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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#3,518
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
123
pDev:
8.74%
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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of Sparky44
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jdhilt
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger khaki head, that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no high lights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and taste is similar with bourbon, hints of cherry chocolate. Higher abv, 11.0%, is hidden. 12oz bottle $4.80 from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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

Photo of Dave2234
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clager
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of KennyWhite
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MacMalt
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 4/11/2018 and poured into snifter glass. It pours ink black with a finger of fluffy, khaki-colored head and a sheen of creamy lacing. It's a very attractive pour. The nose features black cherry, cocoa, freshly-brewed coffee, and just a whiff of bourbon. This may well be the best cherry-flavored beer I've had (not surprising coming from Michigan). The cherry is bold and tart. While I can taste the chocolate it's subdued. The bourbon is even more delicate; you know it's there but it doesn't distract from the other flavors. The feel is somewhat thin for a "big" stout but the 11% ABV is surprisingly well masked. Overall, this is a fine variant of the original Dragon's Milk, which I've always enjoyed. I was concerned that the cherry would be cloying but it isn't. This is most definitely an after dinner sipper. It would pair very well with vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of jeschaefer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dertyd
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out a dark brown/black color with red hues and 1 finger of beige head with beautiful lacing-------------- the aromas are of tart cherries, chocolate covered cherries and amereto------------- the flavors are of tart cherries, bourbon, Carmel and bitter chocolate, the beer has a full mouthfeel with a light bitterness on the finish-------------- overall this beer is world class - what a gem by new Holland, big sweet cherry up front with some alcohol heat and biter chocolate on the finish, making this 11% ale one easy drinking beast of a beer------

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Photo of archero
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FriedSlug
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty thick and dark when poured. Raises a finger of light tan head that leaves some globs of lacing behind. The smell is mostly cherries with a healthy dose of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. The taste is sweet tangy cherries followed by cocoa, bourbon and vanilla. There is a little heat but it is not overpowering. Solid and tasty cherry stout.

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Photo of MickeyHops
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/5/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy black cherries, fruit skin/pits, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coconut, coffee, raisin, smoke, char, herbal, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cherries, chocolate, dark/roast/bready malt, and moderate bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy black cherries, fruit skin/pits, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coconut, coffee, raisin, smoke, char, herbal, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild roast/char bitterness, bourbon/oak spiciness, and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of black cherries, fruit skin/pits, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, dark/brown bread, light coconut/smoke/char, herbal, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, chocolate, dark/roast/bready malt, and moderate bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet, bourbon/oak spiciness, and tangy fruit balance; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter, spiciness, and tart/tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, fairly velvety, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic/tangy mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming 11%, with no barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged fruited imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, chocolate, dark/roast/bready malt, and moderate bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Awesome balance of authentic whole cherries, chocolate, and rich malt complexity; perfect barrel integration, with no booze or overly drying tannins. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected. One of the better ones in the series.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.86/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Almost no head, solid black body.

Smell : See below.

Taste: Bourbon, cherries, milk chocolate, mild dark chocolate, mild vanilla, a hint of nuts.

Feel : Full body, medium carbonation, medium alcohol presence. Balanced.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep brown color with almost no head and minimal lacing.

The smell is strong with chocolate and cherries with very little barrel. It smells like a chocolate covered cherry candy.

The taste follows almost exactly. The cherry is tart with a nice milk chocolate mix. The barrel again has very little presence.

The mouthfeel is medium/thick body with low carbonation.

This is really tasty. I love those chocolate covered cherries at Christmas and this reminds me of those.

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Photo of Slarson7
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of fern22
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Rostie
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 Cherry Chocolate brings two classic flavors together. Chocolate notes paired perfectly with the tartness of cherry will delight your senses."; "Pairings: Almonds, Chocolate, Blue Cheese".

I began, as I always do, with a Pop! of the cap. What next? The bottle was marked "Bottled 04/06/18" but just three months later, there was already a layer of lees 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! Wow, even/just during the pour, I could fully smell the cherry! 8=O Once the beer was sufficiently decanted, an in-glass swirl raised just under two quick fingers of faomy, fizzy, rocky, light-tan head with modest retention, quickly falling away to wisps. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was especially interesting in that it smelled of sweet cherries, not the tart ones for which Michigan is best-known. What a melange of scents - cherry, chocolate & bourbon! 8=O It was like a mash-up of liqour- & cherry-filled chocolates! I have gotten really sick on both as a kid, the former out of ignorance & the latter out of greed, but never both at the same time. Mouthfeel was REALLY big, full & viscous! The taste was amusing, at least to my twisted sense of humor. It was like a Mounds bar with cherries - call it a "Cherry Joy"! Loads of dark chocolate, coconut & cherries. Whoa! On a personal note - 1) it was a bit too sweet for my liking & 2) I'd happily revisit it if they were to try it with tart cherries. Onward. Finish was between sweet & semi-sweet & if that is your thing, so be it. It's not really my bag, hence my disclaimer. Still, it is a brilliant concept & very well executed.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Cherry Chocolate from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 123 ratings