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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American Imperial Stout
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4.11 | pDev: 10.22%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 137
Reviews by BYOFB:
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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of rypkr
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Standard DM pour.

Mint is faint on the nose but evident. I'm finding the other dragons milk aromas of vanilla and oak hard to find.

Taste is heavy overpowering spearmint. I've yet to have a mint beer I've enjoyed but had to try this as I always try DM variants.

One and done.. if I even finish this one. My kitchen drain is gonna be drunk after all I've fed it tonight.

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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 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 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 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 EMV
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark cola brown pour... nearly black with a solid finger of brown head. Falls quickly leaving a thin rim of lacing.

S: Dark roasted grains... coffee... cocoa... very faint mint. Smells like Christmas morning almost.

T/F: Follows the nose nicely. Charred grains and dark sugars mingle with espresso to provide some nice bittersweet flavors. The mint shows up mid-swig... and is more pronounced while the beer is still chilled... and then at the aftertaste you get a nice burst of chocolate. Rich and boozy.... definitely warming, and the flavors become much more nuanced as it warms up to room temp.

O: An excellent take on the Dragon's Milk series... and they have without exception (I've had maybe 5 of them now) been delicious. I'm not a huge mint fan but still really enjoyed this beer. It was made for winter... and definitely one to enjoy around the holidays.

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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 buzzedup
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Yard House in Atlanta.
Pour is clear but very dark, with an excellent tan head.
Full, smooth body with well hidden alcohol.
Well chosen, conservative addition of mint adds a nice touch, making this a Dragon's Milk with just the right amount of chocolate mint. This sweet ale leaves a lightly bitter aftertaste. Good balance and harmony among a multitude of flavors.
Overall: Highly recommended.

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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 Soneast
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 09/27/7

Appearance - Pours black with plenty of cola brown edging. Tan, quarter width head that dies relatively quick, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Fair lacing with broken lines and some small spotting.

Smell - Nice aroma, with chocolate and a nice touch of roasted malt do well to balance the strong, underlying mint aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolate and roasted malt are nearly equal counterparts upfront, then a bit of vanilla and oak come through. Slight coconut character. Mint is a present undertone from the get-go, then becomes quite prominent as the finish approaches, lightening the flavor profile significantly. Aftertaste lingers with milk chocolate and mint sweetness, not unlike an Andes mint; almost detrimental, truth be told.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low, tingly carbonation. Slick, nigh velvety texture that finishes a bit thin and watery.

Overall - A fair variant of the original. I think the mint takes away too much of the roastiness that the original exhibits. I'm glad I tried it, but I doubt I'd try it again. Too much mint.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 bootdown21
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 krome
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psdonnelly
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 StoutHunter
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of New Holland's Dragon's Milk Reserve Mocha Mint at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to a try a new beer in the Dragons Milk series and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, it's very similar to the original and not too eye catching. It poured a dark brown almost black color that didn't change when held to the light and it had a little under a fingers worth of a little creamy and a little bubbly tan head that was a little fizzy and it died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away it left some rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had a little better head retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a coffee aroma being the first to show up and it blends in with the chocolate to make for a mocha like aroma and that goes into the mint which is noticeable and it's just a little on the light side. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast and that leads into the malts which impart some roasted malt, dark malt, sweet malt and light nutty aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma all the aspects show up enough to be noticeable.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but less balanced and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the coffee and chocolate still being the first to show up and this time the coffee is lighter with a lot more of that chocolate coming through giving it an chocolate syrup like aroma. Up next comes the mint and it's pretty light and not that noticeable and it's followed by a little bit of doughy yeast. Towards the end comes the malts which impart all the same aspects with the sweet malts seeming to show up the most and on the finish there's a pretty much no bitterness with a bunch of sweetness taking it's place and just a slight bit of alcohol with a pretty sweet and chocolate syrup like flavors in the aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, but it's too sweet and the mint doesn't show up enough to make it live up to it's name.

M- Fairly smooth, on the cloying side, syrupy, slightly creamy, the alcohol was well hidden, not crisp, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it was less cloying and a little more carbonated.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and it was pretty close to being an average example of the style. It's not bad, but it doesn't really live up to it's name with such a slight mint flavor. This beer has ok drinkability, I think one would be enough for me, anymore than that and it would be too sweet for me. What I like the most about this beer is the aromas and appearance, they were easily the best aspects of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and that it doesn't fully live up to it's name. I wouldn't buy this beer because it doesn't really live up to it's name and I would recommend it if your looking for a beer with a noticeable mint flavor. All in all I didn't mind this beer, but the sweetness and the lack of mint really held this beer back from being as good as it could be. It's one of my least favorite beers in this series and it's pretty close to being average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/27/2017. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, peppermint, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, smoke, molasses, dark fruit, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, mint, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, peppermint, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, smoke, molasses, dark fruit, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, and cooling mint character on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, peppermint, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, coconut, light molasses/smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, mint, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly drying from roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged coffee/spiced imperial stout! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, mint, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Was hoping for more intense coffee/mint character, but this was still delicious. Similar to regular dragons milk with nice added cocoa nib presence; and pleasant nutty coffee and earthy/cooling mint flavors. A really enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prager62
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 12oz. bottle dated 09/27/17 poured in a 12oz. snifter.

Look- Pours a thin cola looking brown producing a couple centimeters of light tan foam. No lacing is present.

Smell- Mint, cocoa powder, brown sugar and mild barrel.

Taste- Chocolate, cool mint, a dash of bourbon and oak in the finish.

Feel- Slightly oily and thin like all Dragon's Milk. A bit of sensation to the tongue from carbonation and mint.

Overall- Tastes like a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie with a splash of bourbon. Enjoyable enough, but nothing that makes it memorable. I stuck to my practice of buying a single and don't regret my decision.

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Dragon's Milk Reserve - Mocha Mint from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 137 ratings