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Dragonslayer - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

480 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 68
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-22-2002

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Ratings: 480 | Reviews: 346
Photo of mabermud
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium pour into a brandy snifter creates a beige head that quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the collar. The body this collar is above is opaque. With a twirl of the glass, the sides melt. The aroma is malty and sweet, with a faint smell of bakers chocolate in the background. The taste is slightly bitter and one dimensional. Unripe dark fruit and char. Extra carbonation at the finish. Body is thin.

Overall, this is not that bad. For me, nothing stands out.

Photo of timfelix
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Very good Imperial Stout. Excellent for sipping due to surplus of flavors.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

22oz bomber in a small glass. ( I had to share this one with my wife; its her favorite style) No date on the bottle (I don't think Middle Ages Brewery dates their beers, too bad)

Appearance: BLACK, opaque, thick and dark brown head of tiny bubbles. Poured very thick and syrup like. Head fades to

Nose: chocolate, burnt malt, toffee, hazelnuts, dark baking cocoa powder

Taste: Hoppy and bitter up front that leads to a smooth and rich mouthfeel with chocolate, strong coffee, no alcohol detected (dangerous in a 9.5%er), slightly fruity (maybe from the house Ringwood yeast strain).

Notes: I'm going to get a few more bottles of this and age them for a few years to see how the flavors develop. This is an excellent Russian Imperial Stout and very true to style.

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle was poured into 2 tulip glasses.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pit h black color with little charity. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Smoke, roasted, chocolate, a little booze, and a little molasses.

Taste: Ashy bitterness, bittersweet chocolate, roasty, molasses, and a little booze.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, ashy, a little booze, some bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice RIS. I have seen it at a few places here in Boston. A hard find around here. A quality beer.

Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - jet black color with tan head

Smell - dark chocolate, molasses, roasted barley, cocoa

Taste - dark chocolate, molasses, cocoa, roasted barley

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, slight bitterness in the back, body lacks the boldness of other imperial stouts

Overall - decent stout for the price, my constructive criticism says that the body drinks more like a regular stout versus an imperial stout

Price Point - $5.49/22 oz bottle

Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on January 13, 2014.

It pours extremely dark brown to nearly black but even up to the light it is still more brown than black. Short-lived mocha tan head that laces its way gently down the big glass I used.

The aroma starts out with the expected dark toasted malts but there is a cherry character pushing itself into the picture. And musty. It smells like I pulled it out of a dank cellar and it some instances that is a very true statement but this one did not come out of my cellar. No alcohol aromas anywhere in this 9.5% ABV beer.

Medium and creamy body.

A fascinating array of flavors on the palate that start out like the aroma with a toasted dark malt character. The cherry taste is not as bold as in the aroma but it is there briefly halfway through the first sip and then it erupts into a mildly bitter dry lingering finale. No booze in the taste either so the alcohol is well integrated. A fine Impy Stout.

Photo of utopiajane
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours the darkest brown just shy of black. Thin head of mocha colored foam that that fell to a thin cap and ring and a film on top. Wet lace and refreshes with each turn.

Nose begins with a roasted dark malt. It has some light sugar and a soft sweetness. There is the happy scent of cherries. Cherries are such a happy fruit and the perfume they give is great. There is a good bitter chocolate and nice strong coffee. There was no alcohol on the nose.

Taste is big roast flavors. At first they start out soft and without any burned tastes. In fact, at the beginning of the drink you notice that the malt meets a delicate edge with the bright cherry and just stays there for a moment. Then, a hop character shows up to lay a chalky dryness into the middle of the beer. The roasted coffee is slightly bitter and the chocolate bittersweet. The coffee steals the attention and continues to intensify as this warms. As the finish begins the hop character together with the bold roast begins to show it's bolder and more bitter side. There's a little ashy burned quality and that gives this a very robust and forceful finish. The nose sweetens deeply as it warms but the beer doesn't. it actually becomes more bitter.

The body is full and smooth and the hop presence is unusually strong . It grew on me though. The roasted character is bold and dominant in the drink and not for the weak. This is not a terribly sweet beer. The sweetness it has though is ample to excite the nose. The bitter it has is sufficient to provoke the palate. It is as though they set out to tempt and then slay you.

