New Holland Dragonís Milk Reserve - Vanilla Chai

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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Combines robust malt character with the luxurious nuance of sweet Chai. Aged in white-oak bourbon barrels, Vanilla Chai Dragonís Milk is a concert of luscious flavors.

Beer Style: Stout Aged in Oak w/ Vanilla Chai Spices
Degrees Plato: 23
Grains: 2 row, munich, caramel, crystal, black, chocolate malt, flaked barley
Hops: Glacier, Nugget
Yeast: American Ale
First Brewed: 2015
Pairings: dark chocolate, dairy and caramel

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (6952) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2017
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown/black color with a weak flimsy head. Aromas show me cinnamon, vanilla, oak. No bourbon at all.

Speaking of flimsy, for a 11 % stout this has the thinnest body I have tasted since the last time I sampled Dragon Milk variants. Flavor is mostly toasted cinnamon, vanilla chai and chocolate. Very weak bourbon in the backend the finish. Also displays a moderate herbal/spiciness that lingers. This would be much better if the body was more like a true imperial stout. And a tad less on the chai.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (10122) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle shared by Tom - thanks! Dark dense pour. Rich vanilla, nutmeg, tea on the nose. Slick semi-sweet taste. Some bourbon. Wonderful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (4751) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours with a good beige head over an opaque near black body. Iím a big fan of Dragonís Milk but not of chai. Not surprisingly then, I like this less than the original and some of the other variants. It is, nonetheless, very good, and itís almost exactly what I would expect. Thereís an obvious but not overpowering contribution of chai spices and vanilla, with the base Dragonís Milk clearly present. Flavor = 8.5.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (4153) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of cocoa, chai, bourbon, spices and vanilla. The taste was similar to the aorma with more chocolate, chai, bourbon, vanilla with a nice little burn. It had a medium body and smooth carbonation. Really good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (896) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2017
12oz bottle. Dark pour, not much head. Nice bourbon, vanilla, nutmeg aroma. Taste follows, nice balance with the vanilla chia and booze. Well done!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (4659) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Bottle to glass. Nose is moderate coffee and chocolate. Light barrel character. A tropical fruity tea like thing from the chai. Nearly black with a small off white to light tan head. Taste is much more spice forward and light vanilla. Light barrel character. Overall really nice. The chai adds a light peppery note with some fruitiness that livens up the beer nicely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (7181) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2016
12 ounce bottle. A smallish tan head develops late and it sits atop an almost black beer. Rich vanilla and lactic aroma. Dark malts lead the flavor. Vanilla and some spices. It has something like chocolate and some herbal notes. Rich liqueur flavors. There is too much other stuff to taste chai but I so I will call this complex. Feel is rich and heavy. I am kind of a fanboy of vanilla and barrel aged beers so I approve of this. It would be liked even more if alcohol werenít tasted.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ehaak26 (423) - - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Aroma of vanilla, roasted malts, Chai tea, alcohol from the barrel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7512) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Pours dark with medium mouthfeel and some vanilla chocolate notes. Chia more subdued for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (6069) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2016
The description nails it. Vanilla and chai. Really good. Had this poured from draft at FOBAB 2016 at UIC.


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