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Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good
1,446 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

Added by beernut7 on 08-12-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,446
Ratings:
5,488
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
25.69%
 
 
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Photo of salimoneus
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- pours very dark, medium thick head, not much cling

Smell - This beer has a very nice aroma, consisting mostly of bourbon, oak, vanilla

Taste- Tastes mostly like it smells, a nice bourbon component, some oak, carmel, and vanilla

Mouthfeel- Fairly average, not great but not bad

Value- Four packs are available in my area for $14, which is about 30 cents per ounce. To me this represents a very good value for a quality beer in this style.

Overall- The best bourbon barrel aged stout available year around. It doesn't quite stack up against the heavy hitters in this category, but it's one I would recommend to fill the gaps in between special occasions, or those new to this style of beer. Plenty of bourbon character indicates it was aged for at least 6 months, and it's complex enough for experienced BA stout drinkers.

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Photo of Strike00
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours dark brown but not as dark as I was expecting, with a light brown head and medium lacing.
S: big bourbon smell. some chocolate and sweetness, maybe vanilla, underneath.
T: Bourbon and Booze right upfront. After those initial tastes you get Chocolate and teh stout base in the back.
F: Medium bodied, pretty smooth

O: pretty good BA Stout.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black in color. A slight khaki colored head appears with a vigorous pour, but dissipates quickly.

The aroma is of oak, toasted malts, chocolate, and a little bit of booze.

Flavor is of chocolate, roasted and toasted malts, booze (reminds me more of rum barrel than whiskey barrel), something sweet, and a dark dried fruit like raisins or figs.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth. Silky smooth. Pure silk. This has got to be the most velvety feeling beer I've ever had.

A very nice beer. For it's price and seemingly easy availability, it's hard to beat this one.

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Photo of weaselface89
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- black on first look, with a reddish tint through direct light. tan head that is maybe a finger and a half but quickly disappears. quite active carbonation.
S- chocolate covered cherry. also bourbon is present in the nose. roasted malts also
T- sweet roasty desert type beer. oak taste, and raisin. chocolate and vanilla are both apparent to my taste. quite nice and complex. cant forget the bourbon flavor.
F- nice and full boded with more carbonation than I expected, but not too much
O-when I popped the cap off this one I could hear a crackling that im not familiar with. found that interesting. probably my number one pick bourbon barrel aged stout.

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Photo of DanVas86
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(A) Out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, Dragon’s Millk pours dark brown, almost black. If held to a light, clear burgundy shows through. A thick, rich almond head develops immediately and dissipates within a minute or so to a thin blanket that remains until it’s been drank in its entirety. Good lacing nearly to the top of the glass once the head has settled. 4.0
(s)Wonderful, unmistakable bourbon barrel as soon as you put nose to glass. Boozy, but to be expected at 11% ABV. Sweet and roasted malt, vanilla. 4.75
(t) Alcohol is dominant almost immediately. The bourbon barrel comes through beautifully right away. A bit sweeter than I expected (and hoped), but not way out of balance due to its 31 IBUs. A little fleeting vanilla and brown sugar up front, possibly coffee in the middle. Definite, lingering dark chocolate finish for me. The boozy warmth stays to finish. 3.75
(f) Very delicate carbonation that disappears as soon as it hits the tongue. Then the smooth, creamy coating takes over. Its gravity is apparent, not betraying its stout lineage. 4.25
(O) smell was outstanding. A bit sweet and a touch boozy but a fantastic bottle for a cold night. Doesn't disappoint. 4.0

I’d pair this with strong cheese, rare steak… and oddly I find myself craving pretzels right now. I’ll be sure to keep two bottles until next winter to see what a year in the cellar does to this beer. Smoothing out a bit little of the powerful booze note would be nice.

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Photo of HighGravityMan
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable by itself - but probably best paired with small foods featuring nutty cheeses, smoked salmon, balsamic vinegar, or dark chocolate.

Basically, this is an aperitif beer best enjoyed with its matching foods.

