Dragon's Milk Reserve Mocha Mint | New Holland Brewing Company

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Mocha MintDragon's Milk Reserve Mocha Mint
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Dragon's Milk Reserve Mocha MintDragon's Milk Reserve Mocha Mint
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:
Dragon's Milk Reserve Mocha Mint is a festive blend of chocolate & peppermint flavors, with just a hint of coffee. The perfect brew for a cozy night in.

Added by superspak on 08-21-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,270
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
134
pDev:
10.1%
 
 
Wants:
8
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24
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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of BYOFB
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobhits
2.53/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Roughly a 1 year old bottle.

Pours with minimal head, dark, ok lacing, but poor legs it seems.

Nose is chocolate, mint, fudge, a bit of spice almost cinnamon, and then a bit of more mellow sweeats reminding me more of bread or sugar cookies.

The taste brings out the same as above with a lot of mint followed by chocolate but then it turns into this rather citrus/fruity finish that I guess gives off more of that sugar cookie note before the after taste is all mint with some lingering coffee notes.

The mouth feel is down right awful. Way too thin, perhaps it needed to be fresh for more carbonation, but right now it's killing this beer.

It's interesting and if you want mint it brings it all there.

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Photo of Kilconey
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fern22
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Soneast
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim and half of the top. The aroma is packed with mint and milk chocolate. I'm tasting a well balanced amount of rich milk chocolate and refreshing mint. The mouth is silky smooth and viscous.

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

Photo of heddar33
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kemoarps
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a side by side by side of reserve flavours. Part of the incredible package(s) @FlintB sent along during NBS BIF#007.
Chestnut/cola deep dark brown. More akin to its salted caramel sibling than the s'mores version. Comparable to the s'mores version on the head with ever so slightly more maintenance of the fuzz across the top and the ring around the edge.

This is easily the best smelling of the three for me. Sweet dark coffee with almost an incense spice alongside. Reminds me of all the hippie store/coffee shops back home. I don't know that I would jump straight to mint if I didn't know that's what was going on, but I can see it with the benefit of information, and there's a vein of rich chocolate running through the middle as well.

Flavour follows all the same cues, offering cold press coffee, hippie spice (no that's not a euphemism for weed) and a light minty uptick at the end, like the inflection a sentence gets when it's turned into a question. The mint is subtle, but I'm quite digging it, and it brings forth even more in the follow through and finish where you almost get a mint oil heat to go with the earthiness of fresh peppermint leaves. Barrel provides a bit of oakiness. I don't get much chocolate, but the earthiness of the mint and the bitter coffee carry through to the end.

Medium body and a more evenly distributed if still slightly aggressive carbonation serves as a transition.
This is the winner of the three for me. There are still mint stouts I prefer, but I am enjoying this one, and am grateful to Brian for sending it along! Thanks!

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Photo of stortore
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 9/26/17, had 3/4/18.

Pours a dark cola color, somewhat opaque, with a half inch head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of chocolate, mint, caramel, malt, some vanilla, light oak and bourbon. The taste follows along: mint, chocolate, malt, more bourbon than the nose, cocoa, some caramel and vanilla. Smooth, with a decent medium to full body, kind of fizzy feeling.

The mint is good and works well here. The body feels thinner than the base beer, which almost every one of these variants has felt. The mouthfeel isn’t appealing, it’s oddly carbonated. Worth a try, but I doubt I would buy it again.

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Photo of Roguer
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Strong head production and decent retention.

Chocolate, coffee, and mint on a very restrained nose. No bourbon, but some oak and vanilla.

Shockingly light and bright on the palate, almost certainly due to the mint. Not as sweet as I expected, and the bourbon is pretty much nonexistent. Plenty of mint, but only touches of coffee and chocolate.

Relatively light but very smooth.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Stamped on bottle neck is bottling date of '09/27/17 15:35'.
Dark cola colored body, with mahogany brown highlights, Less than a finger width of light tan head settles to creamy cap. A few spots of lacing.
Aroma is mint, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and light oak.
Taste is quite sweet, with rich coffee, dark chocolate, some oak bourbon barrel comes in late. Mint arrives late, or emerges late from the other flavors. Good dark roasted malt base.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Appropriate carbonation level. Higher ABV makes the beer a little dry at the end. Through the early part of the taste profile, the body is a little like syrup.
A dessert beer, and quite balanced with its extra added tastes to the base beer. One is enough, not sessionable.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psdonnelly
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 4.49. Bottled 9/26/17. Served in New Holland stemware. Enjoyed 12/5/17.

Pours black with a half finger of khaki foam resting on the top. The light froth fades, leaving a thin central island and persistent narrow collar but no lace.

Smells of mint cocoa, dark roast coffee, faint bourbon, vanilla-tinged wet oak and cooked sugar.

Flavors of rich dark chocolate fudge, mint, coffee, subtle bourbon, caramel, heavily kilned malt, a hint of pine and a healthy reminder of that double digit abv. The mint is well integrated and truly compliments the familiar base.

Medium full, fairly creamy feel with lightly tingling carbonation. The sweet, lingering finish conjures images of mint swirled chocolate fudge with a light bourbon caramel glaze.

Another well constructed variant of New Holland's hearty flagship. Mocha Mint Dragon's Milk is almost exactly what it should be and is ultimately one of the more successful mint chocolate stouts I’ve tried.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black body, one finger white head, short retention. Smell is light mint, a bit of chocolate and espresso, but the mint is the dominant flavour. Touch of bourbon and milk chocolate. Flavour follows, the mint is more predominant on the nose than it is on the palate, but it's there. Tastes like a nice bourbon soaked mint chocolate cookie, essentially. Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy, even if a touch thin, nice light mint finish.

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Mocha Mint from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 134 ratings