Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,476 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:
1,476
Ratings:
5,595
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
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336
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,476 | Ratings: 5,595
Photo of philvish
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good barrel aged stout. I've had quite a few and had this with a meal out of the bottle. Poured nicely, delicious aroma and great taste. A little too strong for my preference (it hit me hard) but delicious.

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Photo of zshaft
3.19/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

got some of this stuff and I am not excited cause burbon aged is not my thing. pours nice jet black like all stouts with rather tHin head. nose is like burbon and some burbon with maybe some light toffee. taste is more hard alcohol with oily mouthfeel making the flavors roll down the tounge and making this experience worse. alcohol burn at the end. while the burbon is not to intense its to much for me. I can get this down but not an enjoyable time. I don't get this aging trend. I don't like shots in my beer. lets get this over with so I can have something good.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a tan head that stays as a cap and laces decently. Notes of oak, vanilla, choclate and bourbon. Medium body, light for a stout, light heat from the alcohol and pretty clean finish. The flavors are simple, straightforward and fit the bill for an easy to acquire barrel aged stout. The body is thin and the mouthfeel suffers, lacking the creamy and full feel of a truly great stout. It's not the best but it isn't trying to be.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Holland Dragon's Milk. The first time I had one of these, it was my first BBS and I thought it was too bourbony. I've had enough BBS's that I now enjoy them, and this is a fine example. Searching for the variants.

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

Picked up a 2015 edition at the local Bevmo, for $9.99 a bomber. Heard many a good thing about this beer so absolutely had to try it.
A - pours nearly flat with a very small head that drops to a ring with no retention. I've come to expect this of BBA beers, so no real knock there.
S - aromas of bourbon, wood, chocolate, roast and plenty of dark fruits.
T - tastes roasty, with plenty of dark fruits. As the beer gets warmer, the bourbon and chocolate begin to come through.
F- thinner mouth feel than the 11% abv would suggest. Almost medium full, but not quite :)
O - overall a good BBA stout at a reasonable price. Will Crack open the other bottle in 6 months and report back.

Time to report back.
Re-review, sampled second bottle (2015 edition, bottled Feb 2016). At this point in time, the beer is 10 months old.
A - A vigorous pour yielded 2 fingers' width of offwhite head that receded into a thin ring that lasted the full distance.
S - Dark fruits, raisins, prunes, lively pomegranates, roasted malts. This is more characteristic of a belgian dark ale than a rich imperial stout.
T - Everything promised in the smell, plus a generous dose of brown sugar. This is closer to a BBQ than a BBA-IRS.
M - Medium. I think the 11% ABV has been achieved by the addition of some simple sugars, instead of just malt. For comparison: Ten fidy, Bells expedition and Founders IRS are all sub-11% ABV, but have a more malty character than this beer.
O - If this were a blind taste test, I would have sworn that I was drinking a Belgian dark ale, or BBQ or even a barrel-aged scotch ale. Imperial stout...not so much. A good beer none the less, and an excellent bargain for a 4-pack at $18 or thereabouts.
Rating - As an imperial stout - 3.95/5, as a BBQ or Scotch ale - 4.3/5.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a medium-thin khaki head. Short head retention with only a handful of lacing dots left behind. Deep roasted malts, vanilla, and oak make up a dark aroma. Taste is sublime, with roasted malts, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Feel is thick, and smooth. Not the most creamy or robust though. Overall, a sublime imperial stout. Readily available, and pleasant to drink give this one high regards for me.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass (the best I had in a hotel room).

L - Dark brown color and clear when held up to the light. Head is off-white and not persistent.

S - Great aromas of chocolate, vanilla and oak. I have to use my imagination to detect bourbon whisky in the background. Aromas not as assertive as some in this style.

T - Sweet, malty flavors dominate. I get bread, chocolate, low coffee and low bourbon whisky. No hops or yeast notes evident, as expected.

F - Medium to thick body. Low but creamy carbonation. Moderate alcohol burn. Hops bitterness keeps the sweetness at bay, but bitterness is not a factor that comes to the forefront.

O - A great bourbon barrel stout but not as huge and complex as some.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color with a light mocha head. Aroma is roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Flavor is chocolate and roasted malts with a hint vanilla. Has a clean finish and overall it's a really nice stout.

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Photo of Parker472
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dark, but not quite motor oil. A very small dark-brown head that dissipates quickly.

S: Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and BOOZE. You can really smell the bourbon on this one, but it doesn't overpower.\

T: There's a lot going on here, but it's not overly complex. The chocolate and vanilla hit the tongue at the very beginning, and it finishes with bourbon and cold brew coffee. The alcohol is definitely there, but it doesn't have that "sting" that a lot of bourbon barrel stouts are notorious for. Sweet, but not too sweet. A magnificent balance.

F: One of the creamiest, thickest stouts I've had. Feels great on the tongue and all the way down.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hearty whiskey nose with chocolate. Significant bourbon flavor at the beginning that transitions to a very sweet and rich chocolate/caramel mix. Strong whiskey washes back in on the finish. Very complex, and extremely good.

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Photo of nawpnawp
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very solid BA stout. It doesn't have loads of coffee/chocolate like other super popular stouts (ie. kbs, uncle jacob's), but I prefer it that way. It isn't overly sweet, but as the description state, I am digging the roasty malt backbone.

Overall, I'd buy it again if my cellar was empty and I was craving a BA stout. It certainly offers something a bit different.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark stout with no light passing through. Has very little head on top. Has a bourbon smell along with some dark fruits. Can taste the roasted malts along with dark fruits. Light bourbon after taste.

