Dragon's Milk - White
New Holland Brewing Company

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American Stout
Ranked #606
Ranked #23,875
3.82 | pDev: 10.99%
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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Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.86/5  rDev +1%
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.

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3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted lots of vanilla, specifically like a vanilla bean ice cream as well as some cocoa. Smell wasn't very strong. However the experience will be one remembered.

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Maxmiester27 from Arkansas, May 26, 2020
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3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold from 12-ounce can into a petite snifter. Attractive pour, with a dark yellowish-orange colored body topped by a thick two-finger white head that lingered for a few moments before settling. First impression was that there's not much bourbon barrel character here. It's also not very "stout," with a medium light body and a rather watery mouthfeel. As it warmed from fridge temperature, the bourbon started to peek through, along with a bit of alcohol warmth. Notes of light caramel, vanilla, and light roasted malt become evident on the nose and palate. The finish is mostly dry, with a bit of astringence and a slightly unpleasant hint of sourness lingering on the palate. Overall, a pretty good beer but nothing outstanding.

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dcotom from Iowa, May 25, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

been looking forward to trying this one or awhile, and as much as i am over the white stout thing, this one is barrel aged and it says dragons milk on the label so it has to be good right?! turns out it is, far less sweet and desserty than a lot of them are, which i immediately like, but the flavors of this frothy honey colored brew almost seem muted to me, like i expected a more intense palate than i get here, although its been in the fridge awhile. definite coffee and dry cocoa notes in nose and taste, some sweeter vanilla and frothy wheaty malt, a lightly caramelized thing that gives good balance to the roasty notes that are in here, and plenty of bourbon character too, with more vanilla, an earthy wooden element, and slightly more alcohol presence than its modest abv would indicate. i find this good, the flavors work together, but its not much of a drinker, more of a novelty than a beer i would choose to make an evening of. still, its a neat extension of the dragons milk line, and it is among the better white stout types ive had, the barrels do a lot for it. the high carbonation and expansive mouthfeel are nice with these flavors.

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4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bourbon barrel aged white stout?
Bought as a curiosity- glad I did!
Pours a cloudy amber with copious white head which resolves-smells of vanilla, biscuit, breast malts. Taste is sweet malts forward, biscuit, vanilla, wood- some cocoa notes -sweet without either g syrupy and fairly clean finish- medium body with good carbonation- thin for a stout but quite good
More like a cream ale than a stout- easy drinking and well hidden abv. Bourbon notes muted but good-hints of bourbon without being overpowering

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ThaneMcC from Germany, May 23, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this beer is excellent. A white stout! Delicious! And strange! The color of a hazy lager. Smells like butter! Loving it.thick but super drinkable.

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mintzmeet from Washington, May 16, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer is very well blended, at first classic stout tastes like coffee, biscuit, roasted malt come out but are abruptly met mid-mouthful by the bourbon taste, toffee, and.... white chocolate! White Chocolate is the predominant taste at the end of the mouthful by far (and probably the reason it is called a 'White Stout'). As I said, it is well-blended and enjoyable. Beer has a light feel, and slightly dry finish. To me this was not very stout-like but still a very good tasting beer.

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Photo of colts9016
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought a gimmick beer the other day. New Holland came out with this white stout. I have so many questions, mainly how is this beer going to stand up to a regular stout, is this beer going to taste like a regular stout, and what will the barrel-age provide. The beer is 46 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a two-fingered creamy off-white head. The retention of the beer's head was fair and left no lacing. The beer's color is close to SRM 8, pale gold with amber hues. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear to brilliant. It is sad to see dismal head retention, considering the beer is 6%.

The initial aromas in the beer are toasted malts, wood, bourbon, and oranges. Next, I smell leather, a hint of chocolate, and crackers.

The flavors in the beer are chocolate, bourbon, wood, bananas, resin, oranges, leather, crackers, biscuit, earthiness, and floral esters.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and coating.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-low carbonation, and medium finish.

The questions I asked earlier, those answers are all no. I applaud New Holland for trying something different. For me, this beer is a fail. I get the point of a white stout, but I want those stout flavors. I want coffee, char, smoke, more chocolate, molasses, and burnt sugars. If I was blindfolded or just given this beer to try, I would have never guessed this was a stout. The head was pitiful, the nose was not as strong as the taste. For all I know, this could be a blonde ale aged in bourbon barrels.

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Photo of izraelc
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm not sure how this is a stout but ok. Pours hazy orange. Thick white foam. Smells boring. You get a little bourbon and vanilla up front but it fades. Pretty smooth but I'm not impressed. I like my stouts tall dark and malty.

