New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve - Raspberry Lemon

RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Michigan raspberries bring depth to Dragon’s Milk and frame it’s chocolate tones beautifully while contrasting its dark, roast character. Lemon zest excites the fruit flavor, brightening the entire experience.

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chinchill (5477) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2018
Review of a June 2016 vintage 12 oz bottle served in February 2018. Pours very dark and opaque with a short tan head that has good retention. Aroma: a subtle addition of raspberries? ... no; this smells of raspberry jam with some more subtle lemon peel and just faint hints of oak, chocolate and brown bread. Flavor: the barrel aging is much more evident here, particularly the bourbon, taming the raspberries. Lightly sweet. Mouthfeel: medium-full body with medium-light carbonation. Smooth with some warming. Overall: a slightly disappointing variant of an excellent stout, at least compared to the original version or to the compared to the raspberry version, with significant raspberry flavor and partially hidden alcohol. To my mind, the lemons don't mix well here.

onceblind (11519) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2018
Deep dark brown hue that’s basically black, under a thin foamy/rocky light tan head. Rich nose of stoutly roasty malts and bourbon barrel whispers and a sugary raspberry jammy tone. Rich flavor that’s sweet and bourbonny and dark and roasty black malty with raspberry jammy tones and a hint of candy lemon. Comes together dang nicely, to my surprise.

BlackBeerPG (1065) - Darien, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2017
Taste: Complex, sweet, creamy smooth with some subtle notes of raspberry and lemon. Sweet bourbon and malt nose. Black/brown, mostly opaque, with smaller Barrel aged head and lace. Medium to Full body. Easy to sip.

thomashall (1611) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2017
12oz bottle shared. Dark pour, minimal head. Aroma is awesome, chocolate, bourbon, just a little raspberry. Taste is spot on, boozy, sweet, little citrus. Everything really balances out nice. Love this.

BVery (11581) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2017
Bottle shared by Tom - thanks! Dark dense pour. Awesome aroma of bourbon, chocolate, and lemon. Palate is medium, and maybe a touch thin for the style. Tastes great - lots of raspberry, especially as it warms.

mikeymike (75) - Kansas, USA - MAY 5, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a 1 1/2 finger head - similar to other dragon milk beers. Aroma is a tart raspberry and vanilla, with a slight hint of bourbon. Taste is a tart vanilla with roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium-thin. Overall, I liked this better than the vanilla chai variant, but the mouthfeel and overall experience is lacking. Worth trying, not chasing.

blackflag321 (709) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2017
Shared bottle, poured to pint glass. I can’t help but to compare this to the original Dragon’s Milk (not head-to-head). Raspberry dominates the nose, then again on the first sip. Lemon doesn’t rally stand out. Hints of chocolate but I didn’t pick up any vanilla that is prominent in the original. Also, booziness of original is masked well by the fruit.

allmyvinyl (11414) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle thanks to Stuu666. Pours just-clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of chocolate and raspberry. Not getting any lemon. Hints of vanilla, light roast. Taste is more of the same. Light sweet bourbon linger. Solid.

ads135 (5287) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2017
A very good version of the Dragon’s Milk. The raspberry more than the lemon defines it. The berry blends with the chocolate like a real dessert beer. Perhaps not as well balanced as the original, but a nice varietal.

drpimento (3928) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Aroma is pretty good - cocoa, raspberry, bit of roast, no lemon. Body is good. But for me, the raspberry didn’t go so well and gives an unpleasant medicinal aftertaste with a long finish.

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