Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

very good
1,473 Reviews
Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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
2016 Bottles are 11% ABV

Added by beernut7 on 08-12-2002

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Reviews: 1,473 | Ratings: 5,588
Photo of Bulabeers
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This bottle says Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout at 11% ABV. I checked their website I think the beer has changed from the old 10% ABV in Oak barrels. Not sure though.

L: Black beer with a half a finger of a tan head
S: Vanilla, slight bourbon, and roasted malt
T: Bourbon is bigger on the taste. Very nice bourbon notes. Vanilla, Chocolate, Roasty malts, hint of alcohol
F: Chewy thick good brew
O: Been a long time since I've had anything from New Holland. Glad I picked this up. Great beer.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company. Bottled on 10/22/15. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the head is two fingers thick accompanied by a nice tan/khaki hue, with lateral lacing, and an extreme dark brown /black body.

I smell a pleasant, "do-able" amount of the bourbon notes upfront that morph into a roasted malt metropolis laden with structures of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and dark fruits like plums, raisins, and figs.

Tastes like a smooth, subtle bourbon note backed up with a very delicious chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Yes indeed, that bourbon is not booze bombing the rest of this beer' other elements. I'm almost leaning in the direction that it's almost got an "Irish coffee" thing going on here as well. Interesting...

The mouthfeel here is heavier with mild carboation. I rated this so high due to a virtually unnoticeable alcohol warmth combined with the bourbon notes' masterful use restraint to allow the other complexities stand out and be noticed.

Overall, I'll give Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company a 4.75. I really wish more BBA stouts would have this near-perfect (still have to find my "5er") amount concerning the use of the bourbon flavoring.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm sold.
Deep dark, almost purple, black body floating 1 in. tan head.
Inviting cocoa aromas with stone fruit. The flavor shares chocolate and stone fruit with a pleasing alcohol note. High abv, but very little heat. Nice.
Medium to heavy mouthfeel is perfect for the style.
I'll have another, please...and then probably a ride home.

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Photo of Inspector_Spacetime
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour yielded a tan two-finger head and jet-black body. Smells of dark, smoky, and chocolate malts. Very smooth, and tastes of chocolate, vanilla and oak with heavy bourbon notes. Feels creamy and smooth, with a significant amount of alcohol warmth.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black color with no head. Nose is bourbon strong with a little vanilla and wood. Taste is dulled but very subtle bourbon flavors, notes of vanilla and even a bit of cocoa. Oak lingers at the end. Finish very clean but lingers on the palate. This is a great barrel aged stout. Although KBS is the king this is a nice substitute for those who can't get it. Would buy again to quench my KBS thirst.

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

12 oz bottle. Pours black, thin tan head fades to a ring, little lace. Aroma of bourbon and wood, a little vanilla. Taste is also full of bourbon and oak, roasty chocolate as well but the oak barrel dominates. Very dry finish with some vanilla coming out in the end. Mouthfeel a little thin for a stout, oily. Overall decent BA stout.

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Photo of DavidGross
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer! It is deep, dark and thick head. The touch of bourbon, grains and alcohol whip up an enticing aroma as you dive in for a taste. It's very drinkable with high ABV, yet smooth like milk!

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Photo of Tele
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (2015 Vintage)
Consumed: 6.7.16

A: 4.5 Pours a very, very dark brown, almost black with a little red around the edges. The one-inch tan head is nice and thick, with good retention and lacing.

S: 4 Aromas are nice with mild bourbon, vanilla, molasses roasted malt, and chocolate. The barrel seems to add a bit of damp oak, which I’m not really a fan of in BA stouts.

T: 4.25 Really nicely balanced on the flavor. Starts off a bit sweet with molasses, brownies, and vanilla before moving into roasted malt and coffee. A bit of bourbon rounds things out with more vanilla and a little (fortunately less) damp oak from the nose. The finish is slightly bitter, but lingers like quality dark chocolate.