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izraelc from New York, Mar 22, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can, pours a burnt orange color with a white head falling to an island of foam on top. Smell is clean to the point it is difficult to pick up distinct aromas. There is faint vanilla, oak, bourbon there with a bit of floral hops. Again, took some effort to detect it! Taste is pretty delicious. Getting a hit of bourbon, a good dose of hops. It is sweet, but I wouldn't say "malty". It's got an almost creamsicle type finish to it. Feel is light, creamy. There's a good bit of carbonation keeping it alive on the palate. Overall, it's unique and pretty tasty. The flavors don't beat you over the head, but they are present and work well together. I'd go back for another.

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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania, Mar 19, 2020
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4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Holland Dragon's Milk White BBA Stout, 6% ABV. Pours orange with a five-finger white head that left slight lacing. Nose is vaguely sweet, but indistinct, maybe vanilla and/or lactose, and slight bourbon. Taste is less sweet than the smell, and butterscotchy. Almost no bitterness, and no bourbon-barrel taste. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent. I was expecting something more extreme here, either clearly a slightly bitter BA stout or a pastry stout. This is somewhere in-between, and makes no bold statement. Wanted to try this since it was announced, but not a big fan.

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bbtkd from South Dakota, Mar 09, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

New Holland Brewing Co. "Dragon's Milk White"
12 fl. oz. can coded "09/24/19 11:19" and sampled on 03/04/20
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what do we have here, a white stout? Ohhh! And it's Bourbon barrel aged. I've got a full head of creamy off-white foam atop a hazy amber colored body. The aroma isn't that bold but it has a sweetish, creamy-vanilla note to it. That's interesting because there's nothing on the label about vanilla or flavorings. Maybe it's coming from the oak but I doubt it. On to the flavor... the flavor has some vanilla to it but it's mainly a softly caramelish and slightly cocoa-ish kind of thing. I get the caramel upfront with the cocoa towards the end. A bit of soft apple and vanilla runs from start to finish, although the vanilla appears more in the end. There's only a ghost of roastiness and nutty coffee to it until the end where it appears at the swallow, and then fades steadily away. It doesn't seem very bitter but it's dry in the finish with soak oakiness helping there. Not unlike the vanilla, I'm not really finding a lot of Bourbon, but I am assuming that the vanilla is from the oak at this point, and that older barrels were used to age this as a strong Bourbon note isn't really necessary. It's got a median to moderate bitterness, and it's nicely balanced across the board. The mouthfeel is really nice. It's almost like a nitro beer, which is a little confusing, but I'll take it as it's so creamy smooth. Overall this is a really nice beer that might not excite you with its Bourbon barrel aging component, but delivers in the end.
Review #6,976

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Mar 04, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into Chimay goblet.

L - Cloudy medium amber pour, thin creamy head.

S - Coconut, vanilla whipped cream.

T - Buttery vanilla shortbread, custard and almond notes with a touch of a bitter finish.

F - Very fine carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish.

O - Hard to classify, but pleasant all the same.

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REDAMI from Ohio, Feb 22, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass at Hucklebucks, Pottsville pa last night. Canned 10/02/20, so about 4 months old. A white Stout.

Pours a hazy nice amber body with a generous white head, which persists throughout.

Sweet creamy aroma, with the barest hint of barrel aging.

On tasting, it comes off like a well made Cream Ale. No roasting from the malt at all, as to be expected with the sub style. The barrel aging is only lightly apparent in the back of the mouth. faint vanilla touch.

Mouth around medium due to creaminess, finish sweet.

Overall, an interesting beer. Happy to have tried it, and nothing bad about it. But wouldn't want a session of them. Also glad it wasn't the usual 10.0 DM abv.

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MikeWard from Pennsylvania, Jan 31, 2020
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3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can purchased at Nectar, in Kendall Yards, Spokane, for$2.49. Stamp on the bottom indicates it was canned on September 9, 2019.

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was a chill-hazed golden amber color, with a good sized, creamy beige head. Lots of lace.

Initially not at all stout-like in the nose, but rather smelled sweetly malty in the manner of a cream ale. As it warmed, some vanilla notes emerged, presumably from the bourbon barrel aging, but nothing emerged that smelled like bourbon. Actually, instead of that was an aroma like...cheddar.

Taste was slightly better, but not by much. Vanilla and a very slightly Dr. Pepper-like taste up front, then a bland sweet fade out.

Medium bodied, with a fairly unnoteworthy mouthfeel.

Perhaps past it's best-by. I misread the label and thought it said 8% instead of 6%. Still, there was nothing whatsoever stout-like about this "white stout."

