Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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4.04/5
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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
Ranking:
#3,101
Reviews:
1,573
Ratings:
6,051
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
392
Gots:
2,010
Trade:
45
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Ratings: 6,051 |  Reviews: 1,573
Photo of Vandelay1863
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wolvmar
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stale review. Just logging for my information.

As good as nearly any BBA stout but readily available at a reasonable price. Can’t go wrong with it.

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Photo of 0Nyxee
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Holderness
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a surprisingly light shade of black for the style, bordering on deep brown. Small whitish-tan head produced with aerated pour. Minimal retention or lacing
S -- Oak, dark chocolate, bourbon, hazelnut, coffee, touch of lactose
T -- Oaky bourbon, dark chocolate, medium roast coffee, roasty barley malts, light char, and vanilla
F -- Soft, smooth, and lightly velvety. Restrained bitterness throughout. Body feels a little limp/watery, at least given the style and the ABV but nothing too offensive.
O -- Glad to finally be trying this staple of the substyle. Wish it were just a hair more robust, although I can see how it has become a classic. If I were drinking this in 2001, I'm sure I would be completely floored.

83/100

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Photo of Coho11
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Burgy
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Noooddle
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jame515
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bikeforcoffee
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Peter_M_Morris
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan4120
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch, opaque black with a medium tan head that sticks around and leaves lacing behind.
S - Rich notes of chocolate and vanilla along with a malty sweetness.
T - Rich notes of chocolate and vanilla up front intermixed well with the sweet maltiness. On the back end there's a slight amount of smokiness from the bourbon barrels. Slight warmth from the alcohol at the end - but not off putting.
F - Medium to full bodied with a light to medium amount of carbonation. Smooth
O - A really nice if somewhat toned down bourbon barrel aged stout. I say toned down because some bourbon barrel aged stouts can smack you in the face with the notes of bourbon but this one is more mellow - but that's not a bad thing as it provides a smooth, easy to drink, well rounded flavor.

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Photo of DavidR_9
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/11/18

A really beautiful looking beer. Black body, no light coming through, Just a little ruby tint all the way at the edge. smooth and fizzy brown cocoa head, okay lacing.

The smell is predominately fig, dark fruit (dried plum), raisin, and roasty malts. Hint of vanilla.

Taste is plum, dark fruity fig, roasted malt bitterness and some vanilla extract paired with some evident heat midway through and more heat on the back. Not much oakey character present here. Could almost pass as an imperial stout w/ no barrel aging, let alone bourbon barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, almost watery. Low to medium carbonation, doesn’t stick to the tongue much.

This is enjoyable as a plum-y/fig-y imperial stout with some heavy roasted malt character but doesn’t really fit the profile of bourbon barrel aged, as labelled. Really pretty brew but misses the mark in scent, flavor, and mouthfeel. Maybe it could use some aging.

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Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional barrel aged stout
New Holland does it right!
Top 5 rates come stout

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

Photo of brewnme
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ALHOPLOVER
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Fresh bottle poured out black with a big thick cocoa colored head. Looks Beautiful.
S: It is what it says it is. The oak and bourbon are SO present and SO wonderful! That's what I wanted. But initially I found a rich roasty porter vanilla aroma. It's boozy with a heavy bourbon presence.
T: Very flavorful. Strong, aged bourbon and dark rich beer. Vanilla. Alcohol. First couple of swigs can't be beat! Heavy bourbon presence.
F: Thick. Creamy. Very bold.
O: Wow. A very enjoyable and very powerful double imperial bourbon stout. The bourbon is very very present but that’s what I was hoping for. Expensive but worth it. Thanks to Chelsea Citgo.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of Patlee3324
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donbeerlvr
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my grand new Holy Grail-shaped glass!
Smoke from the bottle, make a wish!

Pitch black with a tan head, tiny bubble steams here and there. Proper 11% Lacing.
Scent of Figs, plums and the like.
Silky grandeur.
Cellared dark fruit. Vanilla, earthy-Oak & Rum.
Well hidden booze, at first, but the mighty burn marches on.
Imperial indeed, hold onto the floor!
If not for the Bourbon Barrel-Aged I imagine this is nigh North Coast's Brother Thelonious, minus the Peanut flavor, thank the gods!

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Photo of labisch
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Samputnam14
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brothermers3
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 6,051 ratings