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:
#3,236
Reviews:
1,585
Ratings:
6,093
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
394
Gots:
2,032
Trade:
45
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Ratings: 6,093 |  Reviews: 1,585
Photo of dental
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tilley4
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Freshly tapped keg at Wino's Depot...

The barrel rolling off of this stuff is intense to say the least... Very little malt or chocolate aromas to speak of. This one showcases the oak in a mighty way, almost overpoweringly so... Very earthy and dank...

I guess it's my imagination but I almost get a bourbon like sweetness to this? It has to be the oak imparting that earthy woodiness to the beer... Roasted malts attempt to peek through here and there but this is a wood-fest...

This one was ok but a little too one dimensional for my tastes... The oak was overpowering and didn't do this beer any favors...

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of meanmutt
2.94/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 9/8/10

2010 Vintage

Pours a dark cola-brown; settles dark. Brown around the edges. The head is alternately tight foam & loose bubbles; starting off at 1/2 inch, the foam skims out but the bubbles remain. Minimal, spotty lace.

The aroma is rather bold; notes of oak & vanilla abound. Roasted dark malts, bakers chocolate & faint earthy undertones. Some appreciable bourbon heat. The wood notes impart a musty aroma. Nice, straightforward nose.

Dry, roasted dark malts are first to cross the palate, as distinct oak & vanilla flavors manifest on the peripheries. As with the nose, bourbon makes no attempt at disguise. Swaths of chocolate make for a mildly sweet offset. Hints of earthy hops. Maybe a hint of brown sugar & molasses. Very faint burnt notions.

Full bodied, though at times it seems a tad thin; possibly a result of a being cleanly-crafted. Carbonation is low enough it doesn't get in the way. Indeed, this is a rather smooth drinking beer. Finishes with a spot of alcohol heat; vanilla, oak & roastiness linger.

Sure, Dragon's Milk is a sipper, but drinkability is pretty good considering. I've been known to enjoy a bottle from time to time & I'll continue to do so. Though not mind-blowing, it's well-structured, tasty & enjoyable. Worth a shot.

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Photo of mpalestino
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of tourdot
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rdoggg
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Dragon's Milk pours from the bottle a deep dark red tinted black with a sparse, bubbly tan head that falls to a ring around the top. Spotty lacing on the way down...almost no light getting through. Aromas are quite perplexing. I get hints of sweet caramel along with lots of dark fruity tones. There's some oak in the background along with an roasty, toasty aroma. Maybe a hint of licorice and some citrusy hops are thrown in as well. Kind of muddled.

First sip brings some roasty dark malts upfront..slightly sweet with caramel. Infused with a lot of dark fruity, berry flavors and some dry woody tannins as well. A bit of sourness shows up mid palate and is not that pleasant. Finishes with a slight hint of vanilla and citrusy hops and a bit of astringency. An interesting brew...alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is somewhwat light...I was expecting a bit more body. Nice, fast paced carbonation. Seems a bit lacking to me. I'm glad I got to try it but it didn't grab me enough to come back for more.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter, vintage bottle dated from 2012. Label written as Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout.

Appearance: Thin body but completely opaque coming off a brown tinted black with steady bubbles on the body. Off-white head maybe rises to just under a finger's length.

Smell: A sweet vanilla scent comes off slightly roasted, strong alcohol feel but comes in and out the nostrils.

Taste: A real nice complexity here, you feel a little scotch with a little chocolate. Not to mention a dose of vanilla extract. Little bit of everything. It makes you think this is your "all in one" stout.

Mouth: Medium body carbonation, with a bitter chocolate feel at the end. Sticky, I would say it is and no reason to knock on it.

Overall: This is my first beer that i have had from New Holland and yes I will buy more from them. An imperial stout that absolutely delivered. Whether it's after dinner or dessert I do not think you would be disappointed. Salud!

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.07/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of mcrawford
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 98green
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mentor
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle obtained from Tiffany's in Kalamazoo, December 2004. Pours dark with a nice 3-finger head. Clear and almost stout dark...perhaps a very dark mohoganey color. I left the small amount of sediment in the bottle.

Smell is gentle and creamy. Some chocolate and a hint of alcohol. Tastes chocolatey and coffee. Vanilla. Oak can be detected, as can an alcohol bite. Some tannin remains on my tongue, playing with the late fine carbonation that persists to form on my tastebuds. Initially, the chocolate is strong, but later sits on the fence between chocolate and hazelnut. The coffee rises later to a nice roasty flavor. The head has settled to a ring around the glass with some lacing stuck to the sides. Mouthfeel is thick. An enjoyable beer. I'll bet 10 years would allow other flavors to rise up to compete with the (presently) overbearing chocolate and coffee. I'll seek out another 4-pack to age, but not for consumption now.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of peabody
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out really dark with a finger of off white to brown suds leaving little lacing.
Smell is chocolate and malt mixed with some fruit like plum.
Taste is dark chocolate to coffee with raisin that quickly leaves the mouth.In fact, every flavor leaves all at once with nothing remaining, not even the alcohol you would expect to be there.
Mouthfeel is a bit dissapointing because of the flavor leaving the palate all at once.
Still, a very clean and nice beer. Quaffable for sure because of the
flavor leaving thing.

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4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

Opaque black with a thin light tan head that slowly settles to a thin bubbly rim.

Very faint roasty aromas with a little bit of brown sugar.

Mildly roasty grains, sort of like a mild porter with stronger alcohol. Not much else to the beer. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is the lingering slightly bitter malts.

This one sits in a category of its own. It's not quite like a porter but it draws similarities. It's a well rounded beer and very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of Shawner
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of garuda
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 6,093 ratings