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woemad from Washington, Jan 27, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From tasting notes 12/15/19

Appearance - Pours golden in color and with a faint haze. White, half-finger width head that displays fair retention before a thin, broken layer of suds. Fair lacing, with some thin, broken lines and small spotting.

Smell - Sweet, creamy and slightly chocolatey with a hint of bourbon.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light, sweet, almost graham crackery character with light milk chocolate. Hint of bourbon sweetness and a trace of oak. Not much else.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Smooth, lightly creamy texture makes for an easy drinker.

Overall - Good golden stout. Light, easy drinker.

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TheSixthRing from California, Jan 22, 2020
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a snifter

Look: Golden-amber with a foamy white head of tight bubbles that has good retention and leaves some nice lacing down the side of the glass.
Smell: Vanilla, cream, chocolate, bread, wood and bourbon.
Taste: Follows the nose, but less intense. It should be noted that the vanilla isn't completely dominant like it is in the original Dragon's Milk.
Feel: Medium mouthfeel with tight bubbles and a nice creamy finish.
Overall: A nice approximation of a lighter Dragon's Milk, but the balance isn't the same, for better or worse. Worth a shot for people who think the original is overpowered by vanilla.

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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia, Jan 01, 2020
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3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy gold with a thin creamy white head.

S - Aroma is vanilla, milk chocolate and bourbon.

T - The taste is vanilla, milk chocolate, bready malts, oak and light bourbon.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Interesting beer. Drinks more like a blonde than a stout. Glad I gave it a shot.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Dec 31, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! From the initial aroma of the vanilla, light bourbon essence to the smooth creamy feel this is an incredible creation. Cudos to the Brewers to create this different spin on a "stout”. It is more like a bourbon barrel aged blonde ale but it delivers a smooth easy to drink ale that I am glad is available at Publix! Many more six packs to come

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tzbel013 from Tennessee, Dec 28, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dragon's Milk White has a very thick, creamy, ivory head and an opaque orange-gold appearance, with moderate lacing. The aroma is of cream and bourbon, and the flavor is of those elements, with some wood and chocolate. The mouthfeel is high medium, and Dragon's Milk White finishes medium dry.


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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana, Dec 21, 2019
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4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I'm fond of the Dragon's Milk Imperial and tried this out of curiosity. I found the notion of a white stout intriguing.

I was not disappointed. I poured it from a 12-ounce can. The stuff is cloudy, and the appearance neither off-putting nor particularly inviting. The head dissipates quickly, The aroma was pleasant with clear bourbon and vanilla overtones. The taste, too, was pleasant, substantial yet drinkable, with a creamy mouthfeel. Like the Imperial, it's hard to taste the alcohol. I plan to drink a great deal more of the stuff.

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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very hazy, almost opaque, and translucent orange appearance, with a small white head. Good retention and some streaks of lacing.

The aroma immediately smacks of bourbon, white oak, vanilla, orange zest, coffee, and milk chocolate!

The palate is more subtle. Subdued, even. Vanilla and hints of chocolate lead into the toasted, white bread blonde ale malt base. Hints of bourbon, vanilla, and milk chocolate sneak around in the background. Slightly sweet.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel, moderately carbonated, smooth and slick.

A decent white stout, but feels too middle-of-the-road. I'd like to see it either lighter and crisper, or stronger and sweeter.

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4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance - The beer pours a lightly hazy light amber color with a one finger head of fluffy white foam. The head fades over a moderate level of time to leave a little bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass
Smell - The aroma of the brew is a nice mix of a a bready malt and some nice vanilla and light bourbon smells. Along with these smells comes a little bit of a cocoa and coffee smell.
Taste - The taste begins with a bready malt flavor that has some nice notes of vanilla and coffee right from the start. As the taste moves forward some other flavors of light pepper and clove flavor as well as a little bit of a white chocolate taste. The bourbon flavor is very light upfront, but gets quite a it more potent as the taste moves onto the end, and with the other flavors leaves one with a slightly vanilla and white cocoa sweet and lightly bourbon boozy taste (even while only at 6 %) to linger in the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is medium and creamy with a carbonation level that is rather low. The feel is good for the mix of flavors as well as abv. and makes for a flavorful and easy sipper.
Overall - A rather interesting but easy drinking brew with a rather nice mix of flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden/bronze with little clarity

S - Bourbon and chocolate. Oaky smooth. Hard to believe based on the appearance.

T - Chocolate and coffee dominate, with subtle oak and bourbon flavors.

F- Well carbonated and medium body.

O - Very tasty for a 6% brew.

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BeerDawgs from Georgia, Nov 08, 2019
Dragon's Milk - White from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 201 ratings