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:
#3,097
Reviews:
1,573
Ratings:
6,054
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
392
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2,012
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,054 |  Reviews: 1,573
Photo of OldDirty
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hophead7117
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of micropale
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lumens66
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As Arnold Schwarzenegger's character John Matrix said in "Commando,": "Sully, that's not important right now. What is important is GRAVITY." Well boy, this imperial stout has plenty of that. With a high ABV of 11% it is made for aging if you're up for it, with each bottle coming with a vintage tag. For me, the alcohol isn't masked behind the other elements of this stout but it's still enjoyable. The nose is more complex than its taste which is a bit disappointing. I get vanilla, toasted malt and dried porcini mushroom on the nose (I JUST used porcini mushrooms 2 days ago and I can't believe I get that scent but I do). The alcohol is dominant on the palate but the toasted malt is fleeting. It is slightly sweet and has a somewhat fleeting finish. It's nice but not my favorite.

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Photo of Mparker1975
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of CoreyC
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark as it gets with a very nice head that settles quickly.

S - Alcohol dominant.

T - Light bitter chocolate, vanilla, coffee.

M - Nice, the thickness you'd want from a stout.

O - A very good barrel aged stout.

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Photo of rbelcher1959
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark pour with a nice oak and bourbon taste followed by a slight vanilla finish. Seriously strong beer, a new favorite. In Virginia a very hard beer to find but well worth the search!

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Photo of craigbelly
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of artdob
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle for 2015 Christmas direct from Michigan. Pours a deep black with a modest tan head that subsides quickly, but leaves a light tan coating on top of the beer.
The nose is rich with sweet figs, cocoa, and nutmeg. The taste is sugary - chocolate cake, herbs, a hint of Vicks cough syrup, fading to pumpernickel with sweet notes remaining on the palate.
A nice Imperial Stout - sweeter than most for this style.

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Photo of doggydaddy
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Raislak
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 10/11/2014

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Photo of KingQuinn
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of eppie82
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scud83rp
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Cramshawbar
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a seriously potent beer. For mature audiences only.
You have to get used to the nose, which is strong oak. And then there is the taste. Bourbon, a nice balance between dark chocolate and coffee and enough vanilla to flash some Bailey's into your mind (but in a clever way). Not sure how long this will be around in Toronto, but I think I will get me some more, even though I am not a stout lover.
I recommend that you have a little dark chocolate prior to drinking (70% dark, preferably) and then sit back and hang on tight.

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Photo of DavyJones
4.99/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For whatever reason, this was a beer that I didn't have extremely high expectations for, boy what a pleasant surprise.

2015 Vintage.

Color is very pleasant dark dark brown, not as opaque as many other beers in the style.

Smell is bourbon and vanilla, heavenly.

Taste is bourbon forward, then fades to vanilla. As the vanilla diminishes, tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee emerge, all while retaining some of the creamy vanilla character. Super tasty stuff.

Mouth feel is medium, not syrupy, not watery/thin; it's the way I like my stouts.

This has become one of my favorite beers in the style. After taking my first sip, I was reminded of the the early releases of KBS when it was a bit more raw/bourbon forward, which I miss.

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Photo of Xandrose
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kdoggp23
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Thoroughly enjoyed from a growler via Jungle Jims in a snifter----THANKS LITTLE LADY!

Pours a muddled black with tinges of brown, a nice head of dark tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, oak, cocoa, deeply roasted grains, and raisins. Flavors exceed the nose with bourbon and oak smashing into dark brown sugars, cocoa, and dark raisin loaf on all sides. Middle gives way to vanilla and then fades into a warmth of booze touched with cream. Creamy yet subtly carbonated mouth feel to cut through the coating nature of the brew makes for a dangerous easy drinker. All in all an excellent brew and a fantastic flagship of New Holland's darker craft.

Cheers

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Photo of warrenslop
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 6,054 ratings