Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

very good
5,766 Ratings
Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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Photo of delta490
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a near-black, with a short-lived tan head. A slight ring hangs on and leaves an oily ring of small lacing that quickly slides back into the glass. The aroma needs some time to warm but releases some nice vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. The taste offers much the same and also benefits from a little warming. The body is a little thinner than I would expect, but has a nice oily slickness to it. There's also a small but steady carbonation to it.

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Photo of Buck89
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Thick motor oil-like pour with a shy tan head that disappeared quickly. Aromas of smooth bourbon and roasty malt. Taste followed suit, with a strong roasty presence up front followed by oak and bourbon. Thick, sticky finish.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of drtth
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into in a large snifter glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle is from the 2011 Vintage.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice dark brown, almost black color with a 1/8” light tan head that covers the large surface area nicely. The foam recedes soon but leaves an island of foam and an irregular ring around the glass. While not much lacing is left by the head on its own, sipping leaves a large area of speckled lacing with a few legs here and there.

Smell: The aroma is pleasantly tinged with vanilla, oak and chocolate and at first can be picked up several inches away from the glass. After the nose becomes accustomed the snifter still focuses the aroma nicely in the nose.

Taste: The flavors are a very pleasant mixture of dark chocolate from the malt and vanilla and oak from the oak aging. I don’t pick up any hops here and the presence of the alcohol is detectable only in the form of a slight sweetness to the taste and there isn’t any burn. While the dark roast malt is clearly present here there is very little of that “almost burnt” character that shows up in some Stouts.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and very smooth, with very light carbonation. The finish is medium long, begins in the light sweetness of the vanilla/chocolate/oak mix and then gradually fades to bitterness and a nice long dry after taste that doesn’t bite or burn.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’ve found this one to be a one a night beer with the 10% ABV, but each sip follows naturally from the last and invites the next. I’ll be quite pleased to have another one. While I expected this to have a bit of alcohol burn because of its youth, that didn’t happen and so I think this one is just fine as fresh as it is. My overall impression is of a well made Stout with a very nice flavor combination and a really nice mouth feel. I recommend giving this one a try.

Nov., 30, 2013

Tonight I'm having a bottle of this that has been in basement storage for over 2 years. The beer has held up very well and my impressions are pretty much the same as when the original review was done. I think the flavors may have softened a bit over the last couple of years but it is still smooth and tasty with no obvious signs of oxidation. The Bourbon flavors may have come forward a bit more but the whole is still very nice.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of adamette
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a clean, clear pint glass. Purchased at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio for $7.99. No observed "best by" date but I am not sure that it matters.

A 2.5 inch light brown head over a dark but translucent dark maroon, brown body. I poured vigorously to try to create a nice head and it stuck around for at least 5 minutes. After sipping there is nice lacing on the glass as well. 4.5

S Nice medium malt and alcohol smell with caramel/vanilla notes. This is a very sweet smelling beer and inviting, complex and smooth all at the same time. As it warmed there was a bit more "oak" smells. Complexity comes from the various smells existing in the same beer.

T Nice sweet malt, reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel, like a Gulden Draak Jr. Vanilla/caramel notes linger in the aftertaste. There is a nice oak taste that I noticed once the beer warmed a bit and it provides a softened backdrop to the bigness of this beer.

M Slight syrupy stickiness but it is moderately thick. Big ABV, big malt make the feel somewhat heavy. There is a nice smoothness to this beer as well that helps to soften any kick of alcohol that you might experience.

D I will drink the bomber (and enjoy it) but I am not sure that I would drink more than that. A bomber will fill almost two pint glasses.

Notes: A big, interesting, delicious beer is a sipper and it really demands your attention. I first had this on tap at Ballantine's in Willoughby. The bottle reveals that it is consistent in both forms. Everyone reading this should try Dragon's Milk. A "crown jewel" beer at New Holland is certainly one that they can be proud of.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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

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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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


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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev -2%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,766 ratings.
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