Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,473 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): 10.00%

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:
1,473
Ratings:
5,588
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
336
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1,743
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,473 | Ratings: 5,588
Photo of Trenary
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This edition of Dragons Milk has the dark black roasty coloring that comes standard with each edition of Dragonsmilk. Great lacing with a thick head upfront (poured into a snifter), although head retention is not enduring.

There is a very boozy smell upfront with some roastiness. Mostly booze though.

The taste is definitely more alcohol heavy upfront, which recedes into a more malty, nutty stout taste. Once again, more boozy than not, but that might be a plus for bourbon beer enthusiasts. The oakiness comes through initially, but its tenure is short lived. Good for the style overall, but nothing mild about this beer! Big, boozy and full of bravado, it's jut as the name implies!

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Photo of mikeeeee
4.91/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours oily black....smell is intoxicating: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, cloves, coconut, and specialty grain blissfully hit your noise.

Tastes of the same smells that reward your taste buds with a smooth bourbon treat. Slow alcohol heat so infused with the oak that you really enjoy it, leaving you wanting more. Probably this beers only weakness.
Finish is rewarding with a vanilla malty
bourbon after glow.

really really good...treat yourself.

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Photo of wjoelbrooks
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a glass into a standard shaker pint glass.

L: Pours a beautiful midnight black with only a hint of brown when held in the light. Minimal head--the same as most other porters--with a bit of lingering lace.

S: Overwhelmingly bourbon, but not too much. There is actually more bourbon on the nose than on the tongue. Bittersweet chocolates, too.

T: Wonderful taste--but probably the weakest point of this otherwise incredible beer. A hint of bourbon, but not as much as I expected. Sweet, creamy vanilla finish, but I also got a strange metallic-y taste in the first couple of swallows.

F: Full body with a pleasant, lingering aftertaste. Not as heavy as I prefer my stouts and porters to be--a little syrupy.

O: This just became one of my favorite beers (although my wallet whined a little). But the 11% ABV ensures that I won't be drinking many in one session. Well done, New Holland! Well done!

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- black color, thin head dissipates very quickly, almost instantly
S- bourbon, toasted malt
T- bourbon, chocolate mostly
M- full bodied but not as thick as I would have liked. It's still pretty good but it could be thicker.
D- Pretty good. I think I would drink it again.

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Photo of PDGreenB
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This imperial stout lives up to its name, at 11 percent alcohol content it's a real kicker. The taste is a bit stringent, especially for a stout. Hints of nut and vanilla, with a truly knock-down coffee flavor and cocoa. Not too charred, and surprisingly smooth on the nose. This beer is one wild ride.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours extremely dark brown with a small-to-medium head that has good retention and leaves spotty lace. Nose is a bit like booze-soaked cake with cocoa, but is a bit light for what's expected. Taste is about the same...also a bit light (for an 11% ba stout) with some rough edges in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin (again for an 11% ba stout). Overall, a reasonable beer for the price and being ba, but a bit disappointing.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Well, this certainly is a cool stout. It's pretty damn boozy. It works.

This opens to a black, slightly fizzy, nice looking drink. The aroma is all boozy and malty.

The taste is a huge malt and hops and boozy bomb, with the booze taste definitely enhanced by the bourbon barrel taste.

The aftertaste is sweet and alcohol related. This is highly recommended if you were looking to have a very strong boozy experience.

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Photo of MalarkeyMcGee
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Jet black with a bright white foamy head.

S: Very strong bourbon aroma with a bit of toasted malt behind it.

T: Sweet and boozy. Roasty. Good but not a lot else going on.

F: A bit light and effervescent for a BB stout.

O: I liked it. It's far from the best but very solid.

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Photo of JoLight
4.91/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black, with brown hues. A thin, frothy khaki head. Nice lacing.

Smell: chocolate (like a mixture of cocoa truffles and fruit-filled chocolate); cream; sweet indistinguishable savory fruit; bourbonesque sweetness; alcohol; and oak.

