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:
#3,157
Reviews:
1,578
Ratings:
6,068
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
393
Gots:
2,021
Trade:
45
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,068 |  Reviews: 1,578
Photo of kevintaraross
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BCooke1234
4.66/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of -steve-
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer 2 years ago. Poured into a goblet. A dark beer with a half inch of brown head that dissipates quickly. Lacing remains on the edges of the glass. What an enticing smell! Roasted barley, vanilla, caramel, faint chocolate; can't wait to taste it. Fantastic! The oakiness of the barrels comes through well. Vanilla and roasted goodness. At 11% the alcohol warmth is apparent. Dry oak finish. (Too much oak?) I think more bourbon and less oak is needed.

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Photo of uu1
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KarlHvK
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dangerously hides the alcohol. Smooth, rich, excellent....

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.84/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of colts9016
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I seriously thought I had this beer, but as I age my memory fades. I do not recall drinking this beer, but that does not mean anything. Poured into my tulip glass at 44 degrees. The light tan head is creamy and airy. The retention on the head is par. The head left no lacing as it dissipated. The color of the beer is dark brown, nearly black and opaque. The appearance of this beer is above average.

The barrel age on the beer is not as strong on the nose. The aromas in the beer are vanilla, burnt sugar, oak, molasses, earth, roasted dark malts, caramel, toffee, bready, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, and solvent-like.

The flavors in the beer are burnt sugar, oak, molasses, roasted dark malt, toffee, coffee, chocolate, toffee, bready, dark fruits, and phenolic taste.

The mouthfeel of the beer is harsh and slightly warm. The body of the beer is medium-plus, medium carbonation, and a medium-plus finish.

The beer is lacking many qualities from making this a great beer. The body of the beer is too thin for an imperial stout. The balance of the beer is out of kilter. The flavor is not harmonious. Lastly, the barrel age of the beer is a joke. I do get the barrel flavors but quite weak.

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

12oz. bottle into tulip pint

Look: opaque black with a coffee-colored head.

Smell: dark chocolate, molasses, bourbon, some dark fruit (plums, dried cherries)

Taste: roasted dark chocolate notes, brown sugar/molasses-type sweetness, a bit of vanilla, and a bourbon note in the finish. Serious alcohol warmth on the back end. As a tasting note: you want to let this come to cellar temperature before passing judgment. The roasted, bourbon, and vanilla notes hide behind the sweetness until it warms up a bit. Drinking this at fridge temperature will make it overly sweet and syrupy.

Feel: It's a big, chewy beer. There's enough carbonation to form a head with a rough pour, but not enough to disrupt a very rich mouthfeel. Slight drying note from the oak barrels, as well.

Overall: a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Tony210
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark with quickly receding foamy head. Nose is mostly yeasty, some chocolate notes in the background. Taste is big chocolate, caramel, a little overcarbonated for my taste, some vanilla in the middle, tannins on the finish combined with the bittering hops leave my tongue a little numb after a while. Fairly full bodied and slick. Overall a nice year round offering that will satisfy any yearning for a BA stout. Glad to see it on the shelves.

1/9/18
12 oz bottle dated 4/18/17
3.75 rating

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Photo of ScottyB515
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigdog3838
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chill-i-am
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roby923
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark black. Steong notes of chocolate, vanilla, and licorice. The hintsof oak are pleasant. The higher ABV is well masked, but drink with caution. Overall pretty good for an Imperial Stout.

Bottled from LCBO.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Yooper_textured_flavor
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TomTrocc
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mwade5
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jayk231
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CFCforlife
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thmcress
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NathanBeets
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 6,068 ratings