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 | 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:
5,437
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
25.69%
 
 
Wants:
326
Gots:
1,637
For Trade:
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Photo of nawpnawp
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very solid BA stout. It doesn't have loads of coffee/chocolate like other super popular stouts (ie. kbs, uncle jacob's), but I prefer it that way. It isn't overly sweet, but as the description state, I am digging the roasty malt backbone.

Overall, I'd buy it again if my cellar was empty and I was craving a BA stout. It certainly offers something a bit different.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark stout with no light passing through. Has very little head on top. Has a bourbon smell along with some dark fruits. Can taste the roasted malts along with dark fruits. Light bourbon after taste.

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

It's good....I just don't get excited about this one. It's hard to explain and personal preference I know but the barrel aging in this beer....I don't feel like it is as legitimate as in a bcbs or kbs. Maybe if I let it sit around for a year? No question it is a good beer but in the bourbon barrel arena it falls short.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Anchor steam glass.Damn man.Smell is bourbon, vanilla with a hint of coffee.Taste is great.Just great.Bourbon nicely blended with vanilla & chocolate.I liked it a lot.Overall I would say that if your a stout person you have got to give this a try.Great.11.0 ABV helps to.It is nice that they are making this in 12 oz bottle`s now.Have to try this.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage

-Dark with red undertones. Almost no lacing.
-Woody barrel character, soft bourbon nose, maple, brown sugar.
-Vanilla, oaky bourbon, slight coffee
-Medium mouthfeel but feels smooth going down.
-I'm really glad we started getting distro in cali.....even better that we are seeing the 12oz. Don't pass up on this beauty!

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Photo of basaywhat
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Nice dark pour with beige head. Roasted malt aroma with nice oak balance. Not real heavy on the tongue. Smooth with nice oak undertones.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

**
04/09/2016
Bottle to snifter. Last of the 4pack.

Look...dark black. Small off white head.

Aroma...maybe it's too cold or my slight sniffles are impeding, but I get very little in the way of aroma. Some malt, some tiny bit of coffee, no bourbon at all.

Taste has more bite to it. Pomegranate, raspberry, dark chocolate up front. Lingering lactose and whiskey. Also, a touch of coffee at the and.

Feel is a little thin. A little astringent.

Far from the top of this style, but enjoyable. I would buy more.

**

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very black with a brown head that lingered for a while. Aromas and flavors were bitter dark chocolate, burnt dark roast coffee beans, some hints of oak and caramel and vanilla to balance. Some alcohol heat as well. Fairly thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very good imperial stout.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11% ABV according to the bottle.

Pours a cola black color with lots of cherry glints. The tiny head dissipates quickly. Roasty black malts, vanilla, booze, and cocoa in the nose. The taste is on the sweeter side with chocolate and starbucks ice cream type coffee mixing with oak, dried fruit and a rye whiskey booziness. The mouthfeel is light for the style with a low carbonation and some cloying from the lactic sweetness. The sweetish, boozy finish lasts a while.

An OK imperial stout, but too sweet and boozy.

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

Black with a finger of tan head. Aroma of chocolate and oak-heavy bourbon. Roasted malt and a little chocolate up front in the taste, with bourbon flavor the most dominant and a slight alcohol burn. There's a slightly astringent and fairly clean finish that's pretty nice. Medium bodied, with a splash of cream and strong carbonation in the mouthfeel. A decent BBA stout. It scratches that itch, but nothing out of this world, either.

2015 vintage, January 2016 bottling date.

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Photo of KevCan
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bought a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Bottled on 12/30/15. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Medium/dark brown with small medium-brown head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Boozy, plum/raisin.

Taste: Sweet, chocolatey, boozy, vanilla, chocolate biscuit.

Feel: Medium plus carbonation. Thick and syrupy.

Overall: Very delicious. One of my favorite beers for sure.

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Photo of Naz-Barman
4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful richly dark appearance. Robust collar, which collapses leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Bourbon barrel aging and a strong vanilla accent are very accomodating. An under rated beer to my taste. Recommend that you try one.

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Photo of FBarber
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 vintage.

Pours pitch black, oily, ad pretty thick. Nice thick mocha head sticks around for a bit before dissipating into a tan oily slick on the beer.

Smell is a nice array of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, a very mild bourbon character, nice barrel notes.

Taste is a nice array of chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, hints of vanilla and bourbon soaked oak. This is a very accesible bourbon stout. Its not overly boozy at all.

Feel is actually pretty good. Its certainly on the thinner side of bourbon barrel aged stouts, but not overly so. Dry cocoa like finish. Very smooth.

Overall a really nice bourbon barrel aged stout. For the price and availability it really can't be beat.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Holland's Dragon's Milk, Bourbon barrel stout, 2015. 11% ABV.

A: About 2 fingers of light chocolate milk head. Audibly noticeable dissolve. Decent strings of lacing. Decent sheeting. Black in the glass; dark brown, with an amber glow, in the dimple.

S: Creamy coffee and Bourbon-y dark chocolate up front. Not as Bourbon-y as other BBA stouts, but at 2/3s the price, I can forgive that.

T/MF: More creaminess, with a more licorice/char leaning flavor profile. Slight fig note. Some soft char in the back. Dark toffee. Very slight coconut. Nutmeg and vanilla. More of the fig on the back of the palate. Leans a little towards a Quad.

Overall, doesn't match up to Firestone's offerings, but it's still a great stout.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. 2015 iteration.

L: Pours a dark, dark, brown... nearly black with a finger of tannish head. Mild lacing.

S: Bourbon and vanilla... roasted coffee and booze.

T/F: Dark roasted malts... a bit of char and oak, vanilla, figs, espresso, and of course bourbon. Boozy and smooth. Lower carbonation... still a bit tingly on the tongue. Warming with a dry finish.