Flavor: pleasant sweetness all the way through; cream; alcohol; whiskey flavor (I guess bourbon); roasted malt; oak; a chocolaty aftertaste. Bitterness is minimal.

Mouthfeel: medium-to-heavy, syrupy; lightly and pleasantly carbonated.

Finish: slick, syrupy, savory.

This is, overall, one of the best beers money can buy, in my humble opinion. If you have access to it, I highly suggest you give it a try.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

dark brown, nice looking brew. nose is pretty weak, touch of chocolate, roastyness, and maybe a hint of vanilla, but mainly getting a harsh alcohol scent as well as an offputing aroma that i cant really describe. taste is okay but only marginally better than nose - theres something unpleasant about it that i cant put into words, but its not something ive experienced in an imperial stout before. not much in terms of bourbon notes, but definitely boozy in a rubbing alcohol kind of way. honestly its not a terrible beer but i would recommend skipping it... drinking bourbon aged imperial stouts that are mediocre just isnt worth it.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L-The beer pours a dark black with a mocha 2 finger head. Lacing is excellent and the head recedes to a thin film.
S- The bourbon is extremely strong on this one. There is some dark chocolate behind all the bourbon, but it is certainly playing second fiddle here.
T-The bourbon isn't quite as dominant here as it is in the nose. Because of this you get a little more chocolate than the nose. Still not overly complex. Almost no hop bitterness here. Really quite warm in terms of alchohol.
F- Despite the large head and prominent lacing the beer is thinner than I would have expected.
O- While not overtly bad, there are many other better bourbon barrel stouts out there. I probably would not buy this again given other choices.

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Photo of h0wdy
4.87/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: A rich deep black body and there's a small head to it.

Smell: I get a smell of chocolate, some coffee and a hint of bourbon.

Taste: Exactly like the smell, but I can taste more of the bourbon then I can smell of it.

Feeling: Little bubbling, smooth drink and a nice kick to it.

Overall: A highly rated beverage in my opinion!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/30/16.

Starts off a pour of chestnut brown developing into a deep, dark chocolate color. Head is 1 finger in the snifter and mocha colored.

Aromas from the bottle weigh heavily on chocolate and bourbon barrel; agitation in the snifter yields fusel alcohol, peanut butter-chocolate, dark fruits, and light grain. Mostly distilled alcohol though.

I'm not really picking out a focal point here in the flavor; I'm just getting a lot of stouty flavors like anise, dark chocolate, fermented prunes, candy bar, fusel alcohol, and hot bourbon. Dragon's Milk is tasting like a stouty mess so far, with no real focus.

The feel is much lighter than expected, somewhat watery, definitely missing the boozey hotness of other BBA stouts.

Overall, I'm super happy that I only spent $3.69 on ONE of these, and not $8 on a big one, or $14 on a four pack. This is easily one of the poorest BBA stouts I've had. Is it drinkable, yes. Is it memorable, not really!

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Photo of cmurkar
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an oily black from a 12 oz bottle. Head is 1/2 inch and tan, disappears quickly. Smell is roasted malt and vanilla. Taste is distinctly forward with a roasted dark chocolate and licorice, finishing with mild bourbon. Pleasantly sweet. Beer is thick and creamy. Full mouthfeel with little carbonation. Alcohol catches up to you pretty fast, so careful with this one!

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Superb amount of bourbon Barrel. Not too much, not too little. Although it has a nice feel with some creaminess, it feels just a tad thin. Apart from that, there's nothing to criticize. Very well done.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pitch black oily body, extremely brief 1 finger brown head.

Smell: See below.

Taste: A distinct flavor of dark chocolate syrup, plus mild coffee, mild oak, mild bourbon. Some charcoal on the finish.

Feel: Thick syrupy body, mild sweetness, low carbonation, warming alcohol finish.

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Photo of IPA-enthusiast_026
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am rating this beer very high despite my dislike for bourbon. While I would not buy this beer for myself again, it is a very good dark and bourbon ale. It does have a pretty good kick of alcohol flavor at the end, but it is a smooth and sweet beer. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys bourbon and/or dark beers.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/4/16.

