Dragon's Milk
New Holland Brewing Company

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From:
New Holland Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,599
ABV:
11%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,331
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 12.59%
Reviews:
1,745
Ratings:
4,870
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 02, 2022
Added:
Aug 12, 2002
Wants:
  443
Gots:
  2,240
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: 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
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Rated by Tavern_tom from Utah

4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Smooth to drink perfect balance. Rich oak flavor and I wasn't expecting the after taste. Great beer for sure.
Sep 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Legendary_Geko from Florida

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: Pitch black, little head

Smell: Oak, wood, chocolate

Taste: Sweet, chocolate with a late taste of coffee. Absolutely amazing

Feel: Nice, very nice after taste too.

This is an excellent beer!
Aug 26, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4.56 by emwilke from Nevada

Aug 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by Sinister from New York

Jul 02, 2022
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Reviewed by MackT from Florida

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. bottle, 5 months old. Black on black look, poured in a snifter. Dark tan head which rapidly dissipates. Aroma is bourbonesque.
Tastes of chocolates, cherries, coffee, and of course bourbon. Feel left my mouth with a slight dryness, of course your mouth is different. This is absolutely one excellent sipper, I’m thanking myself for this outstanding purchase. Will buy again. Highly recommended.
Jun 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by Wer34truh from Minnesota

Jun 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by vickersspitfire from Texas

Jun 04, 2022
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Reviewed by RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
First base Dragon's Milk I've had in years, since it was available at my local for $2 a bottle. Aroma and taste, barrel, vanilla. Smooth, strong, satisfying and totally worth the $6 paid today for 3, yes 3. How's that possible? Guess I'm just lucky, occasionally. I did love the 2021 Double Vanilla Reserve, the xtra vanilla and 3 months barrel aging was worth the $19. I like this beer, but would not pay the $19 for 4.
May 28, 2022
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Rated by BEER-NICK from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Outstanding!
May 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
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Rated by kieranhynes

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Great!!
May 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.37 by rabembenek from Indiana

Apr 14, 2022
 
Rated: 2.86 by dude17430 from New York

Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by magikbagel from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A rich and smooth stout that’s definitely worth the hype. The 11% abv is noticeable on the finish and gives a pleasant warmth to this complex sipper.
Feb 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Look: Jet black extremely dark pour, light foam rising to top if any.
Smell: Chocolate was the first thought along with a lot of roasted malts and a subtle hint of a coffee smell to follow at the end.
Taste: Definitely taste the chocolate.. Wow I'm extremely impressed. You taste the chocolate along with a hint of caramel mixed with a whiskey/ bourbon taste too. Very good combo.
Feel: Very smooth taste, very little carbonation.
Overall: I definitely would buy this 4 pack again and it's definitely worth the $15-$20 you spend. Just watch out, it's so smooth that you might find yourself downing this bad boy quickly but it WILL creep up on you. Be aware
Feb 15, 2022
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Reviewed by CBlack85 from South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH goblet glass

This beer is completely black with no visible highlights and about one fingers worth of dark tan head that quickly recedes leaving behind a fair amount of lacing.

Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon caramel, and coffee. The bourbon is fairly strong, but not overpowering, and adds just a bit of spice to the nose.

The dominant flavors are that of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and to a lesser degree vanilla. Just the right amount of bourbon character, noticeable but not overpowering. Very well balanced. Full bodied and mildly carbonated.

Overall, this is a very nice Barrel Aged Stout, a great mix of barrel character and base beer, neither leaning too heavily on the other.
Feb 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Feb 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by n_william from Illinois

Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by beerbully from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
L- Black.....1/4 inch head....thick lacing

S-Roasty chocolate, char, coffee bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel

T- similar to the nose.....bourbon barrel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla

F- Medium plus.....creamy......low carb......

O- Great for the price
Jan 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by irishevans from California

Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not a ton of barrel tones but more a balanced bourbon and vanilla flavor. I more or less hated the variants I've tried and I made it clear what I thought about those but the original I think I definitely understand better, this is pretty good and don't mind I bought a pack of it. I served this to myself in one of those weird sour glasses and it works. I get people roasting this for calling it basic but that's the thing it is basic but this actually decently crafted. The variants I had to me not so much
Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Deep amber in color with a massive, coarse, and quite persistent tan head. Scattered, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. Before a strong light at the thinnest part of the glass, some slight ruby highlights can be seen.

