Had the tripel and had concerns. I have no such concerns this evening.
I could make this a short matter and tell you this is like chocolate fudge cake laced with bourbon. Is that so bad? Can't we be happy enough with that? Apparently not. There is coffee, dark plum, dark and milk chocolates as well as heat on the nose. It is a bit boozy at 8.5% which, for a milk stout, makes it incongruous. But I like it. By the faceful, there are all those flavours as well as rich vanilla as well as a little oak plank. Dessert. It's a bit like a bossed up version of that Belizian stout I had the other day. Bigger but still soft body. Moreish but never sessionable.
Instant Stylistic Update: I got an email from New Holland and it seems I got deeked out by the name:
Thanks for reviewing Dragon's Milk on your blog. One bit of correction, however, is that despite its name, Dragon's Milk is not a milk stout. We refer to it simply as a barrel-aged stout. The term "Dragon's Milk" is a centuries old Scottish term referring to private stock held for royalty, etc., and is not intended to imply a specific brewing technique or style. (ie lactose)
I thought I'd offer the clarification, thanks for blogging about the beer.
Beervangelist & Partner
New Holland Brewing Company
So there you go. It is still yum.