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:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,078
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
194
pDev:
7.57%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
33
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 194 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by lebriarjr:
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle sealed with new holland pressure cap.

bottled on 06/02/2017.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: medium black bodied stout. A head that is light brown in color and pours a big 3 fingers tall head from a hard pour with a cellar temperature beer. Good head retention. Lacing left all over the glass as head recedes.

Smell: There is a ton of vanilla / marshmallow notes that actually over power the bourbon. Lots of graham cracker as well. Hint of light and spicy bourbon. Chocolate is present as well. Maybe even some rootbeer in the aroma.

Taste: Vanilla, bourbon, and sugar cookies. Boozey vanilla extract plus cocoa nibs in their raw and moderately bitter form. Lingering marshmallow sweetness in the finish mixing with a spicy, yet lightly bitter char note of bourbon barrels and tobacco.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied stout. Low carbonation that is adequate. Thinner body than preferred for a barrel aged stout, but it still works here. Very rich and almost moderate booze level.

Overall: Another solid Dragons milk variant. I was really surprised to taste the sugar cookies in this beer and no graham cracker had translated into the flavor of this beer. Yet the nose has tons of graham cracker aroma present. This is really good if you love vanilla in your barrel aged stouts. Its very sweet and rich vanilla. Might need some time to meld together as some of the flavors are not fully cohesive yet, but I can easily see them coming together nicely in the next 3 to 6 months.

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Photo of BWood
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L. Typical black stout. Slight head.

S. Huge smore smell. Graham crackers all over.

T. Graham crackers start again and marshmallow follows. The barrel kicks in towards the end. But it all comes together nicely.

F. Very smooth and creamy. Slight alcohol burn at the end.

O. Great variation. They were going for the smore taste and they hit it on the head.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

not as strong as i expected/hoped for. ok beer but with a choice get the original

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light on palate with hint of vanilla and graham cracker on front. Char (roasted) bourbon on back of palate. Very nice!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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 MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of tan head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A rich and roasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, marshmallow, and bourbon. Dark roasted malt with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, grains, caramel, and yeast. Barrel scent of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet scent of marshmallow, molasses, and syrup. Hints of dark fruit. A really good rich aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, marshmallow, and bourbon. Dark roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, biscuit, toast, smoke, caramel, and grains along with yeast. Barrel notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet taste of marshmallow, molasses, and syrup. Undertones of dark fruit. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, slick, and fairly syrupy.

Overall: Another great variant on Dragon's Milk. Nice touch of marshmallow.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ross77
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADG2995
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beersampler6
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of larryarms847
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours slick and oily dark brown with a slight transparency but sits near black in the glass with a finger off brown foam.

Richly sweet notes of vanilla, graham cracker and chocolate are accompanied by a nice roastiness and a very subtle whiff of oaky bourbon.

Chocolate and roasted malt provide a nice bitterness to balance the deliciously sweet and noticeable graham cracker and vanilla flavors. The bourbon is slight but the oaky barrel is more noticeable.

Full-bodied, low-medium carbonation, rich, sweet, smooth.

Overall, a delicious brew and worth seeking out!

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Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmoore32
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarkGutz
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
Bottled 5/20/17

A- pours deep black in color with a thin foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- smells like roasted marshmallow with some sugary graham cracker aromas up front, along with vanilla cream, hot cocoa and just a hint of barrel aroma

T- very sweet up front with lots of creamy vanilla, even some coconut notes. MId-palate gives more sweetness with notes of brown sugar and graham cracker. The finish gives some caramel notes, with just a hint of barrel note that adds a woody linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a sweet finish

O- tons of vanilla and actually tastes like marshmallow and graham cracker, but it gets a bit cloying after a few ounces, still pretty tasty though

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Smores Bourbon Barrel Stout from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 194 ratings