Dragon's Milk
New Holland Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,642
Ranked #3,715
4.08 | pDev: 12.5%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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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
Reviews: 1,691 | Ratings: 6,476 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Wxb1111
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent Stout. Lots of complexity and flavors. For having such a very high alcohol content it is still very smooth and without tasting too "boozy". This and Founder's backwoods bastard bourbon barrel wee heavy are my favorites.

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Photo of Charliethebrit
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle dated 12/30/19 on 4/8/20, not that at 11%, it matters a rat's ass.
Black imperial with thin brown head, not retained.
Not much on the nose. A sweet stout aroma.
The taste is where it is at. A rich sweetish malty, espresso, chocolate,
Smooth, full bodied, nice carbonation.
It is like Christmas Eve in a bottle!

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Photo of PathofChaos
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Seductive, obsidian black topped with by a dainty circlet of khaki foam. Retention is short lived and lacing vanishes alongside it, leaving you alone with that silky darkness.

Bourbon-soaked oak, sandalwood, and creamed malts overlap a licking undercurrent of dark syrup.

A lush, angelic body with ethereal carbonation. This frictionless stout slips across the tongue like candied whispers.

Luxuriant caramel malts, docile vanilla, and dried stone fruit drizzled with a bourbon-laced maple syrup. A secret nook of raspberries, glazed with brûléed sugar, lies in wait like a tiny, buried treasure.

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Photo of BeerBaronBear
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't love this one. It has a Samichlaus type of consistency and flavor. The look was alright, but I like a beer that's got a decent foamy head to it, and this had very little. It was tasty, but bordered on syrupy, and I didn't enjoy the mouthfeel very much. Very high alcohol content is evident, more than I'd prefer. Personally not my favorite style, so I'm biased, but even though it was decent, and I finished the whole thing, I don't think I would buy it again. I may update after I've tried another couple beers in the same vein by Founders...

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Photo of KensWorld
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon front and center. Smells and tastes like a bourbon barrel aged stout should, great! A little light looking And no retention but the feel and taste overcome this. Better and cheaper then mostly of those limited relieve bombers out there. A must try, well worth the $14 4-pack:

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Photo of NYRunner
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint.

I'm fairly new to stouts, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Beautiful black color, lots of carbonation. The taste followed the smells of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon, wonderful substantial mouth feel and nice bourbon-scented boozy finish. I will definitely have this one again, as well as others of this style.

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Photo of REDAMI
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

L - Dark espresso pour, thin cream-colored head.

S - Very faint nose, dark sugar syrup, dark roast grains.

T - Dark brown bread, brown sugar, woody bitterness.

F - Dry with stinging carbonation. Very little heat.

O - A solid imperial stout: muted , but all the requisite flavors are there.

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Photo of anthony80
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- nice ebony with a beautiful head and medium lacing. S- sweet chocolate toasted malts. T- thick sweet chocolate. O- a great barrelaged stout tasty .

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Photo of bret27
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled about 8 months prior.
Very dark body, dark brown head.
Smells and tastes of chocolate, vanilla, oaky, toasty, slight bourbon burn on the palate. Fairly thick body.
Solid ba stout, but kind of standard when the field has gotten so competitive.

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Photo of kryansutton
4.94/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To my delectable pallet, I taste notes of Coffee, honey, sweet and bitter tones, Poured the Beer is allowed to breathe, Goes down smooth and quick Not only can you chug this beer, but you can also enjoy it. Overall this beer is the first beer to sing to me, in such a way that I was sirened into buying another 3 - 4-packs of this awesomeness. If you are looking for a great beer to go with some grilled meats, like steak, pork chops or chicken, Even smoked meats like ribs, Boston butts or Chicken wings. you have found a winner ~! enjoy this for poker night with friends or just for Fun. Whatever you enjoy it for, it is made to simply be ~ Enjoyed.

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Photo of gothamcity
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour: Decent head retention. Thin white rim remained. Decent lacing.
Aroma: chocolate milk, vanilla, and caramel. Seconadary cinnamon.
Taste: Sweet refined sugar based chocolate milk, coffee taste.
Feel: full bodied, chocolate and coffee (mocha) aftertaste and a thick sugary dessert like finish.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with full head. Scent is of chocolate and bourbon, with a hint of vanilla. Taste follows, although about halfway through, the bourbon takes over. Mouthfeel is not nearly as full as I expected and the aftertaste finishes almost purely boozy

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Photo of Olesjm
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This was one of the stouts i cut my teeth on. It's a great overall beer with a nice smooth mouthfeel and flavour. Enough depth top keep you busy for a minute and definitely one you'll go back to time and time again.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Safeway in Bothell, Washington.
Bottled on date 11/20/19, served in a Sam Smith nonic.