Photo of davey101
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a tulip. Bottle has no date indication but its a dusty bottle so a year or so of age?

Pours a black body with a finger of dark mocha foam. Moderate lacing with weak retention. Has some alcoholic legs. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some cherries. Taste is heavy on the roasted malts with notes of chocolate and some cherries. Mouth feel is creamy and full bodied. ABV is very well hidden. Overall this is a really solid RIS that is demonstrating some light notes of oxidation. Really nice RIS.

Photo of tbeckett
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Binghamton Beer Depot. From notes.

A - Poured black with a two finger mocha/brown head. Spotty lace rings and a good half finger of retention.

S - Super chocolatey, really rich, mocha, iced coffee. Such a lovely and inviting aroma.

T - Lot's of roast. Lot's of chocolate. Rich and sweet. A touch of alcohol. Tasty stuff.

M - Nice mild carbonation. Full body and a sweet then dry and bitter finish.

O/D - Pretty nice Imperial Stout. Rich and tasty. Makes you know what you're in for with the alcohol, but makes you want more as well. Nice stuff.

Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pitch black with a nice brown head into my glass. Nice lacing too. At least the presentation is spot-on.

Coffee, cocoa and cream notes. Luscious. If the reviews are any indicator, this is shaping up to be one mean bastard.

Lots of roastiness to greet the tongue. As it reaches the back of the throat, the cream and cocoa notes make their presence known. There are no dominant flavors here as all share the bill equally.

Creamy mouthfeel is a treat as a lot of imperial stouts tend to finish on a roasty, alcoholic note.

I'd rather slay a dragon than wear green and drink beer at a commercialized "irish pub" on this St.Patty's Day!

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, two finger tan/brown head, nice carbonation and lacing.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, tad burnt malt, nice balance.

T-Roasty, some coffee, a little burnt, Chocolate is more of a dark chocolate. Some darker fruits even.

M-Lighter for a stout, nicely carbonation.

O-It was a good beer, just not great. Still a much better offering from Middle Ages.

Photo of Dope
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Unsure of the age on this one, I don't see a date. I would assume 2-2.5 years old.

A: Black pour with an overly huge and fluffy medium brown head. Fades slowly with excellent head retention. Small thin tufts of lacing remain behind.

S: Mild char and chocolate. Some dustiness, maybe this bottle is older than I think. Kinda smells like old hops. Sweet.

T: Definitely get some remnants of hops up front. Kinda piney. Lots of char and chocolate in the middle and then turns into a total cardboard fest. Hmph, oxidized I would say. Bottle stored properly for not very long, surprising. Has a sawdust, cardboard and dust flavor from the middle onwards which pretty much dominates along with a bunch of acrid char. Mild hints of dark fruit in there, throughout.

M: Medium bodied, standard.

O: It appears this one had some potential but it's either a bad bottle or oxidized. Shame. It's almost still drinkable but I poured it out in favor of some Old Raspy anniversary. Honestly I'm not sure if the flavors aren't intended, but they're not very good either way.

Photo of jmarsh123
2.96/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours jet black and viscous with just a little light around the edges. Very little retention, but some good lacing.

Lots of chocolate in the aroma along with anise and some earthy hops. There is some sweetness too that I can't quite pin down. Molasses maybe?

Very odd flavor profile. A lot roastier than the smell lets on, but is still sweet despite being chalky. Lots of licorice and stale hops as well. Too ashy after it warms.

Medium to heavy bodied. Finishes chalky.

Very odd beer. At times it's sweet and at times it's ashy and the combo didn't really work for me.

Photo of Geegmasta
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black as night, as any stout should be. Developed a nice, light caramel colored head around 0.75''. It slowly reduced into the body of the beer leaving a nice coating on the sides of the glass.

Smell- A classic scent of roasted malts and barley with a slight hint of coffee.

Taste- A burnt malt flavor but rather a bit bland. A slight coffee aftertaste. No hint at the ABV of 9.5% which is nice.

Mouthfeel- A light carbonation but more than I would like in a stout. Doesn't coat the mouth as much as I thought it would and absorbs swiftly into your mouth.

Overall- As far as look and smell I was pretty excited but upon tasting it I was disappointed. The taste did not thrill me and it felt like I was drinking something lighter. It's not a bad beer but I would not buy it again for a price of $7.99.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good to see the reviews so high since I was able to pick up an aged bottle of this for 6 bucks at the local House of 1,000 beers.