Aroma: Strong notes of bourbon, coffee, bitter cocoa, vinous alcohol, molasses and caramel dominate the aroma. There are also notes of wood; the alcohol is quite spicy.

Taste: The taste begins with notes of molasses, caramel, coffee, bitter cocoa, bourbon, dark fruit, spicy alcohol. As the taste progresses, the wood and bourbon notes firm a solid undercurrent to the taste, advancing as the taste progresses, as well as bitter cocoa. The alcohol produces a moderate and pleasant warming sensation. The taste concludes with a modest and lingering wave of bourbon and wood.

Mouth feel: Fairly full and soft, with only modest carbonation.

Drinkabilty/notes: Really quite nice, and a fitting toast to the New Year of 2022. Would pair admirably with rich chocolate desserts.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a La Fin du Monde tulip.
Jan 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.12 by selekt0r

Dec 29, 2021
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass. Bottled on 09/30/21 09:26.

Appearance: Pitch black, light tan dense head. Some strands and sheets of lacing which dissipated very slowly.

Smell: Vanilla, light oak, bourbon.

Taste: Well blended chocolate, coffee, bourbon, roasted malt. Nothing really stands out among the flavors. All are mild and well blended together.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness, quite warming from the higher ABV, even though it's not harsh or that noticeable. Dry finish. Very light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A very subtle/smooth barrel aged stout. There is some bourbon barrel character, but it's mixed in with all the other flavors. A good sipping beer - quite drinkable. Would pair well with some desserts, and maybe a few other main courses as well. Quite nice and I wouldn't mind having it again.
Dec 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by MGibbons from Maryland

Dec 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.18 by dbauer from California

Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.59 by jslywiak from California

Dec 22, 2021
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Reviewed by lagrluvr

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
dated bottle pours pitch black, with a decent tan head that crashes fairly quick, no lacing after 1/4 down...smells prett good, the bourbon barrel smell is dominant, and the taste is pretty boring. sweetness, and more sweetness, and slight booziness. some char/roastiness, and well, that's it. Too fuckin sweet and simplistic for the high price . Very over rated. Not bad, just not as good as the rating is here on this place. Won't get anymore, Narwhal is better...this is just too damn sweet , thin, and simple for the price/rating. Pass.
Dec 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.42 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Dec 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.26 by Sparkplug2

Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Mdog from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Dark brown to black, big head.

Smell: Chocolate, wood, vanilla, booze.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, then moderate barrel-wood flavor. Sweet throughout, with a somewhat light feel for the ABV.

Overall: Another classic that I've finally got around to reviewing. I've had Dragon's Milk at beerfests and bars, but never reviewed. It's a very good beer, maybe a slight step lower than some of the other heavyweights but still quite tasty.
Nov 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by Fallen232 from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.09 by BLPasch from Michigan

Nov 05, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania

Oct 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by Tadwinks from Virginia

Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Given to me from a four-pack of bottles from a friend. Poured into a proper brandy snifter.

L - Pitch black with a one-finger cream-colored head. Pours very thick, with delicate legs.
S - Cacao is very upfront. Notes of leather, vanilla, and brown sugar.
T - Vanilla and cacao are the stars here! Leads slowly into a deep toffee with bourbon and coffee notes. You can't really taste the 11%, but it gives off 11% vibes. Finish is a lingering bourbon and sweet chocolate.
F - Silky, full-bodied, and with light - almost nitro-like - carbonation. It's strong for sure, but you can definitely handle another bottle.
O - A well-done brew of the style. A must-try. The best lounge beer, provided you're in a leather chair and next to a warm fire! I will buy this so long as they keep making it. Again, well done!
Oct 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by JMBoyer from Massachusetts

Oct 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by Gukkor from Texas

Oct 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.28 by Dgman8053 from New York

Oct 02, 2021
Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 6615 ratings