Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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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

Added by beernut7 on 08-12-2002

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L (4) – This beer is DARK.

S (4.25) – You get a little bit of the bourbon smell. Not a lot, but you can tell it’s there.

T (4.25) – This beer is solid. It has the bourbon taste, but not too much. I’ve never had any of their other stuff, so I don’t know how to compare. It is not quite BCBS, but an acceptable alternative.

F (4) – It isn’t as thick as BCBS, but it is pleasantly think. About the right level of carb, and not a whole lot of alcohol burn. It’s nice.

O (4) – Overall I was wanting to see how it compared to BCBS. It’s not quite there, but if you couldn’t find BCBS and had this, you’d be happy. I had this at the end of the night, but I tried not to let that cloud the score.

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Photo of cosmo4u
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it looks like a stout or porter, a very dark beer with ruby highlights. Think amber head, that stucks around for a long time, resulting in some serious lacing. The foam from the lacing was almost pasted the side of my glass

this smells good! Strong aroma of Oak, Vanilla, Coconut, and also some chocolate under it all. Really an amazing complex aroma coming from this beer.
For a 9%abv beer this is amazingly smooth and lush. This was like chocolate milk spiked with bourbon. Strong oak and vanilla flavors add to the intensity of the chocolate and bourbon. the coconut didn't really come through in the flavor.

Loved this beer. I thought it was well crafted, well balanced with out being namby-pamby about the bourbon or the oak, but still keeping them in check. I highly recommend going out and trying this beer

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

22 ounce poured into a pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields a huge tan head that quickly subsided into a thin layer. Minimal lace. Almost black.

S - Toasted malt & Oak.

T - Slightly sweet upfront

M - Thick, mouthcoating. Lightly carbonated.

D - The alcohol is hidden on this one.

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

Pours a stunning solid black that could deflect laser beams. The three finger tan head sinks to just a wee rim.

The aroma is bready and sweet with molasses and Snicker bar. In the background I pick up a coffee wiff that reminds me of drinking a black Russian.

The flavor is astounding with all of the above aroma notes mixed with a hint of vanilla and licorice.

The mouthfeel is smooth with little carbonation.

Overall I couldn't be more satisfied.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown color with a very thin tan head. It appears to be thin but that will change your opinion once you drink it.

S - Very sweet toffee flavors with some hints of chocolate and alcohol. Some licorice scents are evident with some dark fruits as well.

T - A lot sweeter than expected. Lots of licorice with toffee and caramel and some chocolate cocoa on the finish.

M - A lot thicker than I expected. The pour just didn't appear that way but when I tried it, it felt like a bubble of thick sweetness resting on my tongue.

D - An interesting balance of flavor with a lot of sweetness. Too sweet to drink a lot of in my opinion but a solid tasting beer.

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Photo of slym
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is another amazing stout... I can smell bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla on the pour. Nice finger-thick head that slowly dissipates to a nice thick disk of foam, with great lacing around the glass. Taste has all of the above plus all the malt you can stand, plus a little hops in the backbone. The alcohol is noticeable on the finish. Overall, this is a good sipper for a night!

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one was poured at Smokin' Joes on the Southside - Feb 14th 2009. A dark almost black brew with dark brown highlights and a tan head that quickly dissipated. The smell is light with some oak and vanilla and a slight alcohol. There are dark fruits and some cocoa trying to push through. The taste is very boozy with a dominate vanilla and oak. There is some bourbon and brandy as well as the dark cocoa and a hint of bitter coffee. This one is very creamy and thick. It tastes amazing but is a lot all up front. This one needs to calm down a bit.

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Photo of semibaked
2.34/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with just a little light shining through with no head and looks like it is flat.

S - Big oak smell right up front, some booze, coffee, and maybe a little black olive juice.

T - A lot of Oak and Bourbon flavors and pretty much overpower anything else in the beer.

M - Oily and thin bodied.

D - Wow does this suck, I think they just said "hey will put this in Oak barrels and it will be good because everyone else is doing it". The Oak and bourbon are way overpowering, just bad brewing in my opinion.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black with blood red hues when swirled in the glass. Tall tan head that lasts, dissipating to a thin covering that leaves patches of lacing behind.

N- Soft milk chocolate with vanilla and a touch of roast. Light earthiness and pleasant phenols from the oak.

T- Rich dark chocolate with vanilla undertones. Oak is about equal in intensity with the chocolate, adding to the complexity. Nice woody phenols from the oak. Mild grassy hop presence and a subtle underlying roast balance the sweetness nicely. Semi-sweet cocoa powder and lingering oak in the finish. Delicious.

M- This beer is the definition of chewy. Full-bodied and thick without being sticky. Seems like the body was artificially beefed up somehow (lactose?). Creamy, yet slightly chalky on the finish, which gives the chocolate more of a cocoa powder character. On the low side of moderate carbonation, with a semi-sweet finish.

D- Overall, definitely an enjoyable beer. I like the balanced use of oak. The base beer really shines through with lots of rich chocolatey goodness.

