Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's MilkDragon's Milk
BA SCORE
4.03/5
5,823 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:
#2,954
Reviews:
1,522
Ratings:
5,823
pDev:
12.9%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
361
Gots:
1,858
Trade:
44
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sipper. Good amount of lace and deep chocolale brown. Thanks Dr. Jay. Carbonation on aggressive side. Taste: coriander, orange, like a grand cru with lots of nother complexity. On the edge of funky. Medium-full mouthfeel.Lots of lace.A bit of wood in the finsih, and vanilla aftertaste.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger tan head with some lacing on a black with light getting through body

S: mostly coffee, vanilla and chocolate

T: Very chocolatey, more of a dark chocolate taste. Hints of vanilla, coffee and smokey notes

M: low to medium carbonation, smooth and thick bodied.

Overall: Very smooth but a little sweet. Creamy and coffee don’t always go well together. Not a bad beer, but takes a few sips to get used to.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FINEBEERGUY for this one!

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and a slight whiff of Play-Doh. Taste is of dark roasted malt, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and extremely sweet raw/natural sugar. There is a mild roasty bitterness that quickly fades from the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation for a stout with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good barrel aged stout but it is extremely sweet and cloying.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was pumped for this one! poured a hershey's syrup color (and texture) with just a tiny head fading away instantly. smells like an imperial milk stout, sugary and really strong. flavor is woody, the oak aging is prominent in the beer, mellows everything out and helps account for the lack of carbonation. there is also a graham crackey breadyness to this beer, giving it a nice full body. complex and delicious this beer does not hide its strength at all, which is fine in this style. my first new holland brew but will be keen to find some others as this was a great sunday afternoon treat

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out pretty dark black in color. The head came and went pretty quick, not leaving much lacing. The smell of the beer was burnt and a little acidic. The flavor of the beer had some deep roasted malts, and chocolate in there. The Oak Barrels added a slight sourness to the brew. The mouthfeel to me seemed a little flat. Overall It was decent stout, not one of my favorites though. I don't see myself running out to get more anytime soon.

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Photo of nmann08
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bourbon on the nose.
T: The taste has subtle flavors of bourbon along with some notes of the oak from the barrel aging and hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation. There is some warming and burn from the alcohol in the finish, which also has some dryness.
D: The beer is definitely one that needs to be sipped given its high alcohol content.

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

New Holland may struggle a bit with their IPA recipe and execution, but their stouts have no such issues. As with their Night Tripper, Dragon's Milk delivers silky smooth chocolates with roasty backnotes and a touch of smoke, oak, and even bourbon- whether they meant to or not.

The beer pours with a silky layering effect into the snifter, and does so with the most dense espresso imaginable. With nearly milkshake-like consistency, the nearly black, dark bark-brown hue exudes the notions of roast, chocolate, and smoke. Lightly ingrained carbonation creates a creamy aesthetic, but also relinquishes a dainty tan head that dissolves midway through the session with minimal spotted lace. The beer is best observed through the spectacles of cognac or brandy.

The aromas are spot-on Bourbon Ball Candies made my many of my local Buffalo Trace or Maker's Mark manufacturers. Where they never decry a bourbon infusion, the aromas of chocolate wafers, walnuts, caramel, vanilla, coconut, and bourbony booze rises to the occasion and surplants any dessert at the after dinner party.

Flavors follow with a familiar tone. The direct carryover from scent brings about the dessert-like sweetness of bittersweet chocolates, creamy espresso, heavy cream, coconut, vanilla, caramel, almonds, and that ever present bourbon taste- but with all the taste and none of the burn. Roasted grains contribute light bitterness as do the woody hops, but these only act as slight balancing elements- this beer was never intended to be a balanced stout, but rather a richer and malt-focused taste with the complement of oak. It nails it to perfection!

Silky smooth and malty weighted, the beer projects a full texture and makes no apologies for it. Light on carbonation, the malty weight and sweet alcohols seep into the mouth's surfaces for a full flavor, savory, and labored transition across the palate. But that's ok- the savory, succulent, and velvety textures caress the palate and forgives the lack of dryness with ease. A long linger, well past the ill-faded finish, continues well into the next sip for a very digestive-intended session.

This stout is one of the most celebrated bourbon-flavored stouts that does not confess bourbon barrel aging, but merely oak aging. How dey do dat?

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

22oz bottle - thanks to my houseguest Chris for schlepping this one back from Michigan, via Seattle, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

This beer pours a solid black, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy brown head, which leaves some frothing ocean swell lace around the glass as it swiftly sinks away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, grainy toffee/treacle, bittersweet chocolate, earthy anise, surprisingly subtle barrel notes (wet wood, rye booze, and understated vanilla), and a mixed dark orchard fruitiness. The taste is big cocoa-forward caramel/toffee malt, cafe-au-lait, black licorice liqueur, a still subdued Bourbon barrel character - vanilla pods, acrid staves, and a lesser rye graininess - reduced brown sugar, marshmallows, and more blended black fruit (cherries, bruised apple, and plums).

The bubbles are pretty laid-back in their hard to fathom at times frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, that mild Kentucky barrel essence maybe keeping things just beyond the ideal. It finishes bordering on sweet, the caramel, toasty vanilla, cocoa, and yeah, booze, keepin' 'er tight.

Overall, a decent Imperial milk stout, as it were, the barrel treatment underwhelming at best (ok, the vanilla character surely comes through), and easy enough to drink, especially given the 22-proof booze. I've never seen Game of Thrones, so I'll suggest that this is best imbibed whilst watching some vintage Lord of the Rings.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a stemflute in a Minneapolis bar. Reviewed from notes taken around Thanksgiving 2012.

A: Pours a one finger khaki colour head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a very dark ruby-black. Nontransparent.

Sm: Caramel, cream, dark malts, chocolate, and rich dark chocolate covered cherry. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Dominant chocolate with rich caramel and dark malts for the foundation. Chocolate cherry comes through. Bourbon undertones. Rich and well balanced. Delicious. Some raisin. Licorice. Well built. I like it. Well layered, nicely complex, and subtle. I'd like more roast in the foundation. I get some grape on the finish, which is too sweet.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Creamy. Nicely thick. Good carbonation. Heavy on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I quite fancy it. A delightful brew. I'd like to try it in bottled form. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewery; this was a good example of the style.

B

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this beer ever improved since I first tasted it in 2006.! This review is of a 12 oz bottle tasted in early 2015.

Appearance: A bubble show reveals a translucent coffee brown liquid capped by a nice beige head that leaves a few strands of lacing

Smell: Bourbon-infused oak tones provide an aromatic complement to a dried dark fruit and vanilla/chocolate base

Taste: Chocolate and vanilla flavors up front, with the Bourbon tones adding a counterpoint in the middle; after the swallow, the Bourbon becomes slightly more pronounced and the finish is relatively sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; hides the 11% ABV well

Drinkability: Interesting, but a bit subdued; I was expecting something bolder on all fronts; in any event, an enjoyable brew

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5,823 ratings
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