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Dragon's Milk Reserve with Raspberries

January, 2016
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Charred oak barrel and bourbon waft out of the glass with a hint of vanilla as it warms. Raspberries are unfortunately buried underneath; their jammy presence would add a welcome layer of complexity to the aroma. The beer is opaque with a small, thin, creamy, khaki-colored head that falls quickly. The flavor follows the aroma but has the added bonus of a light raspberry presence in the aftertaste that lingers. The body is medium-full but could be improved with greater viscosity. The alcohol is very warming but not hot. That being said, this is a great candidate for the cellar as some elements of the beer may come to the forefront when the alcohol mellows a bit. This beer was enjoyable around 55 degrees, but more raspberry came through as it warmed to room temperature. This is a wonderful beer to enjoy over the course of an hour and experience in new ways as it continues to warm.