Dragon's Milk
New Holland Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,558
Ranked #3,390
4.08 | pDev: 12.5%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 1,652 | Ratings: 6,366
Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single serve into a tulip

Pours an opaque black with a thin tan head, and a somewhat thin viscosity (probably from the barrel aging) but good lacing. A good pour overall.

Aromas of coffee, vanilla, oak, graham cracker, and char. Milk stout sweetness mixed with some astringent character.

The flavor is very oakey and boozy up front--almost too boozy. However, after the initial "brace" of those notes, chocolate, root beer/aged vanilla, and char come through, along with black licorice and herbal notes.

The mouthfeel is solid but not special. A little sticky in some ways--although the carbonation helps lift it a bit.

Overall, I wanted to like this brew more. It is pretty good, but not top of the line.

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Photo of WA_Brian
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass at 51°F. Bottled 11/13/18.

L: Pours dark brown with tan head with low head retention. From the pour, it looks like it will be a bit thin.
S: Roasted malt with more dark chocolate notes and no burnt aromas. Picking up more fruit esters than I would've expected. Pleasant aroma but not getting any boozy notes from the bourbon or anything that really screams stout.
T: Very slight burnt flavor, but mostly very smooth with lots of vanilla sweetness. Maybe a touch of chocolate. Not getting any boozy flavors from the bourbon and not much complexity overall. It's good, but there's not much depth here. It's all sweetness. Hides the 11% well.
F: Smooth but thin. Low carbonation. Does build over time to feel a bit sticky, but not too bad.
O: This is a very inoffensive BBA stout. It's a slightly thinner stout, without strong bourbon flavors or heavy burnt notes from the roasted malt. Judged on its own merits, it's a good tasting stout for anyone with a sweet tooth. However, I would expect many people who regularly drink BBA stouts to be underwhelmed.

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Photo of Fourier_Loko
4.64/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Dense dark brown with small head. The look matches my expectations prior to pouring.
S: First time I am having a barrel aged stout, so this aroma is new to me on a beer. Getting the bourbon barrel oak first with vanilla underneath. Notable chocolate and banana once you get past the bourbon.
T: On the first few sips the bourbon barrel is immediately noticeable. As it comes closer to room temp the chocolatey and creamy malt character really balances well with the barrel oak which you start to get towards the end. Initially I thought the barrel aging might just be kind of a novelty, but it really does add character and balances the taste well.
F: Creamy with a pleasant carbonation for this type of beer.
O: This is a well executed beer all-around. It is a balanced and exciting option when I am in the mood for something with higher abv (11%). I normally don't drink stouts, but I will definitely drink more of this in the future.

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Photo of Grolls
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 30 18. Banana/coconut and bourbon. Oh Yes! It delivers! Def bananas enough coconut and bourbon barrel. Smooth not chalky. Soooo tasty! 11% easy drinking. Go get it. Not complex

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Deep, dark brown that allows no light through. Light brown head was fairly small, but appropriate for ABV. No real retention and much better than expected lacing.

S---Milk chocolate is most noticeable. Smells a little boozy, but that's just the bourbon barrel. Some roasty vanilla and a touch of coffee are also present. Very nice aroma.

T---As in the nose, milk chocolate is dominant followed by the oak & bourbon of the barrel. Vanilla is more prominent than it smelled. There's a lot going on here. Complex and excellent.

F---Rich, thick & creamy. Mouthfilling. Perfect for the style. Minimal carbonation.

O---Wow, this is a good one. It definitely opened up a ton as it went from fridge temp to room temp. If only every beer could be like this, the world would be a better place.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive! Mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth in the Guinness vein. A deep vanilla flavor comes at you from the outset, balanced by oak barrel aging process.

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Photo of Ronl12
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into chalice. Dated 11/21/17. Been aged in cellar for a year.
look is black. Smell is sweet roasted malt. Taste follows and has little boozy end. Feel is medium and smooth. Overall a very nice representation of this style.

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Photo of Tigerbrau
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is good, but the Nitro Milk Stout by Left Hand seems to be half the price here, and as good flavor, though this may be a little more complex. This is 11% though:)

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Photo of fps_dean
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks almost perfectly black, smells like aged bourbon, tastes of chocolate, coffee, licorice and bourbon, and is mildly carbonated and goes down very smooth.

Overall, this is an exceptional imperial Stout that was definitely worth the hefty price tag and I will certainly buy it again. I find many strong imperial stouts to be a little bit too overwhelming at times especially when drinking more than one, but Dragon's Milk, while just as strong as any other does not feel like it's too much. When combined with the fact that it goes down so smoothly and is 11%, that makes this a dangerous imperial stout!

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Photo of Paradox1000
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Stout! I am normally a DIPA drinker, but this is the time of year for stouts and wanted to try this one. I had it on tap and plan to get stock some for the holidays. Delicious!

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Photo of Robin14
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was my first introduction to an imperial stout and I fell in love from the first smell to the last sip. Itsyhard for people to understand a female liking something this strong11% dark and full of flavor. When I am asked how do you “drink it?” I say slow and with a great steak or a red sauce pasta!
This IS my happy place beer

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Photo of BeastOfBourbon
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma of cocoa, coffee ice cream, sweet root beer, booze, vanilla, brown sugar and bourbon. Heavy dark brown, almost black pour. Tastes of cocoa, root beer, coffee ice cream, bourbon, spice, oak, vanilla with a booze on the back end. Robust, heavy, and full flavored. Lingering finish. Great beer.