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

It's good....I just don't get excited about this one. It's hard to explain and personal preference I know but the barrel aging in this beer....I don't feel like it is as legitimate as in a bcbs or kbs. Maybe if I let it sit around for a year? No question it is a good beer but in the bourbon barrel arena it falls short.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Anchor steam glass.Damn man.Smell is bourbon, vanilla with a hint of coffee.Taste is great.Just great.Bourbon nicely blended with vanilla & chocolate.I liked it a lot.Overall I would say that if your a stout person you have got to give this a try.Great.11.0 ABV helps to.It is nice that they are making this in 12 oz bottle`s now.Have to try this.

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

2015 vintage

-Dark with red undertones. Almost no lacing.
-Woody barrel character, soft bourbon nose, maple, brown sugar.
-Vanilla, oaky bourbon, slight coffee
-Medium mouthfeel but feels smooth going down.
-I'm really glad we started getting distro in cali.....even better that we are seeing the 12oz. Don't pass up on this beauty!

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Photo of basaywhat
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Nice dark pour with beige head. Roasted malt aroma with nice oak balance. Not real heavy on the tongue. Smooth with nice oak undertones.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

**
04/09/2016
Bottle to snifter. Last of the 4pack.

Look...dark black. Small off white head.

Aroma...maybe it's too cold or my slight sniffles are impeding, but I get very little in the way of aroma. Some malt, some tiny bit of coffee, no bourbon at all.

Taste has more bite to it. Pomegranate, raspberry, dark chocolate up front. Lingering lactose and whiskey. Also, a touch of coffee at the and.

Feel is a little thin. A little astringent.

Far from the top of this style, but enjoyable. I would buy more.

**

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very black with a brown head that lingered for a while. Aromas and flavors were bitter dark chocolate, burnt dark roast coffee beans, some hints of oak and caramel and vanilla to balance. Some alcohol heat as well. Fairly thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very good imperial stout.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11% ABV according to the bottle.

Pours a cola black color with lots of cherry glints. The tiny head dissipates quickly. Roasty black malts, vanilla, booze, and cocoa in the nose. The taste is on the sweeter side with chocolate and starbucks ice cream type coffee mixing with oak, dried fruit and a rye whiskey booziness. The mouthfeel is light for the style with a low carbonation and some cloying from the lactic sweetness. The sweetish, boozy finish lasts a while.

An OK imperial stout, but too sweet and boozy.

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

Black with a finger of tan head. Aroma of chocolate and oak-heavy bourbon. Roasted malt and a little chocolate up front in the taste, with bourbon flavor the most dominant and a slight alcohol burn. There's a slightly astringent and fairly clean finish that's pretty nice. Medium bodied, with a splash of cream and strong carbonation in the mouthfeel. A decent BBA stout. It scratches that itch, but nothing out of this world, either.

2015 vintage, January 2016 bottling date.

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Photo of KevCan
4.83/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bought a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Bottled on 12/30/15. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Medium/dark brown with small medium-brown head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Boozy, plum/raisin.

Taste: Sweet, chocolatey, boozy, vanilla, chocolate biscuit.

Feel: Medium plus carbonation. Thick and syrupy.

Overall: Very delicious. One of my favorite beers for sure.

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Photo of Naz-Barman
4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful richly dark appearance. Robust collar, which collapses leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Bourbon barrel aging and a strong vanilla accent are very accomodating. An under rated beer to my taste. Recommend that you try one.

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Photo of FBarber
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 vintage.

Pours pitch black, oily, ad pretty thick. Nice thick mocha head sticks around for a bit before dissipating into a tan oily slick on the beer.

Smell is a nice array of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, a very mild bourbon character, nice barrel notes.

Taste is a nice array of chocolate, roasted malts, cocoa, hints of vanilla and bourbon soaked oak. This is a very accesible bourbon stout. Its not overly boozy at all.

Feel is actually pretty good. Its certainly on the thinner side of bourbon barrel aged stouts, but not overly so. Dry cocoa like finish. Very smooth.

Overall a really nice bourbon barrel aged stout. For the price and availability it really can't be beat.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Holland's Dragon's Milk, Bourbon barrel stout, 2015. 11% ABV.

A: About 2 fingers of light chocolate milk head. Audibly noticeable dissolve. Decent strings of lacing. Decent sheeting. Black in the glass; dark brown, with an amber glow, in the dimple.

S: Creamy coffee and Bourbon-y dark chocolate up front. Not as Bourbon-y as other BBA stouts, but at 2/3s the price, I can forgive that.

T/MF: More creaminess, with a more licorice/char leaning flavor profile. Slight fig note. Some soft char in the back. Dark toffee. Very slight coconut. Nutmeg and vanilla. More of the fig on the back of the palate. Leans a little towards a Quad.

Overall, doesn't match up to Firestone's offerings, but it's still a great stout.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. 2015 iteration.

L: Pours a dark, dark, brown... nearly black with a finger of tannish head. Mild lacing.

S: Bourbon and vanilla... roasted coffee and booze.

T/F: Dark roasted malts... a bit of char and oak, vanilla, figs, espresso, and of course bourbon. Boozy and smooth. Lower carbonation... still a bit tingly on the tongue. Warming with a dry finish.

O: A very fine bourbon barrel stout and just what I look for in the style. Looking forward to vertically tasting this after it has a chance to cellar for a year or two.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,595 ratings.
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