Dragon's Milk Reserve - Maple Oak
New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's Milk Reserve - Maple OakDragon's Milk Reserve - Maple Oak
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #888
Ranked #3,316
4.2 | pDev: 6.43%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Maple OakDragon's Milk Reserve - Maple Oak
Notes: Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Maple Oak is the first of the Reserve series to receive the double barrel treatment, aging in both Kentucky bourbon barrels and bourbon barrels that previously held Vermont maple syrup. Our signature stout was also brewed with pure maple syrup for the first time ever, providing a delectably sweet complement to notes of roasted malt, vanilla, and oak.
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Stooven from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This might have felt compulsory for New Holland given Founder's CBS, but it's a worthy addition to the maple/aged stouts. Might be a little sweeter and less rich than CBS, but wow nonetheless.

Oct 03, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

LOOK --- BLACK - 1 finger head - low retention - decent lacing - could use a bit more carbonation but a beer of this magnitude with ABV and barrel aged will be on the lower end
SMELL --- amazing maple syrup and butter on pancakes - some caramel - coffee - chocolate
TASTE --- AMAZING flavor - a great deal of oak, maple, chocolate, coffee, toffee, and tobacco - very powerful - very good
FEEL --- a bit thinner than expected - but high ABV - still full and thick
OVERALL --- One of the best brews that I have had -very flavorful- this is right up there with another of my Michigan favorites: CBS - I will be on the lookout for this (and other Reserves) in the future

Sep 21, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 6/20/19. Pretty tasty. Sweet, but not overly so. Lots of roasty dark malt. Barrel presence is subtle yet ever present. Not syrupy, not thick, nor oily in any fashion. Great booze kick. I don’t remember how many of this I bought. If it was a four pack, I’m surprised none of them left much of an impression, because this is a very good beer.

Jul 18, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20 June 2020 - Beer #124

Corona Day #100

Price: $6.99 at Hop City in Birmingham, AL

Appearance: 4 - clearly brown on the pour. Very white head, nice lacing.

Nose: 5 - interesting, at first I thought it was all bourbon, but it's really the maple that hits you. The barrel itself is mild.

Taste: 4 - definitely tasty. All the flavors are there, but they're complementary to a blah stout.

Mouth: 4 - chewy but a bit on the thin side

Overall: 4 - a very nice everyday barrel aged stout, if such a thing exists.

Stay safe out there, my friends.


Jun 27, 2020
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Samlover55 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this relatively fresh and then again a few months later and it definitely lost some of it's punch. Fresh it was an amazing blend of maple and bourbon.

Jun 07, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a two finger creamy tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is maple, vanilla and oak.

T - The taste is maple, oak, dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts.

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

O - Pretty solid. Nice maple flavor throughout.

Mar 04, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with no light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering half of the top. I smell maple syrup, oak, barley, and vanilla. I taste vanilla, maple, oak, and alcohol. The mouth is thick, chewy, and warm with alcohol.

Feb 15, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Tan head. Dark brown, black color.

Light bodied for an 11% stout. Maple is fairly light. Bourbon is fairly light. Lots of sweetness. Chocolate and lightly roasted malts. Caramel.

It’s decent, especially for the price, but I doubt I’d buy another 4 pack.

Jan 18, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown pour.with a light caramel layer of foam, nice head retention.

S - Light chocolate char with a little shot of maple.

T - Light roasted malt char and moderate maple. Finishes on the sweeter side with lingering maple and residual sweet chocolate roast.

M - Thick and silky.

O - Solid. Would I purchase again? No.

Dec 29, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Black in appearance with cola brown highlights. A small and creamy beige head, good retention and streaky lacing.

The aroma is maple syrup, bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, brown sugar and milk chocolate.

The flavor pops upfront with dark and milk chocolate complimented by maple syrup-laden pancakes. Bourbon, toasted oak, and wine-like tannins come in, with some vanilla icing and coconut shavings. Finishes slightly warm and sweet, rich and chocolaty with more maple syrup.

Smooth and silky feel, moderately carbonated, a bit thin in the middle, but very smooth throughout.

An excellent bourbon barrel aged maple imperial stout, especially at such wide availability. A must-have. Great beer.

