Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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89
very good
1,431 Reviews
Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,431
Ratings:
5,410
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
25.69%
 
 
Wants:
324
Gots:
1,625
For Trade:
49
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Reviews: 1,431 | Ratings: 5,410
Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

It's really great. Incredibly smooth and creamy, it's very milky tasting with a light hint of vanilla and chocolate. Very subtle hints of coffee and bourbon. I was expecting more bourbon from a beer that claims it's bourbon barrel aged. That is really the only off putting part about this beer and it's a bit too sweet.

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Photo of smanson56
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark black color with a thin tan head. Lots of bourbon and vanilla in the nose. The actual taste is less of the bourbon than you got in the nose a great blend of the vanilla and the bourbon comes through. I think my only short fall is the mouth feel is a little thinner than I like to see in a stout of this caliber. All in all a very good stout.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like black satin.
Smells like the barrels it aged in. Very boozy. Woah.
Look out! Punched in the face with those barrels. Chocolate. Vanilla. Bourbon. Spiced hot cocoa.
Hot hot hot feel. Very boozy, but in a good way.

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Photo of muchos
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a tan head which hangs on for a few sips.
Smell is of Bourbon and booze. Not too much else, maybe a little chocolate/vanilla as it warms.
Taste is Bourbon, booze, vanilla. Chocolaty flavors come out as it warms. After taste is semi-sweet chocolate.
Mouthfeel is thinner than expected for an imperial Stout. Not much carbonation in the mouth. Just enough. Slight boozy burn.
Overall not all that complex, but not bad. Pretty good actually.

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Photo of delta490
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a near-black, with a short-lived tan head. A slight ring hangs on and leaves an oily ring of small lacing that quickly slides back into the glass. The aroma needs some time to warm but releases some nice vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. The taste offers much the same and also benefits from a little warming. The body is a little thinner than I would expect, but has a nice oily slickness to it. There's also a small but steady carbonation to it.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Dark chocolate color with minimal to no head
S - wood, bourbon, chocolate
T- Soooo Gooood bourbon chocolate with an oaky finish. I'm surprised this beer doesn't have ha higher ranking.
F - Maybe a little thin but over all a creamy feel

Over this was a great beer that I will be seeking out more readily.

On top into a snifter.

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Photo of Prasm
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick with a small head. Medium plus expressiveness on the nose, showing chocolate milk, coffee, and subtle vanilla hints. Big, thick, and creamy in the mouth - carbonated chocolate milk with a little bourbon kick. Definitely a niche beer, very focused flavors, but very delicious - I like it.

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Photo of tomfitz18
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark brown, almost black, small creamy tan head, inviting
S: Smells strong, boozy, like bourbon. Also chocolatey, nutty, and sweet.
T: Malty, strong alcoholic taste, sweet, chocolatey, hints of vanilla and nuttiness.
F: well carbonated, smooth, slightly heavy, burns as it goes down throat like bourbon.
O: a strong after tasted, could see it pairing well with ice cream. I liked this beer and thought it was very tasty. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of chalkdust-torture
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Smooth and drinkable for a 11%ABV. Bourbon aging is apparent and not overpowering. Has cream notes and subtly chocolate and coffee accents. Well dont. I had some serious "non-sticker" shock at the register when I bought it though, $18 for a 4-pack that was unlabeled on the shelves of my local Craft Brew Cellar.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not quite black, but getting close. Clean and sharp. Minimal brown head.

Nose is lightly big stout smells (roasty, coffee, dark fruit, maybe some chocolate), with definitely some vanilla, oak and alcohol, but not much. Enjoyable flavour types, but a little underwhelming in general. There's a sweet fruit in there as well in addition to the dark fruits listed above. Can't put my nose on it. Was definitely stronger initially.

Medium thick but sticky, medium carbonation, and a heat to it that's clearly actually from the alcohol, but tastes almost more pepper heat (even though I know better). Flavours of sticky chocolate, some fruit, some coffee, and some definite barreling. Smoothe and dangerously drinkable for 10% even though you can feel every percentage of it. A classic in the genre. My impression has always been that it is to BA stouts essentially what SNPA is to APAs or Black Butte is to porters or Boston Lager is to American viennas. Maybe not the greatest within the style in this golden age of craft, but kind of the bedrock example that serves as a great intro for many.
When I lived in Missouri, I kept meaning to pick it up, but never did because it was always there and I wanted to explore limited/locals first. Much gratitude to @Bulldoza for including it as essentially an extra in his awesome BIF box of mostly Texas locals for the opportunity to correct my above mistake. Thanks Nick!

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Photo of Jaszucs
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Cask pour. Completely different experience than drinking from the bottle. Had to initially chew through the frothy head to get to the beer. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always try to rate my beer blind. Sometimes I'll re-rate (also blind) to compare. And damn this was tasty both times. The only thing that surprised me was the lack of lacing. At 11.00% this is one of my go-to's for the style now.

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Photo of RMD579
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very nice stout. Smooth and silky, not too thick. Look is a dark brown, somewhat amber color with a thin amber head. Smell is of dark fruit, alcohol, chocolate and vanilla. The taste is malty, molasses, cherry, vanilla undertones, bourbon on the forefront, light chocolate aftertaste, with a fair alcohol burn. Despite the mostly unmasked alcohol, this beer is very drinkable, even for someone new to big beers, the feel is just excellent. I really enjoyed this one but I wish I could get it for less than $18 for a 4-pack.

