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

Dragon's Milk Reserve - Mocha MintDragon's Milk Reserve - Mocha Mint
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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,558
Ranked #8,970
4.05 | pDev: 10.37%
Dec 19, 2020
Aug 22, 2017
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Mocha MintDragon's Milk Reserve - Mocha Mint
Notes: 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.
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3.82 by Kuelsken from Michigan on Dec 19, 2020
3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Sep 09, 2020
3.96 by MacStinson from Michigan on Dec 10, 2019
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3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Unknown vintage; drank 10/5/19 @ the Beer Temple.

VERY thin mouthfeel, and the mint notes are pretty much the only flavor. Can't say I'd recommend this to anyone.

Oct 07, 2019
4.42 by Yendorwarrior from Michigan on Jun 24, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

L -pitch black, half finger of off-white head

S - Andes Mints

T - Andes Mints, bourbon barrel stout base is lacking

F - Full

O - Not a good BA Stout, but a great dessert stout with lots of mint and chocolate

Jan 01, 2019
3.83 by BYOFB from Wisconsin on Dec 08, 2018
4.25 by paulish from New York on Oct 10, 2018
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Oct 09, 2018
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2.53/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by bobhits from Kentucky

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.

Sep 06, 2018
4.74 by Kilconey from Michigan on Jul 19, 2018
3.59 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Jul 18, 2018
3.89 by Soneast from Wisconsin on Jul 01, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

May 11, 2018
4.25 by bdiiorio from Connecticut on May 07, 2018
4.13 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on May 04, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by kemoarps from Washington

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!

Apr 29, 2018
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3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by stortore from Illinois

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.

Apr 10, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Roguer from Connecticut

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.

Mar 25, 2018
3.99 by jrc1093 from Connecticut on Mar 18, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Mar 18, 2018
4.15 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Feb 25, 2018
4.19 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Feb 16, 2018
4.09 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Feb 16, 2018
3.93 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Feb 16, 2018
4.14 by psdonnelly from Alabama on Feb 12, 2018
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Feb 02, 2018
4.2 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jan 23, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ThickNStout from Georgia

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.

Jan 22, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Stevedore from Oregon

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.

Jan 21, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Pours deep black with very little head or lacing.

The smell is sweet chocolate, whiskey, and mint, a lot like a peppermint patty.

The taste favors bourbon, dark malt and chocolate with mint coming through nicely on the finish.

The mouthfeel is a little thinner than many BA stouts, but it's very smooth.

Overall a really nice beer with strong flavors.

Jan 19, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Pours like any dragon's milk, oily black with a tan ring. Smell captures the mint, chocolate and coffee but the interaction is dominated by the mint all the way. Taste is more balanced, like a thin mint cookie dipped in espresso, no bourbon to be found though. Feel is very thin for the series, probably the thinnest, and the mint elevates so quickly it is hard to get into the depths of the flavors. Least favorite dragon's milk to date

Jan 18, 2018
3.9 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan on Jan 18, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours black with a one finger tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla and light mint.

T - The taste dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon and light mint in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with soft finish.

O - A decent addition to the Dragon's Milk family. The mint is fairly light and adds a mild brightness to the flavor.

Jan 16, 2018
4.48 by ManMoosePig from Connecticut on Jan 14, 2018
4.31 by sashmont from New Jersey on Jan 13, 2018
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3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by dertyd from California

The beer pours out a dark black color with red hues and a thin off white colored head---------------- the aromas are of roasted malts, oak and milk chocolate, the aroma was very subdued------------ the flavors are of dark roasted malts, light mint, cocoa powder, whiskey and chocolate brownies, the beer has a thin mouthfeel with a roasted bitterness on the finish--------------- overall this beer was nice, was hoping for a lot more but everything was subdued and the mouthfeel was to thin, the good thing about it was it was extremely drinkable I couldn't detect any alcohol--

Jan 10, 2018
4 by Dovers from Wisconsin on Jan 08, 2018
4.02 by Jason_cs from Florida on Jan 07, 2018
4.09 by Jangoon24 from Illinois on Jan 04, 2018
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Mocha Mint from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 139 ratings