Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

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
2016 Bottles are 11% ABV

Added by beernut7 on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,157
Reviews:
1,578
Ratings:
6,068
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
393
Gots:
2,022
Trade:
45
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Ratings: 6,068 |  Reviews: 1,578
Photo of Jame515
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bikeforcoffee
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Peter_M_Morris
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan4120
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch, opaque black with a medium tan head that sticks around and leaves lacing behind.
S - Rich notes of chocolate and vanilla along with a malty sweetness.
T - Rich notes of chocolate and vanilla up front intermixed well with the sweet maltiness. On the back end there's a slight amount of smokiness from the bourbon barrels. Slight warmth from the alcohol at the end - but not off putting.
F - Medium to full bodied with a light to medium amount of carbonation. Smooth
O - A really nice if somewhat toned down bourbon barrel aged stout. I say toned down because some bourbon barrel aged stouts can smack you in the face with the notes of bourbon but this one is more mellow - but that's not a bad thing as it provides a smooth, easy to drink, well rounded flavor.

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Photo of DavidR_9
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/11/18

A really beautiful looking beer. Black body, no light coming through, Just a little ruby tint all the way at the edge. smooth and fizzy brown cocoa head, okay lacing.

The smell is predominately fig, dark fruit (dried plum), raisin, and roasty malts. Hint of vanilla.

Taste is plum, dark fruity fig, roasted malt bitterness and some vanilla extract paired with some evident heat midway through and more heat on the back. Not much oakey character present here. Could almost pass as an imperial stout w/ no barrel aging, let alone bourbon barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, almost watery. Low to medium carbonation, doesn’t stick to the tongue much.

This is enjoyable as a plum-y/fig-y imperial stout with some heavy roasted malt character but doesn’t really fit the profile of bourbon barrel aged, as labelled. Really pretty brew but misses the mark in scent, flavor, and mouthfeel. Maybe it could use some aging.

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Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional barrel aged stout
New Holland does it right!
Top 5 rates come stout

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewnme
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ALHOPLOVER
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Fresh bottle poured out black with a big thick cocoa colored head. Looks Beautiful.
S: It is what it says it is. The oak and bourbon are SO present and SO wonderful! That's what I wanted. But initially I found a rich roasty porter vanilla aroma. It's boozy with a heavy bourbon presence.
T: Very flavorful. Strong, aged bourbon and dark rich beer. Vanilla. Alcohol. First couple of swigs can't be beat! Heavy bourbon presence.
F: Thick. Creamy. Very bold.
O: Wow. A very enjoyable and very powerful double imperial bourbon stout. The bourbon is very very present but that’s what I was hoping for. Expensive but worth it. Thanks to Chelsea Citgo.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of Patlee3324
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donbeerlvr
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my grand new Holy Grail-shaped glass!
Smoke from the bottle, make a wish!

Pitch black with a tan head, tiny bubble steams here and there. Proper 11% Lacing.
Scent of Figs, plums and the like.
Silky grandeur.
Cellared dark fruit. Vanilla, earthy-Oak & Rum.
Well hidden booze, at first, but the mighty burn marches on.
Imperial indeed, hold onto the floor!
If not for the Bourbon Barrel-Aged I imagine this is nigh North Coast's Brother Thelonious, minus the Peanut flavor, thank the gods!

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Photo of labisch
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Samputnam14
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brothermers3
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of netshark
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eishmeyer
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

high abv the bourbon flavor is upfront, when you adjust to it the vanilla, coffee and chocolate flavors start to come in.
little to no lacing almost black in color. it will warm you up on a cold evening.

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Photo of akk14
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soundaurora
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wine2beer
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

I will fully admit up front that I am not a Bourbon fan (though I do really enjoy the Bourbon sauce at one of my favorite local restaurants). I did approach the Dragon's Milk knowing it would have a Bourbon aspect. And, yes it does.

On first approach, it does have a strong bourbon aroma. The first few sips are also dominated by a bourbon-forward taste. After this, however, the Imperial Stout makes its presence known.

It is very dark, and only had a moderate head, though the pour into the tulip glass was not particularly hard. No lacing once the head dissipated.

Deep, roasted flavors, with cherry notes.

I am about 1/3 through the glass, and the alcohol burn is still reminding me that this is 11% ABV.

Based on the previous reviews, I was looking forward to a deep, dark, complex flavor profile, and was not disappointed. (I was willing to deal with the Bourbon to try this beer, as I am always up for a substantial dark beer.)

I don't know that I would ever buy this beer for myself in the future, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered to me, and would happily accept and enjoy it.

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Photo of rankandfile
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The 2.3 review below me sucks and tells me that this guy/gal should not be rating craft beer.at...all. Dude! Where's my lager???

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Photo of Nvrmind16
2.3/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Very very stout, very very heavy. If your into feeling a beer more than tasting it, than I would reccomend it. Its not bad but Its a brute force beer for people who want to proove they can eat bread. Not what I would call a craft beer in that flavor seems less important than heft on this beer.

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Photo of jcb7472
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 6,068 ratings