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:
#2,976
Reviews:
1,562
Ratings:
6,011
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
391
Gots:
1,987
Trade:
45
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Ratings: 6,011 |  Reviews: 1,562
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
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Fresh bottle poured out black with a big thick cocoa colored head. Looks Beautiful.
S: It is what it is. The oak and bourbon are SO present and SO wonderful! That's all I need.
T: Very flavorful. Aged bourbon and dark rich beer. Vanilla. Alcohol.
F: Thick. Creamy. Bold. Smooth.
O: It is what it says it is! A very enjoyable and very powerful double imperial bourbon stout. The bourbon is very present and 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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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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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevintaraross
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BCooke1234
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of -steve-
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer 2 years ago. Poured into a goblet. A dark beer with a half inch of brown head that dissipates quickly. Lacing remains on the edges of the glass. What an enticing smell! Roasted barley, vanilla, caramel, faint chocolate; can't wait to taste it. Fantastic! The oakiness of the barrels comes through well. Vanilla and roasted goodness. At 11% the alcohol warmth is apparent. Dry oak finish. (Too much oak?) I think more bourbon and less oak is needed.

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Photo of uu1
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KarlHvK
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dangerously hides the alcohol. Smooth, rich, excellent....

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 6,011 ratings