Look- Black as midnight. Sizable light mocha colored head with decent retention, modest lacing. No carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Caramel/toffee type malts, chocolate, fresh ground coffee, bourbon and oak, roasted nuts, licorice, toasted dark bread and dark fruits (raisins and dates), a bit of vanilla. Light berry and spice notes.

Taste- Rich caramel malt, bourbon and oak, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and dried dark fruits, light licorice, roasted nuts, burnt sugar, light spicy hops and a bit of cherry. Alcohol aspects explode the warmer it gets.

Feel- Medium/heavy bodied with an incredibly smooth, creamy texture, little to no effort made to hide the booze. Moderately bitter finish, moderate/soft carbonation on the tongue.

O- A really good IS, the boozy aspects make it hard to kill a full 22 though. Thick and weighs you down.

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Photo of defunksta
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a thick, jet black color with a medium-tan head. SRM of 24-25. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of sweet vanilla and oaky, maple syrup. Hints of bourbon on the nose too. Dark fruit, oak, and vanilla sweetness linger. (4.25)

Flavor: Rich chocolate upfront which gets buried in the alcohol, giving it a "fresh paint" type of alcohol burn. Then hints of bourbon comes through before a strong vanilla, slightly oaky, malt sweetness bring through the body. This is a dessert beer. (4.00)

Feel: Syrupy. Carbonated well, but no match for the malts here. Vanilla and oaky sugar linger on the palate. Thick syrup lingers. (3.50)

Overall: This is a dessert beer that packs a punch. Yes it bourbon-barreled. Yes it's a stout. But boy is it sweet. Vanilla, syrup, oak just ride all the way through this beer. Too much alcohol though gives it a "fresh-paint" flavor. A sipper for sure. Like many great things in life, glad I tried this one once, and probably won't be back for a while. (Final Rating: 3.95)
Edit: I tried it a day later and even after a day it's not bad even without the carbonation. Thick, sweet, and vanilla syrup.

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Photo of Wetdryvac
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like this a lot for about the first sip. It goes downhill from there, so if I don't have someone to share the bottle with, I don't grab it. Another case of a barrel aged stout where the flavor combination doesn't work out for me.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Stamped on bottle neck is bottling date of '09/11/19'.
Black colored body with a considerable brown back lit edge. Two fingers of tan head, settles back to frothy cap. Leaves behind webs of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malt, vanilla, and oak barrel.
Taste is slightly sweet, with dark roasted malts, a little char, and lots of vanilla, with the second half influenced by the bourbon oak barrel. Bits of chocolate, licorice, and dark fruit.
Thicker mouth feel, with a very smooth texture. Very good carbonation.
The smoothness of the mouth texture is outstanding, and works well with the vanilla flavor. The very wisp of bitterness is immediately counteracted by the vanilla and oak. Higher ABV% is reasonably well hidden. The after taste only exists because of the creaminess of the body.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and poured into my trusty skull glass creating a jet black bodied beer with massive tan head that dissipates to splodges
Aroma is bourbon charcoal
Treacle and whisky with a hint of gunpowder

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Photo of 60sFolks
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour from bottle into a chalice. Nice head, but disappeared almost immediately. Dark, almost black. Very dark chocolate taste. The 11 abv is well hidden in the light mouth. Not very creamy, despite the name. Overall a good stout for sipping on the winter.

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Photo of B_mit
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from bottle into a tulip glass.. An excellent Stout. Lots of complexity and flavors. For having such a very high alcohol content it is still very smooth and without tasting too "boozy". With the name though, was expecting it to be somewhat creamier. This and Founder's Breakfast Stout have become my go to's for stouts

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Photo of EJPA_0425
3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I was really hoping to like this beer. And I did as I was drinking it. Had a 12oz goblet from Yard House. Has very little of a head with a very dark brown color. Smells of chocolate malts and coffee. Tastes chocolatey with a hint of vanilla. Sounds good right? But this went all downhill when it comes to feel. 3 hours after when I sobered up from it, I came down with severe nausea. Because of this, I'm now never drinking an imperial stout again.

