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Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good
1,446 Reviews
Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
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1,446
Ratings:
5,491
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
25.69%
 
 
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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour on draft at Tempest in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a brandy snifter.

Comes with a dark black body, one finger effervescent offwhite head with good retention, no lacing. Smells of vanilla, oak, mild hints of bourbon, deep roast, milk chocolate, touch of black espresso. Aromatic and pleasant, without any hint of heat. Flavour is similarly roasty with plenty of milk chocolate and cocoa, touch of bourbon, vanilla, oak, no heat. Easy to drink with plenty of flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not as full as bigger stouts but hefty enough. Good carbonation on draft. Lingering milk chocolate and vanilla on the finish. A tasty, slightly underpowered bourbon barrel aged stout which will hit the spot more often than not. It's on the opposite end of the spectrum from Central Waters' Bourbon Barrel Stout- more of the base stout, less of the bourbon barrel but still not lacking in the latter.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep and dark root beer brown during the pour settling an even darker tarred brown thats nearly black. It has just the faintest of hints to light getting thru at the edges and bottom. Huge frothy dark tanned foam whips itself into a firm stacking and keeps a steadily thick amount consistantly present on top. A thin, whispery sheeting of lace coats the entire glass and sticks like glue. One very nice looking Strong ale!

Aroma is mildly present but firm and pleasing with mostly chocolate being the main staple before vanilla, dark cherry, dates, and deep bourbon notes take in the rest of each wiff.

Taste is more of the same with a rounded, overall tone of chocolate infused with bourbon hints and tenderly noted with a bold vanilla and caramel backing and some brief seepings of dark fruits do a bit of work to tang it up some. The finish is totally worth it as its complexity is quite nice with fluffy chocolate and slippery cherry/date hinted bourbony heat. Reminds me of a simpler G.I. Bourbon Cnty Stout.

Feel is a solid medium with a firm and creamy front and middle then finishes well as noted in the taste with a nicely textured fluff and warmth that coats the mouth and gullet fairly well and with a length thats favorably yummy and memorable.

Can't help but think this is more like a stout, but as a Strong ale its a nice change of pace and suits New Holland and the name "Dragon's Milk" very well and is a solid brew to drink down and warm up with in these chilled Wintery evenings.

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Photo of Baileyuk
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had previous years of this and have not been blown away. This batch however seemed delightful.

A - Poured a black color with a decent head. It lasted for a long time and was continously regenerating as i drank. Lacing was superb and was fully remaining all the way down the glass after I finished.

S - Mot as muck oak as I would have expected, Some good malty notes as well as an alcohol presence. Despite my inability to place all the aromas it was still a fine warmup.

T - Excellent, sweeter notes for sure but not sickly sweet. Faint tastes of vanilla in there for sure. Again a wood taste was in there but I thought it was mild for oak aged. However it complimented the beer greatly.

M - Amaxingly smooth feel with a great body also.

D - For the ABV listed (9%) this is one of the easiest drinking beers. I could definately had another butcould not and drive home.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance- Black color with some mahogany hues on the outer edges. Pours a khaki colored one inch head.

aroma- Mild bourbon sweetness, vanilla, molasses, milk chocolate, and roasted malts.

taste- Upfront the consists chewy milk chocolate and mild bourbon flavors. The bourbon is noticeable but blends with the flavors rather than overwhelming them. A mild hit of roasted malt bitterness shows up mid palate. Towards the finish this really lightens up with vanilla really shining through. Some malt bitterness adds balance in the finish, but its leans toward the sweet side.

feel- Chewy and thick at first but the feel lightens towards the finish. Medium carbonation throughout and the finish is balanced and not overly sweet.

overall- Definitely a great barrel aged milk stout. There's great balance between the thick/chewy flavors of milk chocolate, molasses, and bourbon upfront and the lighter finish with sweet vanilla cream finishing things off. This is a standout in the barrellaged style and a great deal in the four pack format.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark brown with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, oak, bourbon, and vanilla sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with bourbon and cocoa.

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

22 ouncer, new graphics, i didn't see vintage/freshness dating, pours dark, dark mahogany, initially shows a dark mocha head, recedes down to a splotchy film and leaves lightish slippery lace. Nose is of dark bread, licorish and some background woodyness. Notes of rum, dark fruit, figs and raisins, more dark wood, molasses, and an underlying layer of wood. Nice sipper, bold and flavorful. More high test Michigan brew.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep black opaque body with a tan head with a slight reddish hint. The head quickly turns into a pile of big bubbles that floats to the edge. This beer is to thick to see any signs of carbonation.

S- The aroma of pale malt and chocolate malt with some lightly toasted malt are enhanced by a slight vanilla woody character. A soft notes of bourbon and pecans are in the finish.

