Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
5,741 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:
5,741
Reviews:
1,511
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
357
Gots:
1,814
For Trade:
44
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,741 |  Reviews: 1,511
Photo of SLewis
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerisgood69
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ri0
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into chalice. 2012 vintage.

A - Black with a lighter off white semi fluffy head. Fair retention and spotty lacing.

S - The nose is bourbon (held up well with age) with hints of roasted malt and chocolate, slight vanilla, marshmallow and caramel.

T - The bourbon is quite pleasant after 2 years. Roasted malt and chocolate overtones with sweet caramel and marshmallow.

M - Very light in carbonation with a medium mouthfeel.

O - This beer has held up very well and I prefer it with some age on it. I usually like BB stouts fresh, but this was a bit harsh when fresh. The age mellowed it out, but kept the bourbon notes. Quite good with 2 years on it.

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Photo of Riff
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just didn't live up to the hype, there are better bourbon barrel stouts out there. Nice, black pour with a finger width of tan head. Pleasant aroma. Body was a little thinner than I expect from a stout. Strong hit of bourbon at the front with a very sharp note of alcohol shortly afterwards that I've not had from other BA beers. Finish was smoother but lingered for too long for my tastes.

*Editing* Have since been working on the other three bottles from the 4-pack I bought. Much smoother results and getting a smooth, creamier feeling. Slight notes of vanilla flavor, sweet with a hint of a dark roast. I'll take it the first bottle was just a dud, thankfully.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zaktcc
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hophazzard
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rawwie
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mexi_locobarrel
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaisell
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goosehunter75
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a nice dark chocolate with a huge 2 finger tan head with great retention. Very good looking stout

S - Wow. Lots going on here! Big aromas of chocholate custards and coffee right upfront with undertones of vanilla and bourbon in the background. Wonderful smellnig beer!

T - Nice! Big bourbon kick right up front followed by a pleasant sweetnes of chocolate custard with a coffee background.

M - Great feling beer. Extremely creamy. The bourbon gives the beer a very nice warming effect ont he mouthfeel. A very heavy beer

O - Loved this beer. This was my first time trying it and I will definately be picking it up again. Reminded my of Founders KBS. It was not quite as smooth and seemed to get a little harsher as it warmed. But it had tons of flavor and it a great beer. Could only handle one at a time though!

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Photo of hopflyer
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with creamy off-white head. Looks milky.

Nose is prominent vanilla and bourbon background. Not much else here.

Taste follow the nose. A lot of vanilla and a little bit of the bourbon barrel. Some bitterness helps balance with sweetness.

Feel is very creamy, medium body and lower side carbonation. Feel hits pretty good for this style, especially with the vanilla being front stage. Doesn't linger very long and not especially "mouth coating".

Getting to like BBA stouts and this one didn't dissappoint. The vanilla in this stout really shines and the bourbon is positioned well within the profile without becoming overbearing. If this had a little bit more charred smokey wood flavor, this would really hit the spot for me. Even with out it, it's a very good, bordering on sweet stout, with a splash of booze/bourbon.

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of littlekidlover
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've given thought to trying this out for some time and finally picked up a bottle on the way home. It may be 90 degrees outside, but my basement is in the 60's. I am a little confused whether this is a stout or a strong ale. The bottle claims it's a stout and also claims an ABV of 10%. Well, at any rate... this poured out a little thinner than I expected. I was thinking something along the lines of motor oil, and this was far from that. The smell was very appealing, there was some nice coffee, vanilla, and dark fruit. The flavor was much the same with a bit of smoke and buttery mellowness from the oak. The mouthfeel left a little to be desired. I want a beer of this flavor profile to slither down my throat, this was a little lighter than I would prefer. All in all, a pretty solid effort.

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Photo of 7irondave
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maljay26
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4ster
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell = Roasted malt and bourbon/oak aromas.

Taste = Sweet malts upfront, caramel, and a slight bourbon/oak rounding out the flavor. A faint hop bitterness appears at the finish. The alcohol was truly hidden.

MF = Rich, smooth, creamy, and low carbonation.

Overall, after smelling the bourbon/oak aromas, I was afraid they would ambush the flavor. This was certainly not the case. This beer was amazing. The flavors were complex yet gentle. It made for an incredible beer.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark in color with massive head and tons of lacing. Riverside had just cracked a new keg and it was beautiful. Aroma is of sweet barley with hints of oak. Tastes like sweet toasted mocha with very little hop presence. It seems more like a barley wine than a strong ale. Feels thick and rich in the mouth and has just the right carbonation. Overall a very drinkable beer. Complex and enjoyable. If you can find it on tap try it.

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Photo of jmalex
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simultaneously heard about this one via the brewer on the Brewing Network and from Dr. Joel, the local New Holland rep. This one sounded too awesome to pass up.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip a very deep brown though not completely black. An off-white head is a surprisingly light color for such a seemingly dark beer. It begins as a 2-finger, pillowy head and shrinks down to a solid, tight-bubbled cap. Some cobweb-type lacing forms on a few walls of the glass as I drink.

SMELL: A mild dark chocolate aroma is easiest to pick out but is far from the most prominent. It's incredibly complex with some really incredible woody flavors which blend seamlessly with the beer. Nutty, toffee, creme brulee, brown sugar, and so much else. Exceptional.

TASTE: This beer was obviously made for the barrel aging. Nearly all of the flavor seems to have its origins in the wood. Vanilla, toffee, sherry, burnt caramels, and probably 80 other things that my palate can't pick up on. The base beers seems to be no-frills with some caramel and chocolate forming a perfect canvas on which the barrel can do its thing.

MOUTHFEEL: The lower carbonation seems right here, and the body is surprisingly only at about a medium to medium-full level. By no means is this a beefy, chewy beer.

DRINKABILITY: It's really good and I probably shouldn't be drinking this so fast. I will say that a bomber is definitely the correct serving size for this. The 9% is as close to undetectable as you can get.

Well this should improve my evening greatly. Somehow I had it in my head that this was going to be a stout, but I was clearly wrong. This is definitely one of those times where I have no problems with just how wrong I was. Recommended!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with little light transmission in the glass and a half finger light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, mild bourbon, milk chocolate and a hint of cherry. Flavor is semi-sweet dark toasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon, a hint of cherry and dark stone fruit. Finishes with milk chocolate, vanilla, mild oak and hints of fruit. Medium bodied with a pleasant light creaminess. A remarkably mellow stout for its ABV. Initially seem understated, but reveals quite a bit of flavor complexity that is very well integrated and balanced. The bourbon and barrel flavors are all present, but meld with the malt quit nicely. There is a mild lactose component that makes this almost taste like an imperial milk stout. Sweeter than other big imperial stouts, but finishes semi-dry. My first taste seemed too tame to be a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout and there is little char to the malt. But each taste was so pleasant and well balanced that this was a pleasure to drink. Nicely done. Glad to have the chance to try this classic stout.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Good brownish head, 1 finger that faded fast. Black/brown body, red when held up to the light. Ok lacing, but no visible active carb. Very complex looking.

S: Carmelly, malty sweet. I was at a fire so it was hard to smell, but I did get a bit of alcohol.

T: Smokey malt, but not roasted. Roasted in the aftertaste. No booze, or not much. Taste sort of fades away, but there are hints of vanilla and herbs.

M: Thinnish for what it is, but good. With this flavor, too much density could be overwhelming.

D: Good, could maybe drink two bombers and would be done for the night.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,741 ratings.
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