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 | website

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

Look - Black as night. opaque, no head
Smell - bourbon, chocolate, oaky, sweetness. Smells delicious
Taste - bourbon, coffee, tons of roasted malts, chocolate, sweetness
Feel - coats the mouth, warming, was hoping for a thicker body though

Overall - My first BA stout....whoa!! A monster of a beer. Definitely a sipper. Enjoyed.

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Photo of martinfletwood
2.47/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I normally love coffee stouts. This one tastes like bourbon was added straight to it rather than aged in the barrel. Way to strong of a bourbon taste. Sorry, this one fails.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this bomber of Dragon's Milk for about 2 years. My sister-in-law sent this to me from Grand Rapids a couple years back along with some other stuff. Finally time to uncork.

Poured into a snifter, Dragon's Milk is dark black in color with a thin light brown head on top. Nice enough, but two years sitting in my cupboard may have taken a bit away from it in terms of appearance. The nose on this is quite nice, though. Strong notes of vanilla and bourbon. Subtler aromas banana, plum and maybe clove. Very nice and sweet, but I think much of the oakiness of this has subsided in the bottle over time. Taste follows suit - bourbon and vanilla are heavy up front with distinctly dark fruit sweetness on the back end. Some dark cherry here in the finish. Two years in the bottle also may have allowed the booze to mellow out a bit, because while it's 11% ABV it's hardly noticeable. That might also just be a I let this warm up to room temp as well, to allow for maturation of flavors, and it didn't disappoint. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than expected, but again that might be a result of the aging process, so I'm not discounting too much here.

Overall a fine beer. Ages nicely and the nose and flavors hold up quite well. Good stuff from New Holland. Cheers.

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Photo of Buck89
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Thick motor oil-like pour with a shy tan head that disappeared quickly. Aromas of smooth bourbon and roasty malt. Taste followed suit, with a strong roasty presence up front followed by oak and bourbon. Thick, sticky finish.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid, year round barrel aged stout at a very decent price point. This is a 2014 bottle for review. Pours a deep dark motor oil color with full body and a generous tan head. Plenty of milk chocolate and sweet notes here with a lick of vanilla ice cream. Thick but not syrupy. Balanced well and not overwhelming on the bourbon notes.

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Photo of Henderbeer
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a beautiful texture and a heavy, creamy mouth weight. You will certainly taste the bourbon immediately followed by a smooth finish and a little sweet. This beer is not for everyone. If you like something with a lot of body and character, you'll enjoy a couple of these. With the ABV at 11%, you won't need too many nor will you be able to handle too many.

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Photo of BeerEsquire
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Toasted oat goodness with suprisingly refreshing carbonation for an imperial stout of such elevated alcohol. Smooth backbone with vanilla fairies dusting one's palate with just the right amount of sweetness. Well done NH, well done!

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.49/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 Vintage
Pours dark as night w medium fluffy khaki head. Nose is sweet coffee and chocolate. First taste was mostly bourbon w strong dark coffee. As I got into the beer vanilla came through as did a sweet milk chocolate. Body was light to medium. Became easier to drink after each sip getting sweeter and creamier. Excellent stout. Perfect with dark chocolate.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown, slightly translucent. lightly tan head, thick with good retention.

S: soft bourbon and vanilla, oak. light chocolate and roasted malts. great nose

T: soft bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts. coffee. alcohol burn is definitely present, but not overpowering.

M: nice and creamy.

O: good beer.


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

2015 vintage - 22 oz poured into a tulip.

A - Solid dark black, with a half finger tan head that moves quickly to slim ring of lace.

S - Milk chocolate, dark fruit (raspberry?), bourbon notes. Vanilla and lightly toasted grains also in the mix.

T - Follows the nose to a T with some heat. The bourbon notes are much more prevalent as it wamrs.

M - Creamy. Carbonation is medium low, the feel is even and full. Gets sticky as it warms.

O - A very tasty beverage, especailly at the price point of 7 per.

