Dragon's Milk - White
New Holland Brewing Company

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Stout - American
Ranked #665
Ranked #28,966
3.8 | pDev: 11.05%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Dragon's Milk - WhiteDragon's Milk - White
Notes: Bourbon Barrel-Aged White Stout
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dragon's Milk - White pours a bronze color, with a large, long lasting head. Aroma is grainy, maybe even a little chemically. Flavor is creamy, hints of sweet vanilla candy. Good body and feel. Overall, weird, as all white stouts are, but great body, nice smooth sweet flavors.

Jun 04, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was kinda wild to me at first in messing with the senses, it smelled like a lager to me and then the stout mouthfeel hit first before I processed the "dark flavors" if I don't look at it it tastes more and more stout with the coffee and vanilla coming through. However this is the 2nd dragons milk edition where im like where's the barrel? Anyways I definitly do like this at at 6 percent its a pretty sessionable interesting beer. I think you have to go into this without expectation and especially be conscious of the brain tricks that can happen. I swear the more you think about how it doesn't look like a stout makes it even less likely to taste like one too.

I also think this white stout thing works better for me than black IPA's. Actually now the more I get a acquainted with this, it's not a lot but I get more bourbon barrel than this years reserve so there's that

May 18, 2021
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UndertheRadar from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven’t tried a white stout before, so this was a new experience for me. It was a honey gold color with a good amount of carbonation. The first aroma was sweet and fruity, with faint hints of white wine or champagne. The first sip was unexpectedly coconut and vanilla. It was very unique and pleasant overall, and I am glad I tried it.

Feb 26, 2021
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klarcbarr3 from Michigan

3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I bought this brew purely on the basis of enjoying another in the New Holland Dragon's Milk series. Surprise! The beer pours an attractive, hazy, light yellow orange, with a bubbly two inch head. Enjoy the head quickly.. it's gone in one minute, with zero residual lacing. The nose is light, but pleasant. There is a soft sweetness, and a hint of citrus. The taste is quite nice.. a sweetness from the bourbon barrel meshes with tangy lemon and apple notes, creating a flavor profile both unique and satisfying. I am not normally a fan of lighter beers, but I can see buying this 6% ABV as a refreshing summer cooler. It has certainly altered my concept of a 'stout'.

Feb 21, 2021
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can. Orangish in color with a foamy head. Creamy vanilla hits the nose with slight earthy and bready qualities. Flavors of vanilla, caramel and hints of the bourbon barrel, not overpowering like some barrel aged beers are. Really smooth and creamy.

Feb 08, 2021
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HalfFull from California

3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can served up in a snifter glass. This white stout pours a hazy copper color with an off white cap. Decent retention and light lacing follow.

Nose offers very faint barrel, touch of creamy vanilla after some agitation and an odd and tired malt presence. Taste is more creamy faint vanilla and not much else. Smooth feel but nondescript. Overall surely the taste is more stout than the color might imply, and a bit desert like with warming. But the price premium for a so called 'barrel aged' beer is totally off the rails as that doesn't factor in at all; ok, there is a faint touch at the bottom of the glass. Didn't expect much, didn't get much.

Feb 02, 2021
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Breviewer from North Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

December 18, 2020, poured from a can at 45 degrees. As a big fan of BBA stouts, didn't know what to expect in my first 'white stout' after taking a flyer on it while shopping.

Look: Certainly didn't look like a stout. More like a cloudy golden honey color with a 1/2"+ white head.
Smell: Not overpowering, but subtle hints of all the flavors in the taste to come.
Taste: Strong vanilla and caramel flavor with a bit of chocolately notes. Overall pretty sweet with some bourbon tones that were not at all strong, but definitely improved more towards the end of the glass.
Feel: Texture was smooth and creamy and carmelized.

Overall it felt like one of those taste tests where the contestant is tricked or blindfolded or has one of the sense is taken away. If I couldn't taste it, I wouldn't think stout from the texture or the look. More like a Genny Cream Ale in texture with a more amber yet almost Hoegaarden cloudiness that might taste and smell more like a dessert than a beer if it weren't for the bourbon.

Overall: Unique. Glad I tried it and certainly an interesting, pleasant flavor. The type of beer I wouldn't mind having one of, once in a while, especially in the fall/winter months.

Jan 10, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, born on 7/17/20, poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees F:
L - light golden yellow, with a white head that lingered
S - a bit bready, perhaps an indication of the six month age
T - mild bourbon flavor with coffee and vanilla notes as well
F - medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation
O - a decent blond stout, but not bold or full bodied enough for my taste, comes in at 6% and it tastes like it

Jan 09, 2021
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H-TownMcBuck from Texas

3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like fresh unfiltered apple cider. Minimal head, but creamy feel. Nose is very light, slightly sweet, little nougat. Tastes like milk duds, whoopers, sweet in the front, but aftertaste was off to me. Leaves a sour, malt beverage kind of drink aftertaste.

