Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,481 Reviews
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
Reviews:
1,481
Ratings:
5,641
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
346
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1,764
For Trade:
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Photo of rangerred
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with basically no head to speak of; just a tiny bit of fizz. There is a bit of a ring around the top of the beer but again, unimpressive.

Aroma is full of bourbon with lots of vanilla and wood. There is some dark fruit in there along with a touch of sweet chocolate.

Bourbon right off the bat in the flavor. Rich vanilla notes that drown out pretty much everything else. Buried underneath is some milk chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Very thick and heavy mouthfeel and a sweet, sticky finish.

Overall, I really like bourbon so this is a real tasty beer but I feel it is a little unbalanced. Bourbon really dominates the whole thing and there isn't any room for the other flavors to come through. Lacking some complexity but still a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dragon's Milk.

Extra dark to black. Head is khaki in color. End of keg, so lots of head and lace.

Lots of bourbon. Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon... and a little bit of stout. Caramel, vanilla, roastiness, and sweetness.

Vanilla stout with loads of bourbon presence. Super oaky and semi-sweet with huge vanilla, salted caramel, butterscotch, and toasted coconut notes. Missing roasty qualities for the base stout. Nothing terribly obtrusive here, except the whiskey. This flavor needs a muzzle.

Sultry smooth and filled out mouthfeel with condensed carbonation. Very nice.

A good bourbon barrel stout. One of the forefathers.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub in Holland, Michigan, this American strong pours a deep, dark cedar brown with some nice ruby highlights. A somewhat light frothy head holds decently but leaves little lace.

Surprisingly the aroma is relatively uneventful with some roasted malt and dark fruit.

Sweet malt flavor with a bit of toastiness and some dark fruit. Caramel and a hint of molasses. Honey and a bit of milk chocolate.

Juicy, tart and smooth on the palate. The carbonation is moderate which lightens up the finish a bit. I prefer this beer from the bottle once it’s sat for a while. On-tap it’s good, but a bit thinner and somewhat less satisfying. A very good choice none-the-less.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet and very woody ale, a touch too hefty and blunt but a good drink.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle with foiled top. Paper label with a poor design of a dragon's silhouette over a barrel. It used to be screen-printed and it looked much better resolved and attractive. Brief narrative in the back label with main characteristics and food pairing. Even shorter than in the screen printed version... Shows vintage 2011, 23° Plato, and 10.0% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Black to dark brown pour with dark brown edges, short lived fizzy head, fair memory ring and small touches of lacing.

S - Wood, wood, and more wood, settling… hint of vanilla and caramel and a bit less of the raw woodiness. Roasted notes… Chocolate…

T - Initially the taste is predominantly woody, not so much subtle vanilla and caramel oak notes, that while there actually are dominated by a hefty raw wood sense. Not uncomfortable bur rather assertive. Luckily it gets woven with roasted malts, touch of faint coffee and in particular a thick and boozy chocolate sense over the wood as it settles, and that pairs rather well the brew to the finish.

M - Medium-full body with soft if tingly carbonation, good thickness as it permeates the palate and a boozy warming dash as it finishes.

O - While initially and at some point it may feel a bit mono-chord it packs enough quality and sense of self to make it quite worthy if not particularly memorable.

Notes: Revisiting the brew that was the first review I made for beer advocate. And sure enough not only my palate and understanding has changed but my memory too? I really don´t recall this so much as an American Ale but as a Strong one, but fair enough it seems fitting in that category. Alcohol has increased from the 8.5% I noted to this 10%, and likewise with the °Plato from 19° to 23°… Not too big a change but the added gravity lingers with too mono-chord a woody sense, a bit too straight forward. Ultimately it drinks well, but compared to what I said last time I may not be necessarily looking forward to a repeat of this one in a good while.

Review 08-12-09:
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

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Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

Dark brown with russet highlights and a sandy brown head.

Bourbon is the first thing I notice upon putting my nose in the glass and inhaling some of the liquid:) Toasty cocoa and oak notes hangin' out with some vanilla and molasses biotches. Not overdone or overpowering aroma, it's just pleasant.

Some boozy heat on the tongue, but that's okay being that there are noticable bourbon notes for it to stick to. Toasty caramel, chocolate, and bourbon flavors lead to a warm feeling in my tummy; the body has some soft richness, but could use a touch more. It's no oak aged yeti, but I have faith in aging a bottle or two of this for a few. Mellow this sucka out.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Holland's Dragon's Milk pours up with a lively carbonation which creates a moderate tannish cream colored head that envelopes the slightly murky, reddish-russet brown body. The fruity aroma is an interesting mix of caramelized sugars, malt & bourbon barrel wood. Notes of leather, olives, salted beef & sandalwood with some higher alohols add to the overall complexity. The bold flavor starts off with some ripe fruitiness that give way to an burnt molasses, highly roasted maltiness marked with some bitterness which creates a drier, bittersweet, burnt wood, warming finish. This American Strong/Stock Ale runs a gamut of character, but I found my interest wanning towards pint's end. Definitely worth seeking out, but not worth cellaring. Please don't wake a sleeping dragon. Here's to Dragon's Milk!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark brown/black in colour with a half finger of espresso coloured head.