M: 4.25 Body is a little thin for my preferences, but it definitely helps drinkability. Carbonation is very nice.

O: 4.25 For the price and how easy this beer is to get, it may become a staple in my fridge. The aromas aren’t the best, but the balance of the flavors and drinkability make up for it.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a tan head, you can smell the roast and bourbon right away. They specifically mention vanilla on the bottle and I get a ton of that and a lot of bourbon too. That isn't a bad thing though, I found it to be really good and for this to be a year round offering is outstanding. I grabbed a bottle in Georgia because we don't see it here in Florida and if we did, I would buy it very often.

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4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For me its just another BBS. Nothing ground breaking and after I had some exotic BBS in Vegas this one would be on the low end. Pours dark like midnight while you get those strong hits of the BB. Minimal head when poured due to the heaviness of the stout.

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought this beer with intentions of drinking after a midnight shift. The thought was one and done, and enjoy it. This beer did that with its 11% alcohol. The taste is what surprised me, it was good. You could smell chocolate and bourbon when the beer was cracked open. The other reviews were not lying when they said, "you could get drunk off this beer by smelling it." The taste is magnificent. Upfront you get carmel, chocolate, and malt. The finish is boozy like bourbon, but very smooth. It's a pleasant and drinkable high octane beer. I'd drink it again and suggest it in the future. Nice job New Holland.

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Photo of wilson32
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First tried this one a while ago when New Holland Brewing was a smaller operation and it certainly is not small anymore. This is a unique beer, guaranteed to "put hair on your chest" as they say. It is a talk dark pour - and what you see is what you get. Very bold, rich flavors, with a bourbon flair to it and even that hint of chocolate. The taste hangs around in your mouth - for better in the beginning, for worse in the end.

I can see why a lot of people would be drawn to this beer - gives the all around experience and tries to fit into this niche, however I think it would be middle of the road if stacked up against other similar brews.

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Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark, thick, black color with a medium sized tan head. the aroma is cocoa, oak and sweet molasses. The taste has a nice bourbon bite and brings in the cocoa and oak. A really good brew.

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Photo of justme
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liked this one a lot. Big flavors more malt than hop but that's all right with me. Enjoyed in a glass in the back patio at the Dive Bar with a good friend in Worcester. Couldn't ask for more.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color, pale tan head, moderate lace.

Smell is mild, malty. Chocolate, cocoa. Ovaltine.

Flavor of cream soda, currant, cherry. Too fruity for a stout.

Nice rich mouthfeel. Not overcarbonated.

Finish is good, not intense.

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Photo of Baba_la_Baba
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

The high rating is a mystery to me unless it's buoyed by brand loyalty. Really it's just mediocre as BB stouts go. I'd describe it as a BBS light. Light body, light on the "scotchy" vanilla, light color at the rim, light on the chocolate, raisin, anise, molasses, and everything else that I like to find in a BBS. Fairly pronounced acidity and roasty bitterness on the finish. That may have been the last bottle I will ever drink.

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

This is the first brew i've had the privilege of experiencing from New Holland and i must say, it was phenomenal! Nothing less than i had expected! I love barrel aged beers and am always excited when i get to try a new one.

Onto the review:

Poured into a Guiness glass and served cold

Look: Jet black with a nice fluffy and retaining head; beautiful.

Smell: Strong bourbon & chocolate. In that order. feel i could get drunk by just smelling this beer! well it is 11% alchohol, afterall.

Taste: Bourbon. bourbon bourbon bourbon! With a nice malt backbone and delicious chocolate aftertaste. Thick and creamy; just right! The alcohol is very prevalent in this brew

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy! VERY creamy. unlike anything I've ever had to be honest! I now understand why its called Dragon's Milk :)

Overall: Impressed! An excellent barrel aged beer! outstanding! i enjoyed every sip i had of this one. For a guy who prides himself in how much he can drink, this 11% alcohol ain't no joke! I am very impressed by New Holland and they seem to really know what a craft beer is. Will definitely buy again and am looking forward to trying more brews from them. Cheers!