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Photo of decadance
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This is a stout right? Thick black, about a half an inch of head which dissipates quickly.

S - Definately caramel and toffee. Lotsa sweet...I am worried.

T - I am shocked its not as sweet as expected. Seems like dark chocolate cuts the sweet a bit. Kinda nice, though not a fave.

M - Wonderfully creamy, but coats the mouth a bit much.

D - Yeah, this is just a one. I couldn't imagine having another. The sweet is a bit too dominate in the high gravity series.

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Photo of Freethyhops
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split between a friend

A- pours a dark opaque brown almost black color. less than a finger of cream head.

S- smells of sweet malts and oak barrel. a little boozy fruit like aromas in there as well.

T- a nice mix of chocolate and oak vanilla. a good bit of the boozy fruits come through. a lot like a strong belgian. not the hoppiest of American strong ales. definitely more on the sweet side.

M/D- a nice silky mouthfeel. creamy with subtle carbonation. despite the nice feel. the booziness makes this one a bit of a sipper.

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

22 oz. screen printed bottle served in a snifter. Dragon's Milk appears courtesy of deejaydan (SS '05).

Beer is opaque black with hints of red and a sticky tan head with aggressive lacing.

Take a whiff, get a nose full of woody alcohol. Smells like whiskey but tempered with something sweet like vanilla.

Tastes like cool whip. Vanilla extract or french vanilla ice cream come to mind. Quite sweet and creamy.

Smooth and silky on the tongue, this beer carries a pleasant warming alcohol note down the hatch.

A good natured ale with plenty of punch and lots of rich vanilla flavor.

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Photo of MaineBrewing
4.66/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a thick black motor oil consistency with a slight light tan head that wasn't long for this world. Spotty lacing was a welcome surprise for such a high gravity beer.

S - ridiculous amount if intensity to the aroma. I just drank/reviewed a sebago slick nick and struggled to put words to what I was smelling on the nose, this on the other hand is very distinct. Smells like a delicious roasty sweet RIS dripping over a slab of oak that has been aging whiskey for a decade. On top of that someone drizzled some chocolate and chucked on a few vanilla beans for good measure.

T - taste matches the nose, but much more smooth. All the flavors of black malt, roastedness, chocolate, vanilla, and whiskey meld into one sweet smooth amalgam of deliciousness. I've let this age for only half a year and am surprised at how well the flavors have come together, the alcohol is not even present.

M - thick syrupy under carbed, sweet. Nothing u wouldn't expect for the style.

O - this beer is great, no distro in maine yet for this brewery and it's sad. Very smooth and well balanced for a BBA stout and the lack of any alcohol aroma or taste is welcomed. Very refined, would certainly grab this again if I come across it.

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Photo of Talisker
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased and poured on 12-25-08 (priced at $7.39, so it had better be good!). No vintage or other freshness marking on bottle, but I'm assuming it's the "2008" version.

Generally "porter-y" - has some chalk in the texture, reminds me of powdered milk. Slightly burnt flavor, more dry than sweet overall. Nice vanilla roast on the nose, but a noticeable alcohol burn at the back of the throat brings this one down for me.

Hard to pin down as a style. I'm happy I tried it. Not a bad beer, but not one I'll rush to track down again.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a really fizzy head that moves on far to quick. Surprising for a imperial stout.

Smell - right away I get a ton of cocoa. Some vanilla and some oak.

Taste - starts off lots of chocolate. Some oak in the middle and finally it finishes with a little more oak and this slight metallic taste everyone has been talking about with this one. Although it's not overwhelming it still is present.

Mouthfeel - it's got that carbonation I was talking about. The alcohol is present in the backend.

Overall - the metallic taste kinda set this one back for me. It's good thought.

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Photo of stooge
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage, aged approximately one year in refrigeration.

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance- Dark brown, slightly opaque, with a very little head; laces well, with low carbonation.

Aroma- Not overly aromatic, subtle scents of vanilla, roasted malt, and oak present.

Taste- Slightly sweet with toffee, caramel and chocolate on the front end, followed by a nice vanilla and boozy oak finish. Hints of oak and bittersweet chocolate linger.

Mouthfeel- Very nicely balanced, perfect mouthfeel for the style.

Overall- Very enjoyable, perhaps not on the level of some of the more hyped barrel aged selections that are released in limited quantities, but well balanced and available year around. Dragon's Milk has become a staple in my beer fridge due to it's consistency and availability. Highly recommended!

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark black, slight coppery red hue against the light, little to no head poured down center (poured into my Corsendonk glass), caramel colored froth on top. Give it a nice swirl and the color really builds on top, and the aroma is born.

S- Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, smoked char, nice sweetness...very nice. Slight baked strudel, fruit/raisin...

T- Very complex/balanced and deep, roasted, butter scotch, roasted coffee, figs, slight buttery note, clean and medium dry. Can't quite place a nice sweet note, could be vanilla, but just can't determine the scent or taste...specifically...not sure why I'm stumped on that, can usually figure it out...hmmm, it is good whatever it is. (FYI sorry for the ramble) I may be picking up the vanilla through the bourbon note, and from the oak...