T- This beer has a nice smooth deep roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate malt, brown malt and coffee and cream. The finish has a smooth bourbon finish but no alcohol heat.

M- The mouthfeel is medium with a creamy texture with soft fizz and alcohol warmth at the finish.

D- This beer has some good complexity in the malt bill and it has really blended with age (this was just released to the stores). The oak and bourbon really give nice depth to the beer and add more depth.

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

Served from a 22 or 25 oz bottle. The bottle was different than the picture above as it had a silk screened lable on it in white that was pretty darn cool. I poured the beer into my trusty Duvel tulip.

The beer poured a deep black color with a slight tan head that disapated rather quickly. left behind was a good ring around the glass and some solid lacing down the sides. The aroma was a full toasted caramel smell, pleasing to the nose. The tasted was a nice toasted, malty bite up front with some very nice vanilla tones as well which made for a smooth mouth feel. With a medium body, this is still a pretty darn easy beer to drink because it is tastey and so smooth going down but yet it leaves a nice taste in the mouth.

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

2015 version is MUCH tastier than last years. Viscosity has thickened a tad ( an improvement). Not thick like BCBS, but meatier than KBS. Nice mouthfeel. Great aroma, understated yet well executed balance.

This years bourbon presence is appreciably higher: very, very nice.
EPIC? no, not quite. Still fabulous, especially for the price

Edit 8/5/15. I notice some variability between batches. This bottled date, not so impressive. I'm going to lower my taste score by 0.25. This batch is underwhelming

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fantastic stout. Unlike other stouts I've had this one has some more complex flavoring and feel to it.
It has a chocolate taste, and a subtle vanilla undertone with bourbon flavors that bring down the bitterness of that chocolate taste and make for an enjoyable stout beer.

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

Pours a very dark brown, slightly cloudy, moderately portioned light tan head. Aromas of toffee, maple, brandy, oak, earth, and grape. Tastes of oak, caramel, lactic, vinous, with a sweet and spicy finish. Feels medium bodied but far too thin for an oak aged strong ale with this much malt character. This is a tasty beer, I have had it a couple times. It is too thin but smells lovely and easy drinking. I think this is good, but if they are going to go through the effort to oak barrel age something it might as well be a more perfect beer.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an inky black with some ruddy highlights and a frothy but short lived head. Smells of bitter roasted malts, sugary lactose sweetness, and some resinous oaky notes. Very malty, slightly burnt bitter flavor. Very complex; vanilla, raisiny sweetness, well hidden alcohol and a somewhat ashy aftertaste with some oaken sourness. This has a creamy full body with a semidry finish that puts me in mind of an Imperial Stout, save the raisiny sweetness.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pitch black with faint ruby highlights at the bottom of my tulip. instead of a head of foam there is merely a loose layer of beige spit bubbles floating atop the brew with some tiny specks of lace. the etchings in the glass seem to keep it goin, but i'm still a bit confused by the look of this beer. cool bottle though, mine is silk screened with only white ink and quite different from the BA pic with the dragon silhouette over a diagonal worm's eye view of the oak barrel.

S- vanilla and oak, chocolate ice cream, burnt caramel, marshmallow, weak coffee, dark chocolate, black licorice, dark mashed up fruits and alcohol esters. smells like a weakened stout. becomes smokier and maltier as it warms and the overall aroma gets sweeter, as does the alcohol that begins to burn my nose hairs.

T-woodsy sweet with a prominent natural vanilla flavor and enough roastiness to balance things out. molasses, brown sugar, strong oak character, black-n-milds, and earthy hops. mineral water/stone, some raisin, deeply toasted malt, licorice, dark caramel, dulce de leche, smoky charcoal, toffee, and acorns of all things. heh. a very nice thing about this beer is that i can taste the oak so strongly, the flavor of freshly dried wood is embedded into my tongue. i would assume the barrels were charred or even previously used to age bourbon, although the presence of bourbon flavor is questionable since most of the bourbon's flavor comes from the wood itself. finishes ever so woodsy with oak and cocoa and pleasantly earthy british hops. alcohol taste becomes aggressive as it nears room temp. very complex and flavorful, but also very unique as it seems to cross a strong ale with a porter.

MF- despite the origin of the term 'dragon's milk' the name is definitely fitting in the MF context, as the low carbonation and low viscosity (despite its darkness) give it the feeling of lightly carbonated 2% milk. literally. powdery and slightly mentholated, even as it warms it has a coating and cooling effect that feels nice with the end-of-summer breeze blowing in my window.

