Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
5,747 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:
5,747
Reviews:
1,511
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
357
Gots:
1,819
For Trade:
44
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,747 |  Reviews: 1,511
Photo of smakawhat
3.17/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vintage 2013, poured into a large snifter glass.

One of the lightest barrel aged stouts I've seen. Deep mahogany brown, comes out a perfect light chestnut from the bottle, and looks a little watery on the pour. Head is very light tan about a finger, and disappears pretty quickly. Leaves a thin puck, slightly filmy looking, with a bit of leg action. Like the lightness but not the slickness, otherwise looking alright.

Interesting subtle nose. Light hints of caramel and butterscotch toffee. Quite clean smelling and seems like it could be a wet palate. Light hint of booze and fusel burn on the aroma.

Interesting palate here. A sharp quick carbonation hits my mouth, with a bit of strange sting. Real bizarre bitterness on this, and sooty charring. Wet bodied, but manages to have a bit of caramel and butterscotch angle similar to candy. A bit of a warm boozy heat, and almost well bar drink cheap booze aftertaste. Slightly candied sweetness but not overly sugary, with some taffy like quality, and a mouthfeel that just gets quite thin and doesn't coat.

The beer actually starts off pretty good, but strangely gets a bit more thin and lifeless as time goes on. There's nearly no flavor in the back palate or the finish either which seems real odd and doesn't give a good round oak character. I get the sense this beer spent barely any time at all in a barrel.

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Photo of TooGood
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BakerBeer13
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good beer, I'm not a huge barrel-aged fan as a general rule, so I may be underscoring it a bit. I will say it smells absolutely heavenly... complex and rich with fantastic spices dancing on the nose that play off the bourbon. I ended up sitting on the last 2 ounces of the glass, just swirling it for a long time and drawing in lovely smells.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11-16

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Photo of bman13
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A dang good beer overall! Just had it for the first time, purchased at a Giant Eagle in a 22oz bottle, purchased last month just poured April 1.

A - can you say black? Very black, no see through light with this beer. Just plain out black.. looks deep and strong with a very minimal head and good lacing.

S - sweet and divine. Almost like dark dark fudge chocolate brownies with a hint of bourbon and a lot of vanilla. Yum

T - follows the smell with more chocolate than vanilla or Bourbon. Although they are still present. Semi sweet but not overly sweet at all. Has some nice tones of vanilla and Bourbon going on here

M - heavy and not light or soapy at all. Nice and you can taste this for about 5 mins after your last drink. Nice mouth feel.

O - awesome, one of the best stouts in a long time I've tasted. Overall 4.75, near perfect . Also tastes minimally boozy for being 11% alcohol.
( this particular stout varys from batch to batch) I luckily managed to snag the 11% alcohol batch woohoo ;)

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Photo of oldedog
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of NuckleDragger
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of daledeee
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of WVUbrew
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of suburbeer
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz with the annoying foil. Bought in Asheville, NC on vacation.

Appearance: Poured thinner than expected. Dark brown not black. Essentially no head in the wine glass I had to drink out of. slight tan bubbles around the edges

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, syrup, fig Surprisingly little malt smell

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, wood, sweetness. Dark fruit pokes through occasionally around the bourbon. Very little bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Feel: Slick, sweet stout creaminess despite pouring thin for the style.

Overall: Really hit the mark on this particular evening. Enjoyed and will keep one on hand but it takes a mood to really enjoy. unbalanced sweetness and bourbon is perfect sometimes even if the beer isn't all the time.

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Photo of jampics2
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Balvenie
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of kdahnke123
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of NonicPanic
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of mattsdenney
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally got New Holland in TN, heard good things. Four pack purchased at Craft Brewed. Great looking pour. Thick dark brown head, black in color. Heavy scents of bourbon, vanilla, smoke and chocolaty malt. Rich, warming flavor. The bourbon flavor is there but not overpowering. More tones of toffee, chocolate, and a vanilla after taste. Somewhat boozy, heavy bodied, thick, and sticky. Definitely lives up to the hype. A solid BBS that's a bit on the sweeter side.

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Photo of SpartyJoe
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DaveMiller
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Juicer
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Zetcha7x
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4-Pack purchased from Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting, PA.

A-very dark cola-colored pour. half inch tan head that quickly faded.

S-vanilla. strong bourbon notes. roasted malts. sweet.

T-huge vanilla and bourbon up front. very creamy. some coffee. chocolate as the beer warms. kind of a smoky flavor.

M-full bodied. nice carbonation. smooth and creamy. warming alcohol near the finish.

O-I don't drink a ton of stouts, but this was nice. good to sip as the night winds down. you can definitely pick up on the wood aging from the bourbon barrels. I look forward to cellaring a couple of these and trying again somewhere down the road.

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Photo of Cosho
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Leiting
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of palma
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful aroma of vanilla bean, tequila, and bourbon.

Taste is big vanilla, smooth roastiness, and bourbon, raw alcohol. What you would expect from a barrel aged stout although relatively a little sweeter than others.

I would have liked to see a little more thickness in the feel.

Overall, an excellent tasting bourbon barrel aged double, though a little too boozy and thinner on the mouthfeel.

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Photo of DavidHume
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,747 ratings.
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