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

Appearance: very dark brown, almost black; small tan head, quickly dissipates; good lacing; expected for such a big beer

Smell: smells delicious; vanilla, oak dominate; smells bourbon-y, but could be due to the name

Taste: very sweet, malty, chocolate taste on start; good warming alcohol with roasted grains; oak tannins linger in the end; delicious

Mouthfeel: creamy, like silky milk chocolate

Remarks: may be my favorite US beer so far; excellent; I'll have to get this again.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The alcohol taste overwhelms everything. I did not enjoy this at all, but I'm not a bourbon drinker. Maybe someone who enjoys harder liquor would like this.

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Photo of BeersnobRob
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

If you're not already, this beer could make you a stout fan. Just the right amount of bourbon flavor. Not overpowering. The vanilla is nice as well. Great beer, but it is expensive ($5 bottle), if you're going to keep stock. I would say it was worth the price though.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours bright coffee black under a clingy, frothy tan foam collar. S: Winey malt aromas with traces of chocolate. T: Malty caramel chocolate flavors are enhanced by oaky vanilla and big alcohol flavors. Dark chocolate bitter finish. F: Creamy, chewy, medium carbonation. O: A potent, big alcohol beer loaded with flavor that is a treat to drink.

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Photo of Jjski
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 version is MUCH tastier than last years. Viscosity has thickened a tad ( an improvement). Not thick like BCBS, but meatier than KBS. Nice mouthfeel. Great aroma, understated yet well executed balance.

This years bourbon presence is appreciably higher: very, very nice.
EPIC? no, not quite. Still fabulous, especially for the price

Edit 8/5/15. I notice some variability between batches. This bottled date, not so impressive. I'm going to lower my taste score by 0.25. This batch is underwhelming

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ALL "5's" across the board! Sampled last night on 6/18/15. Comes in a 4-pack at the local Hy-vee and contains right at 11% alcohol (ABV)! Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 12 ounce 'Empyrean Brewing Co.' snifter glass.

Brew pours super close to a pitch-black in color with about a 1/2-finger foamy beige head. Lots of 'ring-like' lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of roasted malts and cocoa powder for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste as there is a hint of dark fruit (cherries?) along with a hint of vanilla also. No 'boozy' taste either as you might think with the 11% alcohol! Nice finish but does have a very mild bitter finish that lasts about 2 secs. Close to full-bodied with perfect carbonation, which isn't much as most types of this style are. You aren't going to drink more than 2 of these in a sitting I'm thinking. ;) A fantastic brew and a 'must try'!

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, black liquid with a medium graham cracker head that dissipates very quickly.

The smell is oak, molasses, with a hint of chocolate on the back. I really love the oak forward aromas I'm sensing with this one.

The taste is about the same as the nose, except the bourbon makes its triumphant appearance. There are still hints of oak, chocolate, and even some vanilla. I do detect quite of bit of lingering alcohol burn on the end, but it is not a deterring factor. All in all, the taste is very heavily bourbon forward, which I enjoy quite a bit.

The mouthfeel is rather heavy and "chewy" with medium to medium-high carbonation. The alcohol definitely lingers but isn't distracting, especially not for an 11 abv.

I'd say this is a very underappreciated BBA Stout. In my opinion, it holds its own against the big guns. Very impressive, and at $2.99 for a 12 ounce bottle? Can't beat that.

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Photo of DaneBramage
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: dark chocolate in a tall glass
S: chocolate with hints of cocoa
T- chocolate and cherries with cocoa and coffee hints, more robust flavor than your typical stout or porter
F- malty, bitter aftertaste
O- a local restaurant just got it on tap and I'll be having it again, went well with almond chicken salad. Not as good as Founders Breakfast Stout but still very drinkable. On a side note, I got home after drinking it and took a 2-hour nap, it damn near knocked me out. Double stouts tend to sap all of my energy.

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Photo of amurfey
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Initial impression is great. Aroma is sweet. Can really taste the oak, bourbon and rich chocolate flavors. Very warming as it goes down. Savoring this one nice and slowly.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Molasses and malt nose and taste is bourbon, sweet malt and molasses. High ABV is hidden. $4.80 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of woodchipper
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my 500th rated beer, so I figured it deserved some words.
L- very dark, low head, but nice lacing that clings to the glass.
S- Pretty much bourbon, but some hint of coffee/chocolate.
T- Smooth start, astringent finish (but in a good way)
F- Creamy start, spikes finish, leaves your mouth suddenly like-- did I swallow, where did it go?
O- I would buy this again. Hi alcohol makes me save it for when I can afford the hit.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black, little head.

Smells of chocolate covered dark cherries, rum, raisin, little bit boozy.

Tastes very raisin forward to me. A little sickly sweet taste going on. Some prune flavor. Lots of milk chocolate.

Mouth feel is big, thick, a little oily.

Overall, not a bad BA Stout. A little sweet for my tastes though.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,431 ratings.
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