D- i'm having a hard time figuring out exactly what is goin on with this brew. so dark but with a surprisingly light body (or medium, i should say). i could assume that alot of the color comes from the char inside the oak barrels, but i can't be certain and i can't find any hints online to determine a conclusion. all other things aside, it leaves me wanting more. its smooth character and laid back flavor leave the door wide open.

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

A: It has a chocolaty brown appearance, but completely opaque. Only a thin strip of head remains on the top of the beer, which is an off-white cocoa color. Decent lacing, but nothing special.

S: It has a very strong alcohol scent to it. I pick up a definite oak-like smell to the beer, similar to bourbon. There is a sweet smell to the beer, like dark chocolate cake. That's the best way to put it...it smells like there's a cake in the oven.

T: It tastes really good. There's the oak that I expected, but not too bitter. It works well with the flavor of the beer, which has notes of dark coffee...espresso...some dark chocolate, and just a very rich roasted flavor in general. The only minus, is that I do pick up some alcohol flavor in the beer. It doesn't stick out like a sore thumb, but it nods its head every now and then.

M: It's a very clean beer, and it goes down smooth. It doesn't need to be sipped and is amazing. I can't believe this is a 10.0% beer...it leaves no alcohol burn and there is no unpleasantness!

O: Overall I'd say this is definitely a good beer. I felt that it was perfectly smooth, but it lacked a more "robust" flavor that I get from other American Stouts. It is a very good beer, and I would absolutely buy it again. This is more of a beer for the classic stout or porter lover, and not the fan of huge barleywines or strong bitter stouts. It tastes like a session beer, but certainly doesn't kick like one.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this in a snifter.

A brown sugar-colored head rises to a finger's-width. Then the creamy stuff falls to a thick ring of sheet lace with just enough to cover the cap. The body is completely black with some carbonation columns noticed at the top sides of the glass.

The nose hits up front with bourbon and a little brown sugar, some vanilla. There are some stronger smokey notes of tobacco and leather, but so buried. The aromas are not especially strong, but enjoyable nonetheless.

The bourbon flavor is more muted, with only the slightest brush with booziness on the finish. Otherwise there are strong impressions of vanilla syrup. brown sugar, and caramel malt. The stronger roasted flavors, again smokey and leathery, are most apparent in the finish with the boozy kiss and a quick burst of fig.

Dragon's Milk is full bodied and very creamy. There is a substantial amount of stick to the flavors with the roasted and smokey notes clinging long to the back of the throat, definitely more of a woody dryness.

Dragon's Milk is a very enjoyable beer. The vanilla syrup quality on the palate is a little different at first, but the smokey and boozey finish is a very nice contrast. Add to that, the feel of this beer is great and makes it a joy to sip. Strong, but not overbearing, rich, but not cloying. This beer rides a fine line, and does it artfully.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle, oldcrustacean!
Deep, deep garnet, nearly black. A vigorous pour generates a thin ivory head that quickly dies into a wispy, broken coating. Good clarity, the yeast staying neatly in the bottle. Some broken lace trails down the glass, and the head stubbornly collars the brew for the duration.
Black cherries steeped in alcohol, creamy oaken tones, prune, raisin. Syrupy caramel, with a soft, wooden hop undertone. Some perfumey floral notes, as well as thinner-like fusel alcohol.
The wood aging is very prominent in the flavor. Vinous red grape and cherry overtones, backed thoroughly by malt, malt and more malt. Fruit just gushes forth, acquiring a pleasant sourness in the finish. Perhaps a touch wild, my guess is some latent bacteria in the wood. Not much in the way of hops, just a vaguely woody, pine-like tang in back. Creamy oaken tones. A dash of vanilla and powdered cocoa. Very smooth on the palate, the wood aging has softened this nicely. The fruitiness is intense. Rather dry as well. Slight booze in the swallow, remaining present on my breath. Soft, refined carbonation. Thinner bodied than I'd anticipated, but still substantial enough. Acquires a bit of a port feel as it approaches room temperature.
Very, very sophisticated. More in common with cabernet than beer. Although I'm not the biggest of wine fans, I do mean that as a compliment. The closest beer comparison I can make is JW Lees Prize Old Ale. Elegant and refined. Quite a sipper.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This brew pours very dark brown, almost black, light still shines through. the head is off-white, and very thin.

S: The smell is complex with hints of caramel, fig, vanilla, and wood. Hops aren't real present on the nose.

T: Malt and oak bless this brew with notes of vanilla, some coconut, sasparilla, fig, and a bit of cola. A slight rasin character is also present. Hops are very subtle, as it cuts through the thickness to give the beer a clean finish.

M: Medium to full bodied, almost to the point where this could be called a stout, but it lacks the roastiness to call it so. It's a viscous beer.

