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

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American Imperial Stout
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Ranked #4,556
4.11 | pDev: 9.98%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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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Photo of GuyFawkes
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of bobhits
2.53/5  rDev -38.4%
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 Franziskaner
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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 kemoarps
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -5.4%
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 -7.8%
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 MonDak_Joe1953
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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 ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dertyd
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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--

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Photo of SteveO419
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with little tan head. Smells of chocolate and oak. Tastes like chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak barrel without much mint flavor but still an excellent barrel aged imperial stout

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Photo of NathanBeets
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Under average BA IS.

I did not taste the Mocha at the least. The mint was not a cool, soothing mint.

I will see how this brew ages. Can not get much worse than it already is. Possibly I am a tough critic, but to each is his own! I very much enjoy the regular Dragon's Milk!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a simple black with a moderate head. The aroma starts with fresh brewed coffee, then milk chocolate, and finally a whisper of sweet mint. The flavor starts with sweet milk chocolate, the subtle, chocolate ladden coffee, and just a hint of mint on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick with average carbonation. Overall this is a really impressive beer - mint is a tricky flavor, and it is well integrated here t really come across as a classy dessert. This series continues to impress.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: Rich, malty, minty,peppermint, dark chocolate notes with some coffee and a hint of hop. Black, opaque, tan head with many refined rings of lattice of lace on glass. Full body but not heavy. Coffee is more subtle than mint, but has an alcohol kick in finish. 31 IBUs

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a thin khaki head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma is chocolate, bourbon and mint. Vanilla joins the party in the flavor and the mint and bourbon become a bit more pronounced. A bit thin but very tasty beer. Prefer some of the other "reserve" Dragon's Milk beers to this one.

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Photo of BB1313
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 9/26/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and alright lacing. The aromas are subtle and balanced, but nice. Hints of chocolate chip cookies, mint and coffee. The bourbon aromas are on the mild side. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. The mint shines in the flavor department without dominating or being overwhelming. Lots of chocolate along with some hints coffee. The bourbon is subtle and accents everything else going on. Mild spiciness in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden for the most part. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It feels similar and/or on point with most beers in the Dragon's Milk series. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid brew. It's balanced, but all of the adjuncts come through. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a rocky, one fingered mocha head squatted atop the onyx colored liquid; streams of lacing dribble down

Smell: Smells like a Thin Mint with a vague whiff of Bourbon

Taste: The mint is striking and grows in dominance as the liquid warms; vanilla and chocolate tones complete the Thin Mint mimicry; the Bourbon complements, through the middle, but is subsumed, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Probably the best use of a mint adjunct I have tasted but the bar was low; fun to try but I wouldn't want another

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/26/17.Pours a deep dark cola color with a reddish brown hue,a deep beige head atop.Pretty muted aromas with mild mint and vanilla tinged bourbon showing thru.Sweet chocolate coffee roast, and mint flavor up front on the palate than the vanilla oaky bourbon element comes in late,sweet but not crazy boozy.Very festive like the bottle says,a great holiday season stout.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black with thin tan head that dissipates quickly thin ring around glass.

Aroma - Rich milk chocolate and light mint, hint of vanilla and a little oak and underlying bourbon.

Taste - Like a liquid thin mint, milk chocolate balanced with mint, oak and bourbon which stands out more in the taste with a hint of vanilla.

Feel - Medium bodied smooth creamy little heat from the bourbon.

Overall - Pretty decent stout not s good as some of their other offerings but solid flavors.

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Photo of zonker17
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown draft pour with no head, minimal lacing. Nose mainly chocolate, some mint. Taste adds a boozy note to the chocolate and mint and overall has good balance but maybe a touch more mint would be welcome. Heavy-medium body and below average carbonation.

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Photo of Ri0
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into a tulip. Color is night sky black with a thin 1 finger tan head that slowly fades into a collar and leaves some lacing on my glass. Aroma is excellent and reminds me of a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream layered with hot fudge. Flavor is sweeter with some caramel and bourbon. The mint chocolate chip ice cream with fudge is there along with hints of coffee and vanilla. Feel is medium, not thick, but smooth and rich with some carbonation. I am happy to say that I managed to find one bottle and enjoyed it.

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Photo of Momma_Knapp
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I let it warm up for about 20 minutes in hopes of coaxing max flavor out of it. The mint was not overly present which I’m not sure if that’s a good of bad thing. Overall good flavor but nothing to write home about

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Dragon's Milk Reserve - Mocha Mint from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 138 ratings