Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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89
very good
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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:
1,490
Ratings:
5,665
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
13.07%
 
 
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348
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Photo of jera1350
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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 -2%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.5%
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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Photo of ccg
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

About a quarter-inch of initial foam settles quickly into a ring and a thin layer. Noticeable lacing.
Lots of oak on the nose. Also bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and dates. As it warms, a boozy burn starts to emerge.
Surprisingly good amount of bourbon flavor comes through, with a strong, toasted chocolate finish. There is also a lot of vanilla mid-palate. There is a bit of roastiness and a hint of hops on the finish. Sadly, it loses some of that punch as it warms up.
It could use a bit more body, but the carbonation is spot-on, and it's smooth.
Admittedly, it's been a little while since I've had a top-tier BBA stout like BCBS, but Dragon's Milk is better than I remember. It's _excellent_ for what it is: a bourbon-barrel-aged stout that is available year-round and widely distributed in 12oz bottles and sold at a relatively low price. One surprisingly thing about this beer is that it seems to be better at refrigerator temperature. Try it below cellar temp and see how it changes as it warms.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared bottle with a friend. Thanks John B. Surprisingly mild aroma. Dark roast, mild sweetness. Also a surprisingly light color that is see through (for a stout) with dark red hints. Coffee, nice roast, oak with a nice vanilla flavor. Moderate to slightly bigger feel with a slightly greater carbonation than I anticipated. Overall I liked the well balanced oak that offers nice blending flavors with out dominating or covering the other flavors.

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Photo of FSUplumber
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice change of pace. The first few sips, I don't know and half way through the bottle iwas thinking this is good.
A- dark brown to black thin tan head that faded quickly
S- Dryed fruit, burbon and water
T- Lots of burbon, a little roasted malt and dryed fruit Prune raisons and fig
M- Thick from all the malt
D- Like I said on top. At first maybe than in the middle on this is good.

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Photo of onthefarside
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer from my buddy in Ohio. I'm not the biggest fan of oaked beers but I do love me some stouts. So here goes.

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my DFH snifter with a rough pour produced a thick ebony body with a creamy white head about 1 finger thick.

Smell is predominated by vanilla but a few dark fruit flavours come through along with a bit of alcohol spice.

Taste upfront is of a strong roasted malt and then the oak hits me like a barrel (hahaha). It's a very smooth taste, nothing really stands out at once, but flows nicely over my tounge. the fruit flavours and alcohol round out the finish nicely letting you know that you're drinking a higher abv beer.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, perhaps a little thinner than I expected. Decent carbonation and over all it slides around and coats my tounge nicely.

drinkablity is soso, I wouldn't want to drink too many of these in a sitting but I dont think I would refuse it if offered or on the tap list. Definately a great parring for a desert or similar type food.

Thanks again bud for this beer!

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2012 vintage. Served at cellar temperature. Got it at BEHNNIES!

Pours dark brown to black in the glass with red highlights under light (nice rooby tones, good clarity). Kind of light-looking for a big Imperial Stout. Three finger tan head that leaves lots of spotty lacing.

Aroma bourbon, oak, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, a touch of coffee. Not much in the way of roast, chocolate, etc. Very good strength.

Flavor is bourbon up front, nice vanilla and oak notes, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, again like the aroma there isn’t much in the way of roasted malts, chocolate or even dark fruit like one usually finds in an Imperial Stout, however some roasted malts and chocolate do come out as it warms up to room temperature. Moderate enzymes. Fairly sweet, minimal bitterness, alcohol is smooth and well integrated.

Mouthswish is medium bodied, creamy, somewhat sticky, light to moderate carbonation.

Putting style to the side, this is a really good bourbon barrel aged beer. However, this is more like a barrel aged scotch ale or barleywine (ala Backwoods Bastard, Insanity, Angel’s Share, etc), than an Imperial Stout. Maybe somewhere between the two styles. Great for a bourbon fix, though!

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish hints. No real head to speak of. Smells oaky... Very oaky. Definitely a different animal than normal dragons milk. The tastes is a bit astringenty but mostly just strong and oaky. Thick mouthfeel and decent drinkabiliy for the alcohol percentage

Better warm...

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite good, actually-- I was expecting it to be just ok. Dark brown, moderate tan head on it. Smell is a little lower in my book than the rest of the beer, oaky/woody/boozy. Flavor though is good, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, and vanilla. Nice stout here. Body is decent, maybe a hair light, smooth though. Very drinkable big stout. Nice one.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with mahogany highlights when held up to the light. Thick, rich dark tan head that recedes quickly. Smell was not as strong as expected. The nose was of dark-roasted malts, maybe a bit of vanilla, with a hint of alcohol. I think the beer was too cold for my first couple of sips... letting it warm a little brought out the flavors better. Taste was roasty malt, dark chocolate, with a little oak wood in the background. Occasional hints of bourbon and slight fruityness were present, also. Finish is smooth and dry, and the alcohol kind of sneaks up on you. Probably one of the more drinkable 10% ABV beers. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.

