Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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89
very good
1,439 Reviews
Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,439
Ratings:
5,436
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
25.69%
 
 
Wants:
326
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1,637
For Trade:
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Photo of mikeeeee
4.91/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours oily black....smell is intoxicating: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, cloves, coconut, and specialty grain blissfully hit your noise.

Tastes of the same smells that reward your taste buds with a smooth bourbon treat. Slow alcohol heat so infused with the oak that you really enjoy it, leaving you wanting more. Probably this beers only weakness.
Finish is rewarding with a vanilla malty
bourbon after glow.

really really good...treat yourself.

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Photo of wjoelbrooks
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a glass into a standard shaker pint glass.

L: Pours a beautiful midnight black with only a hint of brown when held in the light. Minimal head--the same as most other porters--with a bit of lingering lace.

S: Overwhelmingly bourbon, but not too much. There is actually more bourbon on the nose than on the tongue. Bittersweet chocolates, too.

T: Wonderful taste--but probably the weakest point of this otherwise incredible beer. A hint of bourbon, but not as much as I expected. Sweet, creamy vanilla finish, but I also got a strange metallic-y taste in the first couple of swallows.

F: Full body with a pleasant, lingering aftertaste. Not as heavy as I prefer my stouts and porters to be--a little syrupy.

O: This just became one of my favorite beers (although my wallet whined a little). But the 11% ABV ensures that I won't be drinking many in one session. Well done, New Holland! Well done!

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Photo of PDGreenB
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This imperial stout lives up to its name, at 11 percent alcohol content it's a real kicker. The taste is a bit stringent, especially for a stout. Hints of nut and vanilla, with a truly knock-down coffee flavor and cocoa. Not too charred, and surprisingly smooth on the nose. This beer is one wild ride.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours extremely dark brown with a small-to-medium head that has good retention and leaves spotty lace. Nose is a bit like booze-soaked cake with cocoa, but is a bit light for what's expected. Taste is about the same...also a bit light (for an 11% ba stout) with some rough edges in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin (again for an 11% ba stout). Overall, a reasonable beer for the price and being ba, but a bit disappointing.

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Photo of JoLight
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black, with brown hues. A thin, frothy khaki head. Nice lacing.

Smell: chocolate (like a mixture of cocoa truffles and fruit-filled chocolate); cream; sweet indistinguishable citrus fruit; bourbonesque sweetness; maybe alcohol; and oak.

Flavor: pleasant sweetness all the way through; cream; alcohol; whiskey flavor (I guess bourbon); roasted malt; oak; chocolaty aftertaste. Bitterness is minimal.

Mouthfeel: medium-to-heavy, syrupy; lightly and pleasantly carbonated.

Finish: slick, syrupy, savory.

This is, overall, one of the best beers money can buy. If you have access to it, I highly suggest you give it a try.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

dark brown, nice looking brew. nose is pretty weak, touch of chocolate, roastyness, and maybe a hint of vanilla, but mainly getting a harsh alcohol scent as well as an offputing aroma that i cant really describe. taste is okay but only marginally better than nose - theres something unpleasant about it that i cant put into words, but its not something ive experienced in an imperial stout before. not much in terms of bourbon notes, but definitely boozy in a rubbing alcohol kind of way. honestly its not a terrible beer but i would recommend skipping it... drinking bourbon aged imperial stouts that are mediocre just isnt worth it.

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Photo of h0wdy
4.87/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A rich deep black body and there's a small head to it.

Smell: I get a smell of chocolate, some coffee and a hint of bourbon.

Taste: Exactly like the smell, but I can taste more of the bourbon then I can smell of it.

Feeling: Little bubbling, smooth drink and a nice kick to it.

Overall: A highly rated beverage in my opinion!

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Photo of cmurkar
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an oily black from a 12 oz bottle. Head is 1/2 inch and tan, disappears quickly. Smell is roasted malt and vanilla. Taste is distinctly forward with a roasted dark chocolate and licorice, finishing with mild bourbon. Pleasantly sweet. Beer is thick and creamy. Full mouthfeel with little carbonation. Alcohol catches up to you pretty fast, so careful with this one!

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pitch black oily body, extremely brief 1 finger brown head.

Smell: See below.

Taste: A distinct flavor of dark chocolate syrup, plus mild coffee, mild oak, mild bourbon. Some charcoal on the finish.

Feel: Thick syrupy body, mild sweetness, low carbonation, warming alcohol finish.

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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 godlessape
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a stunning solid black that could deflect laser beams. The three finger tan head sinks to just a wee rim.

The aroma is bready and sweet with molasses and Snicker bar. In the background I pick up a coffee wiff that reminds me of drinking a black Russian.

The flavor is astounding with all of the above aroma notes mixed with a hint of vanilla and licorice.

The mouthfeel is smooth with little carbonation.

Overall I couldn't be more satisfied.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - thanks to my houseguest Chris for schlepping this one back from Michigan, via Seattle, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

This beer pours a solid black, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy brown head, which leaves some frothing ocean swell lace around the glass as it swiftly sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, grainy toffee/treacle, bittersweet chocolate, earthy anise, surprisingly subtle barrel notes (wet wood, rye booze, and understated vanilla), and a mixed dark orchard fruitiness. The taste is big cocoa-forward caramel/toffee malt, cafe-au-lait, black licorice liqueur, a still subdued Bourbon barrel character - vanilla pods, acrid staves, and a lesser rye graininess - reduced brown sugar, marshmallows, and more blended black fruit (cherries, bruised apple, and plums).

