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Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by beernut7 on 08-12-2002

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Photo of buffettfan
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber, into a large snifter.

Apperance a very dark brown, when held to the light, you can see a hint of dark, ruby red. A thin strip of off white head rimming the glass.

Smell was more like a whiskey, or bourbon, with a hint of vinilla.

Taste, was to say the least, awesome! A heavey alcohol/ bourbon flavor up front. A malty flavor sort of takes over, then gives way to an oaky, wood flavor, and finishes with more whiskey/alcohol taste left in the your month.

Mouthfeel is strong, heavy and warm.

Drinkabilty, well, if I could get this in Arizona, it would always be in my fridge. I enjoyed this beer a lot, one of the better beers I've had in the last year! I'll be seeking out more of this!

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Photo of ToggleEyes
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this in the new 22oz bomber. Poured out a mohogony black. formed a big pilowy head in my Pint. the smell was great, that of sweet rasins, coffee, milk and honey. The taste is awsome. Sweet chocolate, toffee, and espresso. It also has just the right carbonation with a small alcohol burn and a thin mouthfeel that lets you enjoy big gulps at a time. This is very easy to drink which always is most important in my book. I am now glad New Holland switch to a bomber style for this beer, I can easily put one down in one sitting.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bomber at Riley's here in Madison. Nice new silkscreened bottle.

Pours a deep black with hints of ruby highlight at the edges under a finger of khaki head. I love the smell of a good bourbon barrel aged brew and this is no different - infectious, ephemeral woody alcohol over a bed of vanilla bean, lactose and bready yeast. Flavor is sublime, mellowed bourbon, oak, vanilla extract and toffee/caramel malt. Mouthfeel is thinner than I had expected, but made for easy drinking as did the well-hidden alcohol. A fantastic barrel-aged brew here, seek it out and you shall find nirvana.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled tulip glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Really cranked the pour and at first there was no head. Then, a 1/4" head magically popped up! Very attractive reddish black in color with a tan head.

-Smell 5.0: Oh, wow. What a bouquet on this beer. First, the grains and hops hit and then immediately the vanilla and wood resins from the oak hit you. There's also this dark sugar essence in here...wonderful.

-Taste 5.0: Front is slightly malty with a very subdued sweetness. Middle is BIG with malt, raisin, caramel and oak tannins and vanilla. Finish is also big with more sweetness and vanilla and slightly tart on the edges of the tongue. Aftertaste is a monster and this is where you get hit with the hops...and the oak tannins again. Just an amazing beer experience.

-Mouthfeel 4.5: Well-balanced level of carbonation and the warming properties of the ABV are very noticeable (and enjoyable) in this brew.

-Overall 4.5: Just a fantastic beer that takes everything you may have heard about Innis & Gunn and multiplies it by at least five. This is a beer for fans of big ABV beers, but also a beer for fans of BEER. This brew is fantastic and worth every penny you will spend tracking it down. Worried about paying $5 shipping to get a big bottle of this? Dont. Just order it and order it now. Paradise awaits. WARNING: the ABV in this baby will creep up on you and knock you off your perch. I'm just saying.

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Photo of Burl41
4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint

Appearance- Dark brown with a great sold head, like a porter

Smell- Oak, vanilla, rasin with a hint of alchohal. The smell is wonderful, and strong, apparent as soon as you open the bottle.

Taste- Again like the smell, some roasted notes are apparent but not like its appearence would suggest. Caramel, a great oak vanilla falvor is what is most noticable, it's balanced and complex. There is a warming effect from the alchohal to finish. This is a great brew.

Mouthfeel- Thick and chewy, with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- This was one of my first high end beers that I ever had and one I will continue to return to. This is a great beer, and a good interpertaion of the style. One that to be savored but can be enjoyed in more than one serving.

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Photo of chadu
4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with not much head... the amount that was there was a nice frothy Chocolate Milk color. It was gone quickly.

The opaque pour into the glass spoke volumes of what was to come.

The aroma was FANTASTIC! Heavy dose of rich vanilla and a hint of bourbon.

The rich chocolatey taste with a Brandy like flavor, gives way to a lovely oaky finish.

Not a whole lot of bubbles, but that works for me.

The higher alcohol content definitely makes this a 1-2 bottle beer, but what a great bottle it'll be.

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Photo of sudsface69
4.64/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I love winter. Not only for the snow and the crisp, cold air, but for the BEER!! And this one is definitely one that I can't wait to get my hands on as soon as it is released. Maybe it's because I'm also a big bourbon fan, but I really like this beer. In the nose, you can gather right away that this beer has spent some time in bourbon barrels. It has aromas of bourbon, toasted marshmallow, vanilla, sweet cream, chocolate, and a hint of spice. I also love the mouthfeel! Nice and creamy, (feels and tastes like there was some lactose thrown in to provide residual sugars) with a roundness and depth that just fills the mouth with goodness. The only downside to this beer is that (at least out of the 22oz bottles) the head is a little thin and tends to disappear quite quickly. I'd love it if the head were a little creamier and stayed around a little longer. Nonetheless, this is still one of my favorite winter beers. A bit pricey, but definitely worth it!

