I’m a huge fan of both dragons and milk. My ideal day off includes drinking milk straight out of the jug and streaming high fantasy dragon films. Although these two passions appear to be mutually exclusive on the surface, New Holland Brewing had other thoughts with Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout. Now you can have your dragons… and milk them too…
Dragon’s Milk has a dark brown complexion with ruby highlights that show through when held up to the light. The aroma is a hardy mixture of dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, and an ever so faint echo of hops. I thoroughly enjoy when beers tell a story, and the sights and smells of this stout do an awesome job of framing this brew as its namesake.
The harmony of highly focused, intense flavors in this stout are nothing short of magical. Smooth vanilla draws you into the dragon’s den, only to be annihilated by an inferno of cherry, dark fruits, oak, and bourbon. As the flames settle, coffee and toffee hang heavy on the palate as if it were the charred remnants of this flavor explosion. This intensity is counterbalanced by a smooth, velvety texture that makes it go down fairly easy for an eleven percenter.
New Holland has eased my concerns when it comes to mixing milk and dragons… or milking dragons. This stout is complex in an “in your face” kind of way that scorches your palate with targeted fireballs of concentrated flavor. The accessibility and quality of Dragon’s Milk place it firmly into what I affectionately categorize as “Staple Beers.” Pair with dragon cheese.
- Appearance: Dark Brown, Ruby
- Aroma: Dark Fruit, Vanilla, Bourbon, Faint Hops
- Flavor: Vanilla, Cherry, Dates, Figs, Oak, Bourbon, Coffee, Toffee
- Mouthfeel: Heavy, Smooth, Velvety
- ABV: 11%
- Size/Price: 22 oz. / $7-$9
- Score: 90