Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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1,439 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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1,439
Ratings:
5,440
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
25.69%
 
 
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Photo of kwjd
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish-brown colour with off-white head. The smell of the oak immediately jumps out at you, which is what you'd expect with an oak aged beer. The taste has lots of the oak, with the roasted malt backing it up. Some chocolate and caramel in the flavour as well. A whiskey loving friend that I shared this bottle with commented that he loved it because it reminded him of a nice scotch, which I'd agree. Very creamy body.

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Photo of montecristo2
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a small snifter at Mother Murphy's Irish Bistro in Chicago.

Some notes of vanilla very present at the initial taste and at the finish. Malt flavors also present.

Alcohol slightly present, but not overpowering- not too much to influence the taste.

Dark and tasty-a great beer to end the evening.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Dark amber/brown color with moderate head. The smell is pretty intense: very alcoholic and sweet with hints of maple syrup and molasses.

Taste continues to be sweet with a very strong oak flavor, one of the few oak aged beers where the flavor has been at the forefront. There's a slight nuttiness to this one as well.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with decent amount of carbonation. For a fairly high strength the drinkability does not suffer here.

Pretty good. Worth trying.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One bottle that i shared with friends at a tasting. Very dark for an ale...small brown head. smells like hickory smoke. Taste is smokey, maly, chocolatey. almost like a stong ale that almost became a stout by accident. I like this beer a lot and i'll try it again when i have the opportunity.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a large snifter.
Pours jet black with minimal lightly colored head.
Smells amazing. Roasty coffee, toffee, vanilla notes...
Tastes even better. Coffee , toffee, vanilla and bourbon all present. No alcohol burn from the bourbon which is welcome.
Mouthfeel was thin, would have liked it a touch more chewy.
Overall I loved this beer. Wonderful!

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Photo of Thanby
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby color, creamy tan head, leaves some lacing. Smells of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and has a creamy quality. The taste is smooth and creamy, the roasted malt dominating the flavor, a little bitter (can't tell if that's hops or not), the caramel and chocolate surface slowly and there's a slightly spicy lingering finish. Definitely a delicious brew, fits the name well. Very easy to drink and the high ABV is fairly hidden. Great balance and body, and just delicious. This is the favorite of everyone at a beer bar near me called Chappy's, and it's obvious why.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint because that was all that was available at my in law's place. Had this one on Christmas day 2012!

A: Poured a nearly pitch black color (or lack of), with a touch of ruby poking out around the edges when held up to a light source, and a spider web-like head that eventually became mocha clumps.

S: Bourbon Bombs R' Us for sure, with a buttercream flavor in the center, and a nice balance between the cocoa and vanilla.

T: Like the nose, the bourbon was upfront, with a good amount of vanilla extract combine with some sort of candy-dipped solvent, and lots of oak. I dug it!

M: Not too sweet, infinitely chewy, with an icky, sticky lacing, and boozy, bourbon-y awesomeness.

O: One of the best BBA Stouts available in my local area. Also, the price is right!

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Photo of treyrab
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nittanybeerfan for bringing this out last night. I have heard a lot about this one and am glad I finally got to try it. Poured into two tulip glasses.

This is an interesting style of beer. It is not big enough for a RIS, yet too big for a Porter. Strong Ale, eh I suppose.

A: Pours a dark brown, but by no means black. Noticeable edges of brown and maroon show when held to the light. Pours with a one finger, fluffy khaki head that fizzles out into a thin ring of foam.

S: The smell is rather light, but has great complexity nonetheless. The bourbon comes to the forefront and is accompanied by some nice cocoa nibs. Other noticeable aromas are chocolate, molasses, and sweet caramel.

T: Just fantastic. The bourbon comes right to the front and shows its presence. The bourbon is light though, which I like, it is not overpowering. This allows the sweet caramel, chocolate, and slightly bitter roast to come through on the finish. Overall, the taste is on the lighter side, but the complexity does not lack.

Overall, this was a great bourbon beer. I would have preferred it to be a little richer, but because it was light, I finished my glass in no time.

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Photo of koopa
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage served during the Black Friday event at Capone's.

Appearance: pours a dark black with garnet corners and a minimal off white crown that exhibits a touch of retention and lace.

Smell: Roast malt, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, oak, and creme. I'm not noticing any booze presence so perhaps the 2 years of aging made that difference.

Taste: While the flavors aren't as vibrant as when consumed fresh, everything has melded well into a delicious brew. Oak and chocolate up front.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with little carbonation. Feels a bit slick with a touch of chewiness.

Drinkability: The abv is the only thing holding this one back from scoring higher in the drinkability department. The flavors are well melded.

Not fantastic, but I enjoyed this 07' vintage more than fresh samplings.

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Photo of Spica66
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updating using a 6-month old bottle.

A: Black color, slightly viscous looking pour. Excellent head formation with decent retention. Carbonation ring remains bubbling during the whole glass.

S: Sweet, strong malt and alcohol nose. Smells like an RIS. Dark coffee and chocolate notes.