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Photo of Steaks
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i had this on draft at the nachbar last week and it was awesome. it tastes, looks, and feels far superior on draft than from the bottle. the beer is dark as hell but masks the alcohol pretty well. it has some chocolate/coffe scents, and a bit of a taste, but not too much. $5 pints are some good news, man.

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Photo of soupermirl
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hell. Yes. Fantastic. Beautiful beer. Coconut finish. Woody deliciousness. This beer is delicious, did I state that? It's nice. Drink it. Ok so, color is dark, thick, heady, very nice. Nice is thin but taste and mouth fill are right on. It's worth it.

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Photo of Matty-McBier
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not bold, but ohhh so good. Some bourbon up front followed by notes of chocolate milk. Fantastic milky, creamy consistency. Best "Feel" of any stout I've tried as of today, 5/5/15!! The Feel cannot be undervalued in this wonderfully crafted stout! Delicious!

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Photo of Gear54
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Re-review in this bottle now that my beer palate has grown and I know a bit more about good beer!

From a bottle into my Shorts snifter. Pitch black with kaki head and minimal lace.

Smell is black licorice and dark chocolate with hints of roasted malts. I get some sweetness in the aroma as well.

Rich roasted malt flavor with coco and coffee. The licorice isn't as prevalent as with the smell but it does bite a bit on the finish.

Feel is amazing. This beer is so smooth and has almost no booze which is great for a beer with this high abv.

The overall for this is strong! I'm going to be back for this again.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Updated 3/6/15

Thanks MarcatGSB for this beer

Poured into a La Chouffe Tulip

A - Almost opaque very dark brown/black, half finger dark tan head and some lacing

S - Very sweet, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate milk and more sweet

T - Vanilla, sweet coffee, milk chocolate, alcohol, earth, lots of oak and wood, molasses, some bourbon flavors, great slightly toasted malt and a very little but nice amount of hops

M - Chewy, full bodied, medium minus acidity, well balanced, great complexity and long finish

D - This is a dream of a stout. Tastes great from beginning to end. One of the better imperial stouts I have had. Second for me to tokyo*. If you don't like big beers, here is your warning, don't try

Final thought - 10% abv and tastes like the stouts heaven would make. Try this if you have the chance!

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Photo of jonvan04
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this multiple times and am reviewing this purely from memory. This is just an amazing combination of roasted malts, vanilla, and bourbon. I can drink this at anytime whether it's on a cold winter night or outside in the heat (I ordered it while sitting outside on a 90 degree day, just because I saw it on tap), which is saying something for a beer this type of beer. This beer was my first of New Holland's and I've been aggresively seeking out anything in their high gravity series ever since.

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Photo of gaord
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

tried this after working 16 out of 24 hours in the fourth biggest snow storm in O'hare history so maybe this review is slanted a little. I thought the balance between bourbon and stout was very good, easy drinking. I usually like more bourbon. After shoveling 14 inches of snow the alcohol soothes the sore muscles. Very good beer

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a slightly murky dark brown with cherry red highlights and a thin off white head. Smells of oak, brandy, and other sour woody notes with undertones of chocolate and dark sour fruits. Tastes of an initial wild cherry and wonderfully tart plumb sourness with a big oak, citrus and lilac dryness. The malt base that ties all of these together is thin and sweet chocolate and vanilla with a nice wild and musky sour fruitiness. The 10% alcohol isn’t detected on the nose or the taste at all. Fantastic and original flavor combinations here. If this isn’t original, someone please tell me of more options that are this wonderful and well blended. The mouth feel is light with a tingly carbonation. I’ll definitely track this one down again!

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first New Holland brew and looking forward to it after years of hearing about them. It pours dark black with a tan head that slowly settles to a consistent lacing around the top. The aroma is sweet of cocoa and vanilla with a hit of bourbon. Very nice though.

Wow, the first sip that is all I have to say. The bourbon is very prominent from beginning to end on this one. Good grief that is outstanding. It is sweet, hot and toasty. The finish is so good and just with a light touch of vanilla. The lasting flavor of homemade vanilla ice cream and bourbon is awesome. I absolutely loved this beer and so glad I picked this up on my road trip.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, near black, color with brown highlights around the edges. Mild cream head. Minimal lacing. Apperance is nothing special.

Nose is awesome - boozy, chocolate, malty, dark fruit and oak wonderfulness. Taste is much of the same - very boozy, with strong bourbon and oak flavors. The bottle says "oak aged" but there are strong bourbon notes at play here. This thing is seriously delicious - bourbon fans will be in heaven. I was in love at the very first sip. Generally, "boozy" tends to be a bit of a negative descriptor - but here? Total joy.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Carbonation is absolutely spot on. Just a smidge on the thin side.

