We’re nearing the end of American Craft Beer Week, but I still have some quality beers left to talk about. I’ve saved some of the more interesting selections for last, so be sure to stick with me through the weekend. If you’d like to catch up on my previous posts, you can do so using the links below:
Reviewing beers is surprisingly harder than you would think. I can take a sip of a beer and know exactly what I think about it and whether or not I like it, but that’s not always something that’s easy to articulate. I definitely have a respect for the people that actually do this for a living. I’m also incredibly envious of them, but that’s neither here nor there.
Going much darker with beer number 5. This was a very intriguing selection, and one that I had never had before, so I was excited to give it a shot. I also decided to bust out the old school Cincinnati Reds glass in hopes of turning their luck around a little bit. The jury is still out on whether or not that actually worked.
The Brewery: New Holland Brewing
The Beer: Dragon’s Milk
With a name like “Dragon’s Milk”, you know you’re not dealing with just some ordinary beer. Quite the contrary, this was probably the most unique beer on my list. A bourbon barrel aged stout, this was by far the darkest of all of the beers that I reviewed. Admittedly, I am not a very big fan of stouts or porters. This is the one area of the craft beer world that I tend to steer clear of. Most stouts have hints of chocolate and vanilla, and many of them have a very strong coffee flavor, which just isn’t my thing. Aging a beer in bourbon or whiskey barrels always adds a new dimension that completely changes the identity of the beer though .
I have to say that I’m actually a pretty big fan of this beer. It’s not something I would want to drink every night, but it’s a great change of pace option. You definitely catch the vanilla/chocolate/coffee flavors early on, which give way to an oaky bourbon flavor at the end. It makes for a very good combination that I would recommend to any stout fan. Or any bourbon fan for that matter. This one does pack quite a punch though, at 11% alcohol, so you likely won’t have more than a couple in any one sitting.
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