Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A barrel aged Imperial Stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath.

2014 Bottles are 11% ABV
2016 Bottles are 11% ABV

Added by beernut7 on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,235
Reviews:
1,614
Ratings:
6,208
pDev:
12.62%
 
 
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408
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2,087
Trade:
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Photo of vikinggary28
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into chilled glass mug. Very dark colour, dark brown with very little light seeing through. Very thin head. Smells of sweet malts. This has a great taste and that's coming from someone who is more of a pale ale/IPA fan. I find stouts overly sweet/heavy but this one is right on the mark with great mouthfeel and at an 11 abv that'll kick you into the next level. Great beer! Prost!

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Photo of dresserinthecorn
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great BBA stout. Much smoother and less bitey than its peers. Very creamy mouthfeel with heavy notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. More subtle notes of dates, sundried plum,vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Overall, a great beer to enjoy during a chilly December day in the northeast.

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Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bucrogers26th
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mothmanscott
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes 1/27/13: Pours clear, deep brown with red highlights producing 1.5 fingers of tan, somewhat lasting, frothy head that leaves a nice coating of lace. Aroma is coco, dark chocolate, bourbon and woody vanilla with hints of caramel, coconut, coffee and figs. Taste is semisweet chocolate, heavy bourbon, dark roast, toasted pumpernickel and molasses with hints of burnt caramel, toffee and dark fruits. The booze is up front and forceful. No noticeable hop presence. Aftertaste is boozy, sweet,faintly peppery but short-lived with only a hint of bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, creamy, silky and thinly chewy with low carbonation. 4++ stars.

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Photo of BulleitBob
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It looks delicious, it tastes delicious and it smells delicious. Creamy mouth feel; hints of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. It's up there with my favorite stouts from Founders.

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Photo of Foyle
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A thin tan head drops quickly on this dark brown nearly black brew. Plenty of streaming bubbles at the top of the glass. Aroma is boozy with roasty malts as well. Mouthfeel is heavy, thick, viscous. Flavors of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, earthy hops. Overall: outstanding!

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of M4CDO
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a half inch beige head that settles pretty quickly to a ring and leaves ample lacing. Smells of booze, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste follows the nose with additional flavors of vanilla, oak, a hint of lactose sweetness and a bit of dark fruits. Medium bodied for the style, light to medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of DMC43
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyanemi6690
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NicktheBeerlock
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Boozy.

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Photo of hydrate
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My first reaction was that I loved it. Sweet, heavy and lots of flavor. As I kept drinking through the pint, the syrupy nature of it became a little overpowering. Still, I do like it and would get it again. But probably only one per sitting. Which is fine given the ABV. It's like a desert. I didn't taste the ABV.

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Photo of KMcGrath
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of seockchan
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this a number of times, most recently a few weeks ago at the 'tailgate.' My judgement is that this is NOT a stout. That said, it IS an amazing beer. The last one I had--a bomber that was aged about three years--was amazing in that the barrel character came through very nicely, and it was smooth and roast-y as well. I would happily buy this again.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce 10/10/18 bottle into a DFH tulip. Color was a typical rich dark brown imperial stout color with a nice substantial head. One of these days I'll remember to take these imperial stouts out of my cellar fridge at 50 degrees and let it warm to room temperature because at an immediate pour, I just can't smell anything until it warms up; once that happens I get a delightful snootful of vanilla, booze, malt and barrel. Every sip leaves a nice coating on the mouth so it keeps on giving.

I'm kind of embarrassed that it took me this long to discover what has been a known entity for most. For reasons that aren't ultimately important, I was late to jump on the stout train and recently have been striving mightily to make up for lost time. And this is a *great* time for stouts, barrel aged and otherwise. That said, as good as it is, I consider this on a second tier from the grade A ass kickers. It pains me to say that because it is very affordable and I am one cheap SOB. Perhaps in a blind taste test I would be revealed as a fraud, and if so so be it. This is still a very positive experience.

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Photo of Zenboy99
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of daholt1979
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brennan27
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the price, this is a very tasty stout.
Notes of vanilla, coffee, and roastiness with a nice bourbon/barrel finish. Nice milky creaminess in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of joeywheeler
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of nodder
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Bancreagie
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Exceptional smoothness - needs a medium/hard poor (like most stouts).
A great blend of the milk/bourbon traits.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 6,208 ratings