Nov 06, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice take on the dragon's milk series, starting with the aromas of wood and maple, infused into the bourbon, dark chocolate and earth. Taste captures the depth of the wood from the barrels, giving way to the amazing combo of bourbon and maple with earth, dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and brown sugar supporting. The wood textures and sticky maple add some variance to the usual viscous and heavy body. Still same viscous black body with brown lace appearance though. The wife liked it

Oct 18, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bottled 06/25/19. Black body with a foamy tan head that levels off into a thin layer of foam. Woodsy, oaky aroma with booze, char, bourbon, and roasted barley. Smooth, rich flavors: oak, boozy bourbon, sweet maple, dark chocolate, French roast coffee, roasted barley, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and earthy hops. Full, smooth body - very rich; ample carbonation, very boozy, dry balanced finish. It has been a long time since I had a Dragon's Milk of any kind. This was superb and a great variant!

Sep 27, 2019
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

The maple and oak are evident for sure... not too sweet... a touch tannic on the finish.. the lack of body in this series amazes me.. tastes good but just lacks the heft I look for in the style... oak seems to take over at times...

Sep 23, 2019
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon & maple syrup barrel-aged stout. Poured from a bottle into a Triple Digit tulip. The pour is very dark, but not black or opaque. I can definitely see some traces of light peeking through. The beer also sports an impressive head for a barrel-aged beer. At least 2 fingers with good sustain. The nose is rich and malty with overtones of vanilla and maple.

Full body with a silky feel and a rich, decadant flavor. Up front I get a lot of toasted malt, toffee, vanilla, and maple. At mid-palate a little roastiness comes through, but not as much as expected. On the finish I get lingering flavors of maple and sarsaparilla. Overall, an excellent take on a classic beer. I wish it was a little roastier, but other than that the flavor is fantastic. I hope New Holland releases this variant again.

Sep 22, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As if imperial stout need much help in the malt impact department, New Holland doubles down on both sweetness and decadence with oaken nuance and the undeniable sultry buttery taste of maple.

Their Maple Oak version of Dragon's Milk Reserve pours the same viscous espresso black as other varieties along with the familiar dense blanket of light mocha froth. The irresistible scent of maple greets the nose first along with a toastier, more roasty scent than is seen in the original Dragon's Milk, Sweet to taste, the early palate wakes up the tastebuds with molasses, caramel and walnut, all on the deeply caramelized side.

The more earthy sides of roast reveal themselves on the middle palate as a chicory spice and turkish coffee bleed into the char of smoldering embers, dark roast coffee and cocoa in a bittersweet chocolate display. A delay of maple allows the imperial stout to have a bold showing until the buttery, caramel and honey taste of maple balances the char in a late finish of broad, woodsy and roast derived bitterness.

Full bodied and creamy in texture, a nutty flavor of oak begins to show in finish as the warm and bourbon-esque flavors trail into a long finish of smoky chocolate and maple syrup that's sure to appease the sweet tooth in all of us.

Aug 29, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/25/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a big khaki head that falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have lots of chocolate along with some caramel and maple. The bourbon is balanced in the aroma department and blends well with everything. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More chocolate leading the way. More caramel along with some hints of vanilla. The maple comes through. Mild hints of coffee. The bourbon is balanced, but definitely comes through and leaves its mark. The oak/wood comes through as well. Mild spiciness in the finish. Possibly some rye and black pepper in the mix. Malts do their thing. Mild warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, velvety, slightly creamy and smooth. It drinks big, but I suppose it's ultimately dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty nice barrel-aged stout. Nice flavors. The maple comes through, but this really doesn't come off as a sweet beer at all. This is a nice addition to the Dragon's Milk series. Well done.

Aug 28, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 6/25/19; drank 8/22/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice tan head; strong, frothy lace.

Fresh earth, mild maple & faint cherry notes in the nose.

Sticky medium mouthfeel.

Fresh earth & mild maple syrup flavors up front; somehow, an odd lager note on the finish.

Well, at least they didn't use too much maple?! For a barrel aged pastry stout, this was mild to the point of boredom.

Aug 23, 2019
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big, frothy light tan head. Retention is good for the style, and lacing is excellent.

Maple, brown sugar, and bourbon on the nose, and strong implications of chocolate and vanilla. Cream, oak, mash, minor char, red grapes, molasses, licorice. It's inviting, but if a stout can smell watery and thin, this somehow manages it, along with a minor metallic note.