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Photo of Lumens66
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As Arnold Schwarzenegger's character John Matrix said in "Commando,": "Sully, that's not important right now. What is important is GRAVITY." Well boy, this imperial stout has plenty of that. With a high ABV of 11% it is made for aging if you're up for it, with each bottle coming with a vintage tag. For me, the alcohol isn't masked behind the other elements of this stout but it's still enjoyable. The nose is more complex than its taste which is a bit disappointing. I get vanilla, toasted malt and dried porcini mushroom on the nose (I JUST used porcini mushrooms 2 days ago and I can't believe I get that scent but I do). The alcohol is dominant on the palate but the toasted malt is fleeting. It is slightly sweet and has a somewhat fleeting finish. It's nice but not my favorite.

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Photo of CoreyC
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark as it gets with a very nice head that settles quickly.

S - Alcohol dominant.

T - Light bitter chocolate, vanilla, coffee.

M - Nice, the thickness you'd want from a stout.

O - A very good barrel aged stout.

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Photo of rbelcher1959
4.81/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark pour with a nice oak and bourbon taste followed by a slight vanilla finish. Seriously strong beer, a new favorite. In Virginia a very hard beer to find but well worth the search!

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Photo of artdob
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle for 2015 Christmas direct from Michigan. Pours a deep black with a modest tan head that subsides quickly, but leaves a light tan coating on top of the beer.
The nose is rich with sweet figs, cocoa, and nutmeg. The taste is sugary - chocolate cake, herbs, a hint of Vicks cough syrup, fading to pumpernickel with sweet notes remaining on the palate.
A nice Imperial Stout - sweeter than most for this style.

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

Wow, this is a seriously potent beer. For mature audiences only.
You have to get used to the nose, which is strong oak. And then there is the taste. Bourbon, a nice balance between dark chocolate and coffee and enough vanilla to flash some Bailey's into your mind (but in a clever way). Not sure how long this will be around in Toronto, but I think I will get me some more, even though I am not a stout lover.
I recommend that you have a little dark chocolate prior to drinking (70% dark, preferably) and then sit back and hang on tight.

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Photo of DavyJones
4.99/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For whatever reason, this was a beer that I didn't have extremely high expectations for, boy what a pleasant surprise.

2015 Vintage.

Color is very pleasant dark dark brown, not as opaque as many other beers in the style.

Smell is bourbon and vanilla, heavenly.

Taste is bourbon forward, then fades to vanilla. As the vanilla diminishes, tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee emerge, all while retaining some of the creamy vanilla character. Super tasty stuff.

Mouth feel is medium, not syrupy, not watery/thin; it's the way I like my stouts.

This has become one of my favorite beers in the style. After taking my first sip, I was reminded of the the early releases of KBS when it was a bit more raw/bourbon forward, which I miss.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from a growler via Jungle Jims in a snifter----THANKS LITTLE LADY!

Pours a muddled black with tinges of brown, a nice head of dark tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and very nice lacing. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, oak, cocoa, deeply roasted grains, and raisins. Flavors exceed the nose with bourbon and oak smashing into dark brown sugars, cocoa, and dark raisin loaf on all sides. Middle gives way to vanilla and then fades into a warmth of booze touched with cream. Creamy yet subtly carbonated mouth feel to cut through the coating nature of the brew makes for a dangerous easy drinker. All in all an excellent brew and a fantastic flagship of New Holland's darker craft.

Cheers

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Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend Chris hooked me up with some of this stuff. At the time it was the best stout I had ever had. Smooth, delicous, with vanilla and toffee flavors, yet a nice bite. Dragon's milk is an appropriate name

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Photo of Sabtos
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark reddish brown with no head.

Oak and malt come off the nose, with sweet cola, like Dr. Pepper. No boozy heat at all.

Taste introduces the bourbon immediately, although it isn't too hot. Lightly tangy malt runs throughout, with the light sweetness bringing back to mind the Dr. Pepper element.

