Saturday, January 9, 2010

193. New Holland Dragon’s Milk

Only our second beer from New Holland Brewing—for some reason, I’d thought we’d run through a couple more. Anyway, our last one was Golden Cap Saison. Dragon’s Milk is part of their High Gravity Series, joining Beerhive Tripel, Charkoota Rye, El Mole Ocho, Imperial Hatter, Black Tulip, and Night Tripper, and Pilgrim’s Dole as part of New Holland’s big beer line up. Let’s call Dragon’s Milk the starting pitcher...

Described as “ale aged in oak barrels” on the label, Dragon’s Milk is a crystal clear deep chocolate brown with ruby red highlights and a pretty minimal tan head. With a sweet malty nose that also has good amounts of vanilla and oak, Dragon’s Milk smells like rich and creamy goodness. Dragon’s Milk starts with a thick, rich malt profile that has sweetness and some alcohol and vanilla, moves into chocolate and oak, and finishes with roasted malt flavors, the return of some of the vanilla, and some lingering tannic oak flavor. Full bodied, rich, and creamy, both from malt and oakiness, it has a medium carbonation bite and a thick chewy mouthfeel. While there is some alcohol warmth, it still has a good balance, particularly because of the complex flavor profile. This beer is exactly the thing you need on a cold winter night in front of a warm fire—it will fill you up and warm you up at the same time.

From the bottle: “An intriguing stout with soft, rich malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath.”

From the New Holland website: “The beer you hold in your hand, Dragon’s Milk Ale, is a crown jewel of New Holland Brewing Company. It is the unrivaled result of painstaking processes - both creative and scientific. We could tell you about the centuries-old tradition of the term, Dragon’s Milk, or we could tell you about the history, craftsmanship and challenges of important, the beer inside this bottle. Expect a complex ale with a soft, rich caramel-malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones; all dancing in an oak bath. Unmistakably distinctive example of New Holland’s Art in Fermented Form.”

ABV: 8.5%
OG: 19° P


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