D: A pretty solid brew. This is one that would make a fall night by a bonfire complete. One of my favorite offerings from New Holland.

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Photo of ryantho00
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer that has a few different subtle flavors and tastes.

It pours to a deep robust chocolate brown-black hue that has a nice brown lacing that sticks to the side of the snifter I chose to drink this out of.

I detect honey, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak, biscuit, and bourben in the first sniff.

I get a deep oaky musty and bourbeney coffee, chocolate caramel taste that leads way to an acidic slightly alochol aftertaste that is blalnced with a matly vanilla finish. I get a lot of vanilla in the 2011 -vs- the 2010 edition. I prefer the 2010. There is slightly too much of an alcohol and vanilla acidic taste that isn't as nice as the more balanced 2010 version. Maybe the barrel was different. Overall this is one of my favortie beers ever. Smooth creamy greatness that goes down easy and smooth, very deliciously balanced stout that is nicely aged and very well done.

Cheers!

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Photo of tko741
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an oil-black with some dark ruby around the bottom and edges of the glass. Busy-looking tan/vanilla head that dissipates to nearly nothing with little in the way of lacing.

Smells of rich roasted malts, slight alcohol bite, and wonderful dark chocolate. I could sit and smell this for 45 minutes before actually drinking it.

Wow. Tastes like a beautiful rush of complex, sweet malts, rich vanilla mousse, decadent roasted toffee and raisin. A tad of alcohol which never gets in the way. Additional notes of dry sherry and maple syrup linger in the aftertaste. All of these flavors are balanced and are never overpowering. The mouthfeel turns from slightly loose to creamy and spongy, like biting into a piece of bread pudding.

One of these would be fine. I can't imagine going much farther than two or three of these, as it will destroy your palate for both other beers and food. Additionally, the 9% alcohol by volume will leave you reeling after a couple.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass deep black in color with a small but strong head that lasts smells of roasted malt oak and booze. The taste is creamy reminiscent of irish cream there is oak and vanilla, thete are some complex flavors that i cant put my finger on but are good. the drinkability is not there. this is a heavy brew with a high abv.

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Photo of CCalvert
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this numerous times from a 22oz growler , but only a few from tap. Tap is by far better. But I do like the feel/taste of the ale from both, and will continue drinking it. Goes down great on chilly nights.
The first impression I always get is the hint of burnt oak, which is good, not too overpowering. Next thing I noticed was the very sweet malt/caramel, and vanilla tastes. The latter being very subtle to me. The alcohol taste is next. Though for me not too strong. To me anyway, it felt just right, smooth and not forced.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with chocolate hues and a thin tan head that sits atop the body with just a thin layering.

Aroma consists of roasted malt, vanilla, and oak just as advertised, as well as a developing sweetness as the beer warms.

The flavor is similar to the aroma with a much greater concentration on the oak notes, perhaps a touch of bourbon like maple sweetness, again vanilla, and more roasted malt.

Very little carbonation exists in this beer with a medium body and the traditional woodnote bite I have come to expect from this type of brew.

Considering the serious body, flavor, and abv attached to this beer, it is quite drinkable and tasty. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Hugh37
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Plenty good, robust stout. Dark, ruby colored with serious head. Lots of vanilla on top of the roasted malts of the stout. May be some bourbon undertones (if you'd read the label first).

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Photo of NODAK
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one, dark as night and viscous, into my glass. Pretty good head for style actually, though it went down fairly quickly.

Smell is heavy with dark, bitter chocolate...bourbon...a bit sweet (vanilla?).

Taste has quite the vanilla component to it...much more than most beers in this style. Definitely the notes of dark chocolate as well....and obviously, some bourbon, though it's a bit muted and this one doesn't come across too boozy or full of bourbon as others. Drinks pretty well for its 10 percent...and of course, the sweet vanilla doesn't hurt. Only a small twinge of bitterness at the finish....but definitely more vanilla.

This bourbon stout is a bit different than others due to its somewhat lacking bourbon taste, but reliance on the vanilla flavors. I like it!

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Photo of TheDrunkenDwarf
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very dark brown with a 1/2 finger mocha colored head that quickly dwindled to a small remnant with a little bit of lacing. Smell is all bourbon, with just a hint of plum on the pour and also as the beer warms. Taste is bourbon and chocolate, with a hint of plum/prune. Just a hint of the roasted malt on the backend, but you really have to search for it. This is definitely a sipper, and is a fantastic dessert beer. Carbonation seems to be about medium. Almost a little syrupy in mouthfeel. All in all, a very enjoyable high-gravity beer. Will definitely pick up more of this beer at the next opportunity!

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,491 ratings.
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