Dragon's Milk is a nearly black stout with a very thin layer of head that settles to nothing.

Aroma is boozy and malty with bourbony peat.

Flavor is sweet up front with chocolate malts. The bourbon comes through from idle to end but it's balanced and doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the beer.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and low in carbonation. Alcohol is fairly well hidden for an 11%abv.

Overall a good imperial stout with well judged bourbon character.

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Photo of godlessape
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a stunning solid black that could deflect laser beams. The three finger tan head sinks to just a wee rim.

The aroma is bready and sweet with molasses and Snicker bar. In the background I pick up a coffee wiff that reminds me of drinking a black Russian.

The flavor is astounding with all of the above aroma notes mixed with a hint of vanilla and licorice.

The mouthfeel is smooth with little carbonation.

Overall I couldn't be more satisfied.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - thanks to my houseguest Chris for schlepping this one back from Michigan, via Seattle, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

This beer pours a solid black, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy brown head, which leaves some frothing ocean swell lace around the glass as it swiftly sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, grainy toffee/treacle, bittersweet chocolate, earthy anise, surprisingly subtle barrel notes (wet wood, rye booze, and understated vanilla), and a mixed dark orchard fruitiness. The taste is big cocoa-forward caramel/toffee malt, cafe-au-lait, black licorice liqueur, a still subdued Bourbon barrel character - vanilla pods, acrid staves, and a lesser rye graininess - reduced brown sugar, marshmallows, and more blended black fruit (cherries, bruised apple, and plums).

The bubbles are pretty laid-back in their hard to fathom at times frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, that mild Kentucky barrel essence maybe keeping things just beyond the ideal. It finishes bordering on sweet, the caramel, toasty vanilla, cocoa, and yeah, booze, keepin' 'er tight.

Overall, a decent Imperial milk stout, as it were, the barrel treatment underwhelming at best (ok, the vanilla character surely comes through), and easy enough to drink, especially given the 22-proof booze. I've never seen Game of Thrones, so I'll suggest that this is best imbibed whilst watching some vintage Lord of the Rings.

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Photo of Alan_Bats
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

l- Black as it should be
s- not quite enough roasted and coffee aroma, a little too much boozy bourbon
t-strong coffee and other roasty goodness. Booze hits at the end and then vanilla and roasted sweet malt finish
f- creamy and full-bodied
o- as good as it gets for a readily available imperial stout.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this from the bottle in its natural environment.
For a year round shelfy I was impressed. Legit bourbon nose, a bit of boozy burn (less booze and less body than BCBS), some roast and cocoa. Very little of the advertised vanilla.
Pleasant back up option when in the Midwest and the rest of the bar menu bores you. Makes me kinda wish we had it down south too.

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Photo of mactrail
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Dark, near black brew with a reddish case. Not much head but foam swirls up when you slosh the glass for another sip. The first sip is the best, when the Bourbon aromatics rise on the fume of alcohol.

Hugely alcohol tasting. It tastes like a whiskey drink with a splash of stout. Medium body. Some malty sweetness but it's quite acidic.

An interesting variation on the Bourbon Barrel theme, but I would never drink this one again. Just about too hot to drink, but very slow sipping preserves the tonsils while taking tread off the dental enamel. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pitch black with a wee bit of deep tan lace.

Aroma: Whiskey, cocoa. Already this one seems strong with sweet vanilla and oak barrel apparent.

Taste: Big and heavy, with tons of vanilla and wood tones alongside chocolate and a coffee, as well. Finishes really warm and boozy. Delicious and one to savor and sip.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma starts with dark malts and bourbon sweetness, some dried fruits like dates, a bit of brown sugar and a hint of caramel. Taste is really well balanced. There is caramel and some bourbon at first giving a bit of sweetness but the finish is more roasty and bitter with a bittersweet caramel and bourbon aftertaste. Body is on the heavy side but not really as thick as other BBA imperial stouts. Overall I think it's a really good "beginner" barrel aged stout. Easy to get but well made and tasty.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,588 ratings.
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