T: Very dark roast! Slightly sweet, too. Maybe bourbon/vanilla would best describe it. Really, really enjoyable.

M: Full body and good carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Very easy to drink, especially for a 9 percenter!

Original Review:

This beer seems to be too young to be served. Color, head, mouthfeel and appearance are all acceptable, but it has a sharpness that reminds me of a young homebrew. There was not a lot of complexity in the background of this beer, so I am not sure it would even be worth laying it down for a while. I guess I will try it, though. Will report back in 6 months...

Original was 4/2.5/3/4/3

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: deep brown with lighter brown accents at the edges; 1 finger tan head that receded quickly to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: definitely a bit of bourbon;

T: bourbon and vanilla come first, then I noticed the alcohol; the vanilla stays all the way with deeply roasted malt building from mid-palate;

M: sticky; moderate carbonation;

O: I love bourbon, so this beer is right up my alley;

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This robust beer was tasted many time but I refer to the Oak Age 2010 vintage. I like the deep complex wood notes from those bourbon casks. I detected vanilla, caramel notes. Rich but with a bit acid oily mouth-feel the became stronger as the glass warmed. Black in color, opaque in clarity, complex coffee aroma with the black malt. Dragon milk is a heavy body beer with a creamy delicate head. Malt forward and what a kick at I was told is closer to 10% ABV. Yum

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Photo of drxandy
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'07 Dragon's Milk on tap @ Crunchy's in East Lansing 8/6/08

opaque deep dark blackish brown, tan head fades, mmm

smells of nice heavy lactosey(? maybe oats?) chocolate, bitter, creamy depth, roasty alcohol, dark fruit, rum

taste is appley compared to fresh, alchohol muted nicely, sweet thick malts, slightly roasty, bitter, malts dominate, creamy complex chocolate, nicely mellowed compared to fresh but i think i prefer the aggressiveness of fresh, light alcohol heat, rum, raisins, plums

mouthfeel is heavy, thick, rich, a complex sipper, loads of amazing flavors mmmm

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Photo of gregy55902
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon Barrel Aged version. Others do it better, but they also cost way more than the $7 I paid for a bomber of this. This beer combines a reasonable price with a nice, roasty & chocolatey BBA imperial stout. Only knock is the thinner mouthfeel.

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Photo of salimoneus
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- pours very dark, medium thick head, not much cling

Smell - This beer has a very nice aroma, consisting mostly of bourbon, oak, vanilla

Taste- Tastes mostly like it smells, a nice bourbon component, some oak, carmel, and vanilla

Mouthfeel- Fairly average, not great but not bad

Value- Four packs are available in my area for $14, which is about 30 cents per ounce. To me this represents a very good value for a quality beer in this style.

Overall- The best bourbon barrel aged stout available year around. It doesn't quite stack up against the heavy hitters in this category, but it's one I would recommend to fill the gaps in between special occasions, or those new to this style of beer. Plenty of bourbon character indicates it was aged for at least 6 months, and it's complex enough for experienced BA stout drinkers.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/4/16.

Dragon's Milk is a nearly black stout with a very thin layer of head that settles to nothing.

Aroma is boozy and malty with bourbony peat.

Flavor is sweet up front with chocolate malts. The bourbon comes through from idle to end but it's balanced and doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the beer.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and low in carbonation. Alcohol is fairly well hidden for an 11%abv.

Overall a good imperial stout with well judged bourbon character.

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Photo of antzman
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a jet black with a 1/4 inch dark tan head that quickly dissipates. Excellent lacing on the glass as well. The aroma is sweet. Caramel, vanilla, oak from the barrel, chocolate malt, and just a hint of bourbon. The aroma is fairly subdued, and does not overwhelm you. The flavor is delicious. Plenty of flavors here. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, sweet fruits. A bit on the sweet side, but it does not linger long on the palate. A very warming beer. This is probably the best offering from New Holland I have tried.

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Photo of gshak
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 2015 edition at the local Bevmo, for $9.99 a bomber. Heard many a good thing about this beer so absolutely had to try it.
A - pours nearly flat with a very small head that drops to a ring with no retention. I've come to expect this of BBA beers, so no real knock there.
S - aromas of bourbon, wood, chocolate, roast and plenty of dark fruits.
T - tastes roasty, with plenty of dark fruits. As the beer gets warmer, the bourbon and chocolate begin to come through.
F- thinner mouth feel than the 11% abv would suggest. Almost medium full, but not quite :)
O - overall a good BBA stout at a reasonable price. Will Crack open the other bottle in 6 months and report back.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into glassware, served cool and purchased from local LCBO for about $7.50 CDN. As this is the 2014 batch ABV checks in at a statuesque 11%.

Appearance - A very dark brown, nearly black color. Half finger of tan head is poured with some frothy bubbles. Spidery lacing left behind and thin tan wisp lingers on top throughout. Also opaque.

