A few years back, Chuck and I stumbled across an American Imperial stout beer aged in bourbon barrels that we thoroughly enjoyed. The stout, named Porcine Unidragon, was put out by Clown Shoes Beer. It turned out to be a limited edition, and we never found any more of it, but it turned us on to other Clown Shoes stouts that were readily available in our area and became our house standard for quality stouts for years to come. We developed a happy friendship with Vampire Slayer (since renamed as Undead Party Crasher, for legal reasons), Blaecorn Unidragon and Chocolate Sombrero.
With time, though, things change. Recently, after weeks (maybe even months) of not seeing Clown Shoes on the shelves at any of our area stores, we decided to try something else. We bought a bottle each week of one or two craft stouts and just started working our way through the refrigeration case looking for a new house standard – something we thoroughly enjoyed but also something that was affordable enough to have when we wanted it.
Neither of us are big drinkers. We consume with an appreciation for flavor, not a quest for volume, so our quest was a bit slow. It took a few months of trials (which isn’t a bad thing) but, eventually, we stumbled across our new standard. Now, when we want to relax with a good stout and a good computer game, our go-to is…drum roll please…Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout from New Holland Brewing out of Holland, Michigan.
We love the deep, dark color and frothy head. We love the bourbon, oak and coconut that comes through in both the aroma and the flavor. And we love that it is consistently available on our store shelves at a reasonable price.
If you have Dragon’s Milk available in your area, give it a try. It is a tasty treat! We approve and so does our copper dragon…