The bubbles are pretty laid-back in their hard to fathom at times frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, that mild Kentucky barrel essence maybe keeping things just beyond the ideal. It finishes bordering on sweet, the caramel, toasty vanilla, cocoa, and yeah, booze, keepin' 'er tight.

Overall, a decent Imperial milk stout, as it were, the barrel treatment underwhelming at best (ok, the vanilla character surely comes through), and easy enough to drink, especially given the 22-proof booze. I've never seen Game of Thrones, so I'll suggest that this is best imbibed whilst watching some vintage Lord of the Rings.

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Photo of Alan_Bats
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

l- Black as it should be
s- not quite enough roasted and coffee aroma, a little too much boozy bourbon
t-strong coffee and other roasty goodness. Booze hits at the end and then vanilla and roasted sweet malt finish
f- creamy and full-bodied
o- as good as it gets for a readily available imperial stout.

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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 PDXAmbassador
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this from the bottle in its natural environment.
For a year round shelfy I was impressed. Legit bourbon nose, a bit of boozy burn (less booze and less body than BCBS), some roast and cocoa. Very little of the advertised vanilla.
Pleasant back up option when in the Midwest and the rest of the bar menu bores you. Makes me kinda wish we had it down south too.

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Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark, near black brew with a reddish case. Not much head but foam swirls up when you slosh the glass for another sip. The first sip is the best, when the Bourbon aromatics rise on the fume of alcohol.

Hugely alcohol tasting. It tastes like a whiskey drink with a splash of stout. Medium body. Some malty sweetness but it's quite acidic.

An interesting variation on the Bourbon Barrel theme, but I would never drink this one again. Just about too hot to drink, but very slow sipping preserves the tonsils while taking tread off the dental enamel. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pitch black with a wee bit of deep tan lace.

Aroma: Whiskey, cocoa. Already this one seems strong with sweet vanilla and oak barrel apparent.

Taste: Big and heavy, with tons of vanilla and wood tones alongside chocolate and a coffee, as well. Finishes really warm and boozy. Delicious and one to savor and sip.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma starts with dark malts and bourbon sweetness, some dried fruits like dates, a bit of brown sugar and a hint of caramel. Taste is really well balanced. There is caramel and some bourbon at first giving a bit of sweetness but the finish is more roasty and bitter with a bittersweet caramel and bourbon aftertaste. Body is on the heavy side but not really as thick as other BBA imperial stouts. Overall I think it's a really good "beginner" barrel aged stout. Easy to get but well made and tasty.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This bottle says Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout at 11% ABV. I checked their website I think the beer has changed from the old 10% ABV in Oak barrels. Not sure though.

L: Black beer with a half a finger of a tan head
S: Vanilla, slight bourbon, and roasted malt
T: Bourbon is bigger on the taste. Very nice bourbon notes. Vanilla, Chocolate, Roasty malts, hint of alcohol
F: Chewy thick good brew
O: Been a long time since I've had anything from New Holland. Glad I picked this up. Great beer.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company. Bottled on 10/22/15. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the head is two fingers thick accompanied by a nice tan/khaki hue, with lateral lacing, and an extreme dark brown /black body.

I smell a pleasant, "do-able" amount of the bourbon notes upfront that morph into a roasted malt metropolis laden with structures of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and dark fruits like plums, raisins, and figs.

Tastes like a smooth, subtle bourbon note backed up with a very delicious chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Yes indeed, that bourbon is not booze bombing the rest of this beer' other elements. I'm almost leaning in the direction that it's almost got an "Irish coffee" thing going on here as well. Interesting...

The mouthfeel here is heavier with mild carboation. I rated this so high due to a virtually unnoticeable alcohol warmth combined with the bourbon notes' masterful use restraint to allow the other complexities stand out and be noticed.

Overall, I'll give Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company a 4.75. I really wish more BBA stouts would have this near-perfect (still have to find my "5er") amount concerning the use of the bourbon flavoring.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm sold.
Deep dark, almost purple, black body floating 1 in. tan head.
Inviting cocoa aromas with stone fruit. The flavor shares chocolate and stone fruit with a pleasing alcohol note. High abv, but very little heat. Nice.
Medium to heavy mouthfeel is perfect for the style.
I'll have another, please...and then probably a ride home.

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Photo of Inspector_Spacetime
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yielded a tan two-finger head and jet-black body. Smells of dark, smoky, and chocolate malts. Very smooth, and tastes of chocolate, vanilla and oak with heavy bourbon notes. Feels creamy and smooth, with a significant amount of alcohol warmth.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black color with no head. Nose is bourbon strong with a little vanilla and wood. Taste is dulled but very subtle bourbon flavors, notes of vanilla and even a bit of cocoa. Oak lingers at the end. Finish very clean but lingers on the palate. This is a great barrel aged stout. Although KBS is the king this is a nice substitute for those who can't get it. Would buy again to quench my KBS thirst.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours black, thin tan head fades to a ring, little lace. Aroma of bourbon and wood, a little vanilla. Taste is also full of bourbon and oak, roasty chocolate as well but the oak barrel dominates. Very dry finish with some vanilla coming out in the end. Mouthfeel a little thin for a stout, oily. Overall decent BA stout.

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Photo of DavidGross
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer! It is deep, dark and thick head. The touch of bourbon, grains and alcohol whip up an enticing aroma as you dive in for a taste. It's very drinkable with high ABV, yet smooth like milk!

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
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