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 #1,175
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #6,216
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 6.51%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
50
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New Holland Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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One-off
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Gots
  5
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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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Roguer from Georgia

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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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BarrelAgedG from California

3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aug 17, 2020
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chrismattlin from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 18, 2020
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Jul 04, 2020
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GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jul 10, 2020
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sparx1100 from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 27, 2020
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dubnation from Kansas

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 18, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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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RochefortChris from North Carolina

3.17/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jul 06, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 05/15/20 (2 months ago) poured into a New Holland High Gravity Series tulip glass at just above fridge temp 11% ABV. The beer pours very dark brown with brown highlights and mocha colored head. There are chunks of either marshmallow or chocolate floating around that is slightly unappealing. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of tight bubbles. The aroma is dark chocolate & sweet marshmallow with hints of oak & whisky. The taste is bittersweet with the Scotch barrel being up front and the dark chocolate & marshmallow working through in the moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is barely medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, great, except the feel.

Jul 18, 2020
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aug 31, 2020
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HopBelT from Belgium

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jul 28, 2020
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Tracker83 from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Aug 09, 2020
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jaxon53 from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 27, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dragon's Milk Reserve 2 (2020) has a thin, beige head, a dark cola appearance, with bubbles and no lacing. The aroma is of subdued dark malt. The taste is of dark bread crust, with marshmallow & cocoa flavors. Dragon's Milk Reserve 2 (2020) has a light-to-medium body and a medium-dry finish.

RJT

Jul 12, 2020
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buzzy from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 12, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with only a small tan cap. Lots of small white floating particulates. Aroma is dark roasted malt, some peat, plenty of vanilla and chocolate. Flavor follows the nose with some heat from the barrel. Feel is thin for a stout as all of the DM variants I've tried have been. Overall a bit disappointing compared to most of these I've tried.

Jul 23, 2020
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heysuz from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jul 19, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
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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AGoodStout from Kansas

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 07, 2020
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beergorrilla from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 14, 2020
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brittanylicious from Indiana

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

Jul 19, 2020
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Justincredble from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sep 11, 2020
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dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 21, 2020
Dragon's Milk Reserve - Scotch Barrel-Aged With Marshmallow & Dark Chocolat from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 50 ratings