Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#3,234
Reviews:
1,584
Ratings:
6,090
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
394
Gots:
2,030
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,090 |  Reviews: 1,584
Photo of roger617
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into 12 oz snifter

A: 3.75 pours dark black with less than 1 finger of off white head
S: 4.0 smooth roast and coffee, slight bourbon
T: 4.25 a great blend of coffee and bourbon hit up front and longer nicely. The bourbon is subtle, but pleasantly noticeable.
M: 4.0 carb is a little high for style, but the smooth and silkyness help mask the higher carb level.
O: 4.0 great beer, especially for being readily available. This is one I have every so often, and that will continue.

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Photo of bb-magic
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RuckusDu
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap over a year ago and fell in love with the smoothness of it. As I don't have access to the beer, this is my first taste since then. 2011 vintage into Duvel tulip.

A - Maybe a half finger of tan head (slight orange in it), but really not much. Body is deep brown, almost black. Needs at least 8mm to get any light through.

S - Great bourbon and vanilla. Slight alcohol as well. Some semi-sweet chocolate.

T - Definitely get that milk flavor, but it is dominated by bourbon, alcohol, and vanilla. Again some chocolate as in the nose.

M - Not as smooth as I remember, but carbonation is better than the pour suggested and body is quite nice. Great job.

O - Great beer. The alcohol is a bit too present. Nice barrel flavors and wonderful all-around production.

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Photo of eppie82
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Muss42
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of barnzy78
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one the first craft beers I was introduced to - it's time for a review.
12oz bottle, Vintage 2014, 11% ABV. I remember this being less ABV in previous years and described as "ale aged in oak barrels" (like the photo to the left) rather than the updated description of "bourbon barrel stout". Not sure of when and why the change. Marketing perhaps.
A - thin foamy tan head atop a dark brown cola-like colored body
S - vanilla, oak, boozy bourbon, roasted barley, caramel
T - boozy with bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted barley, dark chocolate, earthy and peppery on the finish
M - fuller body, very smooth, lower carbonation, alcohol is expectedly noticeable
O - always a good one to come back to. It's been a few years, but just as good as I remember.

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Photo of npala86
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Anthonysafier
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The crossroads between magenta and black with a receding tan skim.
Oak is evident from the get-go. Some traces of heavy cream, but the woody, vanilla, sourish/buttery tinge of the oak is the ringer here.
Begins meagerly malted with nods towards both coffee and prune. As an exercise in oak-aging, this is unsurpassed, as it brings all sorts of toasty, vanilla-sweet hazelnuts, and woodsy tartness. Yeast mingles well with a rich lather of churned butter. Forget about hops.
This is a simple ale on wood, and therefore impersonates something more complex than it really is. It has little malt structure to speak of. I could drink this all fucking night because I adore the oak hues imparted here. But that in itself does not a great beer make.
Oodles of potential here and I plead for New Holland to tweak this as they go along. It's nice as it is (at least for oak fans), but, this pushes strongly for something deeper, somerhing more profound, more erotic.

Right now, it settles for Showtime, but with some attention, it could blossom into full-blown, hardcore mouth porn.

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Photo of cyrushire
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iadler
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle split into two tulip glasses.

A- Pours a very dark brown with a two finger mocha head that leaves lines of lacing behind.

S- Cream, coffee grounds, oak, dark chocolate, subtle bourbon and roasted malt.

T- A nice blend of coffee with cream and drizzled with some dark chocolate syrup. Dark fruits and mellow bourbon are noticeable in the background. Finishes with some roasted malt.

M- Medium carbonation and body. The carbonation is too high for my liking and the body is a tad thin. Has a slight roasted finish.

O- Haven't had this for years and really enjoyed it. There didn't seem to be as much oak presence as I remember. Definitely one of my favorite offerings from New Holland.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on September 28th, 2015
Reviewed on March 5th, 2015
Served in a Snifter

Eyes
Poured a rich dark brown body. Thin tan head quickly collapsed, leaving bubbly retention and a sparse amount of lacing.

Nose
Sweet roasted malts. Dense layers of dark fruit, vanilla, and chocolate. Bourbon was there but not overwhelming. Similar aromatic notes to those of Belgian Quads.

Tongue
Sweet malts hit the tongue first. Dark fruit. Cocoa. Sweet layers with notes of vanilla and marshmallow. Whiskey blended well with the sweet notes but finished tart, leaving a decent hit of alcohol. Overall flavor was sweet.

Mouthfeel
Full-bodied. Moderate carbonation. The body felt too carbonated to support the potential wide-range of complexities this beer had to offer.

Overall
Sweet, boozy, and pleasing.

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Photo of kogutmic
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CCutch
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkazemi
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OldDirty
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BostonHops
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep brown / borderline black shade while yielding a finger of mocha colored head lapsing at a normal pace, leaving some patchy lacing. nose offers roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, and alcohol. enjoyable aroma, though nothing otherworldly.

taste follows with the roasted malt, vanilla, and coffee characters flanked by seconday notes of molasses, chocolate, and caramel. lot of tasty stuff going on. the booze isn't as well-hidden as perhaps it could be, which would be my biggest criticism. medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall a tasty beer, reminds me a little of dogfish head's palo santo marron. not world class territory here but one i would be happy to have again.

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Photo of 57md
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in appearance - almost black. There is a thin head to this offering and no retention. Caramel dominates the nose. The taste is driven by the chocolate malt smoothness. Pleasant vanilla and whiskey notes are present, but certainly not overdone.

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Photo of Xandrose
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tjb27
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small 1 finger tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big oak, vanilla, toast, earth, roasted malt, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, and light bourbon. Very pleasant and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, oak, vanilla, toffee, molasses, toast, dark fruit, and light bourbon. Minimal bitterness; with lingering notes of vanilla, molasses, caramel, toffee, oak, roasted malt, dark fruit, and light bourbon on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor complexity and balance; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel this is quite nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed on the finish. Definitely a moderate sipper at 10%. Overall this is a really excellent oak aged beer! Very nice complexity and flavor balance; and quite smooth for the alcohol level. I know for a fact that older bottles of this turn out fantastic as well. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NathanBeets
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pdonovan16
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 6,090 ratings