Dragon's Milk
New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,522
Ranked #8,270
4.05 | pDev: 12.59%
Yesterday at 09:53 PM
Aug 12, 2002
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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
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4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BEER-NICK from Pennsylvania


Yesterday at 09:53 PM
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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by kieranhynes


Thursday at 12:01 AM
4.37 by rabembenek from Indiana on Apr 14, 2022
2.86 by dude17430 from New York on Apr 10, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by magikbagel from Wisconsin

A rich and smooth stout that’s definitely worth the hype. The 11% abv is noticeable on the finish and gives a pleasant warmth to this complex sipper.

Feb 25, 2022
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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Christianriveraaa

Look: Jet black extremely dark pour, light foam rising to top if any.
Smell: Chocolate was the first thought along with a lot of roasted malts and a subtle hint of a coffee smell to follow at the end.
Taste: Definitely taste the chocolate.. Wow I'm extremely impressed. You taste the chocolate along with a hint of caramel mixed with a whiskey/ bourbon taste too. Very good combo.
Feel: Very smooth taste, very little carbonation.
Overall: I definitely would buy this 4 pack again and it's definitely worth the $15-$20 you spend. Just watch out, it's so smooth that you might find yourself downing this bad boy quickly but it WILL creep up on you. Be aware

Feb 15, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CBlack85 from South Carolina

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH goblet glass

This beer is completely black with no visible highlights and about one fingers worth of dark tan head that quickly recedes leaving behind a fair amount of lacing.

Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon caramel, and coffee. The bourbon is fairly strong, but not overpowering, and adds just a bit of spice to the nose.

The dominant flavors are that of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and to a lesser degree vanilla. Just the right amount of bourbon character, noticeable but not overpowering. Very well balanced. Full bodied and mildly carbonated.

Overall, this is a very nice Barrel Aged Stout, a great mix of barrel character and base beer, neither leaning too heavily on the other.

Feb 14, 2022
4.15 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Feb 04, 2022
4 by n_william from Illinois on Jan 30, 2022
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by beerbully from New Jersey

L- Black.....1/4 inch head....thick lacing

S-Roasty chocolate, char, coffee bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel

T- similar to the nose.....bourbon barrel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla

F- Medium plus.....creamy......low carb......

O- Great for the price

Jan 23, 2022
4.04 by irishevans from California on Jan 10, 2022
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KT3418 from Colorado

Not a ton of barrel tones but more a balanced bourbon and vanilla flavor. I more or less hated the variants I've tried and I made it clear what I thought about those but the original I think I definitely understand better, this is pretty good and don't mind I bought a pack of it. I served this to myself in one of those weird sour glasses and it works. I get people roasting this for calling it basic but that's the thing it is basic but this actually decently crafted. The variants I had to me not so much

Jan 03, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Pegasus from Texas

Appearance: Deep amber in color with a massive, coarse, and quite persistent tan head. Scattered, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. Before a strong light at the thinnest part of the glass, some slight ruby highlights can be seen.

Aroma: Strong notes of bourbon, coffee, bitter cocoa, vinous alcohol, molasses and caramel dominate the aroma. There are also notes of wood; the alcohol is quite spicy.

Taste: The taste begins with notes of molasses, caramel, coffee, bitter cocoa, bourbon, dark fruit, spicy alcohol. As the taste progresses, the wood and bourbon notes firm a solid undercurrent to the taste, advancing as the taste progresses, as well as bitter cocoa. The alcohol produces a moderate and pleasant warming sensation. The taste concludes with a modest and lingering wave of bourbon and wood.

Mouth feel: Fairly full and soft, with only modest carbonation.

Drinkabilty/notes: Really quite nice, and a fitting toast to the New Year of 2022. Would pair admirably with rich chocolate desserts.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a La Fin du Monde tulip.

Jan 01, 2022
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4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by damndirtyape from Ohio

12oz bottle, served in a snifter glass. Bottled on 09/30/21 09:26.

Appearance: Pitch black, light tan dense head. Some strands and sheets of lacing which dissipated very slowly.

