New Holland Dragon’s Milk

Tasting: February 6, 2013
Style: Ale (Scottish)

New Holland Dragon\'s Milk

I have written this blog for a little over two years and my beer refrigerator has always had at least one new subject waiting in the wings. Well, that streak ended last week as I found myself rifling through my shelves just to come up dry – so to say. Frankly, with a fresh case of Hopslam in my fridge, I’ve been a little uninspired at the hum-drum selection at the local beer shelves. I picked up a couple of bottles yesterday just to end the dry spell.

I was a little puzzled by Dragon’s Milk. It’s described as an ale aged in oak barrels but I see it described elsewhere as a stout aged in bourbon barrels. The color is rich and dark — but certainly doesn’t match an inky black stout. It’s more of a rich brown and the light turns reddish as it passes through the glass. Easy to detect the bourbon influence on the nose – strong vanilla extract. I’d call it more of a Scotch ale, it has that rich sweet malt flavor with nice chocolate undertones and a nice helping of raisin and figs. At 10% ABV, it shows a little of its boozy heat and the carbonation is moderate. This is a certainly more of a winter’s night sipper.

Also – if you’re curious about the name – dragon’s milk is a Scottish term that describes a private stock reserved for royalty.

I’ll put this one at a solid 88 points.

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