Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
5,719 Ratings
Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk
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
Ratings:
5,719
Reviews:
1,502
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
13.07%
 
 
Wants:
357
Gots:
1,806
For Trade:
43
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,719 |  Reviews: 1,502
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DerelictPI
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! This is a fantastic beer!

Look - Poured with a nice khaki head that quickly went away.

Smell - Exactly how a bourbon barrel aged stout should smell...bourbon, vanilla, slight booze, the stout, deliciousness, etc.

Taste - Rich, smooth, bourbon, but mostly the vanilla, with a hint of the booze. I'm having a hard time just sipping this, which at 10%, is a worthy struggle.

I highly recommend this beer!

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Badger6
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2014 vintage.

A: Body is black, passes no light. Small tan head that recedes almost immediately to nothing. Some lacing on the glass.

S: Robust aroma: roasted malts, coffee, mild dark chocolate, vanilla, toasted oak.

T: Follows the nose. Roasty malts, toasty oak, coffee, vanilla,hint of chocolate. Boozy. Some bitterness, well balanced with the sweetness of the malts.

M: Light-medium body, with light-medium carbonation. Finishes with a lot of warmth from the booziness.

O: Very nice bourbon barrel stout. Body is light for a stout, but the flavor is phenomenal and compensates well. A well made beer, enjoyable to drink. Be advised at 10% ABV this is not session...enjoy one and move on. This is a favorite, and is sure to be enjoyed many more times.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

Very delicious beer. Definitely will add this to my rotation. If your like full flavored darker beers this is for you. I only wish they came in greater than four packs. The alcohol content is nice as well, after one beer I felt a buzz. This is a nice smelling well flavored product.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MBbeerking14
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dragons Milk from New Hollands Brewery is an outstanding beer!

Pours dark black with a medium head. The smell is that of vanilla, coffee, and a pleasant bourbon whiskey. This is very strong beer, and the alcohol does have some heat when drinking it. It is a thick beer, but it has a silky mouth feel. A smooth stout to be sure. The taste is that of bourbon, dried fruits, oats, and subtle coffee. A very oaky finish in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Could not drink more than one of these, quite strong, but absolutely delicious!

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Having tried this for the third time, I'd have to say it is a decent barrel aged stout. However, for the price (outside of MI) it probably does not warrant a higher rating. I don't even consider comparing this to BCBS which to me, is a bourbon barrel aged stout unto itself. So, I would compare this more closely to Fegley's Insidious bourbon barrel aged stout: a more comparable, lower level version of the style. After trying both, I'd recommend getting your hands on the Fegley's first and then the Dragon's Milk. I understand there are many fans of this beer. But I would not buy a 4 pack at the price I paid ($16) again.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 5,719 ratings.
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