Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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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:
#2,976
Reviews:
1,562
Ratings:
6,010
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
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391
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1,987
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Ratings: 6,010 |  Reviews: 1,562
Photo of BeerSox
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

Opaque black with a thin light tan head that slowly settles to a thin bubbly rim.

Very faint roasty aromas with a little bit of brown sugar.

Mildly roasty grains, sort of like a mild porter with stronger alcohol. Not much else to the beer. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is the lingering slightly bitter malts.

This one sits in a category of its own. It's not quite like a porter but it draws similarities. It's a well rounded beer and very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Freshly tapped keg at Wino's Depot...

The barrel rolling off of this stuff is intense to say the least... Very little malt or chocolate aromas to speak of. This one showcases the oak in a mighty way, almost overpoweringly so... Very earthy and dank...

I guess it's my imagination but I almost get a bourbon like sweetness to this? It has to be the oak imparting that earthy woodiness to the beer... Roasted malts attempt to peek through here and there but this is a wood-fest...

This one was ok but a little too one dimensional for my tastes... The oak was overpowering and didn't do this beer any favors...

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Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OKCNittany
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of timmy2b
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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 MikeWard
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of peabody
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out really dark with a finger of off white to brown suds leaving little lacing.
Smell is chocolate and malt mixed with some fruit like plum.
Taste is dark chocolate to coffee with raisin that quickly leaves the mouth.In fact, every flavor leaves all at once with nothing remaining, not even the alcohol you would expect to be there.
Mouthfeel is a bit dissapointing because of the flavor leaving the palate all at once.
Still, a very clean and nice beer. Quaffable for sure because of the
flavor leaving thing.

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Photo of Shawner
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of garuda
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of GJ40
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Peace Street Market.

Black in color with some light coming through. A small tan head. Aroma is molasses, oak and alcohol. The oak is a bit much for me. The flavors follows with oak dominating the experience. It's just too much for me. Some oak to augment the other flavors would be nice but here it just overshadows them. The mouthfeel is creamy and the carbonation is low.

Too much oak for me. I tried to separate that out in this review but it clearly influences it.

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Photo of bum732
2.53/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

S: Prominent bourbon, raisin dark bread, touch of vanilla, some chocolate as it warms.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head that dissipates. Ok lacing.

T: Rich breadiness up front with a bourbon undercurrent. Medium low bitterness leads to a very sweet bourbon and vanilla taste. Finishes with even more bourbon and alcohol prickleness, bleh.

M: Medium low body for style, medium low carbonation.

Compared to other -bal stouts, this is a pretty piss poor effort, mouthfeel is quite thin bodied.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -25.7%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Rekrule
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Gambyt20
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Coronaeus
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11% ABV according to the bottle.

Pours a cola black color with lots of cherry glints. The tiny head dissipates quickly. Roasty black malts, vanilla, booze, and cocoa in the nose. The taste is on the sweeter side with chocolate and starbucks ice cream type coffee mixing with oak, dried fruit and a rye whiskey booziness. The mouthfeel is light for the style with a low carbonation and some cloying from the lactic sweetness. The sweetish, boozy finish lasts a while.

An OK imperial stout, but too sweet and boozy.

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Photo of EMV
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. 2015 iteration.

L: Pours a dark, dark, brown... nearly black with a finger of tannish head. Mild lacing.

S: Bourbon and vanilla... roasted coffee and booze.

T/F: Dark roasted malts... a bit of char and oak, vanilla, figs, espresso, and of course bourbon. Boozy and smooth. Lower carbonation... still a bit tingly on the tongue. Warming with a dry finish.

O: A very fine bourbon barrel stout and just what I look for in the style. Looking forward to vertically tasting this after it has a chance to cellar for a year or two.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 6,010 ratings