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Photo of Floydster
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle received as a gift from metallitone1, thank you very much for this beer, bottle looks different than the one pictured, poured into my New Belgium snifter, currently drinking it

A-Dark brown and nearly black with only some light shining through, 3/4 inch soapy light tan head that stuck around for close to two minutes, some retention and lacing at the beginning

S-Borubon, milk, sweet cream, some tartness, roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, caramel, and some booze

T-Started off with a big bourbon taste, some burned malt in the middle, then some spiciness in the finish, did not taste chocolate and vanilla until a little later, as it warmed I began tasting some different fruits, not as much hot alcohol that was in the aroma, no hops present at all, could taste a weird funky sourness towards the end that had some booze in the aftertaste, quite enjoyable overall

M-Spicy, sweet, and dry mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, not much carbonation, taste lingered for about a minute, weird sensation on the tongue at times

D-Could not finish this bottle, only could drink about fourteen ounces, somewhat smooth and pretty easy to drink, ABV is high at nine percent though, alcohol is pretty much hidden

Had never even heard of this brewery let alone this beer, always excited to try a barrel aged beer though, nice surprise and a generous addition to my package, would drink again, recommended to anybody that has not tried it as well

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Photo of LaneMeyer
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/black, little head.

Smells of chocolate covered dark cherries, rum, raisin, little bit boozy.

Tastes very raisin forward to me. A little sickly sweet taste going on. Some prune flavor. Lots of milk chocolate.

Mouth feel is big, thick, a little oily.

Overall, not a bad BA Stout. A little sweet for my tastes though.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz., silk-screened bottle. It pours damn near pitch-black, with ruby highlights and a finger of khaki head that leaves a few wisps of lacing. Very chocolatey in the nose, with a present, but not too strong oak note, roast, hints of vanilla, and a touch of isopropyl after a hefty swirl. Tastes of roast and chocolate, with hints of green hops that impart a medium bitterness, vanilla, and a mild, but ever-increasing oaky aftertaste. A little alcohol flavor as well. The body starts a bit thin, but becomes a bit creamier as it warms. It comes across as an oaked-up stout that is tasty for sure, but a little rough around the edges. Perhaps some aging would improve this one.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Not much head. Thin tan ring of bubbles around the glass.

The nose isn't in your face. Pick up chocolate and some woodiness from the barrel. Slight roastiness. Some booze. Opens up as it warms.

I was surprised by the taste. The creaminess strikes me first. Then a roasted chocolate and woody finish. Some notes of vanilla. Really nice.

Good carbonation. Somewhat thin for the style but not worth complaining about. Good drinkability.

Overall I was impressed by this beer. Next time I can get my hands on it I won't hesitate.

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Photo of Dhren1979
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on July 26nd, 2011

Vintage: 2011

Serving Type: 22oz Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A: Thick and creamy. Black as oil with 1 finger’s worth of toffee colored head. Sticky and the head retention is long.

S: Vanilla with hints of oak. Was expecting a stronger oak presence in the aroma. Aroma of alcohol comes out fairly strong in the middle. Roasted chocolate malts.

T: Quite similar in taste as in the aroma. Nice vanilla tastes which leads to an mild alcohol burn. Oak seems to smooth out the taste some. Creamy finish.

M: Creamy medium body stout with little to no carbonation. Silky smooth on the tongue.

O: Great example of this style IMO. A must buy when it hits the shelf!

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Bell's Hopslam glass

A) Dark brown, cola, no head

S) oak, vanilla, bourbon

T) Sweet cola, bourbon, vanilla, root beer?, interesting beer

M) Low carbonation

O) for a $15 BA four pack it's worth it. Not the best BA stout, but it's good to appease the palate as well as the wallet.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My buddy Small Paul hooked me up with this brew as a sample from the supplier he works with. He was really excited about this giving me this brew, as he knew I was a) a bourbon fan and b) a fan of stouts. By default, that makes me a huge fan of Bourbon Barrel Stouts and other such whisky inspired brews. I was looking very much forward to this as well. Side poured from the bottle into a custom Boulevard/Deschutes event tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours just like a nice solid stout should pour. Dark, basically black, with little head or retention to speak of. Looks like coffee inside the glass, which is exactly what I want. Cool packaging on the brew.

Smell - Fudge, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits. Everything you would expect from a bourbon branded beer except: bourbon! A smidge disappointing. I could only detect a slight odor, if at all, of actual bourbon. I still rated the beer highly, but I would like to see a little more bourbon notes.

Taste - Follow the nose closely, and again, lacking on the bourbon punch or burn. Vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits, very tasty and satisfying.

Mouthfeel - Ultra smooth. I rated this portion higher because of the smoothness of the 10% ABV and the velvety character of the beer. While adding bourbon, like I have suggested, would result in a higher rating in smell and taste, it would add a bourbon burn to the mouthfeel. While that is off-putting to many drinkers, it is not to me.

Overall - As I have stated, I would like to see more of a bourbon character in a beer with bourbon right there on the label. With that being said, this is an excellent beer otherwise, and highly recommended. Just forget the bourbon part, and drink it as an imperial stout or something like that.

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Photo of cbutova
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A- Black with a small head that has lower-end retention. A cloud and ring leave a small amount of spotty lace.

S- Notes of dark malt, whiskey/oak and molasses/sweet caramel malt. It fades a bit but is still nice.

T- A fairly strong whiskey and oak presence above a roasty scotch ale-like malt backbone. It has just a bit of a medicinal strong dark fruit note.

MF- Moderate body with slight creaminess and a fairly oily feeling. Some warmth and lower end carbonation suits the flavor.

DB- Good stuff. It reminds me sort of Backwoods Bastard with less whiskey and a more roasty-Stout feeling. It is strange because they don't even mention Bourbon/Whiskey on the bottle or website. The medicinal hint is my only small rant here.

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Photo of gcg49
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dragon's Milk is no BCBS, but it is the best barrel-aged stout that I can find year-round without having to seek out special releases... There seems to be some quality control issues, though. Maybe it's in my head, but some bottles seem a little thin and flavorless compared to others, even within a single four pack.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
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