Dragon's Milk Reserve - Scotch Barrel-Aged With Marshmallow & Dark Chocolat
New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's Milk Reserve - Scotch Barrel-Aged With Marshmallow & Dark ChocolatDragon's Milk Reserve - Scotch Barrel-Aged With Marshmallow & Dark Chocolat
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,305
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #10,190
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 6.54%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
27
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New Holland Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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One-off
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SCORE
92
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Dragon's Milk Reserve - Scotch Barrel-Aged With Marshmallow & Dark ChocolatDragon's Milk Reserve - Scotch Barrel-Aged With Marshmallow & Dark Chocolat
Notes: One of our favorite places to share a Dragon’s Milk is around the campfire, and this brew pays tribute to those legendary summer nights. A blend of Highland and Speyside Scotch barrels bring just a hint of peated smokiness that accentuate the roasted notes of our signature stout, while toasted marshmallow aroma and flavors set the stage for a rich, chocolatey finish.
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The journey that the Dragon's Milk series take the tastebuds on has landed them at some curious places. But this is a familiar place, a cozy place, a tasty place; a place filled with marshmallow, chocolate and a hint of Scotch Whisky.

New Holland's Scotch Barrel-Aged version of Dragon's Milk Reserve with Marshmallow a& Dark Chocolat pours as lavishly dark, nearly black, brown before crowning with a creamy short froth. As a decadent scent of creamy nougat, dark roast coffee, chocolate, nuttiness and caramel grace the nose, its taste matches with toffee, chocolate, candied walnut and brown sugar as well.

As the flavors unfold on the middle palate, its the creamy vanilla, condensed milk and sugar that creates that fluffy marshmallow flavor quite convincingly. When rolling in the chocolate flavors and the caramelized character from malt, a taste of s'mores begins to take shape. Trending nutty and slightly bitter in finish, its only then that the peppery spice and oaken goodness of Scotch Whisky that takes shape.

Full, lavish and creamy in its texture, the Imperial Stout finishes decadent and dessert-like while trailing into a long, savory, sweet, spicy and rounded aftertaste.

Saturday at 03:30 PM
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

After spending a lot of time avoiding them, I've been drinking a lot of gimmicky beers lately. This one's another winner.

This is oddly subdued overall. The marshmallow and dark chocolate are mellow. The Scotch barrel is more prominent, wonderfully sweet, boozy brown sugar with a lingering oaky, peaty tingle. The underlying stout is hard to pick out. Proof of that, is the fact that my stout loathing wife actually likes this one. This is extremely thin bodied for some reason.

My first variant (there are so damn many!), definitely good enough for me to consider seeking out more.

Jun 30, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent head production; OK retention, with the dark foam inexorably fading to nothing but an oily sheen atop the cola-like body. Thinner appearance than I'd prefer in a double digit ABV stout.

Really a lovely aroma, the perfect meeting of all of this beer's influences: the base Dragon's Milk stout, roasty, creamy, and nutty; wonderfully warm but subdued notes of Scotch barrels, with just the barest hint of peat; vanilla and chocolate from the marshmallow and, well, chocolate. Red grapes, caramel, toast, banana, and molasses round out the profile.

Unsurprisingly, it's fairly thin on the palate for the style. The booze is apparent (but not obnoxious), but it really drinks with a relatively thin body more appropriate for a stout half its ABV. A fairly wet sip, but the barrel influence and ABV drive an evaporative finish, leaving a semi-dry, roasty, Scotchy aftertaste.

Taste follows the nose in character, if not quite in strength. The Scotch barrels are more readily apparent, right off the bat, but the peat is really restrained; even if smoky Scotch whisky isn't your thing, this should be very approachable. A little sweeter than the nose implies, but in a sugary, neutral way; I'm sure the marshmallow contributes some to this. The chocolate rounds out the overall profile in complementary fashion, but it doesn't really stand out, good or bad. Knowing the chocolate is there, you can pick it out, but one could just as easily never guess any chocolate was added if not told, as it tends to blend with the base beer's malt character.

One unavoidable positive here: I'm absolutely crushing through this beer. It's very, very drinkable, and while it doesn't necessarily stand out as a world beater, each sip is nonetheless very tasty, immediately inviting the next.

One of the better Reserve Series.

Jun 28, 2020
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beerbully from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L-black, 1/4 inch toffee head, some particulate floating around in the bottom half of glass

S-Chocolate right out of the gate followed by some barrel and booze, marshmallow, caramel, brown sugar, a touch of smokey peat

T- Marshmallow and scotch start this off with heavy notes of Dark Chocolate in the finish.......throuout there are subtles notes of vanilla, wood, caramel

F- Slightly thin for the style, somewhat creamy,

O-Very enjoyable.....worth another purchase

Jun 26, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Light tan head. Dark brown, nearing black.

A really nice variant. The scotch isn't too peaty or smoky. Marshmallow and chocolate. It kind of has a bitter dark chocolate flavor. Smooth, warming, and enjoyable. Not very thick, but a solid beer.

Jun 24, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Noted flavors of mild scotch, good dark chocolate notes and mild wood/vanilla. Not as smooth as the regular version but it is still smooth. Glad the scotch is not strong could use more marshmallow.

Jun 24, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This solid little brew pours a
dark blackish brown with thin dark tea highlights and a modest head
of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin light clumping layer,
with scant lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, definite marshmallow cream,
and subtle char, earthy malts, and faint wafting booze. Flavors exceed
the nose with dark sweet chocolate, faint char, dark coffee elements,
subtle oak, vanilla, and booze with a taste bud strain to detect the
scotch which is lightly more prevalent with warmth.

Overall, solid but underwhelming compared to some of their
other offerings.

Cheers

Jun 18, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 5/15/20. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with some sediment floating around; small creamy khaki head that fades leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a subtle blend of marshmallow, caramel and cocoa powder and chocolate. The scotch is there but not overwhelming in the aroma department. Malts are there. The flavors are balanced, but very nice. Lots of marshmallow leading the way. Some coconut in the mix. More caramel and cocoa coming through. This one's brewed with dark chocolate which is there, but I'm actually picking up more of a milk chocolate vibe. Scotch does its thing and blends well with everything. The scotch doesn't dominate. Low bitterness. It's slightly sweet, but nothing crazy. Alcohol is well hidden and goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid barrel-aged stout. It's not extreme or intense, but it's flavorful with solid aromas. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Balance is the key with this one. The marshmallow ultimately shines. Not bad at all. I like it.

Jun 13, 2020
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, stamp on neck of bottle says bottled 05/15/20. Served in a Dragon's Milk snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like roasted malt, cocoa, marshmallows, smoke and whisky. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some woodiness, dark bread, dark chocolate and vanilla flavors. Leans more sweet tasting, with a decent amount of barrel character. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and a bit coating with a good amount of carbonation. Think I would have preferred Islay barrels, but I have to say the barrels they used here worked out well! I thought this was pretty good overall, definitely worth picking up. $18.99 a 4-pack.

Jun 10, 2020
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Scotch Barrel-Aged With Marshmallow & Dark Chocolat from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 27 ratings