some graham cracker and vanilla. As it warmed the bourbon notes started taking over. Taste: Same situation as the smell, as the glass warmed the bourbon notes became more and more pronounced. Feel: It did not have a lot of carbonation and it had a medium mouthfeel. It was a little thin but not too bad. Overall, this was a good beer but it was almost like two different beers based on how it warmed up over time.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fern22
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmoore32
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Dull black with a fuzzy latte film.

We did this blind after having BA Marshmallow BORIS and wow, New Holland's was very similar--it's got that Swiss Miss cocoa and dunked graham game going on, with some peanutty roast via a crisp, thin body that finishes semi-dry.

It works but has a light, tangy sweetness and there isn't a lot of barrel. It's not too sweet but wow, after having some big misses, this is definitely one of their better Dragon's Milk variants.

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Photo of Ag21513
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chicagocraft
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Explosion72
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bobhits
2.78/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Quick review on this one. The nose is a lot of marshmallows, chocolate, and some well I could call it gram cracker though it's more a caramel and breaded malt.

The taste really does have a lot of marshmallow in it. Really nice chocolate notes, some hops given it a bit of citrus, and I almost even get a bit of that burnt marshmallow on the finish. They really went for the smore and hit it especially on the finish.

Now here's the problem, the body on this is THIN! It completely takes away from enjoying it.

The result is a pretty blah beer despite have a really interesting flavor profile. I'll also say I didn't get much bourbon on this one. There is some whisky here but it isn't over powering to other flavors.

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

Photo of cmukid87
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of torrch
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tmryan21
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beersampler6
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing. This is the type of Dragon’s Milk Reserve that New Holland is known for. Tried this one on tap at Knickerbocker New Holland. Nice very dark brown, almost black color with a little tan head and very spotty lingering lacing. Smells of nice toasted graham cracker and just a little bourbon. Tastes of toasted graham cracker, creamy marshmallow, vanilla, wood, bourbon, caramel, malt and some faint type of spice. Very smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation. I don’t even like s’mores but I would drink this any given day. High ABV is very well-hidden. Very well done! Amazing beer from an amazing brewery with very high standards (and expectations) for their Dragon’s Milk Reserve line.

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Photo of KurtisCarman
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blazer22
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DannyBaldoni
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft from Beer Temple in Chicago. Obviously it's not fresh, but BT is known for doing a great job with proper storage, and this beer really settled into something special.

L: Poured with a hefty head that stayed in part until I was finished.
S: Chocolate and vanilla.
T: Graham cracker in a way I haven't tasted in a beer. Bourbon character wasn't there at first, but for the last third it came out which was very cool - felt like the beer really evolved at different temperatures.
F: Super creamy, thick.
O: Wasn't expecting a ton and this turned out to be a personal favorite of beers I've ever had.

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Photo of beergorrilla
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kidzord
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Smores Bourbon Barrel Stout from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 179 ratings