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into chilled glass mug. Very dark colour, dark brown with very little light seeing through. Very thin head. Smells of sweet malts. This has a great taste and that's coming from someone who is more of a pale ale/IPA fan. I find stouts overly sweet/heavy but this one is right on the mark with great mouthfeel and at an 11 abv that'll kick you into the next level. Great beer! Prost!

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Photo of dresserinthecorn
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great BBA stout. Much smoother and less bitey than its peers. Very creamy mouthfeel with heavy notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. More subtle notes of dates, sundried plum,vanilla, toffee, and caramel. Overall, a great beer to enjoy during a chilly December day in the northeast.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From notes 1/27/13: Pours clear, deep brown with red highlights producing 1.5 fingers of tan, somewhat lasting, frothy head that leaves a nice coating of lace. Aroma is coco, dark chocolate, bourbon and woody vanilla with hints of caramel, coconut, coffee and figs. Taste is semisweet chocolate, heavy bourbon, dark roast, toasted pumpernickel and molasses with hints of burnt caramel, toffee and dark fruits. The booze is up front and forceful. No noticeable hop presence. Aftertaste is boozy, sweet,faintly peppery but short-lived with only a hint of bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, creamy, silky and thinly chewy with low carbonation.

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Photo of BulleitBob
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It looks delicious, it tastes delicious and it smells delicious. Creamy mouth feel; hints of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. It's up there with my favorite stouts from Founders.

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Photo of Foyle
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A thin tan head drops quickly on this dark brown nearly black brew. Plenty of streaming bubbles at the top of the glass. Aroma is boozy with roasty malts as well. Mouthfeel is heavy, thick, viscous. Flavors of cocoa, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, earthy hops. Overall: outstanding!

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Photo of EMH73
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a half inch beige head that settles pretty quickly to a ring and leaves ample lacing. Smells of booze, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste follows the nose with additional flavors of vanilla, oak, a hint of lactose sweetness and a bit of dark fruits. Medium bodied for the style, light to medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of hydrate
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My first reaction was that I loved it. Sweet, heavy and lots of flavor. As I kept drinking through the pint, the syrupy nature of it became a little overpowering. Still, I do like it and would get it again. But probably only one per sitting. Which is fine given the ABV. It's like a desert. I didn't taste the ABV.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this a number of times, most recently a few weeks ago at the 'tailgate.' My judgement is that this is NOT a stout. That said, it IS an amazing beer. The last one I had--a bomber that was aged about three years--was amazing in that the barrel character came through very nicely, and it was smooth and roast-y as well. I would happily buy this again.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce 10/10/18 bottle into a DFH tulip. Color was a typical rich dark brown imperial stout color with a nice substantial head. One of these days I'll remember to take these imperial stouts out of my cellar fridge at 50 degrees and let it warm to room temperature because at an immediate pour, I just can't smell anything until it warms up; once that happens I get a delightful snootful of vanilla, booze, malt and barrel. Every sip leaves a nice coating on the mouth so it keeps on giving.

I'm kind of embarrassed that it took me this long to discover what has been a known entity for most. For reasons that aren't ultimately important, I was late to jump on the stout train and recently have been striving mightily to make up for lost time. And this is a *great* time for stouts, barrel aged and otherwise. That said, as good as it is, I consider this on a second tier from the grade A ass kickers. It pains me to say that because it is very affordable and I am one cheap SOB. Perhaps in a blind taste test I would be revealed as a fraud, and if so so be it. This is still a very positive experience.

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Photo of Brennan27
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the price, this is a very tasty stout.
Notes of vanilla, coffee, and roastiness with a nice bourbon/barrel finish. Nice milky creaminess in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow-- great taste IMO! Coffee joining up with malt, chocolate and vanilla at the end of the mouthful really make this an enjoyable beer. Beer is average in carbonation, and is very well blended. I highly recommend trying this beer, and at $14.99 a 4-pack make this a reasonable price for a high quality stout beer.

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Photo of HellsRanger
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a bold rich dark color with a nice tan foam with fair lacing to it...for the aroma it is a vanilla chocolate/coffee flair, that makes the dragon's breathe smell wonderfully inviting.
The taste is just as inviting into the dragons breathe...it has a nice vianilla/chocolate and that bourbon aged oaked barrel coming thru. It does well at making the ABV, but still lets you know it's there :)
As for the feel...it also lets you know all of the above...smooth yet a lil' snap to it !! This makes it...I think this is where the name arrived from. The milky smoothness of the dragon's breathe, and then the fire of the flames ! all in all...one of my favorite stouts, and hopefully will stay that way, even if they go macro. so maybe you should try it NOW! Enjoy & have fun doing so.

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Photo of JesseC159
4.81/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Malty with hints of vanilla and great bourbon taste. Some of my favorites include Westbrook Brewing Company's Siberian Black Magic Panther, Cigar City Brewing Marshal Zhukonz Imperial Stout and Founders Kentucky Barrel Stout. Dragons Milk ranks up there very high with these other favorite beers.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
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