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Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- thick, oily and nearly jet black in appearance, with thing tan head the dissipated pretty quickly.

S- sweet caramel and coffee scent. The bourbon/alcohol smell is fairly discrete.

T- the caramel scent gives way to a big mouthful of vanilla flavor. It is by far the most prevalent tasting note here and it is delicious. It is followed by coffee and oak and finishes with a taste of bourbon and caramel as it goes down. There is minimal alcohol burn. It's incredible.

M- this is a thick beer. There is slight carbonation, but otherwise it is fairly smooth. Most definitely a sipping beer.

O- after being fairly let down by the (in my opinion) overhyped Brooklyn Black Ops, this bourbon barrel stout blew me away. Smooth and delicious with just the right amount of vanilla. It seems the bourbon aged brews are having quite a moment. I see news ones every time I go to my local beer shop. This one to me, though, will definitely be one I'll pick up whenever I come across it.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a pitch black body with a creamy, tan colored head that stayed around for a little while. Clear streaks run down the glass as I tilt it from side to side, most likely a result of the high ABV.

S- The presence of bourbon is strong in the aroma, along with chocolate, roasted malts, oak, and vanilla. I was surprised at the amount of bourbon in the aroma.

T- Almost identical to the aroma, the taste of bourbon and vanilla dominate the palate, with roasted malts and chocolate on the finish. The tiniest hint of booze is present in the aftertaste. Not too overpowering, just enough to let me know it's there.

M - Pretty standard for the style. Creamy and full, but nothing to write home about.

Not a bad stout, I'd definitely buy some more!

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Thin brown pour; Black in the glass but a mahogony tent when put up to the light. One finger tan head

Smell: Toffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Good aromas

Taste: Vanilla and Bourbon right off with chocolate and roasted malts in the middle, which both blend nicely, but more toward vanilla and bourbon characteristics. Wish there was more roasted malt

Mouthfeel: Light medium mouthfeel, and quite light for 11% abv. but very little trace of alcohol unlike what others have mentioned

Overall: A nice balance between vanilla, bourbon, and dark malts, although it could use more roasted malts in my opinion. I havent had many BBA stouts, but I had Heresy a few nights ago, and think this is better. This has gotten me excited to try more BBA stouts in the future.

Edit: Have had many BBA stouts since and this seems a bit thin and watered down. The bourbon notes are spot on, but it definitely needs more roasted malt to balance it out. Not quite rich and robust for me to be a benchmark for the style. Still a solid option for its availability at a fair price in my area

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5,903 ratings
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