Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
5,769 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:
5,769
Reviews:
1,515
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
357
Gots:
1,828
For Trade:
45
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,769 |  Reviews: 1,515
Photo of ricecracker420
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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

appearance: handsome mahogany with a thick tan head and lacing. Doesn't look a stout though.
smell: vanilla roastiness with a hint of bourbon. Quite subdued compared to many barrel aged brews. Nice nose though not tremendous.
taste: mostly as the nose goes. a bit of alcohol burn that subsides and mellows.
overall: a nice brew but at $15.99 a 4 pack, somewhat a disappointment. Gets better and more complex as it comes to room temp.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black. Seemingly no lacing. Not much to be said here. (3.5/5)

Smell: Coffee, smokey, and chocolatey. (4/5)

Taste/feel: Interesting. Very interesting. It has a lot of chocolate and coffee like you'd expect in a stout, but there's some smoke in there. Another surprise was the feel and carbonation. The feel is rather light, and the carbonation is medium/high. The alcohol is easily detected in this one as well. Stouts and porters and the like aren't my favorite styles, but I don't hate this one. (3.5/5, 3/5)

3.5/5,
(3.57/5)

Re-review: 12/20/15

Okay, so I had this beer three years ago before I ever liked imperial stouts. Now that I do, I can give a much better idea how I think it stacks up. Got a four-pack from Kroger for $15.49 ... under $4/bottle for a bourbon barrel aged beer? I can deal with that.

Appearance: Hard pour gave an awesome, creamy brown head that slowly went down to half a finger and lingered. There's a nice bit of lacing, too. The color is porter-ish: a perfectly clear ruby black.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, a little roast, and accenting bourbon barrel. The bourbon quality is not very intense in this beer. The beer itself doesn't smell very intense, for that matter, but it's super pleasant ... I don't find this smokey at all like I did the first time I had it.

Taste/feel: Very nice, and a little unique, thanks to a nuttiness that I'm getting out of it -- I don't find that in many big stouts at all, unfortunately. The bourbon barrel isn't very intense, but it's a bit more present as the beer warms up: more vanilla, oak, bourbon, and very light alcohol warmth. There's a nice roast flavor with chocolate on the front, with a bittersweet mocha finish with, again, a great nutty flavor. The feel is something that still bums me out about this beer -- it drinks like a 7% stout, not 11%. It's silky and has a very pleasant, light carbonation, but it's not a feel I've come to expect from this style and ABV. It's way too easy drinking.

Considerably better than I remember. I've wanted to give this beer a second try for quite a long while, and I'm glad I did. It's not quite an "all-star" BBA'd beer, but it's one that's a helluva lot more affordable than many others, easy to get, and well-worth a purchase.

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Photo of msumike89
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Rihup
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DelicateDelirium
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Photo of 98green
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Frozensoul327
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My God... utterly amazing brew. Pours out to black coffee color with a nice firm tan head of about 1/4 inch. No lacing. Medium low level of carbonation. Aroma is laden with vanilla, malt, cream and coffee. Phenominal off the get go. Taste is heavnly; sweet creamy roasted malts blend with coffee overtones and woody scotch-like notes. Exceptional. Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy, yet not sticky or too thick. Carbonation remains present and gives a slight zing to the finish. Exceptional drinkability, as the 10% ABV never even comes close to being noted. World class beer. Highly Recommended. This is what it's about people.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: I didn't even want to share this beer. Benji got one taste and nearly decided to go for the bottle and finish it. Bloodhounds have exceptionally good taste, as exhibited here...

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Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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 Goblinmunkey7
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Near solid black on the pour. Head is a dark tan. Decent head retention leaves a small cap with small chunks of lacing. Minimal to moderate carbonation on the pour. Small clumps of a cap. Small collar.

Smell: Bourbon barrel. Vanilla and a ton of caramel. Roasted malts. A touch of almost char. Some dark fruit. Raisin and a hint of dark cherry. Cocoa powder. Hazelnuts. A hint of old coffee. Milk chocolate layered through the back. Oak punches through as it warms. Deep woody notes. Some mild hop notes. A touch of pine. Licorice and raisin. A touch of leather.

Taste: Licorice soaked with some bourbon. Some heavy vanilla and oak notes. A touch of butterscotch with some backing toffee and marshmallow. Big and sweet. Touches on molasses. Malts are heavily roasted offering up some solid caramelized sweetness with a slight burnt element. Hops are very minimal with pine and an herbal element. Marshmallow and even a touch of coconut. Lots of raisin. A touch of oxidation. Clean. Solid backing woodiness to the whole thing. Sweet. A touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slick and creamy. Minimal carbonation.

Overall: Distant dragonkin.

Better than I remember. Bourbon is well layered but ends up dominating a bit. Base beer runs a touch sweet as well and the two elements don't quite meld. Still, it's tasty.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of brystmar
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Vintage 2010" bottle into a tulip.

A: pitch black with minimal head and mild lace. Looks slick and oily.

S: chocolate, oak, and booze all rush forward leaving traces of vanilla behind.

T: mmm, roasted malts! Sweeter than expected up front, then comes the oak, finishes milk chocolatey & dry. Solid for an IS.

M: thin and oily with minimal carbonation, but reasonably well-suited to the style. As always, I prefer thick and creamy...but that's what she said. ;)

D: has about the right amount of alcoholic warmth you'd want/need from a brew of this style; doesn't cut into its drinkability at all. Still quite flavorful and drinkable when warmed to room temperature. Not a favorite of mine, but a respectable offering nonetheless.

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Photo of tclipse
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Photo of JDizzle
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this from Party Town in Florence, KY for $12.99

Pours deep brown/black with a small head. I don't think there was ample carbonation from the keg. I thought this would be darker and more viscous.

The smell from this thing is really great and bourbon forward. I get some oak, vanilla, and tons of bourbon.

The taste mirrors the smell. A lot of bourbon and vanilla. Faint oakiness is there along with roasted malts, being very secondary.... Bourbon is in yo face! The booze is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbs are a little low, but it could be the keg setup it came out of.

Not a world class beer, but fun to drink.

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Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as nuanced as other bba stouts. The bourbon is only slightly detectable and the chocolate and biscuity flavors are muted.

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Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RDW
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Jimmys
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage. bomber poured into tulip.

A: pours a very dark brown. head is a light brown hue and very bubbly. good retention. decent lacing. good looking stout.

S: oxidation, bourbon, vanilla. a lot of bourbon. sweet and inviting. really smells like a bourbon barrel aged stout ought too, however wouldn't hate for a bit more complexity.

T: a lot of vanilla. Im really enjoying the fact that the booze has died down with some time. well I should say assumed that it died down, cant say ive had this one fresh. a softer side of roast. a little metallic. the bourbon character comes through nicely though. just struggling to get entirely past the oxidation.

M: mellow carb. big body, but not covered in booze.

D: OK, but not great. like I said above, cant get past the oxidation. gonna have to try one of these fresh to compare, but IMO doesn't age well.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of DbbC
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,769 ratings.
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