While just about everywhere out East is dealing with the last bits of Winter (hopefully), I’ve curled up with a nice warming stout. And what a stout I’ve picked to warm myself today! New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk Reserve Triple Mash. A bourbon barrel stout aged in New Holland’s own whiskey barrels. At 17% this is one of the highest ABV brews that I’ve had during this quest for beer perfection and certainly the highest ABV stouts that I’ve had. So get your self a glass, settle in, and warm your soul with today’s pint o’black.
-Appearance: Only slight amount of head sitting on top of a beer that has a lot of carbonation going on. Deep black and syrupy when you move the glass about. The carbonation along with the color make it look like a coca cola.
-Nose: Vanilla, bourbon, coffee, toffee, and a slight note of chocolate. You get all the notes that you would expect out of a bourbon barrel aged brew.
-Palate: You really get the syrupy elements of this brew once you put it on the palate. A little hot on the back palate but not as boozy as I expected given it’s high ABV. More chocolate and bourbon once it sits in the glass a bit. But it ends up falling kind of flat after a bit.
-Rating: 2.5/5: The booze is surprisingly not overpowering the entirety of the beverage, which is impressive given the high ABV. But all the big flavors tend to tire the palate and make it kind of one noted.
This post is part of a series of posts in the 30 Beers in 30 Days project. Enjoy!