Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
5,768 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
Ratings:
5,768
Reviews:
1,515
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
357
Gots:
1,828
For Trade:
45
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,768 |  Reviews: 1,515
Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of tvghost
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of MikeWard
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. 2013 vintage.

Poured what appeared to be inky black, but when held up to the lamp, some reddish and burgundy tones. 1 + finger of thick oatmeal colored head. Did dissipate somewhat, but retained as an at least covering all the way down. Not a great deal of lacing.

Aroma was mostly of vanilla and bourbon, neither particularly strong, with a faint chocolate mixed in. Very appealing.

This tastes excellent. The bourbon is ever present, but not overwhelming. The vanilla gives a delicious sweetness. This beer is perfectly balanced.

Mouth is full, and rolls around the tongue, which definitely savors the flavor. Although you get the bourbon, it is extremely drinkable for a 10.0abv, but must be respected with some restraint.

Have had this beer several times, and it's always a great choice. This was the beer that turned me around on BBA stouts, as first tries from other breweries were very bourbon heavy. This one achieves a wonderful balance. Thoroughly recommend it.

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Photo of stumac
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So I'm chillin at home last night smoking a little herb and playing Battlefield 3, when I realize... I have a bottle of Dragon's Milk in my fridge!!! Busted it open. Poured it in a glass. This is my experience....

Pours up black as an ageless storm, small head of color I cant remember. Aroma is so easy and pleasant on my senses. Malty, warm, hint of earth. I sip. I go into a coma. I recover three weeks later. The flavor profile was electric. Big barrel smoothness, malty, oak, vanilla, vanilla, vanilla, some hops came by to see how I was doing but left shortly thereafter. The body was big, the carbo was smooth. Then, I awoke. Strange. No bottle in sight. No beer residue in my glass. Had I really drank the elixir...or was it all a dream...

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Photo of bismarksays
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of captainbearcat
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Proclarush
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jklecko2
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of amalburg
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 22oz

A: Thin tan head, really dark, almost black, nice carbonation and lacing

S: Not getting a lot here, maybe I'm getting a cold? Touch of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, oak, and malts

T: Alcohol, roasty, oak, chocolate, it's complex, but too much alcohol in my opinion

M: Creamy, chewy, low carbonation

O: Good stout, above average, but doesn't get to founder's levels in my opinion

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Photo of GTB
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Mattyb79
1.75/5  rDev -55.9%

Photo of scxcrunner
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of snowmageddon
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brams17
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of LambicKing
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very dark brown with almost no highlights seen, a very thin layer of tan head quickly disappears to leave some lacing around the top

S-boozy, chocolate, vanilla, sticky malts, and a light roasted coffee smell

T-taste has a lot of nice roasted notes to it, chocolate, vanilla, oaky, coffee, and a strong amount of alcohol.

M-medium to full body, smooth, very light carbonation, a slight burnt taste left in the mouth

Overall this is a very interesting beer. It is heavy on the booze taste/smell/feel, but a lot of other flavors come out which are often missing in high ABV beers. It is expensive but if I found it again I would probably buy it.

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Photo of scotorum
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adama nonick.

a: Opaque black with slight ruby highlights at the bottom when seen through light. Inch and a half tan head receded slowly to heavy surface foam and dense lacing. 5

s: Mild bourbon. 4.25

t: Sweet bourbon up front followed by a moderate hop bite. Sweet boozy finish.
The very high 11% ABV is dangerously well moderated and masked 4.5

m: Medium to full, smooth and rich. Lots of carbonation tingle. 5

o: A very pleasant surprise, a near ideal BBS! At first not quite as flavorful as my favorite, BBA Backwoods Bastard Scotch Ale, but as a milk stout sweeter and with more body, and the bourbon flavor builds. 4.5 I want more!

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmulebarn
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of UnionMade
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottle, oldcrustacean!
Deep, deep garnet, nearly black. A vigorous pour generates a thin ivory head that quickly dies into a wispy, broken coating. Good clarity, the yeast staying neatly in the bottle. Some broken lace trails down the glass, and the head stubbornly collars the brew for the duration.
Black cherries steeped in alcohol, creamy oaken tones, prune, raisin. Syrupy caramel, with a soft, wooden hop undertone. Some perfumey floral notes, as well as thinner-like fusel alcohol.
The wood aging is very prominent in the flavor. Vinous red grape and cherry overtones, backed thoroughly by malt, malt and more malt. Fruit just gushes forth, acquiring a pleasant sourness in the finish. Perhaps a touch wild, my guess is some latent bacteria in the wood. Not much in the way of hops, just a vaguely woody, pine-like tang in back. Creamy oaken tones. A dash of vanilla and powdered cocoa. Very smooth on the palate, the wood aging has softened this nicely. The fruitiness is intense. Rather dry as well. Slight booze in the swallow, remaining present on my breath. Soft, refined carbonation. Thinner bodied than I'd anticipated, but still substantial enough. Acquires a bit of a port feel as it approaches room temperature.
Very, very sophisticated. More in common with cabernet than beer. Although I'm not the biggest of wine fans, I do mean that as a compliment. The closest beer comparison I can make is JW Lees Prize Old Ale. Elegant and refined. Quite a sipper.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small wispy beige head leaving lacing down the glass.

Smells chocolate with just a faint hint of bourbon. A little boozy.

Lots of chocolate on the flavor too. Roasty malts and a bit of vanilla. Finishes semi-sweet with yet more chocolate and a bit of a boozy kick. Would not guess bourbon from this.

Good medium thick mouthfeel with medium carb levels. Good creaminess.

Good beer, but not overly complex and docked a point for not having any noticeable bourbon presence.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,768 ratings.
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