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Dragon's Silk Imperial Stout Extract Kit


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Beware the dragon that lurks in the inky shadows of this potent ale. On the surface, Dragon's Silk Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout exhibits a facade of chocolate, coffee and approachable roast, but as you delve deeper into the lair you will discover a tremendous hoard of sweet Bourbon, rich oak and smooth notes of opulent vanilla. We urge you to face off with a pint of this commanding ale, and test your valor to slay the dragon.

Due to the high starting gravity of this kit, we recommend pitching multiple packs of yeast or preparing a yeast starter for best results. Click here for more info.

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Beware the dragon that lurks in the inky shadows of this potent ale. On the surface, Dragon's Silk Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout exhibits a facade of chocolate, coffee and approachable roast, but as you delve deeper into the lair you will discover a tremendous hoard of sweet Bourbon, rich oak and smooth notes of opulent vanilla. We urge you to face off with a pint of this commanding ale, and test your valor to slay the dragon.

Brewing Notes:
  • Style: Bourbon and oak aged Imperial Stout
  • Fermentation Range: 60 - 73F
  • OG: 1.096
  • SRM: 35
  • IBUs: 43
  • ABV: 9.8%
Tasting Notes:
  • Bourbon sweetness
  • Smooth oak
  • Full bodied
  • Moderate roast
  • Hints of chocolate and coffee
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsDragon's Silk Imperial Stout Extract Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleUSA
Original Gravity1096
Total Time to Make3 months
4.6 / 5.0
10 Reviews
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Excellent Beer
I really enjoyed this beer. I am about to brew my second batch. It's very nice, and has great bourbon flavor. The Oak is not too strong (could maybe be a bit stronger), but overall a great beer to brew, especially for the colder months. I like it so much, I may keep it year round!
February 28, 2018
4 weeks ago
Our favorite winter beer ( group of 6 Brewers )
Started in September and by January it was ready as a smooth vanilla heavy stout hints of oak and burbon throughout. Every week it gets better and better although you might want to distribute with care coming in at 13% (mine at least)
January 28, 2018
6 months ago
Great Beer
My daughter likes Dragon Milk. After tasting this, she likes this better. I used Rum instead of Bourbon. I also do not have any carbonization but it is still enjoyable to drink. I just purchased a Keg and Bottle system. The next time I brew this, I will Keg it and carbonize it with Nitrogen and then bottle it. The flavor of this beer is amazing.
January 20, 2018
6 months ago
Simply Amazing...
If you like oak aged burbon stouts this is fantastic...
January 20, 2018
5 months ago
Wonderful taste, no head
First of all I never understand why people write reviews before their beer is done. I bottled this two weeks ago and just tasted my first one.

OG 1.1
FG 1.026
ABV: 9.7%

Primary Fermentation: 2 Weeks
Secondary Fermentation: 7 Weeks
Bottle Fermentation: 2 Weeks

I used the liquid yeast recommended and also used a yeast starter. To achieve an OG of 1.1 I brought up the volume to 4.5 gallons, not the full 5 gallons. Primary fermentation was very vigorous, I used a blow-off valve not the usual airlock. While primary fermentation was occurring I soaked the oak cubes in 12 ounces of Maker's Mark. I let that soak the entire time primary fermentation was occurring, so two weeks. Per a recommendation I read somewhere I pitched in the 12 ounces of bourbon with the oak cubes into the secondary fermenter. The bourbon had taken on a lovely oaky, smokey smell. After seven weeks in secondary fermentation I bottled.

The flavor of the beer is great, it tastes like dragons milk or central waters bourbon barrel aged quad. It is a bit sweet and boozy. My one complaint is I have almost no head or foam at all, even when I try to create one by pouring the beer roughly into a glass. Does anyone know why this may be? I added the sugar to the brew before bottling. My theory is after an extremely vigorous primary fermentation and then seven long weeks in secondary fermentation the yeast was pretty much dormant, so much so that it didn't ferment the sugar within the bottle. I am very careful when transferring between fermenters, bottling buckets, bottles, etc. so I don't think I should have lost a ton of fermentation there.

The beer is still enjoyable despite there being no head, it does not taste flat. I have a sodastream and am considering sticking a straw on the CO2 nozzle, submerging that straw in a glass of the beer and carbonating it for a second. I would never try this in a bottle because bad things would happen.
January 14, 2018
4 months ago
Great beer
I used 40 creek Canadian whiskey for my batch. This beer tastes awesome, but you really need to let it sit for quite some time. There is a sweetness in it which makes this feel like a breakfast stout. Great beer, glad I gave this one a shot.
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January 6, 2018
5 months ago
Don't forget the yeast- beer came out flat.
I ordered this kit when it was first released. At that time it came with the option of just one packet of yeast. I ordered it with a pack of omega yeast. After following the directions for primary and secondary fermentation, plus purchasing bourbon to go with the kit, I had a lot of money and time tied up in this brew!

