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Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by beernut7 on 08-12-2002

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Photo of FarmHouseJam
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, possible red coming through when held up to very bright light. Sort of a light body, with alot of carbonation and alcohol coming through. Mild head light brown to white color. Not much on the oak flavor, age would probably help round out the flavor of this brew for me at least.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark black, slight coppery red hue against the light, little to no head poured down center (poured into my Corsendonk glass), caramel colored froth on top. Give it a nice swirl and the color really builds on top, and the aroma is born.

S- Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, smoked char, nice sweetness...very nice. Slight baked strudel, fruit/raisin...

T- Very complex/balanced and deep, roasted, butter scotch, roasted coffee, figs, slight buttery note, clean and medium dry. Can't quite place a nice sweet note, could be vanilla, but just can't determine the scent or taste...specifically...not sure why I'm stumped on that, can usually figure it out...hmmm, it is good whatever it is. (FYI sorry for the ramble) I may be picking up the vanilla through the bourbon note, and from the oak...

M- Smooth, light carbonation, creamy, slight bitter note on back of tongue. Soft and mellow, delicious.

D- I went through a 22 oz bomber over about 2 hours, took my time with it, let it linger, allowed it come up to room temp, started at cellar around 48deg...very nice, but the complexity really shines at about 60deg. Really nice beer.

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Photo of jcompton
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours an extremely deep brown with a small amount of head and light lacing

smell: vanilla and caramel

taste: the oak adds an immediate vanilla bite. finishes with a sweet maltiness and a small amount of alcohol warmth.

mouthfeel: medium body and small carbonation

drinkability: this is a pretty decent brew. i know by the time i get finished with the bomber i will be tired of this brew.

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Photo of bort11
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into my Boulevard Smokestack goblet. Thin creamy light tan head, quickly recedes and leaves a thin film on the surface. Color is black with a reddish tint.

Smell is warm and full of vanilla. A little bit of alcohol, just a tad bit harsh but not overwhelming. Oak is predominant in the flavor, then some caramel malt. Alcohol builds some warmth and spice.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, but then dry. Medium body. Maybe aging would mellow out some of the out of control characteristics. I would be willing to wait and see.

Blipped "Beast and Dragon, Adored" by Spoon

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

Poured into a La Fin du Monde Tulip

A - very dark, with a slight hint of red at the bottom of the glass, about a finger's worth of tan head, that already after a few sips has started leaving great head

S - roasted malts, raisins, some fruit, maybe cherry

T - noticeable vanilla at the front, following into a slightly alcohol infused toffee at the end, oak character adds a nice background

M - silky smooth, reminds me of Ten Fidy, good carbonation

D - will enjoy every sip of this, need to get another one and cellar, must sip or you might miss out on everything this beer has

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Photo of endincolorado
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very dark brown with faint ruby highlights as it's held up to the light. Nice tan head and good lace. Decent head-retention.

Smell- Nutty, vanilla, and oak aromas. Tingly alcohol. Rich roasty malt hides pretty much all hop-presence.

Taste- Pretty rich malt character, some coffee, vanilla, definite oakiness, hazelnut, toffee and some evident alcohol. Fairly dry-sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel, sticks to the palate. Little carbonation, which actually works well with this brew.

Drinkability- Drinks almost like a hazelnut, iced coffee. Great flavors, but definite marks off on drinkability for the alcohol (content and flavor).

This will not be my last Dragon's Milk.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A-Deep brown nearly black with a 1 finger head and good retention

S-Vinilla and carmel malt mostly in the nose, notes of alcohol as well

T-The oak really comes out in the front and middle, very creamy and sweet malt. Vinilla notes and a pretty blanaced flavor. A tad to sweet.

M-Creamy and very smooth lacking a bit in carbonation may have hurt the balance a bit

D-Not something I would want all the time but im glad we can get it here in 750's now

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber, looks to be pretty darn dark, if not totally black, with a bubbly tan head, about half a finger. Head dissipates quickly, almost no lacing.

