Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout
New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged StoutDragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout
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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,654
Ranked #8,358
4.05 | pDev: 12.59%
Nov 25, 2023
Aug 12, 2002
Throughout the ages, the term Dragon’s Milk has been used to describe potent ales and elixirs worthy of celebration – a reward at the end of the journey. We are proud to be stewards of that ancient tradition today, hand-crafting each batch of Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout in Holland, Michigan. The best liquid in our house is now yours.

Roasted malt delivers notes of coffee and chocolate, which are married with sweet undertones of vanilla and oak from a three month stay in bourbon barrels. The result is a truly legendary blend of flavor.
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Reviewed by augustgarage from California

3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottled on September 11th, 2023 - enjoyed on November 24th, 2023 - poured from a 12oz bottle into my snifter.

Opaque black bean body with a dense wheat/almond cap receding to a lasting collar and surface slick. Fine lacing; very good retention; light glassy sheen of legs.

Baker's chocolate, molasses, and brown bread from the malt joined by tobacco and vanilla from the barrel. Fairly one-dimensional yet inviting.

Rich malty palate entry with licorice and char joining the flavors that follow the nose. Medium finish never quite dries out, though there is some faintly acrid acidity from the barrel. A touch boozy hints of cherry and tar. Low bitterness throughout.

Somewhat hot, medium-bodied, but smooth rather than sticky.

A decent, affordable barrel-aged stout, though it lacks nuance/balance compared to the best versions of the style.
Nov 24, 2023
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A dark brown bottle which contained 22 ounces has been emptied into a clear glass liter mug. That should be enough. The liquid gets the close enough to the black coffee brown color description. There's a very thin tan head. The aroma brings coffee, roasted malt, tannins and just a little alcohol. Although the tannins are there to taste, they're reserved enough to let other flavors emerge. The potent alcohol is nicely incorporated into the overall and is really only noticed during the finish. Those two concerns, either of which could ruin a decent Imperial Stout, are definitely set aside. That makes this a remarkable brew. It's always an impressive brewing feat to get this much alcohol in a beer, with only a little notice of it. Especially when it's Bourbon barrel aged, there's a good chance it's going to taste like a boilermaker made with a Stout. Most beer lovers don't want that and this doesn't. There's almost some dark chocolate and coconut sweetness to it and of course, that black coffee taste reference many Stouts give. Most of these flavor levels are modest and the body could be just a little fuller, if there is to be a criticism. Although the glass lacing isn't copious, it's stratified to mark each episode liquid left the vessel. Sometimes it's a shame there's so much alcohol in a beer, because at the end of the glass, it seemed like a good idea to have another. But, it wasn't.
Nov 12, 2023
Rated: 4.02 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Nov 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Oktoberfest from Ohio

5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
The OG. The pater familias. The alpha and the omega.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But if this isn't up your alley, please understand that you are wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.
Oct 28, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by sewerchewer from New York

Oct 24, 2023
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Reviewed by meast007 from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
First taste amazing, drank out of a bottle unable to admire the look. The feel was nice and smooth as it traverse down. Really love the tast would have ranked higher if it were colder pretty sure, it has a nice stout taste, again very smooth.
Oct 22, 2023
Rated: 4.32 by BLVBBERGIXLL from Arizona

Oct 17, 2023
Rated: 3.95 by lsudduth from Ohio

Oct 12, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by fivepilks from Pennsylvania

Oct 07, 2023
Rated: 4.58 by AJB46

Oct 06, 2023
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Reviewed by shadowmind from Venezuela

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Ok this beer is actually very good but has some flaws that keep it from being outstanding

The look is nice, with dark coloring
the smell also nice with chocolate tones and espresso
the taste is what betrays it flaws. The alcohol is noticeable while you rink it

Overall: Avery good beer, I will drink it in the future if my supplier wouldn't be so greedy
Oct 02, 2023
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Reviewed by EVH5150

3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This is a solid barrel aged stout thats easy to find. Not one of the absolute best but a tasty stout. Great color but with a quickly dissipating head. Nose is as you'd expect. Coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla which all shows up on the palate. I like a little of the sweetness from the barrel aging to offset the strong coffee notes in this one. This is a good, easy to find, barrel aged stout and a regular in my beer cellar.
Sep 29, 2023
Rated: 5 by Zachboyd3334 from Indiana

Sep 23, 2023
Rated: 4.81 by JeffreySoutherns from Illinois

Sep 22, 2023
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Rated by EXACTLY from Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Too sweet for me
Sep 18, 2023
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Rated by Reggaebill from North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Almost like someone dumped coffee/chocolate in my beer. Bit of a boozy note whether you like that or not.
Sep 15, 2023
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Reviewed by UWDAWG from Washington

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle dated 4-19-23 into a snifter.

Look- Black, visible particulate, creamy light brown head, above average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, slight bourbon, slight oak, medium strength of scent.

Taste- Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, sight bourbon, between low and medium strength of flavor.

Feel- Between thin and medium body, average carbonation, between low and medium bitterness, mildly mouth warming, mildly creamy.

Overall- Black with visible particulate and above average head retention and lacing. Bouquet was chocolate, coffee, vanilla and slight bourbon. Flavor was chocolate, vanilla, coffee and slight bourbon. Body was between thin and medium body with mild mouth warming properties and mild creaminess. Overall this beer provided an average drinking experience. It had pleasant bouquet and flavors, but the three months in the bourbon barrels was not enough.
Sep 09, 2023
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Rated by Ilovegunsnroses2017 from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Unbelievable chocolate up front, very creamy!
Just love it!!
Sep 09, 2023
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Rated by lij from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
strong chocolate flavor, smooth texture, great!
Sep 09, 2023
Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout from New Holland Brewing Company
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