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:
#3,228
Reviews:
1,582
Ratings:
6,084
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
393
Gots:
2,030
Trade:
45
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Ratings: 6,084 |  Reviews: 1,582
Photo of Deebap
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sandstd1
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of derdtheterd
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amb3do
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AWA
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ahypercube
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Alright, I just want to be clear that I ain't hatin. Producing a year-round BA Imperial Stout is no small feat. It certainly fills a niche. Plus, the idea of milking a dragon and it coming out as a frothy BA Stout is surprisingly charming. Unfortunately it just isn't on par with its less common competitors.

L: Nice bottle, entertaining theme. Pours with just a half centimeter of mocha foam that dissipates quickly. Ends up looking just like a sweet cold-brewed black coffee. Not as black as most BA stouts; the body is more of a dark brown.

S: Not bad. Vanilla, fudge, coffee, coconut, caramel, raisins, a hint of orange and a milk chocolate finish. However, there's not much grainy/bready character going on, and what is there smells a bit stale.

T: Holds its own for a couple seconds, but then it falls apart. Fudge, vanilla, and coffee host a party and some sweet raisins and salty pretzels show up. With coconut and licorice planning to stop by later, you're anticipating a good sip. But then a stale cardboard note shows up and makes the whole thing weird until everyone else clears out.

F: Thin. Flat. Syrupy. Stale aftertaste... It could be worse, but that's not the goal.

O: A great choice if you want to get intoxicated quickly and you really want to be drinking beer. However, it's a poor substitute for the rich, roasty elixirs that most other breweries release a small batch of once a year or less. However, if you eat fruits out of season, you can't expect them to taste the same either. Maybe it's a necessary compromise.

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Photo of Sgharris49
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm a bourbon drinker so I picked this up. High alc (11.0%) - very tasty overall. Poured into pint glad with minimum carbonation. This was one of my weekly mix and match 6 pack. Definitely glad I bought it.

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Photo of MGoeltz
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Vandelay1863
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wolvmar
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stale review. Just logging for my information.

As good as nearly any BBA stout but readily available at a reasonable price. Can’t go wrong with it.

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Photo of 0Nyxee
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Holderness
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Pours a surprisingly light shade of black for the style, bordering on deep brown. Small whitish-tan head produced with aerated pour. Minimal retention or lacing
S -- Oak, dark chocolate, bourbon, hazelnut, coffee, touch of lactose
T -- Oaky bourbon, dark chocolate, medium roast coffee, roasty barley malts, light char, and vanilla
F -- Soft, smooth, and lightly velvety. Restrained bitterness throughout. Body feels a little limp/watery, at least given the style and the ABV but nothing too offensive.
O -- Glad to finally be trying this staple of the substyle. Wish it were just a hair more robust, although I can see how it has become a classic. If I were drinking this in 2001, I'm sure I would be completely floored.

83/100

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Photo of Coho11
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Burgy
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Noooddle
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jame515
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bikeforcoffee
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Peter_M_Morris
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan4120
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch, opaque black with a medium tan head that sticks around and leaves lacing behind.
S - Rich notes of chocolate and vanilla along with a malty sweetness.
T - Rich notes of chocolate and vanilla up front intermixed well with the sweet maltiness. On the back end there's a slight amount of smokiness from the bourbon barrels. Slight warmth from the alcohol at the end - but not off putting.
F - Medium to full bodied with a light to medium amount of carbonation. Smooth
O - A really nice if somewhat toned down bourbon barrel aged stout. I say toned down because some bourbon barrel aged stouts can smack you in the face with the notes of bourbon but this one is more mellow - but that's not a bad thing as it provides a smooth, easy to drink, well rounded flavor.

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Photo of DavidR_9
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/11/18

A really beautiful looking beer. Black body, no light coming through, Just a little ruby tint all the way at the edge. smooth and fizzy brown cocoa head, okay lacing.

The smell is predominately fig, dark fruit (dried plum), raisin, and roasty malts. Hint of vanilla.

Taste is plum, dark fruity fig, roasted malt bitterness and some vanilla extract paired with some evident heat midway through and more heat on the back. Not much oakey character present here. Could almost pass as an imperial stout w/ no barrel aging, let alone bourbon barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, almost watery. Low to medium carbonation, doesn’t stick to the tongue much.

This is enjoyable as a plum-y/fig-y imperial stout with some heavy roasted malt character but doesn’t really fit the profile of bourbon barrel aged, as labelled. Really pretty brew but misses the mark in scent, flavor, and mouthfeel. Maybe it could use some aging.

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Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional barrel aged stout
New Holland does it right!
Top 5 rates come stout

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

Photo of brewnme
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 6,084 ratings