A rich flavored, complex brew. If dragon's gave up this beer as their milk, my guess is they would never have gone extinct.
Every once in a while a beer leaves me really scratching my head…in a certain, positive way. It makes me ponder what I like about it most. Dragon's Milk is that type of beer. Everything about this masterpiece is notable. The mouthfeel is thick and slippery. The color is a rich deep black with a hint of red and is a joy to look at. The head milks from the bottom of the glass billowing up after the pour, which is neat. The flavor has so much depth and complexity that it is really a joy in the mouth. Heck, the beer even smells good. Dragon's Milk is a beer you will remember.
Dragon's Milk has a distinct whiskey aroma with slight hints of chocolate. The color is a deep reddish black. The head seems to be nonexistent at initial pour but then billows from midway down the glass and creates a khaki colored tight bubbled froth almost like a very short lived nitro head. The flavor is a mixture of cinnamon spice, bourbon, chocolate, oak, hints of vanilla, and rich deep roasted malt.
Dragon's Milk is a strong beer, in every way. It has a strong flavor, a strong bodied texture, a pungent scent, and it has an ABV of 10.0. But, all of that is a good thing. This is a beer that you will savor. You will take your time and enjoy the smell, the body, the flavor. The ABV should not be a concern because if you are wanting to pound this beer, you probably need to reevaluate your respect level for good brews. This is a sip, ponder, appreciate, and enjoy beer.
Dragon's Milk opens with a fairly sweet vanilla flavor mixed with a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon and… perhaps a bit of clove. The middle sneaks in with tiny notes of dark chocolate with rich malt and then the beer takes a hard right turn. The bourbon comes in strong along with the oak it was held in. It may be overwhelming for some. The bourbon continues to sit on the back of the tongue for quite some time…so if you have a sincere aversion to bourbon…this beer may not be for you. As a note, this beer drinks completely different based on temperature. Drink it very cold and the sweetness comes through along with the spice and the bourbon is an accent. Let it warm 10 degrees and the story changes. It becomes a very whiskey heavy flavored beer. The beauty is that both are good…and one person may love the beer at one temperature while another may love it at a different. It just adds to the complexity and depth of Dragon's Milk.
My first thought is to save the calories for another bottle of Dragon's Milk but it certainly would go good with dark chocolate desserts.
While New Holland's Dragon's Milk may be too strong flavored for some beer drinkers, I think those of us who really like to sip, analyze, and savor a beer will offer nothing but praise for Dragon's Milk. This beer is an experience…a strong experience.
Full Brewery Name: New Holland Brewing
Brewery Location: Holland, Michigan
Alcohol by Volume(ABV): 10
Drinkability: Low - Can Maybe Drink 1 or 2