Here at Barrels and Mash, we drink our fair share of Bourbon barrel-aged beers… in fact, we drink some other people’s fair share too. Obviously we can say the same for Bourbon, so when New Holland dumped barrels of their Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dragon’s Milk Stout and refilled them with whiskey, we wanted to drink that too.
While the New Holland Brewery also distills, the Bourbon in this bottle was sourced and is aged for “several years” (my guess is right at 4), before going into a Dragon’s Milk barrel for 3 months.
Company: New Holland Brewery
Mash bill: ?
Age: NAS (“Many years”, probably 4, then 90 days in Dragon’s Milk barrels)
ABV: 40% (80 proof)
Color: Deep honey
Nose: The aroma is super sweet with milk chocolate, malt, caramel, vanilla, cereal (Honey Nut Cherrios, according to Kate), and corn.
Taste: Again, very sweet with some corn-y young whiskey vibes, chocolate chip cookies (for real), malt, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar. It’s got a silky mouthfeel with some bready biscuit and a touch of oak coming in towards the end.
Finish: Hey, what do you know, the finish is sweet too! Smooth and buttery but with a bit of lingering bitterness from the beer.
Overall: It’s impressive how much the Dragon’s Milk imparts on this whiskey. The classic malt backbone of a stout is present, and the beer-y, malty notes come out loud and clear. My only issue is this: it’s too damn sweet. It’s the sweetest aspects of the beer that are imparted on an already (I’m guessing here), sweet whiskey. I would love to see a release of this using older Bourbon so that beer would have more oak and fruit to play off of. Maybe someday that’ll happen, and if it does, sign me up!