Dragon's Milk | New Holland Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
1,480 Reviews
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
Reviews:
1,480
Ratings:
5,619
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
13.1%
 
 
Wants:
345
Gots:
1,753
For Trade:
44
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Reviews: 1,480 | Ratings: 5,619
Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark stout with no light passing through. Has very little head on top. Has a bourbon smell along with some dark fruits. Can taste the roasted malts along with dark fruits. Light bourbon after taste.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on September 28th, 2015
Reviewed on March 5th, 2015
Served in a Snifter

Eyes
Poured a rich dark brown body. Thin tan head quickly collapsed, leaving bubbly retention and a sparse amount of lacing.

Nose
Sweet roasted malts. Dense layers of dark fruit, vanilla, and chocolate. Bourbon was there but not overwhelming. Similar aromatic notes to those of Belgian Quads.

Tongue
Sweet malts hit the tongue first. Dark fruit. Cocoa. Sweet layers with notes of vanilla and marshmallow. Whiskey blended well with the sweet notes but finished tart, leaving a decent hit of alcohol. Overall flavor was sweet.

Mouthfeel
Full-bodied. Moderate carbonation. The body felt too carbonated to support the potential wide-range of complexities this beer had to offer.

Overall
Sweet, boozy, and pleasing.

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

This beer pours a dark brown with a tan head and lacing. The smell is of bourboun and malts. The flavor is very nicely balanced between the bourbon, malt and hop flavors, I just wish there was a little more of each. Very deceptive, because I would have never imagined this to have been a 9% beer. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy with a nice carbonation level. This is one of the most drinkable 9% beers I have ever had, it went down very easy, and I was wishing I had some more :)

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Deep brown/mahogany color. Thin but smooth and creamy beige head. Slippery lacing down the glass.
S: Deep, rich chocolate malts, notes of coffee and vanilla. Oaky scents too, with some strong whiskey-like alcohol smells. Genrally good, but swirling the glass really helps release some of the more pleasant vanilla and malt smells. Without that, the smell is kinda off-key.
T: Chocolate malts and vanilla up front. Leads into a bready, oaky, earthy taste, and a chocolatey sweet finish that is suprisingly smooth.
M: Rich and full, for sure. Kinda creamy almost, but the finish is quite bitter and full of alcohol.
D: Okay. Enjoyable, but high ABV, and it's noticeable.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this has been sitting in my spare room for about a month.
chilled this afternoon then cracked as the redsox came back to tie a 7-0 lead. way to go tampa bay.

pours a dark brown. not much of a head even on a rather aggressive center pour. nice rich ruby highlights when held up to light.

smell is rich malty, some chocolate, oakie goodness, and a slight hint of vanilla.

taste is satisfying, as in the smell i get a nice amount of malts, a nice woodsy aftertaste with a warmth that leaves me happy. not great, but pretty decent none the less.

a very smooth drink with moderate to low carbonation.

i would most likely grab this beer again if i had the chance.

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Photo of Homebrew35
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a bit of white head. Blackish body, brown is easily seen when the glass is tilted. Nice alcohol legs and minimal lacing.

Big vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, carmel, toffee, carmel and raisins. I could smell this all night.

Tastes of burbon, vanilla, rum raisins, alcohol. The alcohol tastes doesn't detract too much from the overall flavors. A light bitterness, chocolate and roast finishes out the flavors.

Medium bodied with a slightly oily coating finish. Low carbonation.

Overall this is a very solid barrel aged beer. I'd like to see it a bit more opaque and maybe a bit more head. The smell and flavors are quite good. It may not be the most interesting but for the price at $8 a bomber it's hard to beat.

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

22 ounce bottle

Apperance: Dark almost black, but tinging on brown or ruby brown when the light hits just right. The head has pleasant lingering lacing that is off white to tan.

Aroma: Bourbon aromas are the first to strike. Sourness and roastyness are some smells that kick through soon after. A bit on the sour side of most bourbony aromas. Gives me an indidcation of impending sour/dry flavor.

Taste: The bourbon flavor is quite subdued compared to much of the bourbon flavored beers I've tried lately. It's very evident, but it's somewhat back of the burner. The dark roasted malts seem to come forth quicker with their charred, bitter chocolate bitterness up front with sourness coming through the middle of the taste finishing with a bit of lingering sourness alongside slight bitter roasty flavors. The "bourbony sweetness" balances it out. There is a slight note of vanilla-ishness. Mouthfeel is good, if a bit thin.

Notes: Very drinkable beer. The sourness will be a bit of a turnoff for those not expecting it. Bourbonish flavors weren't quite as strong as those you get from other bourbon type beers. Fairly drinkable once you're in the mindset for this sort of beer.

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Photo of cmannes
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle poured into a Paulaner Stien.

Appearance: Very dark, red tinge. Tan head, slow to fade, but little lacing.

Aroma: Dark, hints of chocolate & carmel. Very sweet smell.

Taste: Very sweet, malty. More of the carmel & chocolate. Maybe just a hint of toffee & coffee. Yummy.

Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy. But it fits the sweetness.