At first it translates to the palate well, with thick, rich malty tones expressed in waves of chocolate and espresso, wrapped in an envelope of maple, bourbon, and oak. Toward the end of the first third, red grapes start to emerge, eventually pairing with some char, coconut, and vanilla. Sweet maple keeps you smacking your gums throughout, and by the final third, brown sugar and banana emerge to join the maple, along with dry chocolate.

Nutty finish, yielding to cream as the sip lingers for quite some time: not sticky, not dry, just slowly fading from your palate, with each fading flavor allowing another to be revealed, like a sculptor "discovering" his art from within the rock.

The hints of metallic notes from the nose never realized on the palate, but the watery impression remained. There's no boozy hint of the 11% ABV, and it's got a soft yet lively, medium full body, but it's lacking some of the fullness of the best imperial stouts.

This is a beer not lacking in complexity and depth. The straight flavor profile itself isn't a home run - it doesn't do anything the "best," but it never stops revealing more and more, and rewards a long, careful, savoring sip.

Aug 19, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a shiny black color. Thin fizzy head dissipates rather quickly leaving just a thin ring of tan foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of roasted malts, hints of chocolate, maple, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and some candied maple syrup notes lingering with a slight sweetness on the back end of the aroma.

Taste follows the nose with a nice smooth array of roasted malts, maple, candied maple syrup, bourbon, some oak and a hint of vanilla. There is a strong alcoholic heat to the beer, quite hot.

Feel is light, thin, surprisingly so for the high ABV and style. Spritzy carbonation.

Overall, this beer has some pros and cons. The flavors are nice, the maple goes really well here, but its too thin, very spritzy, and a tad hot, although that last one is not all that big of a deal.

Aug 15, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours black with a lot of mahogany colors on the edges, with a sudsy tan head on top. The nose ..... is sublime. The maple is really forward, but it allows the oak to share the stage, and there’s also chocolate and roasty nutty aromas as well.

The maple is the initial flavor as well but the oak presents itself magnificently as a vanilla flavor, and there’s also chocolate and nutty flavors and that I can best describe as Nutrella flavor.

The mouthfeel, though, is a bit thin for a beer this big (11% ABV). But what a treat to drink.

Aug 11, 2019
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rather opaque fudge color with a two finger beige head; decent retention with quite the smattering of lace

Smell: Fudge and maple tones, with hints of oak and Bourbon

Taste: Fudge and maple forward, with the vanilla and oak emerging; there is a tobacco tone, in the middle, with a Bourbon reveal, after the swallow; the finish steers somewhat sweet toward the maple

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I don't know how (or why) New Holland produces such light mouthfeels in its high ABV Dragon's Milk series; this is one of the better ones in the series from a taste perspective but I have never been a huge fan of these variants

Aug 11, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet maple taste with vanilla, oak and roasted malt.

Aug 02, 2019
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to an old non-BA buddy who gave me thi s bottle I wanted to try but wasn’t actually looking for. Free beer is good. Good beer free is great. Great beer free usually involve running from authorities.

Black, with a nose that’s mostly sweet, chocolate plus malt plus syrup, with a toss-in of the original roast.

Dragon’s Milk – Maple Oak is sharp. The sharp, lumbered oak covers this beer like a wood tarp, clashing with the typical ‘Milk roast. Lovely maple comes to the rescue mid-palate, closing with soft, suffusing bourbon. Caramel arches over everything. The sweetness & vanished alcohol makes it super easy to sip.

Borderline excellent that would tip over the line without that harsh initial clash. Very good beer.

Jul 31, 2019
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JA_26 from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. This is one powerful brew. Pours an inky black with about an eight-inch of tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Take a whiff and the bourbon predominates, backed by notes of coffee, freshly baked black bread, dark chocolate and cherries. A sip reveals more complexity, with the sharp borbouny alcohol notes softened by deep roasted coffee and chocolate, lightened with a touch of vanilla, maybe from the maple? There's a hint of sweetness there too. At 11%ABV this is a slow sipper; the flavors open up even more as it warms up. Good one for curling up with your significant other by the fire.

Jul 29, 2019
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Giggy from Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Crunchy’s in East Lansing, Mi. A dark chestnut color hue to this pour with a slight tannish/grey head. Small amount layer on top of the beer the entire time. Great maple syrup flavoring, seems natural but not overly sweet. 11% alcohol is masked. Easy drinker.

Jul 29, 2019
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Maple Oak from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 106 ratings