A - Very thick, dark as viscous the way I like em! The head is a deep dark mocha as well, sticky lacing and seems to stay around for quite a bit.

S - Well I can smell the hops from my computer but up close it kind of reminds me of Samuel Smith's imperial in a way it touches on a mix of hops, licorice, molasses, and slight levels of bittersweet chocolate.

T - Wow it's very hoppy and a touch drying (chalky) which was unexpected since I do like sweeter stouts. It does seem to balance after a while to an enjoyable level of roast and ashy chocolate.

M - Medium to heavy in body. Sipping on it right now.

Overall again I am a huge fan of more balanced sweeter stouts and this one seems more traditional in the heavy handed hops and chalky roast. I am actually not sure if it's even that old since the hops are still kicking hard. I love the style just not this beer.

Photo of sirsurly
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very special, ongoing effort from Middle Ages. Albeit super expensive. 9$ for a 22 around town. As a former dark beer dork, turned hop hound, this russian imperial has drawn me back to the dark side. A real experience in a dark beer is a rare thing. Even some of the more sophisticated Pacific NW breweries fumble with trying to get a dark imperial out that is actually delicious, much less enjoyable. If this brewery could do away with their raspberries, their wheats, and a few of their ales (old marcus, highlander, etc.), and focus on their real winners (IPA, double IPA, SPA, and Dragonslayer) they could be a real force to be reckon with.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into tulip glass

A - Nice color, black with brown/ruby hued edges. Two finger light brown head with fine bubbles and smattering of larger ones. Looks tasty!

S - Milk chocolate is the driving aroma here. Sweet. Dark fruit aroma, roasted malts. Relatively simple and really very good because of it.

T - Intense roast, darker chocolate than the nose, cocoa powder, hint of raisin, sweet. Nice lightly pine-y hop bitterness late in the profile delivers some balance.

M - Medium to full in body, not so thick and syrupy like some RIS. And RIS you can actually drink without chewing! Bubbles are way too active, tickling the mouth too much. This bottle seems over-carbed, especially when comparing to other reviews.

O - Overall a great take on the style, fairly simple and unassuming, while still very tasty. This is the kind of RIS I would buy regularly like Old Rasputin, but not one that I would hang on to for any long period of time or save for a special occasion. Very good beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very pretty beer. Near black in color with a thick orange/tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate aroma. There was also some licorice aroma, or at least something that resembled that.

The taste was mostly espresso. The chocolate tasted both like cocoa and dark chocolate. Whatever I thought was licorice in the aroma didn't come through in the taste.

A nice RIS. I thought it mostly resembled a strong cup of coffee.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

black, with dark tan head. decent head retention. toasty, almost smokey aroma. savory smelling. taste is slightly bitter roast flavor. lingering cocoa notes. mouthfeel is a bit viscous, with just enough carbonation. nice for the style.

overall, a solid RIS.

Photo of SickGnar
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Jet black & opaque with the barest hints of garnet highlights an the very edges of the glass when held to a strong light. Good size mocha head that turns a touch rocky as it settles to a creamy cap that retains very well and just manages to leave few gobs of lace.

S: Dark sweetness that focuses less on malt and more on fruits – plums & cherries mostly. Just a hint of tartness to the fruit. Faint touch of chocolate and roast. Perhaps a ghost hit of alcohol spiciness. Might also be from hops. Pretty good strength, but a bit one-sided in it focus on fruits. It gains just a touch more roast and chocolate as it warms.

T: Strongly roasty. Start with some steely molasses sweetness. Mixed with some good amount of dark cherry & plum fruit with hints of prune and raisin. Just a hint of burnt toffee & burnt dark bread crust malts. Ghost hint of estery alcohol. All of these have a hard time showing through the very intense roast that start early and dominates. There are hints of bitter-sweet dark chocolate and espresso, but mostly it is fiercely roasted grain – sharp & acrid (especially up front), the middle gets a bit of char and loamy earth, and the end is char and ash with a hint of smoke. A hint of bitter-sweet, burnt sugar manages to stay to the end. A bit of herbal and muted citrus hops emerges middle to end. A tad more pushes in as it warms.

