Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk
BA SCORE
4.03/5
5,818 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
Ranking:
#2,950
Reviews:
1,521
Ratings:
5,818
pDev:
12.9%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
362
Gots:
1,855
Trade:
44
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,818 |  Reviews: 1,521
Photo of GregSVT
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20th Review...12oz bottle poured into a Rahr pint glass.

A: Pours a dark black that shows a bit of light through but not much. Small tan head that fades to a small ring and leaves no lacing. I even poured this pretty aggressively and it didn't make much of a head.

S: The smell is great, smells like a slightly fainter version of BCS. Cocoa, roasted malt, sweet molassess and a slight boozy whiskey aroma.

T: The molasses really takes over in the taste but is not as powerful as BCS. I also get flavors of milk chocolate, cocoa, and a slighty boozy flavor...maybe the whiskey. It could use a little more flavors from the barrel aging but it's evident.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin but creamy and carbonated well. I feel this should be thicker but it's not a stout so I didn't deduct too much.

D: I would have this again if it was readily available. The ABV isn't extremely high but it's enough that you wouldn't want to drink a 6er or anything.

Unfortunately the online store I bought this from only had one 12oz bottle left. I wouldn't mind having this on hand to drink occasionally.

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Photo of Robdiesel21
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwagner1018
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark black, slight coppery red hue against the light, little to no head poured down center (poured into my Corsendonk glass), caramel colored froth on top. Give it a nice swirl and the color really builds on top, and the aroma is born.

S- Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, smoked char, nice sweetness...very nice. Slight baked strudel, fruit/raisin...

T- Very complex/balanced and deep, roasted, butter scotch, roasted coffee, figs, slight buttery note, clean and medium dry. Can't quite place a nice sweet note, could be vanilla, but just can't determine the scent or taste...specifically...not sure why I'm stumped on that, can usually figure it out...hmmm, it is good whatever it is. (FYI sorry for the ramble) I may be picking up the vanilla through the bourbon note, and from the oak...

M- Smooth, light carbonation, creamy, slight bitter note on back of tongue. Soft and mellow, delicious.

D- I went through a 22 oz bomber over about 2 hours, took my time with it, let it linger, allowed it come up to room temp, started at cellar around 48deg...very nice, but the complexity really shines at about 60deg. Really nice beer.

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Photo of HistoricalMan
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured down the center of a Left Hand balloon glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: A smooth-bodied black stout with a finger of moderately-creamy off-white head. The head quickly recedes and leaves a halo of creamy big bubbled foam. A moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: A hint of molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, oak, and a tease of alcohol. The aromas are quite subtle.

Taste: Milk chocolate, heaps of vanilla, malts, smooth oak, and a bourbon bite on the finish. The burst of vanilla, malts, and oak at the midpoint is delicious.

Mouth: Thick yet incredibly smooth body with moderate to light carbonation. There's a slight prickliness from the bourbon influence but it certainly doesn't diminish the overall body of the beer.

I love this stout. I know some people find it relatively underwhelming, but I find the balance of flavors and the smooth body thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of Gator1107
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really suprised by this beer. Actually, I was more suprised to find the bar carried it.
Appearance: It poured very dark and thick with a small head to start. The color reminded me of a very dark plum.

Smell: Right away I could tell this would be no ordinary drink. Hints of liquor and roasted cocoa hit me first followed by a swaggering vanilla.

Taste: The first taste resembled that of a scotch and vanilla rum. Quickly it gave way to hints of chocolate and coffee. Wrapping up with a hint of fruit and vanilla. Leaving a dry aftertaste, that begged you for more.

Mouthfeel: Although a very great tasting beer, not a beer that I could drink all night long. Was a wonderful mix of flavors!

Drinkability: A great beer, one that I would drink in limited quanities. Serving up at around 9% and my bottle came in at 1 pint and 6 ounces. I great beer to hit at a fine pub.

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Photo of chaz410
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this many of times from bottle but reviewed on tap at the flying saucer.
Pours a deep blackish red with a thin kakhi colored head.
Smells of thick caramel and biscuit malts along with huge punches of vanilla and oak sweet notes. No real hop profile evident here.
Taste smooth, chocolate notes and caramel lace the tongue. Not like a stout, more like a chocolate infused strong dark ale. Oak and vanilla character are very evident. Rich crisp finish.
Very smooth mouthfeel that saturates the tongue quickly.

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Photo of Homebrew
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Black as night. opaque, no head
Smell - bourbon, chocolate, oaky, sweetness. Smells delicious
Taste - bourbon, coffee, tons of roasted malts, chocolate, sweetness
Feel - coats the mouth, warming, was hoping for a thicker body though

Overall - My first BA stout....whoa!! A monster of a beer. Definitely a sipper. Enjoyed.

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Photo of Jeffrey84
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's is impressive to me that a brewery can produce a consistent BBA stout available year around. That is the only thing I really like about this beer. I rate it as high as I do because I appreciate the qualities of the beer but just don't enjoy it. The bourbon flavor is overpowering me. Only drinking this in a pinch.

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Photo of Goatdavemac
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Maniaci
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of AmitC
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Relatively very thin dark brown colored pour. Dark black inside the glass. Very thin tan colored head. Some shine. Fades easily. Excellent lacing on the sides. Opaque.

