Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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4.04/5
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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:
#3,097
Reviews:
1,573
Ratings:
6,055
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
392
Gots:
2,012
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,055 |  Reviews: 1,573
Photo of zizouandyuki
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Share with rudzud
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 rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros. 2014 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice semi clear brown hue with a thin head that faded to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light chocolate, faint dark fruit, very light bourbon. Really faint vanilla and oak.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amount of dark fruit. There is some chocolate candy taste, rather mild bourbon too.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, bit thin.

O - Overall this beer was rather underwhelming. Didn't get nearly enough stout notes.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jrschaef
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thehyperduck
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled on 02/10/2015. Served slightly chilled.

Pours black as coal, generating a half-finger of khaki-coloured froth at the surface. The head fizzles out over the next 60 seconds or so, soon giving way to a wide, foamy collar, but producing little in the way of lace. Not a real looker, but it's got good legs when you swirl. Charred oak wood, vanilla and bourbon come through clearly on the nose, while notes of roasted malt, treacle and dark chocolate are not far behind. Perhaps a few faint suggestions of licorice and fig, along with some booziness.

Very rich-tasting. Molasses and caramel figure in prominently, with big roasted malt flavours of dark chocolate and cocoa interacting beautifully with the barrel features. Charred oak and vanilla are impossible to miss, though hints of figgy dark fruit certainly are - bourbon/barrel really comes forward on the back end, at the expense of everything listed previous. Boozy-sweet bourbon finish with herbal, roasty astringency; good warmth in the aftertaste too, with just a hint of coffee beans. Lingering ethanol. Full-bodied, with light carbonation and a luxuriously smooth, fulfilling texture that coats the palate with each sip. Indeed, the mouthfeel is my favourite aspect of this unabashedly big, barrelled stout.

Final Grade: 4.07, A-. Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout is a decadent beer that is quite clearly aimed at the hardcore bourbon-philes - seriously, if you aren't at least sort-of a whisk(e)y guy, this probably will not be your cup of tea. The oak wood, bourbon and vanilla flavours are relentless in their grab for your taste buds' attention, and the alcohol amplifies those tendencies - but the remainder of the flavour profile is a little lacking for such a strong stout. Don't take that the wrong way, because this is still a very good BBA stout that I would (and probably will) purchase again. It's just not necessarily the first I'd recommend.

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Photo of nuebs
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thebooyakid
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as nuanced as other bba stouts. The bourbon is only slightly detectable and the chocolate and biscuity flavors are muted.

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Photo of Zebulan
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Very dark with a small amount of tan head. Small amount of lacing as well.
S: Can smell the barrel straight away. Sweet smell but not sugary.
T: Very nice taste. Bourbon and heat but not offensive or overpowering. Sweet taste as well.
F: Smooth in the mouth warm going down.
O: Have had a few of these and is one of my favorite Bourbon barrel stouts. Is fairly easy to find which makes it a nice pick up.

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cuy50
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of invalid665
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason1221
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shukhrat
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, creamy

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Photo of Nick29
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tripledbrew
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour on draft at Tempest in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a brandy snifter.

Comes with a dark black body, one finger effervescent offwhite head with good retention, no lacing. Smells of vanilla, oak, mild hints of bourbon, deep roast, milk chocolate, touch of black espresso. Aromatic and pleasant, without any hint of heat. Flavour is similarly roasty with plenty of milk chocolate and cocoa, touch of bourbon, vanilla, oak, no heat. Easy to drink with plenty of flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not as full as bigger stouts but hefty enough. Good carbonation on draft. Lingering milk chocolate and vanilla on the finish. A tasty, slightly underpowered bourbon barrel aged stout which will hit the spot more often than not. It's on the opposite end of the spectrum from Central Waters' Bourbon Barrel Stout- more of the base stout, less of the bourbon barrel but still not lacking in the latter.

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Photo of PatrickJay
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mthomp976x
4.98/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of spinrsx
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8 or so

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some vanilla and a bit of a bourbon flavour.

Overall - An interesting brew. Not over the top in sweetness or bourbon, but still packs a punch in ABV. Very drinkable and a nice well rounded flavour. I guess I was expecting something more robust, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Can't see this improving with age really, seems about perfect now.

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Photo of PSanger
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amazing and complex smell. Great taste.

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Photo of Gambyt20
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrufflePig
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 6,055 ratings