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Dragon’s Milk

New Holland Brewing Co.
Holland, MI

Style: English Strong Ale

Baby-Boy’s Rating:
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Normally, I am a porter and stout kind of guy, but New Holland's Dragon's Milk Ale is my kind of beer. It has the color and the consistency of used motor oil, so it has to be good.

The bottle hints that this fine brew is aged in bourbon barrels. Perhaps that is why it has such a rich flavor. It is actually milky, which was a surprise. It has a richness to it that makes it easy to believe that beer is healthy.

The flavor has caramel and vannilla sweetness to it without being sugary. There is a touch of bitterness and a little bit of an ashy flavor that must come from the barrel aging. The bitter and ashy undertones keep this brew in the realm of an actual beer and not a milkshake.

If I were to slay a dragon, this beer has the flavor I would expect its milk to have. It is definitely a good reason to polish the armor, sharpen the sword, and water the horses.

And who knows, there just might be a fair maiden in the keep.

Reviewed by Baby-Boy Jackson on May 2, 2007.
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