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/16/15 - so its about 8 months old. Had this one on Thanksgiving and it was pretty hot; its definitely mellowed out, but at the expense of some of the barrel flavors.

Smell of oak and vanilla, lots of bourbon, plenty of alcohol showing up in the nose.

Taste is similar, with strong roasted malts, vanilla and lots of oak up front. Sweet bourbon and booze show up later. Not picking up much bitterness.

Feel is somewhat thin for this size beer, but its got some life to it, mild carbonation and dry finish.

Overall, this is a great year-round offering and a good entry point for bourbon barrel beers.

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Photo of Riff
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just didn't live up to the hype, there are better bourbon barrel stouts out there. Nice, black pour with a finger width of tan head. Pleasant aroma. Body was a little thinner than I expect from a stout. Strong hit of bourbon at the front with a very sharp note of alcohol shortly afterwards that I've not had from other BA beers. Finish was smoother but lingered for too long for my tastes.

*Editing* Have since been working on the other three bottles from the 4-pack I bought. Much smoother results and getting a smooth, creamier feeling. Slight notes of vanilla flavor, sweet with a hint of a dark roast. I'll take it the first bottle was just a dud, thankfully.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout has the requisite black body, sparkling and orange-litten, and a brief-lived medium pebbly tan head leaves good bands and cavelets of lacing. The nose is medium in intensity: a tasty blend of molasses, cocoa and bourbony booze atop a more subtle oak character. On the palate, it is a bit more assertive, but still in keeping with the nose: a seamless, fairly rich blend of milk chocolate, molasses and toffee, backed by a fairly boozy bourbon flavor and subtle oak notes. In net, it lands a bit on the sweet end of the balance. The finish is surprisingly clean, just a modest hit of toffee; the linger is a mild, tartish, thin chocolate/oak flavor that stays around for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is on point for the full body, and is slightly warming; the texture is nicely sticky/creamy, with just a hint of pepperiness from the restrained carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 51 days after pkg)

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Photo of R_N_Roop
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoy the velvety creaminess of this stout. Hints of the bourbon from the barrel aging come through on the finish.

To take the tasting experience to a different level, I suggest pairing the beer with the New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon, aged in the barrels after the beer is bottled.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a taster glass. Thanks, Dylan!

A: Black with brownish tint. A half finger off-white head that dissipated fast. Sudsy lacing.

S: Bourbon comes in strong followed by Licorice, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate and vanilla.

T: Follows nose with a nice shot of bourbon into dark chocolate, vanilla and molasses. Roasty and smooth.

M: Medium with medium, thick carbonation.

O: Takes an already stellar brew and bourbons it up a few notches. A terrific sipper. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of philvish
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good barrel aged stout. I've had quite a few and had this with a meal out of the bottle. Poured nicely, delicious aroma and great taste. A little too strong for my preference (it hit me hard) but delicious.

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Photo of zshaft
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

got some of this stuff and I am not excited cause burbon aged is not my thing. pours nice jet black like all stouts with rather tHin head. nose is like burbon and some burbon with maybe some light toffee. taste is more hard alcohol with oily mouthfeel making the flavors roll down the tounge and making this experience worse. alcohol burn at the end. while the burbon is not to intense its to much for me. I can get this down but not an enjoyable time. I don't get this aging trend. I don't like shots in my beer. lets get this over with so I can have something good.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a tan head that stays as a cap and laces decently. Notes of oak, vanilla, choclate and bourbon. Medium body, light for a stout, light heat from the alcohol and pretty clean finish. The flavors are simple, straightforward and fit the bill for an easy to acquire barrel aged stout. The body is thin and the mouthfeel suffers, lacking the creamy and full feel of a truly great stout. It's not the best but it isn't trying to be.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,588 ratings.
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