Dec 31, 2020
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MidMoUS from Missouri

3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazey gold. Poured with a 1 inch head that dissipated to leave a nice fringe.
S: Faint, mostly grains with a faint hint of vanilla.
T: Smooth. Toasted malts..that faint hint of vanilla.
M: Not much for stout, more like a cream ale.
O: I bought it as a novelty but found it very good. Had this been a cream ale I would have rated it higher. But for a stout, it was lacking.

Nov 01, 2020
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zoinks6022 from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours to about a 1/2" head, not too tight and not too loose. Pretty much smack dab in between a blonde and an amber in color, and hazy. The aroma is light and slightly hoppy, with kind of a marshmallowy sweetness. Not at all what I was expecting. The bourbon barrel effect certainly comes through in the taste, but it's skillfully tempered with a creamy finish. I get a little astringency from the coffee on the palate at the finish, but there's a vanilla impact in the nose. The mouthfeel is like they used lactose, but they didn't. It's kinda cool. I don't know what everyone thinks about the whole white stout concept, but it's not the name that concerns me. I'm liking white stouts currently, and this one tastes like a winner from New Holland. It's a nice nightcap beer, which is good for me, `cuz it's past my bedtime.

Oct 22, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear pale golden pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Decent lacing.

S: Not much there... sweets and some grains. Not much bourbon or roast. Maybe some vanilla if I reach for it.

T.F: Like it smells... sweet and grains. Not much roast... not much bourbon. A bit of vanilla. No coffee or cocoa. I feel like I'm describing what this beer DOESN'T taste like... and that's 'Dragons Milk'. Light bodied... decent carbonation. Crappy aftertaste.

O: This wasn't worth trying. As a novelty 'white stout'... I guess? This is not recognizable as a 'Dragons Milk' variant and has nothing to really recommend it. So glad I only had 1 can.

Oct 17, 2020
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RadMan18 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New Holland Dragons Milk White was a surprising addition to my local liquor store. A “white” stout was a novelty I couldn’t pass up and I’m glad I didn’t. While, it doesn’t satisfy the heavy yet smooth taste and feel of a normal high quality stout, Dragon’s Milk White still tickles that stout craving while also being more refreshing than a typical stout.

This beer pours a cloudy golden hue with a heavy head that slims to a thin lace over a few minutes. It smells maltier than it tastes with hints of vanilla and caramel up front that tapers to an earthy after note. All flavors linger then dissipate cleanly, ready for another drink.

This is a highly smooth beer much like other high quality stouts and the alcohol content is in the sweet spot for enjoying several in an afternoon.

Overall Dragons Milk White is a great addition to my normal rotation and I’m glad to have it available locally. Definitely worth a try!

Oct 13, 2020
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StoutishDan from Georgia

2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Your drunk uncle just backwashed his bourbon into your Fat Tire. That's what this beer is. Stout? I got nothing. Basically an amber ale that has a few drops of cheap vanilla extract in it. To each his own, I guess.

Oct 10, 2020
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz can into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a somewhat cloudy/hazy medium to dark golden/light copper color with a white head that's initially well over an inch thick when first poured. Has a very, fluffy lacy appearance as it settles to a thick white ring lining the inside of the glass with lots of cluster swirls of surface foam and excellent lacing. Aromas of some bready, lightly to medium toasted malts and caramel sweetness that gives way to come vanilla notes and white oak tannins with a hint of bourbon, a bit of cocoa and coffee, and some herbal, grassy, slightly earthy hop notes. Has a similar flavor profile, starting off with bready, lightly to medium toasted caramel malt sweetness with a bit of lactose and vanilla. Next up comes slight hints of cocoa and lighter roasted coffee along with some bourbon oak. This is all rounded out with some herbal, grassy, slightly earthy hops that give just the right amount of bitterness. A well rounded flavor profile all around I feel. Has a fairly crisp, slightly prickly, also smooth and slightly frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish, and pretty much all the flavors linger on my palate nicely for awhile after each sip. Way different than all the other variations of Dragon's Milk I've had thus far. And still pretty enjoyable overall.


Oct 05, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an orange/amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, chocolate, a touch of coffee. Taste is of coffee, some bourbon, hints of chocolate. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Sep 29, 2020
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

This is my first "white stout." I confess having some innate skepticism, but I'll review with an open mind.

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold with a white head.

Smell: Almost no aroma at all. Faint toasted malts and hops.

Taste: This straight-up does not taste like a stout. Hardly any flavor at all, in fact. Toasted malt, nuts, small hints of vanilla, and very little else. Tiny bit of bourbon after a while.

Feel: Light body, light carb. Smooth drinking.

Overall: I really did want to give it a shot, but it's just not true to anything in the stout genre. It's a session ale with a tiny bits of bourbon barrel character.

