So Nora convinced me that I needed to go to Buffalo Wild Wings after she got off work one night with her work friends. That’s a late trip to eat spicy wings, so obviously we got Mango Habanero. You know, can’t be adults about things.
Anyway, I got talk to the other couple that was there who are both beer snobs and we started sharing our favorite brews. They a beer that sounded wonderful: a stout aged in bourbon barrels.
Beer? Bourbon? Combined? Holy crap, that must be amazing!
Now, here is something that I did. That sounds absolutely amazing, like Earth-shatteringly amazing. So I built it up in my head and thought it was going to the best beer I had ever had.
And it wasn’t. It was quite good – really good – and shouldn’t have been disappointing, but it was. Like it was a 90% when I thought it would be 110%. So I must say, take the review with a grain of salt; I think I’m fair, but some of my disappointment may shine through.
New Holland Brewing Dragon’s Milk
Appearance: I poured this pretty vigorously and got just that small head.
Before I poured I didn’t see the alcohol content; I didn’t have to look at the bottle to know it was over 10% (11% is what the bottle said).
Scent: I’m smelling two things. The first thing I got was that malty, dark scent of stout. I got a bit of cocoa, a bit of the dark roasted malts, and maybe a hint of hops. The second is alcohol. I wanted to call it bourbon but it almost smells like vodka. Not sure if I like that or not.
Taste: High alcohol beer. It’s malty and sweet, and I like the flavor, but the alcohol distracts from it. A lot. I wish it was at about 8% but I think the bourbon barrel aging, aside from adding some great flavor, added almost too much alcohol to it. I like it, but it’s almost too much.
Drinkability: Oddly enough, the alcohol hurts the flavor but almost makes the beer go down smoother and makes it feel a bit lighter. I think I could drink more of these than regular stouts (though I would fall over MUCH quicker). They do go down quite smooth.
Quality: Yup, it’s a good beer. I wonder if they shot a bit far with the bourbon barrels, but it is a noble goal, a delicious beer, and high alcohol if that is your thing.
Overall: The alcohol content is too high for my tastes given the rest of the beer and distracts from the flavor that I am a huge fan of. I would prefer if it was heavier, a bit less alcohol, and be less manly than it is.
Unbiased: A-/A. It is a damn fine beer.
Biased: B+/A-. I like it, the flavor is top-notch, and I love bourbon, but the alcohol is distracting from what I like.
To not building stuff up too much!