I’ve been sitting on this one for a while – decided to crack it open tonight and I was pleasantly surprised. Dragon’s Milk is an Imperial Stout aged in you guessed it – bourbon barrels. The barrels really worked well with this one. Here’s my review:
Overall rating: 4.29/5
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversize wine glass. 2012 vintage.
A- Pours a deep brown, translucent body with cherry highlights. The head is about 1″ and light mocha in color, reducing to a ring of foam and leaving little lacing.
S- The bourbon character takes the front seat here, the aroma is sweet french vanilla, maple syrup, dark fruits, and toffee. Dessert-like.
T- Upfront I get big milk chocolate and vanilla notes. The follow through is sweet like a mocha milkshake with roasty, coffee-like flavors. The finish is smooth with a slight bitter, roasty character. No alcohol detected which is impressive for 10%. Very nice balance.
M- Slightly thin but highly drinkable. Slightly overcarbonated for a BA imperial stout.
I was pleasantly surprised with this beer and I feel that it is underrated. It’s quite sweet which may be cloying to some people, but other than that I think it’s half a notch under the big name barrel aged stouts.