S - Intense aroma of vanilla and oak up front with dark chocolate and some roasted malt flavours. A very intense nose.

T - Intense vanilla and oak flavours up front with a s light alcohol burn that eventually settled down. Some faint chocoalte notes and a nice sweet vanilla flavour in the finish. The taste of the ale itself is quite subdued and the flaovurs of the barrel aging form the majority of the palate of this beer.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated.

D - A very nice beer. 10% ABV is somewhat noticeable at first but less and less as I continued to drink this. Would definitely pick this one up again if I come across it.

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Photo of peabody
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out really dark with a finger of off white to brown suds leaving little lacing.
Smell is chocolate and malt mixed with some fruit like plum.
Taste is dark chocolate to coffee with raisin that quickly leaves the mouth.In fact, every flavor leaves all at once with nothing remaining, not even the alcohol you would expect to be there.
Mouthfeel is a bit dissapointing because of the flavor leaving the palate all at once.
Still, a very clean and nice beer. Quaffable for sure because of the
flavor leaving thing.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4-pack from Whole Foods. Rounded pint glass. Dimpled stein at the ready just in case things get serious.

Brown on black body. Ho-hum tan head.

Smells sticky. Melted malt balls & licorice sticks. Macerated brown bread. Chocolate cherries.

Milky texture, very lightly carbed. Lots of residual, warming booze(a bit too potent, but not harsh). Anise. Toffee & wood. Puff of ashy smoke & earthy bitterness on the finish.

Even better on cask. :)

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bourbon on the nose.
T: The taste has subtle flavors of bourbon along with some notes of the oak from the barrel aging and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is some warming and burn from the alcohol in the finish, which also has some dryness.
D: The beer is definitely one that needs to be sipped given its high alcohol content.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very dark brown with faint ruby highlights as it's held up to the light. Nice tan head and good lace. Decent head-retention.

Smell- Nutty, vanilla, and oak aromas. Tingly alcohol. Rich roasty malt hides pretty much all hop-presence.

Taste- Pretty rich malt character, some coffee, vanilla, definite oakiness, hazelnut, toffee and some evident alcohol. Fairly dry-sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel, sticks to the palate. Little carbonation, which actually works well with this brew.

Drinkability- Drinks almost like a hazelnut, iced coffee. Great flavors, but definite marks off on drinkability for the alcohol (content and flavor).

This will not be my last Dragon's Milk.

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Photo of cdViking
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in BIF from Alan, thanks man. Consumed on 4/29/09.

Poured into pint glass. Pours a nice looking-opaque black, with a finger or so of off-white head that eventually dissipates. Smells nice, with oak, chocolate and malt scents. Taste is pretty good, with sweet malt and oak hitting the front end, and a little chocolate and roast coffee hitting the backend; the aftertaste is a little boozy and roasty. Nice carbonation and thickness, enjoyable. Couldn't see myself having too many of these in a night, and took a long time to finish sipping the ~16 oz. I had.

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Photo of t420o
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Holland Dragons Milk

A- pour yields a 1 finger mocha head receding quick leaving some lacing. 3.75

S- char, vanilla, lactose, dark chocolate, alcohol is pretty prevalent. 3.75

T- big step up from the smell and quite good. Bourbon upfront with a semi-sweet milk stout base. Dark chocolate, caramel, marshmallow, and a good alcohol warmth. 4

M- a tad thin for a beer this big. Good carbonation level. 3.75

O- a very enjoyable beer. Average drinkability for a BA stout. 4

High B+

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Photo of MBbeerking14
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of Deuane
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pine Tavern, Cranberry Twp.,PA

A-Deep, dark, murky ruby tinted brown/black with a thin ring of light tan head that left no lace.

S-Roasted malt, some cocoa, light coffee and a bit of vanilla. Not very aromatic at first and this one had to warm for the notes to come forth.

T-Dark roasted malts with nice, bitter accents of coffee and cocoa that are balanced with sweetness from lactose and vanilla. Bit of earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, quite rich and very smooth. Good lingering roasted bitterness and vanilla sweetness.

D-An easy one to enjoy. Plenty of flavour and balance with good smoothness making for pleasant brew. The 9% ABV goes by unnoticed.

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Photo of tpd975
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to SeaBass.... Now Kick His Ass!

A: Pours a nice dark blackish brown hue with an average head. Good retention and some legs on this one creates nice lace.

S: Nice aroma of caramel, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, and toasted grain.

T: The flavor is more of the same though the barrel does not push through quite as much as I hoped it would. There are hits of chocolate that I did not pick up in the nose.

M: Nice medium body, smooth and creamy with good carbonation.

D: Not bad, not the beer I had hoped it would be, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of dondeez21
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Surf Taco Jackson NJ.
A:Deep, Dark, Black with a tan 1 finger thick head.
S: Hints of bourbon,oak and vanilla
T: Bourbon, Oak, Vanilla, Roasted malts with a hint of alcohol once the beer warms up.
M: Thick Chewy and stickey with a slight alcohol burn.
D: Very good beer couldnt throw down more than a 12oz pint in a sitting though.