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Photo of jdurey
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer don’t get me wrong. But it seems a bit overrated. After pouring, the head quickly disappeared, leaving a glass of something resembling flat coke. Smell is overpowering whiskey with a trace of bread. Taste is pretty similar with faint hints of cherry. Very boozy. Feel is thinner than I’m used to for this style, but the alcohol is well hidden in the aftertaste. Overall I’m glad I gave this a try, but unless I find it on tap I won’t be buying it again, considering this costs about $10US per bottle in South Korea.

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Photo of TheGreatCthulhu
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I did a beer review, and with my dad and I brewing the next beer batch for the upcoming Christmas holidays, I figured it's as good a time as any to do a beer review.

When you're brewing, you always need to have a beer whilst you're boiling your wort, so my beer of choice for this brewing session was New Holland Brewing Company's Dragon's Milk imperial stout.

Is it good? Well, let's find out!


Despite the name Dragon's Milk, this isn't a milk stout at all. It's an imperial stout, which is a stout beer which is a stout originally brewed by the English. It's a stronger beer than your bog-standard stout.

Good thing too, because this thing's rocking a strength of 11% ABV. Yeehaw!

But let's get the nerdy stuff out of the way and talk about the stuff that matters.


Jet black. The head that forms is a nice caramel color, that dissipates to a nice lace.

So, in all, it looks great. It's as black as my soul. Right on!


Dark, roasted malts and sweet vanilla. For such a strong beer, this has one of the friendliest smells I've ever smelt, as far as beer goes.


A dance of bourbon, oak, and sweet malt. The bourbon note is not too surprising, considering it's aged in barrels used to make bourbon. Has a nice feel to the mouth too. Despite its 11% ABV strength, this hardly has any carbonation bite, and nary a hint of alcohol, in terms of taste. It has the strength of 11% ABV, but feels like it's 4.0% ABV.

I'm saying that just two of these things was enough to give me nice buzz. Be careful!


Long. Dark chocolate and black coffee are the pronounced flavors in the finish of this beer. If ya ain't a chocolate lover (are you even human?), and aren't a fan of coffee, this beer ain't for you. It's bitter.


One of the best stouts I've had. With its smooth character, wonderful blend of flavors, as well as a strength that will put hair on your chest, this has quickly become one of my favorite stouts I've tried.

Overall, 9/10. Problem is, it's pricey, but it's worth it, in my opinion.

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Photo of SABERG
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 8/19/19 into the test glass
A - Inky black backdrop, gently carbonated, an off white ring clings to the glass wall.
S - Char, vanilla, dark chocolate, a bit of anise, tobacco and roast malt.
T - Bakers chocolate, hints of bourbon, vanilla wafer, cigar wrap, with the slightest hint of dark fruit.
M - Medium body, excellent balance, nary a hint of alcohol. Semi sweet start, slick center with a very nice dry finish
O - A very good stout, well balanced, excellent tactile experience. with again the 11% hidden quite well.

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Photo of a-mused
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into Stout Glass from Bottle. Tasted at 50degF. Despite the name, this is *not* a Milk Stout! (I cannot have dairy in any form .. not lactose, nor dairy proteins). So if you're lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy, you can pick this up, or if you're incredibly lucky, find it on tap, and revel in the glory of this Imperial Stout!

A nice caramel head formed while pouring, slowing disipating into a beautiful lace. With Imperial Stouts, I love to hold the glass up to a bright light. If it is as dark and opaque as the heart of an ex, we're off to a great start. .. and here, we are. Despite the 11%ABV, there's no booziness to the nose or palate. The nose is treated to a gorgeous blend of cocoa and the slightest hint of vanilla. Upon hitting the tongue is where the magic really starts to happen. There's absolutely zero sharp notes at all. It's a beautiful blend of roasted malts, cacao, and again, that little hint of vanilla that simply coats the mouth with a barely sweet, but incredibly delicious, mellow, nearly indescribable, yet incredibly close to perfect flavor.

What blows me away is just *how* incredibly smooth this Imperial Stout is. There's absolutely *no* bite whatsover. In many ways, it's just as a top-tier Imperial Stout should be; like drinking an incredible loaf of dark bread.

Now that I've found this brew, it's a staple in both my aging cellar (I'm very keen to see how well this ages!) and my 'fridge. Honestly, that alone is the bar I judge most beers against. If I'm willing to make room for it, it *must* be absolutely outstanding. Definitely a treat!

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 6476 ratings