Aroma is a mix of oak barrel characters. Good amount of vanilla and creamy sweetness. Dark roasted malts. Strength is moderate to slightly faint. No hint of 10% whatsoever. Slightly porter like feel. Not a very robust aroma by any means.

Taste is perplexing. Good amount of warming but not hurting alcohol upfront. A lot of charred and almost ash like burnt up flavor. Too much charcoal. But distinct. I like it slightly. Some hops as well. Nice to see again. Finish is dry.

Mouth feel is medium and slightly thin for a stout. Decent warmth. No astringency of any kind except for some burnt up smokey flavor. Moderate carbonation.

A distinct brew. Could have used a better body, appearance and aromas and it would be a winner.

Edit: A very nice mix and interplay of robust barrel aged tastes. Excellent towards the end.

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Photo of Dan_Metcalf
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mizzoueng
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in bomber format. Bottle has changed as now it is a screened printed bottle with a dragon and a large barrell behind it. Bottle states 9% ABV and 19 degrees plato.

A - Dark brown with reddish hues. Light could pass through it, but only when held to light, this is when the red hues were evident. Head was very prononced and required about 10 seconds for seperatiion after a good hefty pour. Head color was tannish and stayed for about 3/4 of the beer, dissapated but left a good lacing and a light skimming of head when swirled.

S - Oak, Chocolate, Oak, Vanilla, Malt. All very well balanced. The Oak was the most prominent aroma, followed by the vanilla.

T - Oak and chocolate malt with a hint of actual cocca. Don't think hershey's candy bar, think hershey's unsweetened cocca. The alcohol was warming but not really that "slap you in the face" at 9%.

M - Heavy, but not thick, kind of like a Guiness. Warming and pleasant. Allowing it to sit in your mouth gives a warm, buzzing feeling and plays many tricks on your tounge with the complex flavors present.

D - I would buy this again, I would like it better if it came in a 12oz bottle as 22oz is a lot to drink by yourself. I was sharing with friends, getting them exposed, so I didn't have to drink it all.

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Photo of jessealmlie
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluedognever
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle in late May on a warm sunny afternoon. Appearance is very dark - almost like a cola with a slight but creamy tan head. This is a beer with a 10% alcohol content and you taste it but that's not a negative. Very smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Hints of the bourbon barrel aging are very noticeable but not overpowering. Hints of roasted caramel and some vanilla as well. A very strong flavored beer as you would expect from an Imperial Stout. Not an easy drinking beer because the favors are so powerful but very good. I'll probably enjoy it more in tHe winter but it's definitely on the list to buy again.

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Photo of trep
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black as night, some light getting through on the outsides. Thin khaki head. Leaves some lacing.

Coffee, sugar, some light chocolate. Very sweet smelling.

Very roasty and smooth. Vanilla, bourbon, faint alcohol, attributed to the oak i'm sure. Mocha and coffee. I can't get over how smooth this is.

Creamy and coating, perfect carbonation and medium/full mouthfeel. Super easy drinking...like chocolate milk easy drinking.

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Photo of ryan33iowa
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ilikebeer03
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown, slightly translucent. lightly tan head, thick with good retention.

S: soft bourbon and vanilla, oak. light chocolate and roasted malts. great nose

T: soft bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts. coffee. alcohol burn is definitely present, but not overpowering.

M: nice and creamy.

O: good beer.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stout has the requisite black body, sparkling and orange-litten, and a brief-lived medium pebbly tan head leaves good bands and cavelets of lacing. The nose is medium in intensity: a tasty blend of molasses, cocoa and bourbony booze atop a more subtle oak character. On the palate, it is a bit more assertive, but still in keeping with the nose: a seamless, fairly rich blend of milk chocolate, molasses and toffee, backed by a fairly boozy bourbon flavor and subtle oak notes. In net, it lands a bit on the sweet end of the balance. The finish is surprisingly clean, just a modest hit of toffee; the linger is a mild, tartish, thin chocolate/oak flavor that stays around for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is on point for the full body, and is slightly warming; the texture is nicely sticky/creamy, with just a hint of pepperiness from the restrained carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 51 days after pkg)

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Photo of Keeling
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pnelting
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Atlas1
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this bomber of Dragon's Milk for about 2 years. My sister-in-law sent this to me from Grand Rapids a couple years back along with some other stuff. Finally time to uncork.

Poured into a snifter, Dragon's Milk is dark black in color with a thin light brown head on top. Nice enough, but two years sitting in my cupboard may have taken a bit away from it in terms of appearance. The nose on this is quite nice, though. Strong notes of vanilla and bourbon. Subtler aromas banana, plum and maybe clove. Very nice and sweet, but I think much of the oakiness of this has subsided in the bottle over time. Taste follows suit - bourbon and vanilla are heavy up front with distinctly dark fruit sweetness on the back end. Some dark cherry here in the finish. Two years in the bottle also may have allowed the booze to mellow out a bit, because while it's 11% ABV it's hardly noticeable. That might also just be a I let this warm up to room temp as well, to allow for maturation of flavors, and it didn't disappoint. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than expected, but again that might be a result of the aging process, so I'm not discounting too much here.

Overall a fine beer. Ages nicely and the nose and flavors hold up quite well. Good stuff from New Holland. Cheers.

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Photo of PaulElk
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Boozy, creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Nice lacing.Ok, after 3/4 of it I'm liking this more and more. Having another one is probably not a good idea. Less boozy the more you sip

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5,818 ratings
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