Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
5,724 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:
5,724
Reviews:
1,505
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
357
Gots:
1,807
For Trade:
43
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,724 |  Reviews: 1,505
Photo of bronxbommers
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

really good stout beer, thats available year-round. taste is on the sweeter side.

81 characters

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau BA glass.

Look is dark opaque black with a thin off white head.

Aroma is a light roasted malt with vanilla bourbon maybe a slight coconut note.

Taste continues that light coconut with vanilla bourbon and a roasted RIS after taste.

 277 characters

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

Photo of briancathy
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DallasK
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JayGatsby
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Dragons Milk 11% ABV New Holland Brewing Company
2016 12 OZ bottle poured into a Glencairn glass.

Look: Very dark brown like coffee with a thin vanilla colored head. Nice lace around the edge of the glass.

Aroma: Bourbon notes come first followed by dark chocolate, subtle roastiness, and vanilla.

Taste: Excellent balance of roast, vanilla, dark fruits, espresso and dark chocolate. There is a bite of carbonation but dies down as the beer warms. Not as much of a burn from the booze as I was expecting considering it's 11% although it does have a warming feel as it slides down into your belly.

Mouth feel: Thin and a little creamy, doesn't lace the mouth like most stouts do.

Overall: I think this is an excellent beer it's definitely up there in my list of favorite stouts. Would definitely recommend trying if you've never had it before, it'll be well worth your time.

-J

 882 characters

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beerguy04
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a finger width tan head. Smells of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is similar. Definitely taste the bourbon, but also taste a strong vanilla flavor. Bourbon gets less noticeable with each sip. Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, not bad.

 243 characters

Photo of Zach122
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 bottle, into a snifter.

I'm a big fan of barrel aged stouts, and have had a lot of them. This one is milder than many, but it strikes me that's a good thing, not a defect. Imagine an iced latte, milky and full of coffee (light roast, not Charbucks), with a dash of bourbon. That's what you get here. Well, not literally, but that's what Dragon's Milk reminds me of. It's got lots of vanilla, and it's sweeter than many stouts, but not excessively so.

It seems odd to call any BBA stout understated, but that's what this feels like. It's a delicious beer, and you can't beat the price.

 599 characters

Photo of Jackgonzo
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IrishColonial
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jorgerod99
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pluning
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neil2me
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaltofOH
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 8-31-16. DFH Tulip.

A: black, opaque, a little carb visible at the edges; when held to the light, some brownish tiny at the rim. 1 finger frothy lightntam head quickly fades to a ring of bubbles at the glass edge. Leaves very nice lacing.

S: smells like a RIS, dark roasted malt, but not at all a roast bomb here; sweeter and more restrained, with loads of vanilla. Perhaps a touch of alcohol or bourbon on the nose; but if I didn't know what kind of barrel this was aged in, I'd just say sweet and vanilla beans.

T: Bourbon does make its presence known immediately on the palate. Sweet and full of those pleasant aldehyde/acetone notes that are in bourbon. Surprisingly light for an RIS, as compared to the last one I had. More alcohol, vanilla, and bourbon flavor around mid palate; as it goes on the malt character recedes and this becomes more of a bourbon show with less dark roastiness. Even the finish is bourbon and oak.

M: lighter side of full bodied, with low carbonation, and surprisingly un-slick for the style. Definitely would consider it creamy.

O: I've never had a barrel aged beer before, and this is pretty much what I expected. This gets a lot from the barrel. Although I love whisky, and I love beer, i don't think I love them together. particularly with an RIS. I like The Alltech bourbon barrel ale a lot; this, not as much. It's also pretty pricy.

 1,389 characters

Photo of dflo32
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Saintkip
4.88/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ManBearPat
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a solid and affordable BA stout that you can find almost anywhere.

Kind of thin, but a nice enough for the price. No complaints, but again I'm not over the moon for it either.

 185 characters

Photo of PaulElk
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Boozy, creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Nice lacing.Ok, after 3/4 of it I'm liking this more and more. Having another one is probably not a good idea. Less boozy the more you sip

 196 characters

Photo of mdecross
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Pours a very dark brown with a khaki head that's fades quickly, leaving some nice lacing.
Bourbon, roasted malt aromas.
Flavor is roasted malt coffee, vanilla and some tart cherry.
This is a bit thinner than most BA stouts.
This is really a solid beer at a fair price. While is doesn't compare to the "once a year" BA stouts I think it's great that I can get this 7/365 at any decent beer store.

 395 characters

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,724 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More