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

Look: Very dark, coffee like appearance with minimal head.

Nose: Pungent coffee, toffee, slight raisin with appealing complexity

Taste/Feel: Coffee, chocolate, toffee, hint of raisin, minimal sweetness. Interesting variation in taste with temperature change. very smooth with nice finish that is balanced and complex and very drinkable. However, beer is viscous and thick. Not a light refreshing beer for a hot summer afternoon, but a significant visceral experience that demands attention from all senses and respected. Higher ABV, but well managed and not overwhelming.

In General, a near world class experience in bourbon barrel genre worthy of strong consideration.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance- Black color with some mahogany hues on the outer edges. Pours a khaki colored one inch head.

aroma- Mild bourbon sweetness, vanilla, molasses, milk chocolate, and roasted malts.

taste- Upfront the consists chewy milk chocolate and mild bourbon flavors. The bourbon is noticeable but blends with the flavors rather than overwhelming them. A mild hit of roasted malt bitterness shows up mid palate. Towards the finish this really lightens up with vanilla really shining through. Some malt bitterness adds balance in the finish, but its leans toward the sweet side.

feel- Chewy and thick at first but the feel lightens towards the finish. Medium carbonation throughout and the finish is balanced and not overly sweet.

overall- Definitely a great barrel aged milk stout. There's great balance between the thick/chewy flavors of milk chocolate, molasses, and bourbon upfront and the lighter finish with sweet vanilla cream finishing things off. This is a standout in the barrellaged style and a great deal in the four pack format.

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Photo of Brad_Ford
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Jet black, some carbonation, tan head that dissipates quickly into wispy bubbles

Aroma: Oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate

Taste: Bourbon throughout which overwhelms the complexity somewhat. tasting mostly bitter chocolate notes as accompaniment, hint of raspberry and vanilla, nice alcohol finish

Mouthfeel: buttery but crisper than most bourbon barrel aged beers

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured from 22 oz. brown bottle - 2015 Vintage

New Holland Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout has a black body. A 1 1/2-finger bubbly and creamy khaki color head was produced that dissipated to a collar of foam in my snifter. The nose was dominated by an 'oakie' and roasted malt with just a splash of chocolate in the background. The taste was similar but more complex than the nose. The bourbon makes a nice appearance followed by an addition of caramel and vanilla. A pleasant alcohol warming is also noticed. The mouth feel is to the full side, creamy, and a little sticky with a medium carbonation. Due to its full flavor and its 11% abv it makes for a nice after dinner sipper.

If you are a fan of the American Double/Imperial Stout this is a must try. Well done New Holland.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is review of 2013 vintage

Pours a black body with a 1/4th inch tan head. Head retention is above average for style and lacing is average.

Smell is of bourbon, licorice, rye, and some fig and prune. Getting some aromas of a quad or a doppelbock. Alcohol is moderate and hops aren't present.

Taste is similar to smell with more of an emphasis on the bourbon. Decent amount of heat upfront with spice notes and burnt oak throughout. A little vanilla combats the booze, no hops detected.

Mouthfeel is decently carbonated with a thin amount of foam to coat the tongue. Body is full and alcohol leaves an astringent feeling on the roof of my mouth.

Overall beer was good but a little rough around the edges. Alcohol was still very present for being two years old. Thought the flavors were kinda jumbled around, can't say I would buy again.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is Coca-Cola's drunk uncle!... pours a thin caramel color, like coke, has a few wispy bubbles, like coke, smells and tastes like, you guessed it, coke!.... a few cherry notes, a little chocolate, a bit of booze, but really just a bottle of the real thing, with alcohol!

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Photo of RobinLee
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color: Brown, not as opaque as other stouts in the category.

Nose: All the right elements: Booze, wood, chocolate, figs or plums

Taste: Overly boozy, wooded, roasty, light chocolate milk, grainy.

