Dragon's Milk Reserve Cherry Chocolate | New Holland Brewing Company

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Cherry ChocolateDragon's Milk Reserve Cherry Chocolate
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Dragon's Milk Reserve Cherry ChocolateDragon's Milk Reserve Cherry Chocolate
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Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Introducing the next addition to our Dragon’s Milk Reserve series… Cherry Chocolate! We decided to combine these two classic flavors with the rich and creamy taste of Dragon’s Milk to create a delightfully smooth treat.

Added by superspak on 02-17-2018

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#5,616
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
59
pDev:
7.33%
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of chrisb53188
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GJH1959
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Although it has a high alcohol content, it does not have that “high alcohol” taste. A very nice and smooth taste of chocolate and cherries. There is also a very nice smell of cherries and chocolate.

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Photo of machogazpacho
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really liked it. Dark and frothy, tasted like smokey cherries and just a hint of bourbon in the background - not overbearing. Awesome!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Always with a dessert mindset, the sweeter imperial stout of New Holland has its own bourbon ball candy character all by itself, but this cherry and chocolate infused version pushes those dessert tendencies right into Valentine's Day.

The Cherry Chocolate iteration of Dragon's Milk Reserve pours with a dark, bark-like brown hue and capped with a dense and foamy sheet. Lavishly sweet aromas of the pitted and tangy fruit link up with the scent of chocolate, coffee and nuttiness with mouthwatering effects. Malty sweet to taste, the richness of caramel and toffee slather the tongue with grain sugars and inform the chocolate additions exceptionally well.

The taste explosion on the middle palate shows a deep penetrating sweetness into the tastebuds, saturating them fully with devilishly sweet flavors. Milk chocolate rises above the caramel and toffee for a slightly more robust character heading deeper into taste. A rise of cherries brings a fruit filled complexity along with a hint of tartness to help with the balance. Vanilla, cream, light and nutty oak along with a pep of coffee char decorates the finish and highlights the beer's bourbon influence.

Full bodied and fueled with dense, chewy and voluptuous malt texture, the beer is pleasantly cloying, allowing the beer to become a slow and sipping session chocked full of culinary delight. Caramelized whisky brings a spicy late palate while the long and sweet aftertaste is more of Kahlua. This is a beer that doesn't pair well with dessert, it replaces dessert altogether.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmh21
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great tasting beer from new holland . I love the chocolate and cherry notes with each drinks. Warm to the nose from the boozy 11% abv and the warming affect it has on the consumer . Great beer great taste well done sirs!

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Photo of nwhittin
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brocktune
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gregf51
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ichorNet
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I consider myself a Dragon's Milk variant aficionado at this point, given that I've bought at least four other variants and am a big fan of the base beer (probably the best value BBA stout available in the US on a year-round basis). This one uses cherries and chocolate to get some fruity elements and deep chocolate cake-like flavor in the mix!

As usual, this is a beautiful beer that pours a deep brown color with a retentive mocha head building up to several fingers before it settles down to approximately a finger. It leaves behind incredible lace and seems to have some solid legs along with a a moderately-obscured surface. Definitely always a big fan of the consistently-nice-looking Dragon's Milk!

The nose here is a tiny bit metallic at first, which I think has a lot to do with the cherry addition. Eventually I start to pick up the traditional dark roastiness, charred barrel character and vanillins that I expect from DM, along with some notes of milk chocolate and cream. As the metallic element goes away, the cherries become easier to pick up, though they kind of assume a more "generic" dark fruit aspect that reminds me a lot of a Belgian quad. I get notes of black cherry and plum with some nice woody notes that blend well with the overarching approach going on here.

The flavor is intense and well-developed; an initial burst of toffee and barrel-influenced tannins melding with dark fruit and chocolate in a subtle way, with the mid-palate bringing along some of the bourbon heat and earthiness. The light tartness from the cherries works pretty well with the bold roasted malt backbone here, making this one of the more rewarding flavor variants of DM that I can think of. I kind of think of this as a combination between a quad and a stout due mostly to the intersection of the fruity, estery flavor with the barrel and roasted malt aspects. As such, it's really successful, and gives me a little bit more to anchor to than just the "hey look what flavor we randomly achieved" compared to some other variants of the base beer.

Feel is huge and detailed as I expect from this series. Just like with the appearance, I consider DM (and its variants, by extension) a stalwart, intense stout that displays its flavors very apparently. Low-leaning carbonation and a long, semi-sweet finish give this the gusto needed to do well even against all the other overtly-flavored stouts being made these days. Long live the Milk!

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Photo of HardyA
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason1221
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeLev
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Livyatan1996
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had mixed experiences with the many variations in the Dragon's Milk Reserve series, but I think I would rate this one as above average compared to those I've tried. It pours a bit thin for an 11% ABV barrel-aged stout, consistent with other releases. The cherry is much more prominent than the chocolate, standing out a bit more on the palate than balance would dictate; that said, if you're looking for a dessert beer fashioned after a cherry cordial, this will do the trick. The nose is more restrained and subtle.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

From the shoulder of the bottle: "BOTTLED 04/15/18 15:55"

Appearance: It has a black body with a medium sized light khaki head. It has good head retention.

Aroma: There is a souring fruit aroma mixed in with a bit of canned cherries and a light scent of wood. After a short time it starts to smell a lot like a Black Forest Cake. A light bit of alcohol appears on the nose. It has a pleasant overall scent that is akin to a cherry liqueur. It isn't very complex but the single note it strikes is very resonant.

Taste: Up front there is a ton of chocolate. It tastes a bit like a Tootsie Roll and then at times it tastes a lot like a chocolate creme filled Christmas candy. This beer is very decadent.

Mouthfeel: The beer is very clean and it feels fully fermented. It seems just a tad thin but the lighter (medium-full) body works very well for this beer. It delivers an experience that is in tune with the flavors it accompanies.

Overall: It is simply a great, well-rounded, flavorful Imperial Stout. The bottle states that this is a "BOURBON BARREL STOUT WITH CHERRY CHOCOLATE." It has a light woody character on the nose but most of the bourbon is faint. The cherry and chocolate really steal the show here, but it is absolutely in a good way. The beer straddles that balance of dessert flavor and beer nicely. I would recommend it to those who enjoy both chocolate and cherry flavors. I would buy it again for a special occasion or a holiday celebration.

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Cherry Chocolate from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 59 ratings