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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:
#3,012
Reviews:
1,532
Ratings:
5,860
pDev:
12.9%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
361
Gots:
1,881
Trade:
43
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 5,860 |  Reviews: 1,532
Photo of bum732
2.53/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

S: Prominent bourbon, raisin dark bread, touch of vanilla, some chocolate as it warms.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black, light tan head that dissipates. Ok lacing.

T: Rich breadiness up front with a bourbon undercurrent. Medium low bitterness leads to a very sweet bourbon and vanilla taste. Finishes with even more bourbon and alcohol prickleness, bleh.

M: Medium low body for style, medium low carbonation.

Compared to other -bal stouts, this is a pretty piss poor effort, mouthfeel is quite thin bodied.

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Photo of zbooks
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of peabody
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of Rekrule
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of meanmutt
2.94/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11% ABV according to the bottle.

Pours a cola black color with lots of cherry glints. The tiny head dissipates quickly. Roasty black malts, vanilla, booze, and cocoa in the nose. The taste is on the sweeter side with chocolate and starbucks ice cream type coffee mixing with oak, dried fruit and a rye whiskey booziness. The mouthfeel is light for the style with a low carbonation and some cloying from the lactic sweetness. The sweetish, boozy finish lasts a while.

An OK imperial stout, but too sweet and boozy.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FreshZ
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of moarmare
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tdmccarthy
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Phelps
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Read about this one a while back and have been wanting to try it for a while. Finally got a chance this past weekend in Chicago. Here we go...

A rough pour gives birth to a light mocha head with bubbles big and small. It exits after about a minute, leaving a simple ring with a splotch in the center and nice rows of lattice lacing. The liquid seems at first to be an impenetrable black, but a hold up to the light reveals notes of dark amber and cranberry red. Some bubbly effervescence is even visible.

In the nose: sweet mocha, dark chocolate. Notes of cinnamon, granola, and sourdough. Love those breakfast flavors. Pretty noticeable flowery hops adds some interest.

Interesting. I get, at first, soy sauce and raisins. This one's sweet. Very sweet, actually. Almost like a red dessert wine, with a tiny bit of oak. The beer's label says this is a stout with deep roasty flavors -- I disagree. This is definitely more of a strong ale...and I see that's what Beeradvocate's classified it as. Alright. Subtle waves of dark chocolate, espresso and even some vanilla are suggested at the finish; these flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms, but never fully blossom. Alcohol comes through the nostrils, tingling and burning.

I'd call the mouthfeel medium/medium-light. We need to come up with more descriptions for this stuff. It's an interesting swallow; more like juice than beer. Once again, letting the beer warm improves it a touch. The mouthfeel becomes creamier, silkier.

Despite a slight mislabeling by the brewery, Dragon's Milk is a decent beer. A little on the expensive side at the $8 I paid for it, and if you're looking for classic roasted flavors, it's not your thing. But worth seeking out. Curiosity satisfied.

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

11-16

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Photo of TheHopsman
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of delta490
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a near-black, with a short-lived tan head. A slight ring hangs on and leaves an oily ring of small lacing that quickly slides back into the glass. The aroma needs some time to warm but releases some nice vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. The taste offers much the same and also benefits from a little warming. The body is a little thinner than I would expect, but has a nice oily slickness to it. There's also a small but steady carbonation to it.

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Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kodt
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Dragon's Milk from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5,860 ratings
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