Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

very good
5,741 Ratings
Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +25.9%

Great flavor; on the border between porter and stout. Very special

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

There's no hiding 11% ABV in the 2014 bottlings. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a big 'ol red wine glass fit for a big ol' stout. Yes by beer glassware sucks, working on it.

Minimal tan head, receded without much ado. I learned from the last two bottles to let this warm up a smidge before indulging. This beer smells like a stout that was left to age in bourbon barrels. Fitting given it's construction. You also get the alcohol vanilla extract smell as others have described.

Somewhat difficult to pick up flavors besides vanilla, the malt is present in a stickiness on the lips and palate but I didn't get any sort of roasted notes like what you find in imperials or even standard issue stouts.

The inky color and boozy aroma belie the mouthfeel of this beer. By no means thin, but not what I would describe as dense and creamy either. Carbonation is appropriately on the low side.

A stout meant to be enjoyed in single servings, as far as I'm concerned. Knocking several of these back might knock you into tomorrow. Honestly this might be better if pared back to 10% as in years past, I don't see the value proposition in amping it up to this level. The alcohol suppresses some of the more muted malt flavors you'd expect to find in a proper stout, even BBA varieties.

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Sampled November 2014 from bottles in pint glass. Tasted both the 2013 and 2014 vintages side-by-side.

Appearance: Very dark color. Tan head was not very thick and it did not last as long as some other stouts.

Smell: Strong roasted coffee aromas, with a smell of some sweet chocolate. Nice combination of aromas.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors, with a little hops for added dimension. Could also taste a hint of the oak barrel, which added another interesting dimension. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink big powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth, almost creamy.

Overall: Great stout. Best if you enjoy a combination of malt, coffee, chocolate, and hops flavor with oak barrel influences. The label lists 10% alcohol, and it does taste like it. This is definitely the taste of an excellent stout. The 2013 is more intense than the 2014. Do not know if this is due to the year it was made, or whether it is due to the year aging.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,741 ratings.
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