Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
5,719 Ratings
Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk
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
Ratings:
5,719
Reviews:
1,502
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
13.07%
 
 
Wants:
357
Gots:
1,805
For Trade:
43
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,719 |  Reviews: 1,502
Photo of KrisLambert
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Roasted with hints of vanilla and a bourbon aftertaste. Not heavy although dark. Would pair great with red meat. The bourbon flavoring can bring it down a little near the end of a glass.

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Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsuarez1982
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattjp03
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark brown-black body, very thin brown head.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Vanilla, oak, milk chocolate, mild roast.

Feel: Full body, medium carbonation, mildly sweet, warming finish.

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Photo of ashleysholcomb
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Marklaker
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ntanner83
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dubnation
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Blackop555
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown. Foamy, short, brown head that fades fast.

Smells roasted Malts, vanilla, bourbon, light chocolate and smoke.

Tastes roasted malts and chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla and hints of fruit. Semi sweet finish and light char that lingers shortly. Lighter side of medium body and fizzy low carbonation

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Photo of Wardt16
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very dark black color. No light getting through. Low carbonation, but typical for a barrel aged brew w/ whiskey infused. Not quite a 1 finger head from a 12oz. bottle. Some lacing goes on - it didn't go flat.
Smell: Sweet chocolate and caramel. Bourbon comes through loud and clear. Some fruitiness and slight nuttiness.
Taste: A shot of whiskey up front. Nice kick, but not as strong as some barrel aged brews. Charred oak, chocolate, coffee, and roasted nuts come through. Quite sweet on the front half, then it dries out slightly towards the end. As the whiskey and chocolate/coffee flavors head out, you can start to make out some hop flavor and you are left with a slightly smokey aftertaste.
Feel: Full bodied, but less than a regular milk stout. The whiskey thins the think brew out a bit. On the flatter side, but enough to keep ti interesting. Expected it not to be very bubbly.
Overall: Very good aged stout. This one is at 11% ABV. I could feel the alcohol burn, but it didn't seem like an 11% brew. I was feeling it by the time I finished it. I bought this as a single, but would definitely by a 4 pack of this one.

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Photo of ElMariachi29er
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think the overall rating for this BA Stout is dead on. It's "Very Good" and I mean that as a compliment. Not world class but a great BA Stout that is easily attained. A good indicator of what a quality BA Stout should taste like although I don't personally think you get the rich mouthfeel or complexities in taste, in comparison to some world class smaller batch brews. But I do like that you get a hint of the barrel as well as the bourbon on the nose. And the overall is solid! As a fan of BA stouts (which everyone is doing now) I would gladly keep one of these in my "cellar" (beer fridge).

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Photo of Bposch7
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LAp
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good not great. Relatively one-dimensional. The barrel aging is a little too dominant, and the underlying stout isn't particularly interesting. The whole is somewhat greater than the sum of its parts however.

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Photo of Tbulling
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StevenH
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BPCam
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

(12 oz bottle, bottled 02/08/17... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: very dark brown liquid, opaque when held to light... cappuccino brown foam that swells up then swells out - loose, glossy... lace just slides down, no stick, but a thin, crusty collar remains

S: big barrel notes of vanilla and caramelized wood/sugars... dark-dry bitter chocolate, boozy dark rum, maybe even a delicate whiff of black licorice... dare say almost a urine aroma as it warms (like piss-soaked cotton), and later a hint of dark-roast ground coffee... the booze is bright, marginally medicinal and carries with it an sort of coffee liqueur note (this description is all it is later)... overall, moderate intensity and implies a dense maltiness

T: lots of ashy, ember-y char notes in the finish... powerfully bitter with a semisweet dark caramel note in the aftertaste... bit drier in the finish than the early sweetness may suggest... thick, rich maltiness in the middle, slightly out matched by its biting bitterness

F: damn near lusciously silky on the outset... lingering, almost spicy heat, with a mild-moderate (roasty) acidic twang at the back... certainly a creaminess to its viscosity... the burn and bitter slowly take over

O: full-bodied, full-flavored, smoky-roasty... the fusel-tinged heat and piercing, parching bitterness balances to an extent, but ends up becoming the most dominant elements... might be nice to lay down for a year or two, let the harshness settle out

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours jet black and with a tan/beige head of surprisingly good retention but little lacing. Aroma is absolutely lovely with notes of vanilla, dried fruit, bourbon and a ton of chocolate. The taste is very well balanced and reflects in many ways the nose. Full bodied and with barely noticeable carbonation on the tongue. A very enjoyable bourbon-barrel-aged stout.

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Photo of brookline
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nolster
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 94rocker1
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 5,719 ratings.
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