O: A very fine bourbon barrel stout and just what I look for in the style. Looking forward to vertically tasting this after it has a chance to cellar for a year or two.

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Photo of Biochem_Brewer
4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This rivals KBS in my opinion. Maybe not quite as good, but you can get this year round and not deal with all the hype. You can even get growlers to go.

Pours dark - essentially black with a tan head. Roast aroma and bourbon dominate. The flavor is roasted malt, hints of toffee/caramel, and chocolate (similar to KBS just without the strong coffee note). Mouthfeel is thick, but not as heavy as KBS - I would actually prefer it thicker.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Vintage 2015, brewed on dated 012616.

Pours a very dark brown color with a very nice and frothy caramel hued head. Dissipates quickly and leaves nary a trace of lacing. Bourbon, wood, vanilla, and leather make up the aroma. Flavors hitting the palate include: chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and roasted char. Medium feel, sweet, and super sticky with the 11% abv almost unrecognizable. I must say I am very impressed with this stout and I did have high expectations as well. New Holland exceeded all of them and I'm glad to have snagged several bottles for later. Enjoy!

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Photo of SargeMcCluck
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black like the pits of Utumno in which it was bred, with a small, quick-subsiding head.

Left to stand for a while, the nose is an alluring preview of what's to come - slightly leathery, toasted bourbon, chocolate, and a big hit of vanilla.

The taste is an outstanding example of nail-on-the-head branding. You have to wonder with this one - did they set out to create the hypothetical taste of an actual dragon's milk, or did they have a eureka moment when sampling the toasty malts, dark fruits, and warm, condensed-milk finish of their labour?

I've unfortunately seen this refrigerated in a few places - just note that it begs for the proper temperature and a good pour to allow the creaminess to settle. Still, I'd hoard a few amongst your gold doubloons while you have the chance. This is a silky-smooth treat of a stout.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark pour, nothing motor oil black. More dark brown with ruby read hue in the light. Decent lacing, small light brown ring of head.

Smell is initially oak, wood and bourbon. Slight chocolate and caramel. Didn't mention vanilla, definitely dominate vanilla.

Taste is similar to the nose. Definitely taste that wood and oakiness of the barrel. Very subtle hints of bourbon. Nice vanilla flavor at the end, with a little tartness reminiscent of dark fruit.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, moderate carbonation.

Solid brew.

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Photo of BWood
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: dark with good head and lacing.

S: bourbon and vanilla. Slight malt. Kind of like bcbs but not as strong.

T: tastes as it smells with great lingering aftertaste. Very good.

F: almost perfect. Coats the tongue and incredibly smooth. I do get some chocolate aftertaste.

O: exceptional beer. I'm glad I found it. I will be buying much more.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let the charred burnt bones of the fallen rest as the dragon rises up to suckle its offspring with this toasted imperial stout. The beer is a very solid representation of an Imperial Russian stout. Plenty of roasty toasty malts countered with a bitter bite that can only be hidden behind the higher ABV. Overall I can say that I like it, but it does not offer the complexity I was hoping for. None the less, I learned a long time ago to never slap a dragon in the face so I will drink it with a smile on my face.

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Photo of ccg
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

About a quarter-inch of initial foam settles quickly into a ring and a thin layer. Noticeable lacing.
Lots of oak on the nose. Also bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and dates. As it warms, a boozy burn starts to emerge.
Surprisingly good amount of bourbon flavor comes through, with a strong, toasted chocolate finish. There is also a lot of vanilla mid-palate. There is a bit of roastiness and a hint of hops on the finish. Sadly, it loses some of that punch as it warms up.
It could use a bit more body, but the carbonation is spot-on, and it's smooth.
Admittedly, it's been a little while since I've had a top-tier BBA stout like BCBS, but Dragon's Milk is better than I remember. It's _excellent_ for what it is: a bourbon-barrel-aged stout that is available year-round and widely distributed in 12oz bottles and sold at a relatively low price. One surprisingly thing about this beer is that it seems to be better at refrigerator temperature. Try it below cellar temp and see how it changes as it warms.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep ebony to brown. Minimal caramel head

S: booze. Chocolate. Dark fruit

T: chocolate. Hops. Some subtle booze.

F: creamy. Smooth.

O: good balance. Nice and soft. A bit weak for BBA tho

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on September 28th, 2015
Reviewed on March 5th, 2015
Served in a Snifter

Eyes
Poured a rich dark brown body. Thin tan head quickly collapsed, leaving bubbly retention and a sparse amount of lacing.

Nose
Sweet roasted malts. Dense layers of dark fruit, vanilla, and chocolate. Bourbon was there but not overwhelming. Similar aromatic notes to those of Belgian Quads.

Tongue
Sweet malts hit the tongue first. Dark fruit. Cocoa. Sweet layers with notes of vanilla and marshmallow. Whiskey blended well with the sweet notes but finished tart, leaving a decent hit of alcohol. Overall flavor was sweet.

Mouthfeel
Full-bodied. Moderate carbonation. The body felt too carbonated to support the potential wide-range of complexities this beer had to offer.

Overall
Sweet, boozy, and pleasing.

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

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: black, void of light except at the very edges when held to light. The head is a light tan 1/2 finger that fades quickly to a lacing.

Aroma: bittersweet chocolate and bourbon. Inviting. It conjures thoughts of flourless chocolate cake.

Flavor: the flavor follows the aroma: flourless chocolate cake. Very little roast, but it is present. No alcoholic heat, but the alcohol is there and you know it. The 11% is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-heavy. A bit on the heavier side of medium.

Overall: very good. Better than expected. This beer would make for an excellent desert beer. Well balanced.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,437 ratings.
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