I remember this being really heavy and hot the first time I had it, but there are so many overdone bba brews out there, revisiting this is like a breath of fresh air, albeit, not my kind of air.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2015 - 11% abv

Pours black with a creamy tan head. Smells of toasty vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, and roasted malt. Taste is caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, and some roasty malt. Feels light, slightly creamy with mild carbonation. Overall a good bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Not much chocolate or coffee, but deep in caramel vanilla richness.

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Photo of erk0607
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown to black with light beige lacing, minimal head that disappeared quickly

Smell: Alcohol, dark malt, some dark fruits

Taste: Roasted chocolate and coffee malt, alcohol present, oak tannins and a nice sweet aftertaste

Feel: Thick, foamy, creamy

Overall: Pretty good, perhaps a bit overpowering on the alcohol taste but good nonetheless.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a kayki creamy head that dissapates once started drinking and a black body
S - maple, bourbon
T - chocolate, malt, and maple up front with Boubon after taste
F - light coat of mouth, low carbonation, super smooth
O - this is a really smooth easy drinking brew and is not overly boozie

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black from bomber into pint glass.
Light tan head with tight bubbles.

Smells of light bourbon, toasty, caramel, sweet chocolate, light alcohol.

Tastes of cocoa, roasted malt, marshmallow, light bourbon. Smooth.

I saw 2 bottles at the store and only bought one. I wish i grabbed the other to age.

Good stuff, already feeling the alcohol after a half a glass. Sneeeeaky!

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Photo of whynot44
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, almost black nearly opaque, with a modest tan head that fades quickly.

The aroma is dark roasted malt, sweet caramel and bourbon.

The taste is similar with bourbon very pronounced up front followed by sweet malt, burnt toast with some plum notes, dark chocolate and vanilla. The 11% ABV is very noticeable and takes some of the edge off of the sweetness.

Medium bodied and very drinkable.

Overall a tasty ad enjoyable brew, especially for a cold winter night.

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

2015 version
Pours almost black into a tulip glass. Tan head with good lacing.
Aroma is light. Some roasted malt.
Taste is slight bourbon, with roast malts, vanilla and dark fruit. Very nicely balanced. Not harsh. Alcohol is well hidden. Slightly sweet.
Mouthfeel is good with nice carbonation.
Overall, I really like this one. It has good balance with all the right flavors. This is a good cold weather sipper that is (luckily) available all year.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with thick tan head. You can smell the bourbon right away but it is an amazing smell not too strong, you can also smell a hint of chocolate and oak. It has an up front bourbon chocolate syrup taste, also a hint of caramel. Feels very smooth in the mouth bourbon is not overwhelming just right. Overall an amazing beer!!!

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 edition

A: poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dense tan head that fades to a small collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of whiskey barrel, chocolate and roasted malts
T: Taste is vanilla and caramel from the whiskey barrel with a little coffee and chocolate. Faint roasted malt flavor as well. Swallow is roasted malt, chocolate, a little oxidation and some more barrel.
M: Medium in the mouthfeel with soft carbonation and a dry finish
O: Very approachable and smooth. Flavors play well together but the mouthfeel doesn't really do it for me. Definitely one to try but I'm happy I don't have an entire four pack.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and rich dark malt forward aroma with a scent of chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Good barrel presence with hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Sweet hints of molasses. Subtle dark fruit hints of fig and prune. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty and rich dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Solid barrel taste with notes of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet notes of burnt molasses. Light dark fruit undertones of fig, cherry, and prune. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and fairly slick. Alcohol heat is hidden well.

Overall: A very good take on a Barrel Aged Stout. Nice blend of dark malt and barrel flavors.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage poured into a snifter from a 12 oz bottle brought out by AMM.

Color is dark brown with a thin khaki head that dissipates quickly. Smell is toasted grain, oak, vanilla and some light bourbon. Taste is roasted malt with dark fruit and vanilla. Mouthfeel is a little thin, with mild carbonation. Overall, it's a very good stout, but doesn't gain much complexity from the barrel.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
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