Monday, September 10, 2018

New Holland Dragon's Milk (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)


Fill date: 4/18/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 20C Imperial Stout)

AROMA: Fairly strong bourbon barrel presence. Significant woody/vanilla sweetness along with the residual bourbon. For such a strong imperial stout, the base brew is a bit simplistic with just a general dark malt character and some fruitiness. Subtle earthy/herbal hops that are slightly minty. Alcohol is present, but clean. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Deep dark brown hue (40+ SRM). Moderate, tan-colored, creamy foam; retains and laces quite well. 3/3

FLAVOR: The bourbon barrel is the star of the show as its flavors are noticeable at all times. Plenty of sweet vanilla and authentic bourbon taste throughout, though it is never cloying. The base brew is a bit simplistic. General sense of dark malt with a subtle fruity note; but lacking any rich bready and roasted malt flavors. Seems more like a standard strength stout. Hops are moderate with enough bitterness to notice and offer balance, along with a slight minty/earthy flavor. Alcohol is difficult to ignore, though it is not distracting or abrasive. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderately-low carbonation. Texture is remarkably smooth and comfortable. Mouthfeel seems a little light for 11% ABV, though there is a consistent, but gentle, warming sensation at all times. Probably the easiest-drinking 11% stout I've ever had. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: The base imperial stout is a bit weak, but the bourbon barrel component makes up the difference. A good beer, but not one of the best of these style stouts. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

NOTE: See my 2011 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2011/08/new-holland-dragons-milk-chadz-beer.html

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