Smell - Sweet vanilla, with a slightly nutty aroma that goes away as the beer warms. Tons and tons of bourbon. Another dose of vanilla followed by more bourbon. A bit of a woody barrel aroma thrown in at the end. Complex and inviting and there is no doubt in what this beer was aged in.

Taste - Vanilla to start, followed by oodles of bourbon. Wow. Oaky and boozy. Taste is straightforward but well executed. Alcohol is not hidden and thus a bit of a harshness to the taste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth slick and oily. Low to medium carbonation a good mouthfeel that finishes boozy and a touch harsh.

Overall - Very good BBA stout that's a little rough around the edges but comes through as a delicious beer, that can easily be enjoyed as long as you take your time. Immense bourbon flavors pretty much make sure that you sip this one.

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Photo of WKyle
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with white lacing that turns into a very thin head like most imperial stouts. The smell is of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, whiskey, and esters. The taste is really wonderful it starts with chocolate and vanilla and ends with whiskey, coffee, and warming alcohol. The alcohol taste is present, but that really should be expected when you age something in bourbon barrels for long enough. The mouth feel is lighter than a lot of imperial stouts, but not thin. Overall, I would drink a KBS or a backwoods bastard first, but due to their low availability this is definitely a go to bourbon barrel stout. I will be drinking this one again.

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Photo of phisig137
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Santa DeeJayDan for this one

Pours a deep black, only letting a bit of brown light through around the edges. One finger head has excellent retention, and eventually falls into a thick creamy blanket of foam on top of the glass, leaving behind abundant creamy lacing. Looks fantastic.

Aroma is mostly dominated by oak and vanilla tones, but not in a harsh or overbearing way. Roasted malts also find thier way through,as well as biscuits and a hint of alcohol.

Flavor is very nice. Light roasted malt presence, with a strong vanilla barrle flavor that integrates beautifully with the beer. A bit more of a baltic porter or stout than a strong ale... but hey, it's pretty fantastic whatever you call it. The finish is almost devoid of hops, but is slightly sweet, lingering and pleasant. You want another sip, but instead you can sit and contemplate the flavor. Well balanced, and not overly oak-ey, like some barrel beers can be. Mouthfeel is just a little thin for me, but is quite creamy, and smooth. Drinkbability is good considering the 9.0% ABV.

This is my first beer from New Holland, and I am very impressed. I now wish that this was a regulalry seen item around VA. Either way, I'd recommend this beer, and would buy it constantly in the winter, given the ability to do so. Thanks again DeeJayDan!!! This one is a winner!

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Photo of Tele
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (2015 Vintage)
Consumed: 6.7.16

A: 4.5 Pours a very, very dark brown, almost black with a little red around the edges. The one-inch tan head is nice and thick, with good retention and lacing.

S: 4 Aromas are nice with mild bourbon, vanilla, molasses roasted malt, and chocolate. The barrel seems to add a bit of damp oak, which I’m not really a fan of in BA stouts.

T: 4.25 Really nicely balanced on the flavor. Starts off a bit sweet with molasses, brownies, and vanilla before moving into roasted malt and coffee. A bit of bourbon rounds things out with more vanilla and a little (fortunately less) damp oak from the nose. The finish is slightly bitter, but lingers like quality dark chocolate.

M: 4.25 Body is a little thin for my preferences, but it definitely helps drinkability. Carbonation is very nice.

O: 4.25 For the price and how easy this beer is to get, it may become a staple in my fridge. The aromas aren’t the best, but the balance of the flavors and drinkability make up for it.

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Photo of leantom
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a long time coming for this beer. Here goes:

A: Splendid. Large head and a ton of lacing. Pours pitch black as well.

S: Very, very bourbony. I'd wager that this beer is one of the most alcoholic, bourbony beers that I've ever smelled. Tons of oak and vanilla. Good, but the overwhelmingness of the alcoholic bourbon masks the stout scent somewhat.

T: Very sweet and bourbony. Lots of oak and vanilla. Also a sufficient dark chocolate taste (more apparent in the taste than in the smell). Good.

F: Little light for 11.0 alcohol. Still good, though.

O: Good beer. Would have again. I still think Bourbon County is much better.

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Photo of JorgeOjeda
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Is a great value, people will confuse this with the oak barrel. Is a great beer. Not that expensive. Nice to the taste, great foam texture. Easy to drink. I would buy it again for real. I comes as a bomber. I was surprised I couldn't find this beer here.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured from 22 oz. brown bottle - 2015 Vintage

New Holland Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout has a black body. A 1 1/2-finger bubbly and creamy khaki color head was produced that dissipated to a collar of foam in my snifter. The nose was dominated by an 'oakie' and roasted malt with just a splash of chocolate in the background. The taste was similar but more complex than the nose. The bourbon makes a nice appearance followed by an addition of caramel and vanilla. A pleasant alcohol warming is also noticed. The mouth feel is to the full side, creamy, and a little sticky with a medium carbonation. Due to its full flavor and its 11% abv it makes for a nice after dinner sipper.

If you are a fan of the American Double/Imperial Stout this is a must try. Well done New Holland.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
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