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 brewcrew76
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown/black with ruby highlights and a very small tan head.

S - Bourbon, oak and a lot of vanilla. Some roasted malt. Slight hint of sourness but not as much as fresher bottles I have had (this one is about 6 months old I believe).

T - Bourbon, hints of charred oak and a lot of vanilla. Slight chocolate and roasted malt is hidden behind the vanilla. Slightly sour but again not as much as the fresher bottles.

M - Thin to moderate and really creamy. This one glides down your throat very smooth.

D - This one went straight from Sam's fridge to my fridge. The earlier bottles I have had of this had more of a sour presence that has been replaced by a bourbon/vanilla/oaky char. One of the better balanced bourbon beers I have had (coming from a big bourbon fan). I am definitely going to look for more of this year’s release.

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Photo of mattycasey
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davit
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of frasergrove
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IntriqKen
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you jpm30. Wonderful
A very dark mahogany with a half finger off white head that melts quickly to a faint ring of sticky lacing.
Aromas are very, VERY woody. Oak, vanilla, and back to oak.
Sweet amber malts are immediately overcome by the presence of oak woodiness. I have never had any brew reflect the presence of the barrel as much as this one. Slight vanilla undertones and then a definite citrus hop bitterness on the end.
Mouthfeel is tiny carbonation smoothness.
Aftertaste seems to be almost non-existent. All of the predominate flavors clean themselves from the palette quickly.
The woods make this one unlike any other brew I've tried.

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Photo of PG2G
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of emottram
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mick303
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had on tap, and gave a 4. This review is from the bottle, from the LCBO, aged a further few months. Dark brown colour, fairly light for the style, with nice lacing and retention.

S - notes of oak, bourbon, coffee malts, alcohol heat (rubbing alcohol).

T - better, smoother notes of chocolate, vanilla, oak barrels, smooth bourbon, mild roastiness with a nice malty character and earthy hoppiness, fairly assertive, some citrus character.

M - nice body, malty with some bourbon like spiritious character. Fairly creamy with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a bit thin for the style, a bit too alcoholic with not enough dextrins left in the body to balance it out. Flavour was decent with a lot of bourbon barrel, not much else, some moderate hops, so it makes for an overall tasty but somewhat bland stout. Certainly not a world-beater.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Green's in Greenville, South Carolina, as it is not available in Georgia, Dragon's Milk poured out dark brown, and formed a khaki colored head. The smell was a nice mixture of herbal hops and sweet chocolate and toffee. The taste was an extension of the smell with sweet malts being showcased with a backing of hops. The beer was carbonated nicely, and gave a creamy textured feel in the mouth. The finish was quite sweet and would have benefited a bit from more alcoholic strength. Very easy to drink, and quite flavorful, I definately see myself picking up more of this when it becomes more readily available.

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Photo of BigTrubble
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GOBLIN
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin brown head on top of near pitch black liquid. Head fades to just a thin ring around the glass and leaves only scattered lacing.

S - Roasted grain, chocoalte and alot of wood. The wood aromas come through more as the beer warms. Hints of vanilla as well.

T - Roasted grains and hints of vanilla and oak. Simi-sweet chocolate. The wood really begins to dominate the taste as the beer warms. Light alcohol burn with hints of paint thinner that really is not the most pleasant taste.

M/D - Full bodied with light carbonation. The somewhat unpleasant alcohol burn brings the drinkability down a notch but it is still an enjoyable beer for the most part.

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GeoffreyM
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JKV96
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WesM63
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jtladner
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark beer, but not as dark as expected for a stout, definitely not opaque. I would compare it in color to a Belgian strong dark ale. The aroma and taste are almost completely dominated by oak and bourbon. Any roasted flavor was almost completely hidden. It was an enjoyable beer, and I would recommend giving it a try. However, I would not have known it was a stout if it hadn't been written on the menu, and since I was expecting a stout, I was a little disappointed.

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Photo of ALC82
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KJ2013
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of granger10
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out as if a black hole but it is transparent when put directly to a light. The head is weak and really light in color compared to the darkness of this beer. Lots of lacing on the glass. The smell is of something burnt and chocolate. The taste is extremely unusual. Really creamy, really milky, really sweet (chocolate/coffee). Burnt coffee beans come into the picture the more I drink it. An earthiness arises (maybe the hops?) Not bitter at all, nor is the yeast flavor noticed, nor even the alcohol. Really woody in an aggressive way. This is definitely a beer that needs to be tried because of it's unusualness.

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

22oz bottle poured into a clear plastic cup

Appearance : dark chocolate black in color. Honey carmel brown head fromed after a less than aggressive pour. Sticky lacing clings to my cup

Smell : alcohol dominates the aroma with hints of oak,dark expresso and chocolate

Taste: Definitely does not hide the high alcohol percentage. And then finishes with a smooth sweet bakers chocola. Subtle expresso flavor. Oak is more prevalent as it warms.

Mouthfeel :sticky medium to heavy body brew. Carbonation is on the low end of the spectrum

Overall :I Really enjoyed this brew. I can definitely recommend this beer to someone who has not tried it yet.

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Photo of benloho
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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