I bottle conditioned the beer for several weeks. Finally after months of waiting, I opened my first bottle with friends. I had already given away about half the batch to friends and family that had taken an interest in my home brewing hobby.

The beer was almost completely flat. I looked at the directions on the website. Now the kit has 2 packets of yeast instead of one. I contacted NB and found out that the original directions were insufficient to brew this strong of a beer. They even recommended adding in 1/4 to 1/3rd of a packet of freeze dried yeast when bottling in order to make sure there was enough yeast left to carbonate the beer.

The Brew master said I could save the brew by adding a small amount of freeze dried yeast to each bottle and re-cap. I'm still new to home brewing and I gave away most of the batch. I got the opportunity to contact everyone I gave beer to and warn them not to drink the flat beer I had given them.

Northern Brewer replaced the beer kit with and adequate amount of yeast. However, they can't replace the time I spent on the first batch. It also won't replace the embarrassment of the first time giving away home brewed beer being a dud due to bad directions.

2 stars because honestly, the flat beer still tasted pretty good for flat beer.
December 29, 2017
6 months ago
Partial review. I brewed on 11/26 and transferred to secondary yesterday.
I wanted to get extra alcohol on this extract so I added 1# of DME and 1# of corn sugar at 10mn remaining on the boil.
My OG was 1.124 instead of the target 0.96.
When transferring to secondary the gravity came at 1.025 (78% attenuation and 13 to 15% ABV).
For the taste, it's on the sweet side but not overly sweet. You get some good roast and coffee flavor and then you feel the warm alcohol coming through. Like it a lot... can't wait for another 10 weeks before I could have any idea of the final taste.
December 11, 2017
4 months ago
A great stout beer for those winter months
Brewed this back in September. While the OG was high it ended up rendering about 8% This is a great tasting stout. 2 weeks primary. 6 weeks secondary and 2 weeks bottle time. Although it's still maturing in the bottle, just opened the first bottle last night. Wow. Great flavor. With it's deep dark brown appearance it pours with a nice mocha head. I describe it as a little on the sweeter side with a boozy taste. It's hard to distinguish any hop profile. It does bring out some smokey sweet flavors and finishes with a slight bitter hint of a chocolate. It will go well with these cold Northern Ohio winter months ahead.
November 24, 2017
6 months ago
Interim Review
I started this one on 10/2. OG was approx. 1.158, higher than the recipe's target. Put it in 2ndary fermentation, adding the bourbon and oak cubes., on 10/17. Should bottle by the end of Nov, and have report a taste test by Christmas. Cheers, but not just now.
October 23, 2017
6 months ago
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What is the ABV of this beer?
Marvin R on Aug 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: With an og of 1.096, and a fg about 1.012 you are looking at about 11% if you don't add the bourbon. You will need a blow off tube during fermentation.
Is one yeast better than the others?
Sean M on Sep 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I prefer liquid yeast overall, but I just made this and won't know end result for about 2 1/2 more months
Step 17 is when the oak cubes and bourbon are added... Stem 18 says to let the beer age six to eight weeks in the secondary before bottling. Is that correct?
Steven U on Sep 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The instructions are a little fuzzy on this. About a week before bottling, I would soak the oak cubes in the bourbon for 24 hours, then add the mixture to the secondary fermenter.
Is one yeast better than another?
A shopper on Sep 14, 2017
I just purchased the Dragon's Silk and was planning on brewing soon. Would I need more than 1 package of the Omega West Coast Ale liquid Yeast to reach the desired ABV?
A shopper on Sep 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Unless you have a large starter, yes. From the looks of it, this kit suggests 2 packages of whatever yeast you are using.
I followed the instructions exactly with the ingredients provided, including the confectioners sugar. I opened a bottle two weeks after bottling as a test case
but there is zero carbonation. Really good flavor otherwise but worried that I now have couple of cases of flat beer - is it simply that I need to wait longer or is there a way to save this batch? i had poor luck with the bourbon barrel porter in a small batch but figured it was the fault of the fizzdrops. Not sure what I am doing wrong - nor do I want to waste this as it really tastes fantastic.
A shopper on Dec 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine turned out great. I know that the bottle conditioning did take some time.
I used the Danstar yeast below as I've also had bottle conditioning problems in the past.
The other method I heard of was leaving at room temp and turning the bottle upside down and mixing up the sediment so that the yeast can ferment.
Hope that help.
Danstar Cask and Bottle Conditioning Ale Yeast
Danstar Cask and Bottle Conditioning Ale Yeast
Do you add the burbon with the oak cubes or just the cubes?
A shopper on Sep 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We recommend adding the bourbon along with the oak cubes.
what kind of bourbon do you recommend?
Jeshua G on Oct 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would recomnend you use your favorite. Whwn you add it to your stout start out with small amounts over several days sampling and add more as needed.Hopes this helps.
Is vanilla added to the boil? I did not see anything about adding vanilla listed in the recipe.
