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Dragon's Milk Oak Barrel Ale by New Holland Brewing Company
American Strong Ale
9.00 % ABV


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Review by everetends on 07/01/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 2010
Old Review
22 oz bottle I picked up from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC. I think the bottle ran me about $9. I don't care because I wasn't expecting to find New Holland around here. Served up in my Terrapin pint glass.

A: Off the pour, this actually looks pretty thin. A bit of a shock. The pouring liquid look like a medium brown color,but as it builds in the glass it makes a more black body. Held to the light, the body is pretty solid and I am only getting light coming through at the bottom where it has a touch of brown and red coming through. The pour got me about half a finger of mocha colored head, but it quickly feel apart and disappeared completely. No lace whatsoever going on here.

S: I really like the aromas coming out here. Every time I take a sip, I can't help but get a huge whiff of this beer. It just has a huge aroma, very up front for you. Starts off with a huge milk chocolate aroma. Like opening a wrapper off a Hershey's bar. Behind that I am getting some nice vanilla presence along with a good amount dark fruits (dates and prunes, maybe a touch of cherry). Getting a nice bourbon/whiskey presence rounding all this out, nice and lightly boozy but not over powering. The chocolate does take center stage though. Really dig this.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose but sadly a bit more muted. This actually starts more with a nice bourbon boozy quality. Very oaky and the barrel does translate well. The vanilla from the wood mixes nicely with the heavy and quite beautiful chocolate presence. The dark fruits don't translate as well as they did in the nose for me. There is a bit of cream or milk type presence on the back end, but its a bit strange in flavor. Overall, not bad here but I could absolutely be up for the flavors to be amped up a bit more.

M: This beer is on the light side of full in body. Has a touch more thinness than I want or expect. Still has a good weight to it. Carbonation is light but present. ABV is nice a boozy, has a touch of heat on the throat but its not overwhelming. Just nice and creamy overall, pretty smooth. Aftertaste is just some nice chocolate and bourbon.

D: This is what I expected pretty much and it didn't disappoint by any means. I could use a bit more in the flavor department but I really can't bitch. This is a damned solid brew and I would be totally game to have this on a regular basis. New Holland is really impressing me with what I have had so far from them and I look forward to further exploring this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 09-14-2009 05:30:23

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/27/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 7 17 4 8 2009
22oz Bomber
$6.99
Binny's Orland

Dragon's Milk pours dark chocolate into my goblet. Deep ruby hues light up the glass when backlit. A one+ finger dirty white head grew one the pour before falling to a thick ring and skimming. Good looking beer.

While the aroma is without a doubt good it just seems a little too subdued for such a beer. The most pronounced aromas are from the barrel aging although they're subtle as well; bourbon whiskey, oak, and a touch of vanilla. There's an intermingling of molasses and scorched brown sugar.

The flavor starts off sweet upfront with the vanilla coming through but is quickly subdued by a smorgasbord of flavors. Oak and bourbon take over the vanilla before being joined by molasses and that lightly scorched brown sugar. The barrel aging is spot on. Any more would have created an overpowering bourbon flavor and any less just wouldn't have stood up.

The mouthfeel, while being on the lighter side of heavy, fits the flavor profile really well. The lack of carbonation lets this beer gracefully glide through and the carbonation that is there creates a creaminess that's perfectly appropriate. Enough alcohol presents to give the cheeks that warming sensation.

Dragon's Milk is surely as sipper but one that goes down incredibly easy. This is a perfect nightcap for a cool evening.

It's nice to find a high quality barrel aged beer that's, although a seasonal, readily available and doesn't cost an arm and a leg to acquire. Keep pumping out the Dragon's Milk New Holland.

Reviewed: 1/6/08

Price: $6.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 01/10/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 16 4 9 2008
Deep and dark root beer brown during the pour settling an even darker tarred brown thats nearly black. It has just the faintest of hints to light getting thru at the edges and bottom. Huge frothy dark tanned foam whips itself into a firm stacking and keeps a steadily thick amount consistantly present on top. A thin, whispery sheeting of lace coats the entire glass and sticks like glue. One very nice looking Strong ale!

Aroma is mildly present but firm and pleasing with mostly chocolate being the main staple before vanilla, dark cherry, dates, and deep bourbon notes take in the rest of each wiff.

Taste is more of the same with a rounded, overall tone of chocolate infused with bourbon hints and tenderly noted with a bold vanilla and caramel backing and some brief seepings of dark fruits do a bit of work to tang it up some. The finish is totally worth it as its complexity is quite nice with fluffy chocolate and slippery cherry/date hinted bourbony heat. Reminds me of a simpler G.I. Bourbon Cnty Stout.

Feel is a solid medium with a firm and creamy front and middle then finishes well as noted in the taste with a nicely textured fluff and warmth that coats the mouth and gullet fairly well and with a length thats favorably yummy and memorable.

Can't help but think this is more like a stout, but as a Strong ale its a nice change of pace and suits New Holland and the name "Dragon's Milk" very well and is a solid brew to drink down and warm up with in these chilled Wintery evenings.

Price: $7.50 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 02/08/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
52 2 8 10 2 4 2008
Received in a trade a while back.

22oz bottle shared with my friend.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass at cellar temp.

Appearance is good. Dark plum color with an enormous tan head. Looks like there's a lot of carbonation.

Smell is above average. Bourbon dominates. Dark berries in the background.

Taste is average. Initial flavor of bourbon hits then a sourness develops on the palate. Hints of dark fruit. Metallic aftertaste. Not impressed.

Mouthfeel is below average. Way too much carbonation here. Champagne-esque mouthfeel. Too bubbly.

Drinkability is average. Half a bottle was more than enough.

Overall: I had high hopes for this brew and it failed to deliver. Don't know if i had a bad bottle or what but i wasn't impressed with the mouthfeel or taste. Not a horrible beer but not a good one either.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 7 16 4 8 0
A - Pours a dark brown body. Looks dark and forboding, but when brought to the light, you can see the body is clean and clear, just dark. Head starts a slightly fizzy, light cocoa color. Now it's just a whisp in the middle and a ring around the glass.

S - Big molasses up front. Some light chocolate notes. Oak aging is there, but not huge. Vanilla and light oak are present.

T - Big and full flavored. Molasses and charred oakcombine together. Some dark chocolate and toffee. Vanilla mixes in. A bit of black cherry flavor comes in towards the end.

M - On the light side of full bodied. Smooth, minimal carbonation.

D - Good beer, wish it had a bit more complex flavor though. I think the year of age I had on it might have helped it.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Organized Chaos on 11/25/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 19 4 9 0
I have this beer several times, this is the first time I have rated it though.

This beer pours a really deep ruby and a small layer of head forms on the top. at the bottom of my glass, I can see a little bit of light coming through the beer.

This beer smells really good, you can immediately smell the oak from its aged barrels, hints of carmel and burbon follow. Love that smell in a beer.

I really like the taste of this beer, you cannot taste the 9% ABV this beer touts, the oak smell is followed up with the taste of this beer. Oak and vanilla are all I can put my taste on. Yum

Great mouthfeel, this beer is very smooth and has decent carbonation.

Like I mentioned before, this is a beer that I have had several times, I like it and would recommend it to those that havent tried something from New Holland before


Price: $6.99 Served In: Pint Glass

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