Sep 27, 2020
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spectru from Florida

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

9/16/2020 Cloudy Amber, doesn't look like any stout I've ever seen, big white head that recedes fairly rapidly to a skim; pretty good smell, not real strong, doesn't smell like bourbon; The bourbon is apparent in the flavor, but it's not too strong, gives it some character. Mouthfeel it smooth, mild carbonation, not too flat like some stouts. This is a milder version of New Holland's Dragon's Milk, not as strongly bourbon flavored, not as high an ABV, and certainly with an unstout-like color. Not bad, interesting. Don't think it'll become a favorite, but it's certainly drinkable. It's got character.

Sep 17, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a wine glass. Bought it at Whidbey Beer Works a few hours ago.

Pours rich medium-light amber, mostly clear, small head. I understand that is not how stouts are expected to look, but that is the intent of this (although I don't understand why that is the case). Smell is moderate roast and slight bourbon. Doesn't smell bad, but doesn't have much aroma and isn't very exciting.

Taste is better. More of a caramel flavor, vanilla, a slight amount of roast.

Mouthfeel is medium. Smooth and rich. Overall...it's not bad. It's definitely not amazing. The gimmick didn't work terribly well this time (except of course that I bought it -- mostly due to interest in a variant of Dragon's Milk rather than interest in the "white stout" idea).

Sep 13, 2020
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NCSapiens from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Calling this dragon’s milk is a bit disrespectful to the original. A light and mediocre, easy drinking white stout. None of the bourbon goodness that makes the regular dragon’s milk stand out.

Sep 09, 2020
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. can
Reviewed as: American Stout
Glass: Ball 16-oz. mason jar
Price: $13.99 for a 6-pack
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: July 9, 2020
Consumed: July 11, 2020
Misc.: Canned on June 25, 2020

Spent way too much at Windmill Farms and then at North Park Beer Company, but happy with my selections. Picked this one out because it was bourbon barrel-aged and a low ABV (6.0 pct.) for a BA beer. Untappd labeled it as, “Dragon’s Milk White is a nod to New Holland Brewing’s 20 years of barrel-aging expertise and commitment to innovation in the name of flavor. The next legend to unfold in the Dragon’s Milk family, Dragon’s Milk White creates a full flavored, yet lighter stout drinking experience that presents familiar flavors in a completely unexpected way.”

Poured a semi-clear amber color with three fingers of rocky khaki-white head. Could see some bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Below average watery lacing. Average retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled cocoa, white malt chocolate, vanilla, leathery oak, smooth bourbon, caramel, light char, roasted coffee and lightly toasted coconut. Much better out of the glass than the can. Lots of flavor for 6 pct. ABV. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was not as good as the nose, but still solid. In order got white chocolate, malt chocolate, cocoa, leathery oak, smooth bourbon, vanilla, caramel, light char, roasted coffee and lightly toasted coconut. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, roasty finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Really liked this overall. Crazy that they could get that much flavor into a 6 pct. beer. (Overall - 4.25)

4.11 | 92 | A-

Aug 29, 2020
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howardnss from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Big fan of the original dragons milk but disappointed with this one. Bourbon barrel taste very faint. Don’t know what this has to do with stout. Weak at 6% compared to original dragons milk.

Aug 04, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear dark yellow brew with abundant foam in the Bacchus tumbler. Quite sudsy on the tongue with a slight tanginess. This is vaguely chocolate flavored with an odd aroma of old fruit and cardboard. Lingers in the nose. Aftertaste of artichoke?

As an anomaly, this is quite interesting. As a stout, it's kind of anemic, even with the barrel flavoring. It does have some boozy taste but it doesn't have anything to support it. I can't say much about drinkability, but there's nothing offensive. From the 12 oz can.

Jun 06, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good looking beer: golden body, thick white head with excellent retention, clear, and lively.

Nose leads off with brown sugar, a touch of chocolate, vanilla, modest hints of bourbon, and a touch of coconut.

On the palate, it leads off with banana, which remains a constant throughout the sip. Notes of oak, bourbon, chocolate, and nuts come and go. It's missing any of the roastiness you'd want from a stout, coming a little close to a strong pale ale in flavor profile (but clocking in at only 6%).

Absolutely lovely mouthfeel, lively with a light bite, but most importantly, thick, rich, and full-bodied despite the low ABV.

May 31, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a nonic.

A: Chill-hazed gold, really attractive pour with a foamy white head that recedes at a medium pace.

S: Fruity esters and sweetness, light and refreshing, moderately Belgian even. Hints of bourbon.

T: Sweet notes of vanilla cream, white chocolate, cocoa, toffee, caramel, sweet malts, and bourbon.

MF: Consistently creamy for a 6% abv brew. Light drying bitterness on the finish, blends well with the sweetness.

O: A nice golden stout, fairly unique and very drinkable at 6%, while not having huge notes of bourbon. Rich at times while not being heavy or cloying.

May 27, 2020
Dragon's Milk - White from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 263 ratings