A shopper on Sep 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No vanilla is used in this kit. The vanilla character comes from the oak and bourbon additions.
How much yeast is recommended to reach target ABV and gravity?
Dennis S on Sep 14, 2017
Do I add oak cubes to primary or secondary fermentation? I can’t find my instructions explaining when to add them and the instructions don’t say on here
A shopper on Mar 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Soak the oak cubes in Bourbon overnight and add at the start of secondary fermentation. The instructions are slightly confusing, in that this step is listed in the "Primary Fermentation" section but if you read things carefully for the order it goes in the start of Secondary.
I am kegging this beer. Can I go straight from the 6-8 weeks in the secondary to the keezer and force carbonate, or should I leave it in the keg at 30 psi at room temperature for a week or so before chilling and carbonating?
A shopper on Dec 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting Northern Brewer. I understand you want to force carbonate the Dragon's Silk. If you put it in the keezer it will carbonate faster than if you have it at room temperature as the colder temperatures will allow the CO2 to carbonate the beer. Just be aware if using the "crank and shake" method, there is no real science behind it so you could end up over carbonating the beer. Over-carbonation will cause foam, but so will under-carbonation. I would check online for carbonation charts for the desired volume and your temperature. Cheers!
When I ordered this kit it defaulted to 1 yeast pack and the instructions said nothing about a starter. Will this ruin the batch or Just come out extremely Low Abv?
mylz s on Oct 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi there, if the yeast wasn't able to ferment, you would end up with a really sweet beer. Dry yeast is pretty powerful so you may be okay. If you haven't brewed it yet, feel free to contact customer service and we can get you another dry yeast. If you have brewed it and it doesn't finish out, we guarantee all of our kits. Just reach out and we would be happy to help you out! Cheers!
The instructions say primary fermentation is 2 weeks and secondary is 6-8 weeks, but bottling day is 1 month after brewing day. Do you really bottle in the middle of secondary fermentation????
A shopper on Oct 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would wait the 6 - 8 weeks of secondary fermentation before bottling. Better all of the way around.
I just finish the boil and my og was 1.050. Should I be troubled? I was really hoping for 9-11 abv
A shopper on Mar 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you should have been much higher. Mine was 1.099 and finished at 11.3 abv
Ok so I love the beer this is modeled after -New Holland’s Dragons Milk. I would like to make this as close as possible. What arrangement of yeast and priming should I use that is offered?
Mark D on Mar 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I used the dry yeast offered and it was just fine. I don't have a severely refined palate I admit, but it was very delicious. I, however, did not have a standard for it to live up to, so the rest is up to you :-p
I brewed that kit 2 days ago with 2 packs of omega yeast and I still don’t have active fermentation started. Do you think I should add more yeast? Thanks
A shopper on Mar 15, 2018
I had no trouble with fermentation
Needed more yeast for the bottling process
It was flat after two weeks
Had to add bottling yeast
I opened 2 after 2 weeks and they were both flat. They were primed with 5 oz corn sugar. Anyone else have this issue? I will give it a few more weeks and hopefully they just weren't ready. How long should this particular beer take to be ready?
A shopper on Feb 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: How long was it in the secondary? I believe that sometimes with long stretches in the secondary fermenter the yeast can mostly settle out and also succumb to the high alcohol content of beers like this one. I had this trouble with the Belgian Quad, Northy 12. I considered pitching another batch of yeast a couple days before bottling, but I ended up force carbonating that one in a keg. Anyone else have insight here?
How would you compare this to the bourbon barrel porter recipe on NB?
Michael R on Dec 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I can't compare to the porter, but OMG was this stout amazing. Most of the feedback has been "complex". Descriptions include bourbon, oak, smoke, chocolate, sweet, tobacco, coffee. Mine came in at 12.5% ABV. The bourbon flavor is not overpowering but just a very nice background flavor on the finish. Really high OG of 1.115, nearly blew the top off the fermenter. Blown off hose required.
I would like to add cocoa nibs and vanilla bean to this. Would need to add lactose with these additions?
Michael G on Oct 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Can't hurt. I usually do since I'm a big fan of New Hollands Dragon Milk.
I brewed this beer on Saturday and came out with an OG of 1.112. I am here in hot and humid South Florida. Did I do something wrong and will I need to add a second package of dry yeast to make sure that this beer does not come out too sweet?
A shopper on Oct 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: How many packages of yeast did you use to start???
What bourbon do you recommend?
Jeshua G on Sep 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Your favorite, that way you will have some to drink waiting for the beer to finish.
How much yeast is recommended to reach optimal gravity?
A shopper on Sep 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I used 3 packets of Safale us-05, came out great.

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