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RATINGS: 1761   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Dragon’s Milk is a 17th century term used to describe the strong beer usually reserved for royalty. This strong ale was aged in oak for over 120 days. The aging process extracts flavors from the wood, which contribute to its complex character. Hints of bourbon flavor perfectly compliment its roasted malts to produce a beer fit for a King.

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3.6
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Dark, opaque body with tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Bitter flavor. Not bad.

4.4
thehoff (597) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Very dark black ruby in the light. Clinging tan head. Smells earthy, malty, woody. The taste is quite superb. It could be an oak taste (I don't know what oak tastes like). Very distinct and quite nice. Cannot taste the alcohol. It is creamy and slightly bitter toward the back of the throat but has many floral flavors as well. Superb beer.

3.2
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2004
A stronger porter with more chocolate notes. I could not detect any oak in this as was stated on the label. Good body and mouthfeel. Fairly one dimensional but still quite drinkable, even at 10%.

2.3
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2003
I thought this would be good, but it wasn't really. It may have been 10.5%, but it smelled and tasted of Captain Morgan's rum, which is a fairly shitty rum. As Silphilium points out, this was not a complex brew.

3.6
Silphium (3302) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2003
2003 bottling. Finally, the Dragon's Milk is back! Poured a dark chestnut brown, with a reddish tint, and a tan ring of carbonation lacing the sides of the glass. Aroma was rather porter-like, with roasted malts predominating. Flavor was similar to the aroma, with roasted malts at the beginning of the sip, followed by strong wood flavors and tanginess. Finishes creamy, with a touch of dry fruit. Very smooth. Could be a bit more complex for such a high ABV beer.

3.1
JPDIPSO (6325) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Deep dark brown color with a thick dense mocha colored head. Sweet fruity aroma. Hints of blueberries and bubblegum, weird, but i kind of like it. Bubblegum is there in the flavor as well. I don't mind it in Oberdorfer, but it really seem out of place here. Weak juicy fruit flavors with some hints of caramel malts. A whiskey linger and burn in the finish. This one seems to have the wrong yeast, or ferment temperature, or hops, maybe the malt, I give up. Just odd.

4.1
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2004 At the MBG Fest had the Blackberry Dragon's Milk. Had the normal (if that's the word) Dragon's Milk back in March 2003 when visiting the brewery. My comments are based on the fest version since I have no notes other than an overall rating for the original. THE OVERALL RATING IS BASED UPON THE AVERAGE OF BOTH... Opaque as the heart of darkness, this evil little dragon, off with it head. Strange I wondered, how such a foul beast breath could be so wonderful. He must have swallowed a berry farmer and the harvest then decided the burn the forest down, hence the smoky, woody and roasted hints I smelled when venturing closer. Alas, I drew my mighty sword (and pen) and set to deposit this creature to the bowels of hell. The beast blood spilled forth and landed squarely upon my mouth, how odd, the farmer's berry patch has tainted the dragon's blood, a weakness is spotted. With quick wit and sharp cuts, the creature has fallen! Hordes of commoners rush to thank me with strange plastic cup in one hand and wooden coins in the other. A fest is declared, the main course, Dragon meat. While the meat had a pronounced slighty sticky mouthfeel, it was truly delightful. (May have been even better aged and cured with a great oak cask). Cheerio!

3.7
Oakes (19931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Regular version, bottle. Dark brown with a slight muddiness. The aroma is fudgey with a little bit of fruit. Very fudgey palate, some heat, some currant fruitiness. Nothing terribly spectacular but it’s a nice brew, well made and enjoyable to drink.

I had the non-barrel-aged version spiked with blackberries that was served at the Michigan Brewer’s Festival. Almost black, murky. Aroma is blackberry vs. coffee vs. chocolate malt. The flavours are a little better-integrated on the palate – vanilla, cream, blackberry, mocha. Okay experiment but nothing to lose sleep over if you never see it again. 7-4-7-4-14 = 3.6

3.7
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2003
Rich and deep, oaky, nose with ripe fruits and a smooth, mellow, charcoal whiskey tone. Big time malt presence, alcohol, of course, as well as some hints of chocolate. really dark body, just a hint of burnt dark brown around the edges. Almost no head. WOah, tasted citrucy and sour, not what I expected. Acidic and alcoholic, very clean and a bit dry. Pretty complex malt character, some ripe berries hiding in there too, perhaps. Chocolatey and roasted on the finish, just a bit watery and thin. A bit of a port wine character to this solid brew.

3.8
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2003
Dark color with a slight head. Bourbon in the nose and also in the body, providing a nice flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with the sour, acidic notes evident. Very interesting beer. I actually really like it, but as listed previously by others there is something missing perhaps that prevents me from giving this beer a higher rating.


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