Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk
BA SCORE
4.03/5
5,813 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
Ranking:
#2,948
Reviews:
1,521
Ratings:
5,813
pDev:
12.9%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
362
Gots:
1,854
Trade:
44
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 5,813 |  Reviews: 1,521
Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet with tan ring. 4
Straight bourbon. 3.75
Milk chocolate truffles, woody whiskey hit, Fig Newtons, boozy blast and a clean end. 4
Ashy linger.
Super creamy, round, medium going into heavy. 4.25

Milk chocolate! All the cream with boozy barrel cuts. Too hard, though. Not quite a classic. 4.25

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Photo of Imperialjake
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpmsu2003
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cprigmore
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Was surprised at how smooth and clean my palate feels after a stout. Really enjoy this beer and will definitely buy again!

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Photo of KMillard
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not overwhelming and nicely balanced, not too much sweet (though it is predominant), not too bitter or too much alcohol. Rare balance for an imperial stout. Not an everyday or even week beer, but I'd come back to it for the wealth of flavors on the palate.

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Photo of deonreds
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timbrelaine
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stu_Ayers
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TGS
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metacog42
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bravada
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bier82
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crawmcgraw
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ale_addin
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wjbent
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aclockworkchris
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of UnderwhelmingAlcoholic
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Handsomerandy
2.92/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of kricks77
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zbooks
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeverSettle
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mwilbur
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a super dark brown with 1/2 inch dark mocha head with good retention. Mild lacing around the edges.
S: Sweet, thick bourbon, smooth dark chocolate, leather, sweet tobacco, vanilla, and hints of molasses, anise, and coffee. Wow!
T: Smooth dark chocolate hits first, quickly followed by the thick sweet bourbon note. Leather, mildly charred wood, sweet tobacco, and vanilla. Very, very nice.
M: Medium heavy body. Velvety and coating feel. Darkly sweet with mild (surprised it's not more at 11%) alcohol burn. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate.
D: A super solid brew...delivers on all fronts and perfectly balanced. Wonderfully crafted!

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Photo of Eddieeight
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know why this beer gets so many unfavorable reviews. It's delicious and way better than other bourbon beers I've had. Maybe my palate isn't well developed enough yet, who knows. I think it's great.
Looks deep dark brown.
Smells of bourbon and vanilla.
Tastes full on like bourbon barrels and vanilla. I'm also getting some raisin and chocolatey tastes. Sweet going down. Alcohol stays in the back of the throat for a while.
Mouthfeel is medium juicy and thirst quenching.
Overall I love this beer and at 11% I'll drink it all night long!!!

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Photo of DragonsMilk
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: poured light brown, dark brown in the glass, no head, some ruby around the outside when held to light.

smell: raisin, sweet

Taste: Wow! Raisin, plum, oak, light chocolate, hints of vanilla and roastyness on the finish. There's no outright bourbon taste or smell that I can detect. Its contributing silently in the background.

Feel: medium, not what a seasoned beer geek would expect in a stout ...but then again Guinness is the most recognized "Stout" in the World and its watery compared to this so there's that. Slight soapiness, carbonation brings a light creaminess.

Overall: This was the first craft beer I both enjoyed and loved so I am biased but not blind. I notice huge inconsistencies with this beer, at times its an A+ and other times its a B- but this bottle hits the mark with bold flavors and complexity! (Which is why I chose to review it) Seems more of a Barley wine/Stout Hybrid than a Stout alone but whatever it is it's definitely Imperial. This particular bottle is so good it reminds me of a light version of Bourbon County Barley Wine.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5,813 ratings
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