M: Much closer to medium plus than to full. CO2 feels firmly average on what is a potent and surely bit beer, so perhaps it is balanced a tough high. Just a few sugars and minimal dextrins. Quite dry overall, with a very, very firm roast drying. Almost powdery / chalky. Ghost hint of alcohol warming. Could use some more body and texture here.

D: Roasty (extremely), bitter, and intense on the palate after a dark, fruity, and sweet nose. A bit of a change. This one really grabs you, not unpleasant – but a bit coarse. Super strong roast. Not really robust so much as forceful with impressive depth and strength. Abv is not obvious, but the power of the roast flavor makes this one to slowly savor.

Photo of Edwaka01
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into snifter.

A - Black. Tiny head, pretty little lacing.

S - Chocolate, dark roasted malts.

T - Roasty, malty, alcohol nowhere to be found. Not much complexity, but a nice straightforward imperial stout.

M - Lightly carbonated, easy going down. Nice coating effect, relatively full body.

O - Pretty much what I was hoping for. Will be enjoying the rest of this growler over the course of the day with a friend while brewing some of our own. Definitely worth picking up a bottle or stopping by Middle Ages if you find yourself in Syracuse.

Photo of oline73
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a half finger of thick, light tan head that fades a a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and very smooth. Roasted malt with some chocolate and dark fruit. Some warm alcohol at the end.

Taste: A lot like the smell. Very smooth with some mild alcohol. Bitter roast and dark chocolate. Some smoke as well. Just enough sweetness to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tingly carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: Very smooth. I had never heard of this one before, but I'm really happy that I got to try it and would have it again.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark oily brown, almost black, with a chocolate milk colored head. Good retention, great lace.

French roast coffee, some bitter baking chocolate in the nose.

Silky smooth, with the essence and flavor of higher alcohol but without the big boozy kick. Nice thick strong coffee deep roasted malt. A little acid to cut thru a hint of sweetness and some firm carbonized bitterness. Malt and bitterness in a great balance. Nice lingering bitter malty finish.

Full bodied, a little mouth coating.

Highly drinkable for this style. No need to lay this down. This one is ready right now. Nothing overdone or over-extremed. One of the better of the style that I've had for pure drinkability.

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. Bomber into a nonic pint glass. I've also had (and preferred) it on tap, via growler, and aged/casked, but this review is for the bottle.

Look- Completely opaque rich espresso color, with a two fingers of tight toffee-colored head that leaves a nice crown of lacing and persists throughout the session.

Smell- Roast coffee and heavily toasted grains, caramel and a hint of dark stone fruits. More sweetness than I'd like, but goes well with the toasty notes. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering.

Taste- Bittersweet chocolate and espresso up front, with lots of toasty malts and a hint of cherry. Alcohol is quite subdued. Nothing explosive, but darn tasty!

Mouthfeel- Smooth; almost creamy with the tiniest hint of carbonation on the first sip. Leaves a nice warm feeling on the tongue and in the gut, but no lingering bitterness or the cloying/sweet aftertaste you get from some imperials. Drinks like chocolate milk.

Overall- Extremely solid imperial stout, but lacking the complexity to make it stellar. Too easy to put down for the ABV, this one can be dangerous. The two-year cask aged version I sampled recently brought out the fruits and mellowed out the toasty flavor quite a bit, which was nice. Not one of my usuals, but I'll pick up a bottle now and again.

Photo of Khazadum
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Creamy tight head develops and has perfect retention. Full amazing lacing. This looks and maintains a complexion throughout the entire drinking experience. Inky darkness hides the light carbonation, but you can tell it nails it there as well. The coloration of chocolate above jet black brings you tears of joy.

S- Smells of pennies, iron, acrid burnt grain, slightly roasty, some dark fruit along the lines of plums. Some tannic acidity on the back end.

T- First impression are a light roasted and burnt grain. Has some low sweetness, charred barley. Some lactose flavor as well. Finishes lightly dark chocolate. Its pretty simple. Opens burnt, middle of roast, ends lightly bittersweet.

M- Full bodied, low carbonation, sticky flavors, light bitterness on the back end due to acrid grains.

Its nice, nothing spectacular beyond the appearance. Just a good solid stout.

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Dragonslayer from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
90 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.