Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The 2-4 Beers of Christmas: Day 16 Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout

Beer # 180 Dragon's Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout

New Holland Brewery

Holland, Michigan, USA
Barrel Aged Stout 11.0 % ABV Brown Glass Bottle 650 ml.
$13.95 (Canadian) At the LCBO

Twitter: @NewHollandBrew

Another brewery that I have heard of but had not yet tried one of their beers. I was very happy to get this bottle and give it a try for the holidays. Founded in 1996 by Jason Spaulding and Brett Vander Kamp New Holland Brewery was founded on the love of homebrewing and a well thought out business plan. They expanded in 2005 to begin distilling spirits and began to sell them in 2008. They now also run a brew pub, a restaurant,and a 1 million litre (plus) brewhouse that distributes to many states in the Northeastern United States (and, obviously, Canada).

Time to milk the dragon...

Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with hints of orangey red. Head is light tan made up of tiny bubbles with good staying power. Nose is Bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Very woody, hints of sugar and licorice as well. First sip is exceptionally oaky, with lots of vanillin, and bourbon qualities. It smooths out into roasted malt, chocolate, and lightly bruleed turbinado sugar. There is good heat from the 11% alcohol, but it is not overpowering. Aeration gives us a huge hit of alcohol followed by toffee and caramel and a touch of black pepper.

Impressions: Fail, So-so, Pass, Exceptional 

Cost: 5/6 PASS
Colour: 5/6 PASS
Beer Style: 5/6 PASS
Re-Order:  5/6 PASS
Experience:  6/6 Exceptional
Christmas Spirit 6/6 Exceptional

Final Thoughts:

A very good brew. I enjoyed this one very much. I like a bourbon barrel aged beer as it brings out so much flavour in the beer. If you can still find this one, snap it up while you can.

Cheers And Beery Christmas


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