Mouthfeel: Rather thin. Honestly, though it's 11%, it's a bit too thin to properly carry the barrel character- it ends up overpowering it. However, as it is available year-round, I have to say it's a good introduction to barrel-aged stouts.

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Photo of mlockman
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not much spectacular flavor or aroma going on from the bourbon barrel aging. There's definitely a hint of barrel-flavor, and the price is right for the bomber, but I just wasn't impressed.

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Photo of Omnium
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Tulip glass
A - Rich black brown with a very thin layer of fizzy tan head, no lacing. Looks kind of lame.
S - There is a lot of rich bourbon and oak notes in here with some sweet caramel malt. Lots of vanilla in here, some slight hint of cinnamon, and dark chocolate.
T - Very rich and sweet, sugary caramel malt, loads of vanilla, toffee, bourbon, boozy sweetness, some oaky aftertaste.
M - Velvety smooth, but a bit too cloying at times.
O - Im surprised I havent had this before, I know its been around a while. Its good, but a bit too sweet.

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Photo of Walligator
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, thick pour. Definately a DARK stout. Creamy, tan, 1 finger head that lasted maybe a minute.The first aroma I got was licorice. Wierd, I know, but true.
Then bourbon and some chocolate. Had to give a 3 on the feel, though. I got a little more sour than I would've liked, but the lack of bitterness made up for that . A stout this dark with little bitterness and a light carbination. %10 ABV for sure! I realy enjoyed this stout and will definately be drinking it again, and again, and again,and

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark with light brown foam. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Tastes of bourbon, oak, caramel and vanilla. Creamy feel with moderate carbonation on the tongue. I wish there was a little less carbonation and more viscosity. Overall fantastic BA stout that I can find in stores daily. Really underrated considering its availability in my opinion.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look-Pours a very dark color.(basically black) The head is very small and sticks to the sides for the most part, a nice burnt/tanish color. Very nice appearance.

Smell-I immediately get the smell of bourbon(that boozy zingy aroma you get from bourbon), and I can also smell a slight sweet scent of vanilla and chocolate. I can definitely smell that bourbon though.

Taste-Very robust. Just like bourbon this beer is meant to be sipped on. I can taste notes of vanilla and chocolate. The flavor of bourbon is pretty present as well. The three flavors I get really do complement each other. The flavor is very complex and again robust.

Feel-Its thick, but not too thick. I go back and forth on the carbonation, some sips are carbonated and others aren't.

Overall-I got this beer from a good friend of mine who is quite the beer connoisseur, and so if he thinks it's good it most likely is good. With that being said, I am no stout expert. But what I do know is this beer is very special. It has the most complex flavor of any imperial stout I have tried. I have to say, I'm surprised it doesn't have a higher score. It was a delicious beer and a real treat to have.
One thing though, don't drink more than two of these beers... This beer will surely put you on your ass.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter, 2015 vintage

A- pours an opaque blak color with a small foamy khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge, leaving a few traces of lacing behind

S- Toasted oak and barrel juice aromas up front with a hint of vanilla. Underlying roasty malt gives aromas of chocolate & earth, a hint of licorice. All of the elements are there, but a bit muted compared to most of the style

T- plenty of bourbon juice up front complimented by some vanilla & oak, and a hint of caramel. The base beer is chocolaty, but gets a bit overpowered by the barrel

M- medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a creamy, almost chewy mouthfeel & a silky smooth finish, just a hint of warmth on the linger

O- a straight-forward BA Stout, it's certainly not as complex as most, but does the job, especially for the price. It's also one of the more bourbon-dominate stouts out there as well, which will appeal to some

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Photo of Dwreck
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

More like a slightly bourbon barrel aged milk stout with flavor, smell, and feel. It's not bad at all, as I like a boozy bbs. Good bargain for the style.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 bottle. Good for the price, but pretty simple. Bourbon and chocolate on the nose, same in the flavor, with lots of sweet chocolate and bourbon heat on the finish. Like I said, good for the price ($6.99) but will not buy again.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
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