Dragon's Milk Reserve Salted Caramel | New Holland Brewing Company

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Salted CaramelDragon's Milk Reserve Salted Caramel
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Dragon's Milk Reserve Salted CaramelDragon's Milk Reserve Salted Caramel
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

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Added by superspak on 11-02-2017

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Ranking:
#2,988
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
127
pDev:
7.66%
 
 
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Photo of GregSemenza
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Daniel_Bates
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beersnake1
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black. I immediately pick up the salted caramel on the nose. Really amazing. Also getting bourbon, chocolate, milk, a bit of roasted malts, and some dark fruit (mainly cherries). Taste is full of lactose, milk chocolate, salted caramel, and a nice amount of bourbon. Mostly sweet, but a bit bitter on the back end. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, this is a nicely done stout. I am a big fan of salt in my BA stouts!

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

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I just finished a recalibration/refresher with their base Dragon's Milk & now it is time to delve into a couple of their variants as a part of Happy New New Holland/Belgium Beer Sunday (Week 698)! Yes, I am veering into bottles, but only because I ran through my New Holland CANs earlier today. 8=(

From the Bottle: "Dragon's Milk Reserve Salted Caramel is the ultimate liquid indulgence. Smooth and creamy, with notes of sweet vanilla and caramel sugar."; "Pairings: Fruit, Chocolate, & Pecans".

I began, as I always do, with a Pop! of the cap. What next? The bottle was marked "Bottled 12/04/17" but seven months later, a layer of lees was laying atop the punt. 8=O Time for a slow, gentle pour, boys & girls, since I do not want to rouse anything that has developed. Isn't beer fun? I think so! Once I had it sufficiently decanted, an in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with modest retention, quickly reverting to wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled strongly of dark chocolate and caramel, but I was reminded more of a Crème Brulee, at least on the nose. Shades of Southern Tier's version of the dessert! Mouthfeel was big, thick & full, like a dollop had been scooped onto my tongue! Whoa. I just let it roll around to allow it warm & to get a better sense of its textures & flavors. I definitely got a very dark chocolate flavor, but the caramel was slightly burnt, reinforcing my initial reaction of Crème Brulee, but with a light saltiness. I wish that they had been a little more heavy-handed with the salt, or depending on what they used, gone with sea salt instead which always imparts a richer saltiness than simple iodized salt. Finish was semi-dry, most likely due to the inclusion of salt, but it was not as sweet as either the base version or the Chocolate Cherry variant. Either way, to me it was more of a dessert beer & one was enough.

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4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle, it's an opaque dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, slight roast, vanilla, bourbon.
Taste is chocolate and caramel with a bit of roastiness, vanilla, a little bite of salt, booze, vanilla and a hint of nuttiness.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.
I really like this. It is sweet but the alcohol bite cuts it. Good stuff!

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Photo of kidzord
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of einman
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryi86
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you FlintB for this
12 oz bottle, dated 12/4/17, poured into a tulip

A- Black with a small mocha head.

S- Chocolate, salted caramel, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon.

T- Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, some bourbon, touch of oak.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A very tasty, but sweet, Barrel Aged Stout. Easy to drink, only real issue with this there is no bitterness to balance it out.

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Photo of DaveCash
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason1221
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MO1978
2.18/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Dactrius
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kemoarps
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From @FlintB and his deluge of Michigan goodness. Poured into a mini-snifter.

Pour is deep chestnut/cola/black coffee that is not quite dark enough to be described as black. Minimal head that rises late and disappears almost as quickly.

Nose is candy sweet. Deep roasted caramel for sure like the expensive candies you get at the local hippie store. Good amount of vanilla in there as well. Maybe I'm thinking more like dulce de leche ice cream. Oohhh... I bet this would be really good in an beer float.

Initial lead of that same sweet caramel/vanilla, but then it kind of seems to take an indecisive turn. The rich caramel is still there, vanilla is still around the edges, but the bourbon is more the sour mash and alcohol than I prefer. There's definitely a saline quality as well (and more pronounced I feel than even the couple of oyster stouts I've tried recently), which fits the salted caramel component, but kind of clashes with the roundness of the bourbon. Like It really dedicates itself to the salted caramel thing in addition to its BBA base beer, but I don't feel like the blend/mesh as well as I would like them to.

Sticky sweet body that is burnt sugar (caramel) and a body that feels like a thin base thickened up and smoothed out by caramel. Sharp carbonation also kind of distracts a little bit.

All in all, I think I love the idea of this one, and I think that the individual components have strength, but I was ultimately a little underwhelmed in how they were all brought together. Still incredibly grateful to Brian for sending it along so I could try it myself. Thanks, man!!

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Photo of nickfl
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dfhhead25
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 12/1/17. Had 2/4/17.

Pours a dark brown, looks like cola, mostly opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of malt, cocoa, chocolate, caramel, some vanilla. The taste is vanilla, cocoa, malt, chocolate, caramel, a light cola taste, a little bourbon as it warms. It’s pretty salty, like table salt, not sea salt. And it lingers. Smooth, a decent medium to full body, appropriately carbonated.

Like all the variants, thinner than the base beer. This has a very good aroma, and a good flavor, but there’s too much table salt and it’s a negative for me. The bourbon is pretty much MIA, too.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/4/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with amazing retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, sea salt, marshmallow, toasted oak, nuttiness, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, molasses, bourbon, licorice, dark fruit, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warmed. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, caramel, salt, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, sea salt, marshmallow, toasted oak, nuttiness, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, coffee, molasses, bourbon, licorice, dark fruit, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Very mild roast bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, sea salt, marshmallow, toasted oak, nuttiness, dark/brown bread, coconut, light coffee/molasses, bourbon, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, caramel, salt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal chalky roast, oak tannins, or dryness. Alcohol is very well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth of 11%, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic flavored barrel aged imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, caramel, salt, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Bourbon is pretty muted, but the barrel complexity of vanilla/toffee/coconut is all there. Very rich/complex with outstanding balance of all flavors; nothing overpowering, and not overly sweet/slick making this super smooth. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a snifter from draft at The Vine on March 17, 2018. Look is dark brown with an off-white head and sticky lacing.
Smell is caramel, vanilla and milk chocolate. Taste is caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and a touch of salt. Feel is medium in body with a creamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish.

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Salted Caramel from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 127 ratings