Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

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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:
#2,931
Reviews:
1,556
Ratings:
5,986
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
388
Gots:
1,970
Trade:
45
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Ratings: 5,986 |  Reviews: 1,556
Photo of DavyJones
4.99/5  rDev +23.5%
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 Xandrose
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kdoggp23
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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 warrenslop
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
4.51/5  rDev +11.6%
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 richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chucker17
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ttime3131
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scmtim
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
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 zkane98
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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 Stillmakingnoise
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nwhittin
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12-23-15 similar to Ballantine Button Ale.
Not quite as complex but OMG very good

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Photo of jlrejenkins
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Rawwie
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Celtics76
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmecca
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 5,986 ratings
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