M- Smooth, light carbonation, creamy, slight bitter note on back of tongue. Soft and mellow, delicious.

D- I went through a 22 oz bomber over about 2 hours, took my time with it, let it linger, allowed it come up to room temp, started at cellar around 48deg...very nice, but the complexity really shines at about 60deg. Really nice beer.

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Photo of KBomb
3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dragon's Milk has some admirable color to it: dark ruby brown that almost looks like a syrah. It clings to the glass a little bit. Smell has a hint of cocoa, a little coffee, and roasted malts. Moderate strength ale flavor runs through and through, fine sweetness complimented by a little bit of plumb in the background. Lacking the bourbon flavors one wants in a barrel aged stout. I detect something a little "off" though. There is a bit of astringency that doesn't go well with the oak flavor. Not very heavy considering the style, but not all that palatable.

A high bar has been set for barrel aged imperial stouts. Dragon's Milk just does not live up.

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Photo of Beerguy1969
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth wint just a hint of bourbon from the barrel. The 11% can be felt by the end of the bottle but not by much. Definitely one of my favorites so far. A good beer to take the place at #50 craft beer tasted.

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Photo of hellbilly
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the first bottle i had of this was terribly infected and very sour. this, on the other hand is incredible. it reminds me of an imperial porter... but not.

pours a very dark burgundy brown. the head is tan but minimal and manages to leave some spotty lace on the glass in it's short time on this planet. vaya con dios, my friend!

aromas of vanilla cream, coffee, roasty grains, chocolate and brown sugar fill my nose. as it hits nearly room temperature, the bourbon-y/spicy/woody characters really start to come in to play.

the flavor is much like the aroma... lots of roast/malt powdery goodness, coffee, milky chocolate, caramel, vanilla and faint barrel/earthy notes with a spicy kick on the finish. coffee really hangs on in the aftertaste as the belly gets nice and warm from the booze. extremely 'well' bodied but seemingly light for how much flavor it packs in. it's not sticky as it has a pleasant acidity and spiciness to cut through the richness...

i must have been drinking a lot of craptacular beer lately because i actually had to stop what i was doing to enjoy this...


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

Wow! This is a great beer. At first I thought it was a little to boozy, but after settling in on the bottle it was a nice warmth and flavor on the palate. I would put this Imperial stout at #3 on my list of best aged stouts.

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Photo of wschmit
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nearly flat. A very slight ring of very fine carbonation around the top, and a few stray bubbles coming up through the otherwise dark brown body. Nearly opaque, but not quite.

S: Booze, chocolate, and raisins. A fair oak/vanilla presence. Pretty nice nose, frankly. Better than I remember, but it's been a while. Almost smells like rum balls or something. No hops.

T: This might be a bit too cold for all the flavors to come through--my fault entirely. However, it's perfectly good. It's not as boozy as it smells, nor as sweet--both pluses, in my book. Noticeable but not overwhelming malt character. Finishes with a bit of bitter malt and round, robust chocolate flavor. Not too sweet, not too dry, well balanced in that respect. The woody oak lingers, too, after resting a minute.

M: The consistency is nice and thick, but it's totally flat, and not in a good, cask-beer way. However, it coats the mouth for a nice, long taste that suits barrel-aged complexity.

D: Fairly high. It's not overwhelming with weird flavors, but enough complexity to ponder. A reasonably priced, well executed, barrel aged beer--hard to ask for more. It's no BCS or Dark Lord, but it's not terribly expensive and readily available.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black, little head.

Smells of chocolate covered dark cherries, rum, raisin, little bit boozy.

Tastes very raisin forward to me. A little sickly sweet taste going on. Some prune flavor. Lots of milk chocolate.

Mouth feel is big, thick, a little oily.

Overall, not a bad BA Stout. A little sweet for my tastes though.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the Oak Aged Dragon's Milk into a pint glass.

A - The black ale has a finger of mocha head.

S - The aroma of this one smells of roasted malts, chocolate and some booziness on the back end.

T - Wow, this beer is very smooth and has much more roasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate goodness than the smell. There is some booziness on the back end, but not overpowering at all.

M - This beer is very smooth, and for a barrel aged beer this is very nice. I would say a medium body leaning towards a heavy, but nothing like a Russian Imperial.

O - Again, very impressive, smooth barrel aged beer. I highly recommend this one. Cheers!

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Photo of weaselface89
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- black on first look, with a reddish tint through direct light. tan head that is maybe a finger and a half but quickly disappears. quite active carbonation.
S- chocolate covered cherry. also bourbon is present in the nose. roasted malts also
T- sweet roasty desert type beer. oak taste, and raisin. chocolate and vanilla are both apparent to my taste. quite nice and complex. cant forget the bourbon flavor.
F- nice and full boded with more carbonation than I expected, but not too much
O-when I popped the cap off this one I could hear a crackling that im not familiar with. found that interesting. probably my number one pick bourbon barrel aged stout.

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