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

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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:
#1,715
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
159
pDev:
7.29%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
26
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of DannyBaldoni
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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 -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kidzord
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryi86
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you FlintB for this
12 oz bottle, dated 6/2/17, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a small mocha head

S- Chocolate, marshmallow, bourbon, some vanilla, touch of graham cracker.

T- Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla/marshmallow, charred oak, some roasted malts, hints of graham crackers.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- Less sweet and more balanced than Salted Caramel. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second up in a side by side by side. Part of the incredible generosity of @FlintB during NBS BIF#007.
It could be my imagination, but I feel like this one is slightly darker and almost more of a burgundy hue to it than its brethren (or at least the salted caramel). Poured into a mini-snifter it gets the same rush of fuzz to cap it, that quickly fades. This one gives a little more of a ring though and has just a little more of a whisp across the middle, like a middle aged man who is slightly less bald than his brother.

Nose is again sweet right off the bat but has a brighter sweetness to it than the salted caramel. Definitely a bit of marshmallow and maybe a hint of roasty malts behind.

Again with the sweet lead in, unsurprisingly. Marshmallow and vanilla start us off, then it shifts gears, slightly less jarringly than the salted caramel, but again a little disconcerting, bringing in the alcohol bourbon with elements of oak but also a little more of that slightly sour vein that courses through. The backdrop for this one steers a little closer towards char, but doesn't ever really commit. The finish offers a little more bitter coffee though.

Not as round and smoothe of a body as the salted caramel, a touch more crisp and clean, but still pretty hefty carbonation. Finish is more of the not-quite-char/ashy-but-a-nod-in-that-direction of the malts.

I feel pretty similarly about this one as I did the salted caramel. Interesting component aspects, and definitely offer up what the label says, but I'm just entirely convinced that it all comes together, but grateful to have gotten the chance to try it. Thanks Brian!

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Photo of ruzzal
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A: Deep dark brown, no light passes through. A finger's worth of caramel colored head. A thin film remains throughout drinking the entire glass.
S: Smells like an adult smore-burnt marshmallow, dark chocolate and just a hint of alcohol to remind you this isn't a child's drink.
T: Marshmallow and vanilla up front. A solid taste of dark chocolate and a slight campfire char.
MF: A slight alcohol burn that should be there at 11%, thick and slightly slick.
O: I really enjoyed this. The only thing missing is a little bit of graham cracker but that would probably be overwhelmed by the other flavors. I wish the flavors melded a little better but it is still an excellent entry in the category.

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Photo of Ross77
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lonewolfwmv
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 6/12/17, had 7/6/17.

Pours a deep brown, opaque, with a half inch, quickly dissipating head and light, clear, spotty lacing. Aromas of vanilla, malt, cocoa, sugar cookies, light marshmallow, chocolate, some graham- more as it warms. Great smell. The taste is vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, malt, light marshmallow and molasses, some graham. A light bitterness on the finish. Smooth, well carbonated, somewhat creamy, a good medium body.

Does a good job of being s’mores, this is easily one of the best variants. Great aroma. Like it.

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Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jchanley
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and faintly covering two-thirds of the top. The nose is sweet cinnamon, marshmallow, and vanilla. Definitely one of the best dessert stout aromas I can recall. I'm tasting vanilla, marshmallow, cinnamon, and sweet bourbon appears at the back of the palate. The mouth is chewy, sticky, and warm with alcohol.

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Photo of cmsiii
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikecd234
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Served in a tulip glass. Pours a dark cola brown body, opaque and essentially black. One finger off white head, short retention and bits of spotty lacing. Smell is surprising because they actually pull off the s’mores aromas. Marshmallow and graham crackers galore, slightly smoked chocolate malt, light whiskey sweetness, slight oak. The s’mores flavours dominate on the palate which is awesome, although the graham crackers fade a little on the palate compared to the aroma. Still, awesome combination and I am pleased they were able to execute as such. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, standard Dragon’s Milk feel, slightly lower carbonation within normal limits for the style, slight and very minimal booze trailing off. A really well executed adjunct stout, and I haven’t come across a beer that pulled off this combination of aromas and flavours.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wiescins
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to FlintB for this one.
I've always enjoyed Dragon's Milk, but this variant is a beauty.
Deep brown with a creamy cocoa colored head.
Smell, it's all about the nose. What a glorious round, complex, toasted coconut meets toasted marshmallow, graham cracker pie crust meets subtle bourbon barrel, smooth chocolate...so much going on.
Flavor follows the nose for the most part but flavors are slightly subdued in comparison. Not a minus at all, it's a tall order to follow THAT nose. Flavor finishes oh so subtle with a warm alcohol caress.
Body is fairly full, lite carbonation.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eagle109
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Smores Bourbon Barrel Stout from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 159 ratings