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:
#3,102
Reviews:
1,573
Ratings:
6,055
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
392
Gots:
2,012
Trade:
45
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,055 |  Reviews: 1,573
Photo of RedAleMan
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Docrock
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Bartos
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Norseman
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 edition

A: poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades to a small collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of whiskey barrel, chocolate and roasted malts
T: Taste is vanilla and caramel from the whiskey barrel with a little coffee and chocolate. Faint roasted malt flavor as well. Swallow is roasted malt, chocolate, a little oxidation and some more barrel.
M: Medium in the mouthfeel with soft carbonation and a dry finish
O: Very approachable and smooth. Flavors play well together but the mouthfeel doesn't really do it for me. Definitely one to try but I'm happy I don't have an entire four pack.

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

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 teromous
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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 HumanParaquat
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 9/8/10

2010 Vintage

Pours a dark cola-brown; settles dark. Brown around the edges. The head is alternately tight foam & loose bubbles; starting off at 1/2 inch, the foam skims out but the bubbles remain. Minimal, spotty lace.

The aroma is rather bold; notes of oak & vanilla abound. Roasted dark malts, bakers chocolate & faint earthy undertones. Some appreciable bourbon heat. The wood notes impart a musty aroma. Nice, straightforward nose.

Dry, roasted dark malts are first to cross the palate, as distinct oak & vanilla flavors manifest on the peripheries. As with the nose, bourbon makes no attempt at disguise. Swaths of chocolate make for a mildly sweet offset. Hints of earthy hops. Maybe a hint of brown sugar & molasses. Very faint burnt notions.

Full bodied, though at times it seems a tad thin; possibly a result of a being cleanly-crafted. Carbonation is low enough it doesn't get in the way. Indeed, this is a rather smooth drinking beer. Finishes with a spot of alcohol heat; vanilla, oak & roastiness linger.

Sure, Dragon's Milk is a sipper, but drinkability is pretty good considering. I've been known to enjoy a bottle from time to time & I'll continue to do so. Though not mind-blowing, it's well-structured, tasty & enjoyable. Worth a shot.

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Photo of meanmutt
2.94/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mpalestino
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Dragon's Milk pours from the bottle a deep dark red tinted black with a sparse, bubbly tan head that falls to a ring around the top. Spotty lacing on the way down...almost no light getting through. Aromas are quite perplexing. I get hints of sweet caramel along with lots of dark fruity tones. There's some oak in the background along with an roasty, toasty aroma. Maybe a hint of licorice and some citrusy hops are thrown in as well. Kind of muddled.

First sip brings some roasty dark malts upfront..slightly sweet with caramel. Infused with a lot of dark fruity, berry flavors and some dry woody tannins as well. A bit of sourness shows up mid palate and is not that pleasant. Finishes with a slight hint of vanilla and citrusy hops and a bit of astringency. An interesting brew...alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is somewhwat light...I was expecting a bit more body. Nice, fast paced carbonation. Seems a bit lacking to me. I'm glad I got to try it but it didn't grab me enough to come back for more.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Chris-1911
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brocktune
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 MacMalt
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into stout glass. It pours a deep, dark brown with a two-finger, light tan head and lacing. The smell is mostly oaky vanilla and bourbon. The flavor follows the nose and is very nice: roasty malt, vanilla, and a lot of bourbon. As the glass warmed, I began to notice some chocolate, as well. There is only a subtle bitterness at the finish. You can really feel the heat of the 10% ABV. While it's undeniably boozy, and definitely a sipper, it's also quite smooth and easy to drink. Overall, I enjoyed it. It is a very good stout, which I would really like to try on draught.

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Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mentor
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from Tiffany's in Kalamazoo, December 2004. Pours dark with a nice 3-finger head. Clear and almost stout dark...perhaps a very dark mohoganey color. I left the small amount of sediment in the bottle.

Smell is gentle and creamy. Some chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Tastes chocolatey and coffee. Vanilla. Oak can be detected, as can an alcohol bite. Some tannin remains on my tongue, playing with the late fine carbonation that persists to form on my tastebuds. Initially, the chocolate is strong, but later sits on the fence between chocolate and hazelnut. The coffee rises later to a nice roasty flavor. The head has settled to a ring around the glass with some lacing stuck to the sides. Mouthfeel is thick. An enjoyable beer. I'll bet 10 years would allow other flavors to rise up to compete with the (presently) overbearing chocolate and coffee. I'll seek out another 4-pack to age, but not for consumption now.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev -1%

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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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 6,055 ratings