Smell's rich: I get caramel, dark Christmas-y fruits (raisin, a little fig, a little black cherry), oak booze smell. None of the coffee or chocolate stuff so prevalent in stouts (which I guess is because it's not a stout, but look at this thing & try not to expect those smells).

Flavor's very similar to the smell, with little bitterness. The alcohol picks up momentum, & the wood-y flavors are emphasized a little more. Others have said the barrel flavor is overpowering, whereas I find this to be one of the more tempered & even barrel-aged beers I've had. I love the intense bourbon barrel of others, but this is very well-integrated.

Mouthfeel's on the creamy side, with a tingle from the slightly high ABV. This one does not hide its alcohol.

I found one easy enough to drink, but don't know if I need to go back for a second. I've had it on tap before (didn't review it though), & would be more apt to have a second or third of a draft.

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Photo of naterock
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass. deep reddish brown with a thick white head.

smell is rich vanilla with an oakey nose. caramel malt is lingering in the background.

taste is rich caramel malts with a chocolatey body. Vanilla undertones and an oakey nuance.

mouth is viscous and rich. Drinkability is fairly low because this one is surely a sipper. Flavors actually develop more when it warms to near room temp.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Appears to be black until you hold it to the light, when it reveals a dark brown color with a slight reddish hue. Minor tan colored head. Fine carbonation.

S: Wonderful, joyous sultry oak scents. Alcohol layered upon alcohol (ie. the scent of the bourbon or whatever used to be in the oak barrels + the scent of the 9% ABV in this beer). Sweet caramel and vanilla malt tones.

T: Toasted oats, caramel, coffee, vanilla and oak. My buddy insists it's "vanilla coke + oak flavored beer" which I can't really rationalize, but I suppose maybe some kola nut taste could be hidden in there.

M: Good, thick body with moderate carbonation. I could swirl it, sip it or gulp it and the texture works for any of the above.

D: See above note on swirling, sipping or gulping. Mmmgood.

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Photo of Spidey13
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

New Holland Dragon's Milk pours a beautiful black with just a bit of garnet showing when held to the light. A fluffy ivory head sits on top.

The aroma is nice and roasty with notes of vanilla and oak coming through. Some dark fruit and Tootsie Roll is in there, too.

The flavor is sweet and chocolatey with some vanilla and just a bit of alcohol warmth. The bourbon barrel flavor is there, also. The flavors are a bit subdued but yummy.

The mouthfeel is thinner than expected but a bit creamy, which is nice. The carbonation is low.

Overall, I really liked this beer. It's possibly the most drinkable imperial stout I've had. The flavors are nice and complex without hitting you over the head like a sledgehammer. I drank this bomber way too fast.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown, the closest shade to black. Mocha colored head. Not much retention, decent lacing.

Aroma is mostly of oak, vanilla, and chocolate. Roasted malts and caramel in there, too.

Taste follows the nose. Oak and vanilla are big in this one. Caramel hits first. Light chocolate. Roasted malts come in towards the end.

Creamy feel, although probably a bit lighter than it should be. Lasting finish. Moderate carbonation. The alcohol isn't very noticeable. Easy drinker.

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Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is toasted with milk, vanilla, wood, chocolate, and molasses. The appearance is dark brown with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma but is rather weak. The palate is rather thin. Overall it's too washed out for my liking but still quite drinkable.

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Photo of Thanby
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby color, creamy tan head, leaves some lacing. Smells of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and has a creamy quality. The taste is smooth and creamy, the roasted malt dominating the flavor, a little bitter (can't tell if that's hops or not), the caramel and chocolate surface slowly and there's a slightly spicy lingering finish. Definitely a delicious brew, fits the name well. Very easy to drink and the high ABV is fairly hidden. Great balance and body, and just delicious. This is the favorite of everyone at a beer bar near me called Chappy's, and it's obvious why.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle I picked up at From the Vine in Dublin, OH last year on my way to DLD. Into my Duvel tulip

A: Reddish brown with ruby highlights and rather exceptional clarity. There a thick mocha-colored head that recedes to a disk, leaving a rather patchy network of lace. Good looking beer, this!

