Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
5,766 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:
5,766
Reviews:
1,515
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
357
Gots:
1,826
For Trade:
45
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,766 |  Reviews: 1,515
Photo of ChainChompsky
2/5  rDev -49.6%

Photo of cooch69
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dragon's Milk pors into a snifter a very dark brown. Almost black. It had virtually no head, only a few large bubbles here and there. As I twirrled the beer a bit I could see a medium carbonation coming from the sides.

The nose is Bourbon Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon, Caramel, Mollases and Brown sugar. No bitterness. The woodiness so far seems like it is fairly balanced out with the rest of the beer.

Vanilla, Mollases and dark malts immedialy become apparent in the sip. The finish brings forth a pretty strong alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I expected but it is still syrupy and full.

Some of the flavor aspects to this beer can be one dimentional. But it is still complex and intriuging enough to give a try.

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Photo of mattsdenney
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Finally got New Holland in TN, heard good things. Four pack purchased at Craft Brewed. Great looking pour. Thick dark brown head, black in color. Heavy scents of bourbon, vanilla, smoke and chocolaty malt. Rich, warming flavor. The bourbon flavor is there but not overpowering. More tones of toffee, chocolate, and a vanilla after taste. Somewhat boozy, heavy bodied, thick, and sticky. Definitely lives up to the hype. A solid BBS that's a bit on the sweeter side.

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Photo of mikediesel124
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of aaronblain22
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of navband
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of mjwellman
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wilmerkatie
3.12/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of DeadGuyRyan
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of zizouandyuki
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Porter
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of newbrewer_zb
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Samlover55
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the cellar (bought about 6 months ago)
12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
Bottled on 10/16/15 (a year to the day)
L- dark black with an inch thick tan foamy head, great retention, real beautiful lacing
S- a huge whiff of bourbon, along with fudge, black licorice
T- dark roasted malts with the bourbon along for the ride, slight marshmallow on the linger, with a finish of a black licorice
F- medium bodied, low carbo., smooth drinking for 11% ABV with only slight booze bite
O- great BBA Stout, with the added plus of being avail. all year-round

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is Coca-Cola's drunk uncle!... pours a thin caramel color, like coke, has a few wispy bubbles, like coke, smells and tastes like, you guessed it, coke!.... a few cherry notes, a little chocolate, a bit of booze, but really just a bottle of the real thing, with alcohol!

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Photo of BeerGod27
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Dwreck
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

More like a slightly bourbon barrel aged milk stout with flavor, smell, and feel. It's not bad at all, as I like a boozy bbs. Good bargain for the style.

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of syntheticwings
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of BreakfastStout
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Farral
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fantastic stout. Unlike other stouts I've had this one has some more complex flavoring and feel to it.
It has a chocolate taste, and a subtle vanilla undertone with bourbon flavors that bring down the bitterness of that chocolate taste and make for an enjoyable stout beer.

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Photo of psuKinger
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into one of my Stone RIS tulips.

A: Pours motor-oil black, with about a half a fingers worth of mocha-brown shaded head that built nicely and stuck around impressively for a 10% beer.

S: Roastiness, cocoa, and vanilla notes. Sweet. I don't think the oak barrel was holding bourbon, but it kind of smells like a hint of bourbon.

T: Taste follows the nose. Big roastey flavors. Strong vanlla presence. And I'm still picking up on "bourbon". Maybe it's just the combination of oak barrel + sweet vanilla.

The sweetness is strong on the back end of this beer. A bit of bitterness from the roasts and perhaps a touch of hops, as well, work to keep it in check, but I do feel that this might be a bit out-of-balance sweet.

M: Hefty. Carbonation is low and appropriate for this style. Finish is not as dry as I would have expected, and very sweet.

D/O: Try as I might, I just can't get into these barrel aged beers. It's not my thing. This is a big beer. A lot of flavor. A lot going on. It's just not that drinkable for me. It's too sweat and too boozy. It's unbalanced and wore on me as I worked through the glass.

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Photo of anabar
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Sampled November 2014 from bottles in pint glass. Tasted both the 2013 and 2014 vintages side-by-side.

Appearance: Very dark color. Tan head was not very thick and it did not last as long as some other stouts.

Smell: Strong roasted coffee aromas, with a smell of some sweet chocolate. Nice combination of aromas.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors, with a little hops for added dimension. Could also taste a hint of the oak barrel, which added another interesting dimension. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink big powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth, almost creamy.

Overall: Great stout. Best if you enjoy a combination of malt, coffee, chocolate, and hops flavor with oak barrel influences. The label lists 10% alcohol, and it does taste like it. This is definitely the taste of an excellent stout. The 2013 is more intense than the 2014. Do not know if this is due to the year it was made, or whether it is due to the year aging.

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Photo of ThatCracker
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,766 ratings.
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