Dragon’s Milk is an American Imperial Stout by New Holland Brewing whose barrel-aged palate is a decadent blend of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and oak.

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Dragon’s Milk is an American Imperial Stout that’s brewed by New Holland Brewing. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was aged for six months and then served in a snifter from a 12 oz. bottle.

Packaging art for the Dragon’s Milk by New Holland Brewing

Packaging art for the Dragon’s Milk by New Holland Brewing

What You Need to Know

Dragon’s Milk is a higher gravity brew that’s been aged in bourbon barrels for three months. The result is a Stout with a roasty malt character that’s sweetened with vanilla and countered by bourbon and oak. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The Stout pours an inky black that shows a clear dark brown around the edges. It’s topped by an inch-thick cap of dense tan-colored foam that shows modest retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind a smattering of droplets on the sides and a thick ring around the glass. A boozy swirl twists atop the ale.

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Aroma

The aroma strongly wafts a sweet scent of chocolate along with a hint of vanilla. As the Stout loses its chill a boozy scent of bourbon begins to come through.

Flavor

The taste of brown bread and cocoa lead the palate. Sweet chocolate and dark fruit fills the middle before cresting to a mild floral hopping, hints of oak, and a spike of booze. Finishes with a lingering taste of vanilla and cola.

Label art for the Dragon’s Milk by New Holland Brewing

Label art for the Dragon’s Milk by New Holland Brewing

Mouthfeel

The feel is smooth and chewy with a full body and medium-light carbonation. The thick, sweet base coats the mouth but isn’t cloying. As the beer has been aged, its high alcohol content only lends a moderate warming sensation. It’s certainly not overpowering. A fresher example is likely to be stronger.

Overall

The luscious feel of the Dragon’s Milk fills the mouth and its sweet palate really adds to the decadence. But there’s also a layered complexity of shifting woodsy and boozy flavors that will win you over. Overall, this Imperial Stout is an absolute delight.

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Want to know how Dragon’s Milk is made? Check out the video below.

And why not also check out this infographic on the brewing process of Dragon’s Milk by clicking here.

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