S: Rich caramel malts are noticeable with some dark fruit (prunes). Oak is prominent with a lot of wood and vanilla. Just the wee bit harsh, with some alcohol creeping in as it warms up

T: Opens up with a combination of caramel and oak with some vanilla and some pleasant oxidation. The mid-palate is not existent and this beer could really use something there. A little alcohol and some tannins appear on the finish and provides the bite needed to keep the sweetness in check.

M: Surprisingly thin, this could have used a little more heft. Carbonation in the bottle is a bit much. The finish is mildly tannic and enjoyable

D: I'm going to enjoy the rest of the bottle, not sure how often I'll buy this, though.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no dating information and a listed ABV of 8.5%

A- A very dark brown body with ruby hints around the edges. small bubbles of carbonation can be seen rushing to the top of the glass. small khaki colored crown of a head

S- immediately, i can tell this was aged in wood. lots of oak-y vanilla. some chocolate, caramel, and a bunch of roasted malt notes as well.

T- once again, the barrel aging comes to the forefront. lots of vanilla and oak. a ton of caramel malt, and some chocolate too. roasted malt is also present.

M- medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation. the alcohol is very well hidden.

D- very easy to finish. its nice to have a beer thats barrel aged on the shelves year round. this is something i wish i would have discovered sooner. cant see myself finishing more than one in a sitting, but its something ill try again sometime soon. the interesting flavor and well hidden ABV work in this ones favor, big time

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a firkin at UJ's on the Manatawny last weekend.

The beer pours a dark black brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is uncomplicated, but is still very nice, consisting of noticeable bourbon, coffee, chocolate and cherry vanilla. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but in this case the whole is superior to the sum of the parts. Everything blends in together so well, and the flavor profile is enhanced by an incredibly decadent, rich, soft as silk, mouthfeel. This beer is increadily soft and creamy, and has a long finish. The alcohol in this beer is barely noticeable, though one gets a bit of a warming sensation after a while. Nevertheless, delicious as this beer is, it would be entirely too easy to drink quite a few of these at a sitting, something that would probably not be a good idea.

Very impressive.

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

A - This beer poured a dark brown color that produced a fluffy light tan head that had good retention and left a decent lace around the glass

S - This beer had a mix of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla along with a little whiskey burn

T - The taste of this beer was some roasted chocolate malts and some caramel, some good notes of vanilla, some oakey notes, and a good slight kick of bitterness on the finish

M - The mouth on this beer was very creamy, a medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation

D - This quite a good beer, not very sessionable, but I do not think it aims to be. Very flavorful, and a good, warming nature makes this quite a treat

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Photo of Beertracker
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Holland's Dragon's Milk pours up with a lively carbonation which creates a moderate tannish cream colored head that envelopes the slightly murky, reddish-russet brown body. The fruity aroma is an interesting mix of caramelized sugars, malt & bourbon barrel wood. Notes of leather, olives, salted beef & sandalwood with some higher alohols add to the overall complexity. The bold flavor starts off with some ripe fruitiness that give way to an burnt molasses, highly roasted maltiness marked with some bitterness which creates a drier, bittersweet, burnt wood, warming finish. This American Strong/Stock Ale runs a gamut of character, but I found my interest wanning towards pint's end. Definitely worth seeking out, but not worth cellaring. Please don't wake a sleeping dragon. Here's to Dragon's Milk!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one was poured at Smokin' Joes on the Southside - Feb 14th 2009. A dark almost black brew with dark brown highlights and a tan head that quickly dissipated. The smell is light with some oak and vanilla and a slight alcohol. There are dark fruits and some cocoa trying to push through. The taste is very boozy with a dominate vanilla and oak. There is some bourbon and brandy as well as the dark cocoa and a hint of bitter coffee. This one is very creamy and thick. It tastes amazing but is a lot all up front. This one needs to calm down a bit.

