Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk
BA SCORE
4.03/5
5,825 Ratings
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): 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:
#2,960
Reviews:
1,522
Ratings:
5,825
pDev:
12.9%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
361
Gots:
1,860
Trade:
44
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,825 |  Reviews: 1,522
Photo of durlta
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PhillyJ
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Do you like stout with your bourbon? I get why bourbon junkies would love this it's a smooth shot of bourbon, the stout is so well hidden I can't even find it! It's an unbalanced one trick pony. Kinda expensive to. I'm sure there's a guy reading this calling me a douche but hey bourbon on my friend.

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Photo of Mongrel
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like figs and cocoa.

Flavor-wise, it's sort of thin and one dimensional up front, but then some licorice and subtle roasty notes kick in to make things interesting. Also some cocoa and dark fruit mid palate, which evolves into a really zesty, lively finish (think raspberry and plum). Definitely above average carbonation for the style.

This hits on a lot of the same notes as BCBS, but in a thinner, more subdued fashion. Quite tasty. Worth $17/sixer? Ehh maybe?

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Photo of emptyglassagain
3.07/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of MizzouBrew
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, 11% abv. This bourbon barrel stout is delicious, but is slightly lighter in all areas when compared to Bourbon County Brand Stout. Since I can't find Bourbon County anywhere anymore, this will do just fine.

Using the Begnel formula, the Alcohol Score is 12 oz. x 11% = 132, or 2.6 Bud Lights. For the 22 oz. bomber, the Alcohol Score is 242, or 4.8 Bud Lights!

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark brown beer with a one finger high, beige head. A lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Bourbon, milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel, fudge, brown sugar, coffee and oak. A lot of sweetness here!
Taste: Milk chocolate, sweet caramel malt, dark syrup, brown sugar, a lot of vanilla, bourbon, oak and black licorice.
Body: Medium body. Light carbonated. Smooth, sweet mouthfeel. Dry and a little bitter ending.

If you are in to sweet things you got to love this! I know I do :)

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Photo of Shnanign
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ljc973
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ZacCary
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only other Imperial Stout that is better than this gem is Prarie Artisan Ales Bomb. I was very delighted to find this yummy brew at my local liquor store. This is simply a very drinkable Imperial Stout!

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Photo of McMatt7
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid year round imperial stout. I often use it to mix with too sweet beers like Creme Brulee. It isn't bad by any stretch. It is just a little too thin in the mouth for an imperial stout and just a little too weak on chocolate, toffee and caramel for my liking. Otherwise it is a very solid effort. For the same cost you can get Stone Russian Imperial Stout which is top notch. Still if you offer it to me, I wouldn't turn it down. I usually have at least 1 bottle in the fridge. Nice big ABV but not overly hot. Quite roasty and not sweet.

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Photo of polopaul20
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KGilmour
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep black with just a hint of ruby red. Good head, and swirling in the glass could re-create the head after it fell a bit. Not much lacing though.

Smell: Definitely vanilla. Chocolate even, and the bourbon is certainly there.

Taste: I was very impressed with the taste. Full of bourbon and complexity, not too dissimilar to a much pricier Eclipse. Delicious.

Feel: Smooth and bourbon. Rolls over the tongue.

A fantastic stout for the price.

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Photo of MJ64
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopHunter19
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a - dark black brown beer, nice smooth tan head that leaves a nice lacing.
s - oak, vanilla, dark chocolatey malts, coffee, bourbon, really well blended
t - vanilla, creamy, bourbon, chocolate, umami/wholesomeness, oak barrel
m - medium-heavy, a little thin for an 11% BA stout, alc is mostly covered/some bourbon flavor gives you the impression of alcohol but it doesn't have a burn to it at all, aftertaste is bourbon/oak/dark malts
overall - two points to make here from previous reviews I've read:
#1. this is an incredibly well balanced bourbon barrel aged stout that's available year round, in most places. Anyone who gets "too much bourbon" off this beer just doesn't drink BBA stouts, period. For the availability and the length of time this is aged, this is as good as it can possibly get. And I did not age this bottle, this was the 2015 batch bought from the store yesterday, so I'm not biased by drinking an older bottle either.
#2. Any report of dark fruits in this beer is highly likely imagined. This beer has a dry character characteristic of an American ale yeast. I'm not getting figs, plums, cherries, etc, and I shouldn't be. It's not a Belgian stout.
Great beer. Have bought many times and will buy it again many more. I'd recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of jackrodgers77
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Josh012012
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ogdon
2.6/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of podge_34
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Abby_LaRonge
4.94/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jeschaefer
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickCT
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ObiBeerCanobi
4.83/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Choppr
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5,825 ratings
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