Overall: Very yummy. If it wasn't for the ABV I'd drink more. Definitely one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of muchos
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a tan head which hangs on for a few sips.
Smell is of Bourbon and booze. Not too much else, maybe a little chocolate/vanilla as it warms.
Taste is Bourbon, booze, vanilla. Chocolaty flavors come out as it warms. After taste is semi-sweet chocolate.
Mouthfeel is thinner than expected for an imperial Stout. Not much carbonation in the mouth. Just enough. Slight boozy burn.
Overall not all that complex, but not bad. Pretty good actually.

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Photo of cetherid
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

poured into a pint glass.

A.
an extremely dark brown brew. minimal head.

S.

The first thing you smell on this beer is bourbon. an "oaky" bourbon with a little vanilla.

T.

very malty with a hint of vanilla. then the big bourbon kick at the very end.

M.

a smooth drink, but packs some heat w/ the alcohol. a little burn on the lips and tongue.

D.

IMO, one and you're done. This is a very strong brew. one can understand why you only get a 4 pack. would almost be a chore to have another.

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Photo of BeezNeezy22D
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A - Dark Brown. One finger of brown head that quickly became just a few bubbles lingering around the edges.

S - A ton of Bourbon. Oak. Vanilla. I kinda like it. Maybe dial back just a smidge.

T - The alcohol is definitely there. Roasted malts, chocolate, oak.

M - Medium. Creamy. Standard Carbonation.

O - I could smell this beer all day and for that I am a fan. As far as the taste goes I felt it lacked a little bit of complexity and the alcohol was super noticeable.

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

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass deep black in color with a small but strong head that lasts smells of roasted malt oak and booze. The taste is creamy reminiscent of irish cream there is oak and vanilla, thete are some complex flavors that i cant put my finger on but are good. the drinkability is not there. this is a heavy brew with a high abv.

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Photo of DannyS
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, standard pint glass.

A - Opaque pitch black with a very thin head that dissipates into a foam collar quick.

S - a bit of winey aroma in the background, fronted by chocolate, oak, and a bit of vanilla.

T - about the same as the aroma. bright chocolate with some astringent oak, brown sugar, and vanilla.

M - Heavy and silky smooth with very fine carbonation.

overall - Deceptively drinkable for the 10% ABV. The booze is hidden really well. Quite enjoyable, but Be careful with this one!

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Photo of DavidGross
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer! It is deep, dark and thick head. The touch of bourbon, grains and alcohol whip up an enticing aroma as you dive in for a taste. It's very drinkable with high ABV, yet smooth like milk!

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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 KGilmour
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 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 hops202
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into snifter glass from a 2013 Vintage. Certainly a good candidate to rival bourbon county stout. Definitely considering the $9 a piece bottle price. Smell is great and taste exceeds that. Definitely a great bourbon barrel aged stout. I will be buying a bunch and aging some as well.

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Photo of Aenema
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown/black, dark mahogany highlights, thin off-white head.
Smell - Vanilla, oak.
Taste - Vanilla, oak, booze.
Mouthfeel - Light-medium to medium-bodied, light carbonation.
Drinkability - Boozy, not too much complexity. After the initial assault of vanilla and oak I found myself getting rather bored with the beer.
Overall - Disappointing, I found the vanilla/oak flavors to be intense and well-developed, but without any supporting flavors to contrast or support the beer (aside from alcohol). Nonetheless, I'm glad I tried it it, it is an interesting beer.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really nice. A nice barrel aged beer with nice flavor. A little strong on the alcohol taste, wish it had a little more oak flavor (maybe a little longer in the barrel would do!) Nice dark black color, brown head, deep chocolate smell and nice silky mouthfeel. Overall, a really nice drinkable barrel-aged stout!!

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Photo of EvoRich
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a snifter. Black, with about one finger of head. No light shines through.

Smell: Sweet oaky scent of bourbon, vanilla, malts, some chocolate.

Taste: Bourbon, oak/wood, chocolate, vanilla. The barrel aged flavor is just right. Not too strong. Just enough to give you hints of bourbon and oak without being overkill.

Feel: Very full bodied, and chewy.

Overall: Love this beer! Have had it many times. Glad to finally review it!.

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Photo of cproioi
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark ruby color with a creamy white head that is seated on top. The nose is full of dark malts, chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. The taste comes in with the same notes ion the aroma with a little more accents on the chocolate and the malts. However, it tastes a little oxidized sadly enough. It's a wonderfully creamy body that leaves a wonderful finish that lingers suggesting to take another drink.

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

poured witha a deep dark ruby brown witha fluffy rocky light coffee colored head. has a vanillian woody aroma as it's cold...lots of vanilla oak. light amount of carbonation but a slick mouthfeel, velvety with an aged character well rounded to begin witha thin winey oxidized character. has a dry aftertaste witha lingering dry maltiness. complex and wonderful.

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Photo of deg
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is a good dark color. Brown. Unfortunately, there's not much of a head or carbonation. I can't quite make out what I smell, it's too faint for my messed up nose. I liked the initial taste, chocolate and a hint of something else. I was reminded of bourbon. I get an alcohol like aftertaste which I didn't like much. The mouth feel is nice and creamy.

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Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 5,619 ratings.
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