I was so excited to try this ale. I had the highest of hopes. I really did. There was intrigue. There was sweet anticipation. Ultimately, there was bitter disappointment. For me anyhow…
Up for consideration was Dragon’s Milk Ale produced by New Holland. I first tasted this mysterious oak aged brew on July 20th. I’d had it for quite a while, but truth be told, I was a little apprehensive. I had purchased it at the Frenchman’s Quarter in Culpeper, VA, a super-charming little place with a wicked selection of great beers, wines, chocolates, and cheeses. Hello? Can you say hedonistic? Anyhow, I like less hoppy, slightly sweet beer. This was recommended to me.
The nose was a mishmash of molasses, caramel, milk chocolate and freshly torched creme brulee. Very heady, but not really in a good way. Pouring from the bottle, it produced very little foam and looked a little too thick and viscous for my liking. The body was very dark, almost black. A very slight head hung out for approximately 2.2 seconds before petering out. No biggie. Aesthetics are great, but I wanted to taste it.
Phew-wee. It was sweet. Sickeningly so. There must be a rather high residual sugar percentage. I was not expecting that. I assumed the oak barrel influence would round that out some. The only thing I could think of after pondering the first sip was “black strap molasses”. In consistency and taste. Ick. It was a bit too much for my delicate sensibilities. I’d be interested to see how someone who likes dark ales normally would perceive this. Definitely not my thing. I’m glad I tried it, but I probably won’t need to revisit this one.
- Beer Name: Dragon’s Milk Oak Barrel Aged Ale
- Brewer: New Holland
- Origin: Holland, Michigan
- Price: $9.95/a pint and a half
- Date Sampled: July 20th, 2010
- Serving Type: bottle
- Rating: 1
- IBU: ?
- ABV: 10%