Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
5,719 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:
5,719
Reviews:
1,502
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
13.07%
 
 
Wants:
357
Gots:
1,805
For Trade:
43
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of g00ey
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of proffer
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tazzman
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fizzer
2.36/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I had to pour this one out. It tasted like wine with sugar and chocolate added to it to cover any unpleasant tastes. Zero balance to this stuff, just put as much sweet chocolaty type ingredients as possible, and it is just so rich and disgusting after a few sips, I poured it out and won't touch it again. It looks cool though, it is just impossible to drink.

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Photo of hubcitybear
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bdasilva1077
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danasofia
4.89/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 12oz goblet.

Look - Solid appearance, while not neither amazing or particularly unique. Completely opaque black/dark brown, with a beautiful khaki head that fades quickly and holds a medium-sized ring all the way through the glass.

Smell - Really a highlight for this beer. It has bitter and milk chocolate, vanilla, coconut, salted caramel (a particularly singular note), and light bourbon.

Taste - Follows the nose when cold, but shows increased bourbon and milk chocolate as it warms. Slightly more vanilla and nuts as well with warming. Really delicious.

Feel - The feel on this stout is very good, and falls short of excellent just slightly. While it has just enough sticky viscosity to be satisfying and landing close to my preferences, it has a bit too more carbonation than I look for in beers of this kind. At times, the carbonation is a nice addition, particularly in adding detail to the vanilla and coconut and the creaminess of the milk chocolate flavors, but a barrel-aged stout with more bitterness and earthy roasted flavors and a stickier and heavier mouthfeel would advance some of the flavors this beer is working with.

All in all, a really good barrel-aged stout that's available year-round, modestly priced for its style and with more quality than you might expect from that. Well worth a try.

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Photo of iveyjames
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a black colored body that yields a one finger white head that concaves into the body after about a half minute with no carbonation seen rising. Some thick foamy lacing graces the sides of the pint glass. The smell had the bourbon up front with some chocolate in the background. The taste was balanced around the bourbon and chocolate, some slight roastiness comes in as the beer warms. On the palate, it was creamy and close to a medium maybe heavy sort of feel. There is a dry and bitter aftertaste. This isn’t exactly a drinkable beer, probably because of the high ABV. Overall, good for what it is, but there's so many Imperial Stouts out there these days.

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Photo of bmurph8941
2.05/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Rarely do I disagree with the BA score of a beer but I am going to have too in this instance. This beer certainly looks and smells good. Oily black when held to the light and the hints of bourbon mingle well with the coffee and vanilla scents that linger in the background. The taste is where this brew falls flat. It is messy. Where as the nose was subtle and inviting the taste is an unpleasant jumble. The 11% ABV just does not seem to mesh well with the other flavors present. Some mouthfuls end up tasting like straight alcohol, others like straight coffee while occasionally I get just a hint of the balance I think was being sought.

A trusty friend has assured me that I am perfectly crazy for not enjoying this one and maybe my palette does need some adjusting after a steady dose of IPA's thus far this year so digest this review with that in mind. Cheers.

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Photo of mango377
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Iynman
4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of dddyyy1223
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Comander_Shepard
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dd53grif
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A truly unique beer.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nugget40
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OB1Kubota
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very consistent in the bottle with nicely defined flavors. Delicious collection of flavors with zero bitterness or dry. Very drinkable dark beer. Available year round and can be had at a fair price for an 11% ABV brew. Taped is less intense. Bottles age very well. This is my go to, any day beer. Love it.

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Photo of JavierG
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Isarnan
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rmarquardt17
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 5,719 ratings.
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