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Photo of KeefD
2.28/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

8.5% ABV. Dark brown, ruby edges, small tan head that was gone in less than a minute, very little lacing. I'm not getting much out of the aroma. I'm really hoping it's because it was poured rather cold. I'll give it a few minutes to warm up. OK, starting to warm now, some sweet, light fruity aroma starts to come out, some whiskey-ish alcohol, red grapes, and light chocolate. Flavor is a little strange to me. There's some very light, almost watery chocolate flavor going on, definite oakiness throughout, and a grassy, earthy component in the finish. There's the grape flavor again. What the hell is this? I'm starting to get a stale red wine flavor in the aftertaste. Ugh, this thing finished bad. It's very light bodied for the color. Maybe I just don't like it because it's dark and expect it to drink like a stout or a porter. It tastes more like a doppelback fermented with ale yeast and aged in oak. The taste and aroma does improve slightly as it reaches room temperature. Not my thing, but hey, I'll finish it anyway.

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Photo of treyrab
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nittanybeerfan for bringing this out last night. I have heard a lot about this one and am glad I finally got to try it. Poured into two tulip glasses.

This is an interesting style of beer. It is not big enough for a RIS, yet too big for a Porter. Strong Ale, eh I suppose.

A: Pours a dark brown, but by no means black. Noticeable edges of brown and maroon show when held to the light. Pours with a one finger, fluffy khaki head that fizzles out into a thin ring of foam.

S: The smell is rather light, but has great complexity nonetheless. The bourbon comes to the forefront and is accompanied by some nice cocoa nibs. Other noticeable aromas are chocolate, molasses, and sweet caramel.

T: Just fantastic. The bourbon comes right to the front and shows its presence. The bourbon is light though, which I like, it is not overpowering. This allows the sweet caramel, chocolate, and slightly bitter roast to come through on the finish. Overall, the taste is on the lighter side, but the complexity does not lack.

Overall, this was a great bourbon beer. I would have preferred it to be a little richer, but because it was light, I finished my glass in no time.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer on tap, and a bottled version. The bottle was nowhere near as good as the tap version, while this is true of many beers it is very apparent with this beer. A lot of the complex aromas and flavors were lost when bottled. But the aroma was very sweet with a definitive brandy flavor. The taste was sweet and had a definite alcohol warming. The color was black. I loved the spicy flavors from the hops. There were definite sweet estery notes as well. This is a great beer, but on tap, this is a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of schellsbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since my buddy lives in Holland Michigan, I should take his word for it and give these guys a try.

Hew Holland doesn't dissapoint. I have had "The Poet" and the "Mad Hatter" which were both very good but this one is by far better than either one of those beers.

A - Brown to Dark Brown in color. Some light does come through but not much. As far as any head....not much. Nice coloring.

S - Good. Some roasted malts and carmel notes come through. I really like the barrel smell. Very nice but not overpowering. Woody. Earthy. Good.

T - Excellent. Reminds me of a thicker version of Rocky's Revenge. Definite chocolate malt carmel and oak barrel come through. No alcohol at all which is nice for an 8.5% beer. Some carination but not too much. I want to be drinking with a good stake sitting around a camp fire in Northern Minnesota.

M - For such a lighter beer compared to most thick stouts, this Strong Dark Ale is very very creamy. Coats the mouth and tongue. Nice. Very high marks for mouthfeel.

D - You will all die when you hear how much I paid for this 22 oz bomber...$3.99. A new liqior store in town and they have some of their bottles and beers marked WAY to low. In every other store in town, it is at least double this. Excellent find and excellent beer to have on this windy Minnesota Winter day.

Overall, I will for sure pick up more of this in the very near future.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 27 Oct 2008.

Used my 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter for this. Samll foamy beige head. Medium carbonation. Very dark brown color, not quite opaque. Smells of coffee, licorice, dark chocolate, mushrooms. Starts sweet and roasty. Almost like cold hot chocolate. Good roastiness and chocolate throughout. On the sweet side. Oak not really noticeable. Alcohol well hidden, seems light. Hint of vanilla in the finish. Medium body. Smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Overall very nice.

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