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Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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4.03/5
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5,898 Ratings
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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:
#3,022
Reviews:
1,541
Ratings:
5,898
pDev:
12.9%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
366
Gots:
1,910
Trade:
43
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Ratings: 5,898 |  Reviews: 1,541
Photo of jfstilling
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JVan
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of lucasj82
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mcrawford
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveMiller
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin brown head on top of near pitch black liquid. Head fades to just a thin ring around the glass and leaves only scattered lacing.

S - Roasted grain, chocoalte and alot of wood. The wood aromas come through more as the beer warms. Hints of vanilla as well.

T - Roasted grains and hints of vanilla and oak. Simi-sweet chocolate. The wood really begins to dominate the taste as the beer warms. Light alcohol burn with hints of paint thinner that really is not the most pleasant taste.

M/D - Full bodied with light carbonation. The somewhat unpleasant alcohol burn brings the drinkability down a notch but it is still an enjoyable beer for the most part.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, vintage bottle dated from 2012. Label written as Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Appearance: Thin body but completely opaque coming off a brown tinted black with steady bubbles on the body. Off-white head maybe rises to just under a finger's length.

Smell: A sweet vanilla scent comes off slightly roasted, strong alcohol feel but comes in and out the nostrils.

Taste: A real nice complexity here, you feel a little scotch with a little chocolate. Not to mention a dose of vanilla extract. Little bit of everything. It makes you think this is your "all in one" stout.

Mouth: Medium body carbonation, with a bitter chocolate feel at the end. Sticky, I would say it is and no reason to knock on it.

Overall: This is my first beer that i have had from New Holland and yes I will buy more from them. An imperial stout that absolutely delivered. Whether it's after dinner or dessert I do not think you would be disappointed. Salud!

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of salthemonster
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Warren2621
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of timmy2b
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and Oil Black with a very small head. Scent is heavily boozy with a slight amount of chocolate. Taste was very mild on the booze with a mild coffee and chocolate. The alcohol flavor melted as the beer warmed. Delicious mostly smooth Sipper.

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Photo of Blaze5445
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JoelClark
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Green's in Greenville, South Carolina, as it is not available in Georgia, Dragon's Milk poured out dark brown, and formed a khaki colored head. The smell was a nice mixture of herbal hops and sweet chocolate and toffee. The taste was an extension of the smell with sweet malts being showcased with a backing of hops. The beer was carbonated nicely, and gave a creamy textured feel in the mouth. The finish was quite sweet and would have benefited a bit from more alcoholic strength. Very easy to drink, and quite flavorful, I definately see myself picking up more of this when it becomes more readily available.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown/black with ruby highlights and a very small tan head.

S - Bourbon, oak and a lot of vanilla. Some roasted malt. Slight hint of sourness but not as much as fresher bottles I have had (this one is about 6 months old I believe).

T - Bourbon, hints of charred oak and a lot of vanilla. Slight chocolate and roasted malt is hidden behind the vanilla. Slightly sour but again not as much as the fresher bottles.

M - Thin to moderate and really creamy. This one glides down your throat very smooth.

D - This one went straight from Sam's fridge to my fridge. The earlier bottles I have had of this had more of a sour presence that has been replaced by a bourbon/vanilla/oaky char. One of the better balanced bourbon beers I have had (coming from a big bourbon fan). I am definitely going to look for more of this year’s release.

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4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. 2013 vintage.

Poured what appeared to be inky black, but when held up to the lamp, some reddish and burgundy tones. 1 + finger of thick oatmeal colored head. Did dissipate somewhat, but retained as an at least covering all the way down. Not a great deal of lacing.

Aroma was mostly of vanilla and bourbon, neither particularly strong, with a faint chocolate mixed in. Very appealing.

This tastes excellent. The bourbon is ever present, but not overwhelming. The vanilla gives a delicious sweetness. This beer is perfectly balanced.

Mouth is full, and rolls around the tongue, which definitely savors the flavor. Although you get the bourbon, it is extremely drinkable for a 10.0abv, but must be respected with some restraint.

Have had this beer several times, and it's always a great choice. This was the beer that turned me around on BBA stouts, as first tries from other breweries were very bourbon heavy. This one achieves a wonderful balance. Thoroughly recommend it.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of teromous
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: It has a chocolaty brown appearance, but completely opaque. Only a thin strip of head remains on the top of the beer, which is an off-white cocoa color. Decent lacing, but nothing special.

S: It has a very strong alcohol scent to it. I pick up a definite oak-like smell to the beer, similar to bourbon. There is a sweet smell to the beer, like dark chocolate cake. That's the best way to put it...it smells like there's a cake in the oven.

T: It tastes really good. There's the oak that I expected, but not too bitter. It works well with the flavor of the beer, which has notes of dark coffee...espresso...some dark chocolate, and just a very rich roasted flavor in general. The only minus, is that I do pick up some alcohol flavor in the beer. It doesn't stick out like a sore thumb, but it nods its head every now and then.

M: It's a very clean beer, and it goes down smooth. It doesn't need to be sipped and is amazing. I can't believe this is a 10.0% beer...it leaves no alcohol burn and there is no unpleasantness!

O: Overall I'd say this is definitely a good beer. I felt that it was perfectly smooth, but it lacked a more "robust" flavor that I get from other American Stouts. It is a very good beer, and I would absolutely buy it again. This is more of a beer for the classic stout or porter lover, and not the fan of huge barleywines or strong bitter stouts. It tastes like a session beer, but certainly doesn't kick like one.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5,898 ratings
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