Smell: Vanilla, light oak, bourbon.

Taste: Well blended chocolate, coffee, bourbon, roasted malt. Nothing really stands out among the flavors. All are mild and well blended together.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness, quite warming from the higher ABV, even though it's not harsh or that noticeable. Dry finish. Very light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A very subtle/smooth barrel aged stout. There is some bourbon barrel character, but it's mixed in with all the other flavors. A good sipping beer - quite drinkable. Would pair well with some desserts, and maybe a few other main courses as well. Quite nice and I wouldn't mind having it again.

Dec 26, 2021
4 by MGibbons from Maryland on Dec 25, 2021
4.18 by dbauer from California on Dec 23, 2021
4.59 by jslywiak from California on Dec 22, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by lagrluvr

dated bottle pours pitch black, with a decent tan head that crashes fairly quick, no lacing after 1/4 down...smells prett good, the bourbon barrel smell is dominant, and the taste is pretty boring. sweetness, and more sweetness, and slight booziness. some char/roastiness, and well, that's it. Too fuckin sweet and simplistic for the high price . Very over rated. Not bad, just not as good as the rating is here on this place. Won't get anymore, Narwhal is better...this is just too damn sweet , thin, and simple for the price/rating. Pass.

Dec 16, 2021
3.42 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin on Dec 05, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Mdog from Minnesota

Appearance: Dark brown to black, big head.

Smell: Chocolate, wood, vanilla, booze.

Taste: Sweet chocolate, then moderate barrel-wood flavor. Sweet throughout, with a somewhat light feel for the ABV.

Overall: Another classic that I've finally got around to reviewing. I've had Dragon's Milk at beerfests and bars, but never reviewed. It's a very good beer, maybe a slight step lower than some of the other heavyweights but still quite tasty.

Nov 14, 2021
4.06 by Fallen232 from Pennsylvania on Nov 09, 2021
4.09 by BLPasch from Michigan on Nov 05, 2021
3.5 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2021
4.13 by Tadwinks from Virginia on Oct 22, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by md3kcn from North Carolina

Given to me from a four-pack of bottles from a friend. Poured into a proper brandy snifter.

L - Pitch black with a one-finger cream-colored head. Pours very thick, with delicate legs.
S - Cacao is very upfront. Notes of leather, vanilla, and brown sugar.
T - Vanilla and cacao are the stars here! Leads slowly into a deep toffee with bourbon and coffee notes. You can't really taste the 11%, but it gives off 11% vibes. Finish is a lingering bourbon and sweet chocolate.
F - Silky, full-bodied, and with light - almost nitro-like - carbonation. It's strong for sure, but you can definitely handle another bottle.
O - A well-done brew of the style. A must-try. The best lounge beer, provided you're in a leather chair and next to a warm fire! I will buy this so long as they keep making it. Again, well done!

Oct 11, 2021
4.13 by JMBoyer from Massachusetts on Oct 04, 2021
4.19 by Gukkor from Texas on Oct 04, 2021
4.28 by Dgman8053 from New York on Oct 02, 2021
4.25 by Resistance88 from California on Oct 01, 2021
4.1 by MillyLite from Michigan on Sep 15, 2021
4.25 by mpk2020 from Illinois on Sep 08, 2021
4.75 by mama2four from Alabama on Aug 22, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by blazerkor from Nevada

I can smell the bourbon, sweet and wooden but the cocoa/coffee smell of stout dominates after the initial waft.

Sweet burnt sugars come through first. There are elements of chocolate, wood and liquor.

It has a medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. The finish is sweet, then bitter and finally rests on a warm alcoholic sensation.

Overall this is a very solid bourbon barrel aged stout. It's subtle and not too heavy. I give it a 5.2 out of 6.

Aug 18, 2021
4.25 by Gobzilla from California on Aug 12, 2021
4.08 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Jul 27, 2021
4.54 by portlandmonk from Oregon on Jul 27, 2021
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4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by bubseymour from Maryland

What a wonderful blend of bourbon and chocolate. Near perfect blend and balanced. Really enjoyed this one.

Jul 17, 2021
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