Dragon’s Milk (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)

Dragon’s Milk (Ale Aged in Oak Barrels)

New Holland Brewing Company, LLC – Holland, MI

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Info (From the Bottle): “The beer you hold in your hand is a crown jewel of New Holland Brewing Company. It is the unrivaled result of painstaking processes – both creative and scientific. We could tell you about the centuries-old tradition of the term ‘Dragon’s Milk’, or we could tell you about the history, craftsmanship and challenges of barrel-aging beer, but we’d rather tell you about what’s more important: the beer inside this bottle.”

Bare with me while I open it and pour off a glass. Now that is a nice looking beer: a creamy, slightly malty and nutty aroma and an absolutely gorgeous color! It’ a very dark and rich amber hue with a nice, heavy, frothy head. After a bit of a swirl, opening it up gives way to a whole different layer of scents freeing the light hoppiness and a very mild, well hidden fruity note.

I am just overwhelmed with the vast array of complex flavors going on in just the first sip! First taste of note is the up-front peppery body that immediately reminds me of a fine red wine! This is obviously from the Oak Barrel aging process. Even after a few more sips it really maintains that fine, almost Merlot or Shiraz persona. Just amazing. Behind that is it’s wolf-clothed sheep: the deep, rich flavor of the ale. It is plainly studded with nutty malts and a vibrant side-note of caramel. It’s bitter hoppiness only succeeds perfectly in matching the melodious undertones of the fruity spices. I can find some coriander, some citrus rind, and even a buried treasure of wheat. I can not quite verbalize just how much is happening with this beer. It is so very unlike anything I have ever had -an amazing amalgam of wine and beer all inside one quite unassuming bottle. As I ponder just what foods this might directly improve a pairing with, it’s hard not to think of its name. This leads me on but one path: Renaissance Fairs. Yes sir, match this with a turkey leg, maybe a pork loin, and most certainly a standing rib roast. Glorious.

Rating: * * * * *
If you can’t find this in your local specialty shop, ask them to order it for you. You will be so very glad you did. Simply amazing.

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