Wow, what a beer. I came into this thing with no expectations, but was absolutely floored almost from the first sip. Tremendous oak aged beer. I plan to load up the next time I'm in a state where it's distributed.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Quick question: Have you ever had a Bourbon barrel-aged beer that wasn't better than the original? Me either.

Pours black as tar with a small tan head. Some lace is left behind as it drops to a thin film.
Smell is amazing. Rich, malts, bourbon, sherry, dark fruits, peat, vanilla, smoke, light oak. Liquid fruitcake, baby.
Taste, even still cold, is rich and boozy with bourbon leading the parade, dark fruits, peat, vanilla and malt are right behind and faint oak & smoke bringing up the rear.
Full-bodied, lightly effervesced, this brew only gets better as it warms (like almost every Imperial Stout). A sipping beer from the start, it drinks more like a fine whiskey with all the wonderful things that entails. Might not be one to toss back at the pub if you want several because 11% ABV adds up fast. But if you can linger over it instead of slamming it, you will love it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Holland imperial pint.
Vintage 2011, 23°P, 10% ABV, Pairings listed, F021 printed on the neck (June 02, 2011).

A - Clear and deep mahogany, ruby brown while pouring, Dragon's Milk relinquishes it's color for a deep, foreboding blackness in the pint. Topped by a thick khaki head with good retention, laces remains caked to the glass.

S - Maybe it's just the name playing tricks on me, but I get a lactose sweetness beside the milk chocolate and smooth roasted malt. Light charred oak accompanies the bourbon aroma so prevalent and sought-after in Dragon's Milk.

T - Robust and flavor-packed, Dragon's Milk features a complex malt profile of roasted notes like coffee, milk chocolate, and cocoa with smooth, more subtle oak and bourbon characteristics than the majority of other similar beers out there.

M - Smooth, supple, and full-bodied, Dragon's Milk has a nice level of carbonation that keeps it from being overbearing. Warm alcohol and mild roast bitterness (to balance) linger on the finish but remain in check so it doesn't become a booze-bomb.

O - New Holland's crowning jewel, Dragon's Milk, is rich and flavorful but not boozy nor potent to the point of being cloying. A perfect balancing act of malt sweetness, bitterness, and smooth alcohol, Dragon's Milk is great fresh and even more complex and deep with extended age. I recommend buying multiple bottles of each vintage to visit this real treat over time!

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Photo of wcudwight
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color. Frothy tan head rises and holds.
Smells of sweet milk chocolate and vanilla.
Taste like the chocolate soy milk (Silk). Mild bitterness with hints of vanilla. Nice coffee like finish.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth yet still big and bold.
Great drinkability for a 9% beer and if it were available here it would be a staple in my fridge.
Thanks to Enola for sharing a bottle.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear black with ruby highlights all around the glass. A decent looking pour. Plenty of ecru head atop the body. The aroma is sweet bourbon oak along with plenty of malt. The flavors burst on the tongue with coconut quite strong from the bourbon barrels. The oak quality really stands out. Though this is classified an American strong Ale, I would call it a Bourbon Stout without the body. Tons of vanilla and bourbon characteristics are omnipresent. This is one awesome tasting beer. The mouthfeel is lighter than most, but the abv of 10% probably lightens it up a bit. The only thing that would improve with this is possibly a fuller mouthfeel, but I could care less since it is so amazing in the flavor department. If you like the taste of anything oaked, you will love this beer.

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Photo of RMD579
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very nice stout. Smooth and silky, not too thick. Look is a dark brown, somewhat amber color with a thin amber head. Smell is of dark fruit, alcohol, chocolate and vanilla. The taste is malty, molasses, cherry, vanilla undertones, bourbon on the forefront, light chocolate aftertaste, with a fair alcohol burn. Despite the mostly unmasked alcohol, this beer is very drinkable, even for someone new to big beers, the feel is just excellent. I really enjoyed this one but I wish I could get it for less than $18 for a 4-pack.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Dark chocolate color with minimal to no head
S - wood, bourbon, chocolate
T- Soooo Gooood bourbon chocolate with an oaky finish. I'm surprised this beer doesn't have ha higher ranking.
F - Maybe a little thin but over all a creamy feel

Over this was a great beer that I will be seeking out more readily.

On top into a snifter.

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Photo of BrandonNyte
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has quickly become one of my personal favorites, although I've noticed that it's not for everyone, due to how strong it is.

It's color is black as pitch, it's smell, sweet and rich.

It has a smooth feel in the mouth, I could detect oaken flavors in it as well as chocolate and coffee undertones. It delivers a very nice aftertaste that leaves you wanting more.

I also thought it to be very good while enjoying a steak.

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Photo of rye726
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was quite impressed by this beer. A nice stout with a nicely balanced barrel presence. Good price at $15 four pack as well.

Pours a dark brown with a silky tan head.

Nose has bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, roasty malts, coffee and dark pitted fruits.

Taste also has a nice whiskey presence along with wood, vanilla, cocoa, espresso, plums and cherries.

Full body is well carbonated. Nice bourbon presence through the finish.

Tasty stuff. Should age well.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,460 ratings.
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