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Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark black with a thin layer of tan foam that reduces to a ring.

Spicy and boozy. Black pepper, dark Appleton rum, some caramel notes and bourbon.

Initial taste- rum and cola. Big and boozy. Some burnt toffee, bit of coffee, bourbon, slight cherry juice taste and lots of vanilla extract. Has the vanilla bean and alcohol taste of vanilla extract. Powerful flavors all around. Mellows a bit as it warms.

Smooth with softish carbonation. Feel also reminds me of a rum and cola. Slightly more than medium bodied, warming alcohol.

Flavors are huge and can overwhelm. Very boozy. Tough to do a whole bomber of this. A unique beer that won't soon be forgotten.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz capped bottle from a trade with MarcatGSB, poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a dark rich brown, fairly opaque and black in the glass with ruby, purple and chestnut hues where the light strikes the glass. There is about half a fingers worth of roasted hazelnut colored head, which laces the glass fairly well.

S: Prominent oak, vanilla, roasted malt, and caramel sweetness on the nose, followed by some alcohol phenols. Very strong barrel character, but pleasant and not cloying.

T: Very oak and vanilla forward, with a good amount of alcohol burn, but like the sweetness it's not too distracting. Buried under the wood and booze there is some decent malt complexity in the form of roast, chocolate and caramel.

MF: Medium bodied, good carbonation, and a dry finish. Maybe a touch thin for a big stout, but I expected that with the abv.

O: An enjoyable brew, almost exactly what I thought it'd be. For my palette, the oak and booze aren't overwhelming, but I can see where that might be an 'acquired' taste...plus the barrel aging seems to cover up a lot of the other nice parts of the beer. Maybe a year in the cellar would mellow this beer and cause it to gel.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark brown/ near black pour, creamy-looking tan head.
Smell is chocolate and bourbon barrel wood. No alcohol detected.
Taste is boozy, with loads of bourbon and a vanilla/ burnt licorice flavor.
Medium feel, smooth, slightly buttery. Dry finish.
Decent stout, looks and smells great, a bit much charry and burnt for my taste (I'd prefer sweeter).
Others may disagree, so I'd say give this a try if you see it and like double stouts.

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Share with rudzud
Light fizzy dark head fades very quickly, decent lacing, dark molasses brown almost black.

Nose lots of wood, toasted oak esters, lots of roasted malt, char roast, little Smokey hint of cocoa, weird vegetable ester profile, plenty of toasty biscuit and little caramel, mild spicy hop. Nice bourbon in the background.

Taste brings plenty of bourbon and vanilla barrel, plenty of dark fruits like fig and date, dark choc notes, caramel candy, with more roasted notes, toasted biscuit, vanilla barrel and juicy bourbon. Finish sticky, little candy and caramel, some spicy hops, more vanilla barrel mild bourbon and dark fruits.

Mouth is med which is a bit thin, bod slight syrupy, decent carb.

Overall mixed, barrel was nice, hops were a little high, dark fruits are nice but a little out of place.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Holland Dragon's Milk ale pours a finger of sticky tan foam over an opaque black brew. Carbonation is hard to gauge, but a little slow. The nose is roasty malts, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and a note of alcohol stiffening everything up. Flavor is pretty much a reflection of the nose- sweet dark malts, notes of dark fruit, and chocolate balanced by espresso bitterness, a ghost of herbal hop and a rummy nip of alcohol. Mouthfeel is round and smooth, with that tang of alcohol (8% by volume) keeping things from getting fuzzy. Not exactly a porter/stout/wee heavy it's just a nice big barrel aged beer- just the thing for dark cold nights.

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Photo of nawpnawp
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very solid BA stout. It doesn't have loads of coffee/chocolate like other super popular stouts (ie. kbs, uncle jacob's), but I prefer it that way. It isn't overly sweet, but as the description state, I am digging the roasty malt backbone.

Overall, I'd buy it again if my cellar was empty and I was craving a BA stout. It certainly offers something a bit different.

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Photo of dtivp
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown, near black, no head a very little lacing.

Aroma of dark chocolate, oak and hints of vanilla.

Taste of roasted malt, bitter dark coffee followed by a slight dark fruit sweetness, vanilla and a hint of alcohol.

Mouth Feel was light leaning medium body, low carbonation, balanced, a little thin with a slight alcohol warming.

Overall it is a nice flavored stout, needs a little more thickness would make this a top notch stout.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on-tap at Ashleys in Ann Arbor after passing it up a number of times in beer spots around town. A tasty one, if not exactly incredible. Poured a darkish brown with some reddish highlights. Nose is strong on molasses and coffee. Taste is fairly similar, with a good dose of dried fruit tossed in. Coffee and chocolate play a surprisingly big part. Fairly smooth alcohol, especially for 9%. Feel is good with good carbonation. This one was pretty good, I'd definitely have it again.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
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