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New Holland Dragonís Milk Reserve with Toasted Chilies

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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This beer, aged with Chili de arbol peppers in the barrels, is one of a series of innovative specialties to sneak out of our Dragonís Milk Cellar. The earthy pepper character mingles with the dark roasted tones of the Dragonís Milk as the spice slowly warms your palate, pleasantly contrasting the deep malt character. Pairings red meat, smoked foods, balsamic, rich cheese & dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1883) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2015
Black. Nose of light roasted malt, dry oak, bitter chocolate, and a hint of vegetal spiciness. Flavor is a lightly dry oaky pepper with some faint roast and bitter chocolate. Lingering medium pepper heat. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1691) - Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Thanks Danny! Not bad. Dark black pour. Pretty solid blend of oak, chocolate, spicy pepper. Heat from both booze and chilliesÖbut neither overwhelming. Tad thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brine color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass. One finger beige foam head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Decent retention, leaving sporadic streaks of soapy lacing on the way down. Slightly smokey robust dark malt aroma with a prominent dry, roasted pepper presence and some subtle oak. Hints of burnt malt, dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee grinds complimented by the peppers and charred oak. The oak stands out after it warms but is not overpowering in the nose with faint wood/toothpick character. Thereís also a decent amount of smoked chili pepper but itís nicely integrated into the beer without overwhelming the other notes. Some sweeter malt notes as well with some bakerís chocolate, caramel and toffee. The addition of chili de arbol peppers really changes the aroma of dragons milk. Itís an interesting addition but Iím not sure it improves on the original. Not as complex or inviting as I had hoped. Slightly viscous full body with smokey, robust dark malts countered by subtle charred oak, lighter malt sweetness and a prominent, fiery hot pepper presence that dominates from mid palate until long after the lingering finish. Charred oak, bittersweet dark chocolate, and deeply roasted coffee followed by sweeter chocolate and toffee before the peppers come in providing some smokey heat. Itís really unique how different this beer tastes from beginning to end. The peppers come in mid way through and obliterate the original flavors. Iím not really sure what to think about it because I would like more of the oak and stout character but the fiery hot pepper and cinnamon flavors are petty appealing. I just wish that they were as nicely integrated as the nose suggests and that there was overall better balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (178) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Dark brown pour with a hint of red, small tan head quickly fades to a ring. Boozy aroma with some roasted malts. Flavor is quite earthy, wood, smoke with a spicy finish. Like most stouts, this got better as it warmed. Very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2242) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours deep dark brown black with a thin tight mocha head that fades quickly to a thin wispy film and collar. Aroma is smooth roasted chocolate marshmallow malt and that all I get in the scent. Taste is roasted chocolate malt with noticeable chilies throughout the finish, really over takes all other flavors. As this warms I get hints of raspberries and blueberries in the swallow before the chilies kick in. Palate is full slick and warming with spicy chilies. Really like it, but the chilies over ride all other aspects of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
darb85 (177) - Canton, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Sweet aroma. Pours thin with no head. Ink black. Sweet coffee chocolate lead with break of throat tickle of hear that builds. Well done. A little thin

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mstrcrwly (779) - New York, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Bottle poured into a snifter..opaque pour with a medium tan head..aroma of booze,pepper,coffee, chocolate..tastes of chocolate,booze,pepper,oak, ..not a huge fan of chili or peppered stouts but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2015
Black pour, quick tan head. Aroma is light dark fruit, roasted malt, some dark chocolate. Light smokiness Flavour is nice chocolate and oaky vanilla with some light smoke. Lingering chili tingle in the finish. Rich oily mouthfeel as well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ebone1988 (611) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20 and Gus in a Reserve horizontal. Aroma is boozy, sweet roasted malt, tons of barrel, a lot like the original, no real chilies scent. Appearance is brown, light brown head, thin. Taste is sweet roasted malt, barrel, pepper, strange sweetness. Mouthfeel is thin, hot, not great. Overall...I didnít expect much and this prediction has been realized.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (5167) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear reddish black, medium tan head, dissipates rather quickly with decent residual and lacing. Aroma is pepper forward, spicy, some chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, fairly spiced; lots of chili pepper flavor and heat. Medium light body. Interesting, but the peppers kind of drive away the base beer on this one.

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