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Dragonslayer - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

457 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 66
Gots: 28 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-22-2002)
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1.5/5  rDev -63%

nnthom266, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
2.33/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

bottle picked up locally a while back.

a - opened and filled my ccb snifter. poured the standard stouty black. very nice soft brown creamy head that hung out to look good on the top of the brew. lacing was pretty slippery.

s - roasted chocolate notes with an alcohol brisk like glisten. very coco and roasted malt. not much else in there.

t - burnt chocolate with a moonshine like alcohol top. didn't really love the flavor...finished bitter but the taste is all malts.

m - bitter finish with an alcohol shine.

o - overall...skip it. the booze is very vodka like, kind of like vodka poured into a not great RIS. i couldn't get through a single pour.

cosmicevan, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of klewis
2.4/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours midnight black with a huge foamy head. Good sustain and lacing.

S: Fairly light smell for an RIS. The usual stout aromas with any hint of alcohol well-hidden.

T: Massive earthy taste with flavors of cedar and burnt coffee. Quite bitter and astringent with a significant hop presence. No noticable malt flavor.

M: Full-bodied and well-carbonated. Finishes bone dry from the hops and bitterness.

D: Way too much bitterness for an RIS in my opinion. The astringency makes this one quite unpalatable and difficult to drink.

klewis, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of alcstradamus
2.7/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes

Black pour with a huge brown head a spotty lacing. Aroma is dusty cocoa, hazelnut, coffee bitterness, and hints of marshmallow. The flavor is very waxy and is quite frankly not very good. Some ashiness, oak, nuts, cocoa powder, and metallic flavors underneath the wax. The body and carbonation levels are appropriate. Drinkability is poor due to the off flavors. Not a very good beer.

alcstradamus, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of kbuzz
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

kbuzz, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of TonyY
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

TonyY, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of YourOnlyMan
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

YourOnlyMan, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of boszormeny
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

boszormeny, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of jmarsh123
2.9/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

jmarsh123, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of emmasdad
2.9/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this one in a recent trade with ericwo, and this one did not live up to my expectations. Poured a nice black color with a good two fingers of light brown foam. Aromas of ash, bitter coffee and dark fruits. On the palate I get roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate and coffee. Somehow this was not a pleasant combination for me.

emmasdad, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of mentor
2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by crosling at a gather he hosted. Thanks for the enjoyable evening! Pours a thin layer of head over a pitch black liquid. No edging when held to light. Smells alcohol sting. Roast, chocolate, and mild toffee. Grassy hops. Tastes really sour black patent roasty. Chocolate and caramel a withered undertones over the astringent piercing black patent. Many hours over-cooked coffee. Too little on the supporting flavors for this one to be very enjoyable. A dry roasty finish pulls short due to the md-light body leaving the mouth very quickly.

mentor, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of Naes
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a black beer with a nice milk chocolate colored head.
The aroma is slightly roasty with hints of chocolate.
Its flavor is quite bitter for a stout, similar to black coffee with some semi sweet chocolate mixed in. It’s also a bit smoky with just the slightest alcohol presence.
The moth feel is medium bodied and is generously carbonated.

Naes, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.98/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black black black with brown head.

The smell is of chocolate and I pick up a good amount of hops.

The taste is where I loose interest. It is on the hoppy side, I'm not sure how fresh it is but must be fairly fresh. The over powering part is a charcoal/ash smoke flavor to it. It stays on my tongue and wont go away.

The ash flavor is just too much for me to really enjoy this whole beer.

Eriktheipaman, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of TurnX
3/5  rDev -25.9%

TurnX, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of charlesw
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful black. High dark head with tiny bubbles. Lasts and lasts and lasts... Not perfect 'cause it's too high. Very light nose - lightly metallic? Ah. Another extreme beer in the taste. Ah well. Ashes and other burned flavors predominate. Still, these are much lighter than in some other beers, but that's what this is all about. Some bitterness to help make the burned flavors more burned. Lingering citrus bitterness in the aftertaste. For the carbonation level the body is too weak. For the bitterness the body is too weak. I wouldn't want this again, but I can see that it might be an everyday kind of beer - it is too burned for me but much much less so than others.

charlesw, Dec 29, 2008
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of discharmingly
3/5  rDev -25.9%

discharmingly, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of CraftFan5
3/5  rDev -25.9%

CraftFan5, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of jhb138
3/5  rDev -25.9%

jhb138, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Stimack
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer on cask the other night. Was pulled to a pitch-black color with a dark tan head that actually had pretty good retention and did leave some chunky bubbly lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma was or roasted malts, maybe heading towards burnt. Also present was an alcohol scent that was pretty dominant. The taste was ok, maybe this brew was not for me but I usually do like Imperial Stouts. I notice a burnt malt taste from the get-go along with some dark fruit flavors and finishes with a strong alcohol flavor that seems to make it somewhat hard to get down. Also had a watery feel even though it had such a hard alcohol taste. I am pretty sure that I have had this brew before from the bottle and really enjoyed it but from the cask last night it was only passable.

Stimack, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -25.9%

prisdefer, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of kv84 and his buddy. Thanks for coming by to hang out gents!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Dark pour, almost black, yields a 1+ finger, medium-thinner looking, crackly, tan head with good retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head eventually fades to a good wisp. Only a ring remains until the end leaving some good dots down the sides of the glass.

SMELL: Roasted and smoky malt, cacao powder, and some black licorice and toffee. Nose is medium in strength and meshes well.

TASTE: Roasted malts, smoky malt, black licorice and a good dose of caramel sweetness. Sweet toffee through the middle moves into a smoky, caramel sweet and cocoa chocolate finish. Aftertaste is medium but lingers nicely on the palate with lots of sweet toffee, caramel, licorice and a touch of cocoa.

PALATE: Medium-full body and really creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth with a bit of a burn after the swallow and finishes somewhat sticky on the palate. Pretty solid feel.

OVERALL: A quality brew for sure, but the sweeter, toffee forward imperial stouts are usually not my bag. It lacks the bitter chocolate, coffee punch I enjoy so much, but this is still a well-executed brew. If you enjoy the more sweet, toffee and caramel type of imperial stout, this one will not disappoint. Despite the relatively average scores, this one comes recommended. Thanks again for the hook-up kv84.

Jeffo, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of dondeez21
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review is from a bottle I purchased.
A: Dark black with a thick foamy head. A bit over carbed for the style IMO.
S: Roasted Malt, Alcohol, with a slight sweetness
T: Very similar to smell but with the added carbonation the flavors seemed to bite a bit more than most other Imperial Stouts.
M: A bit thinner than I am used to for the style.
D: This beer is definatly drinkable. Although I found many other beers of this style that I would purchase before another bottle of this.

dondeez21, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 bomber courtesy of ClockworkOrange poured into a tulip.

Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle and settles in close to black with a fluffy tan head that recedes to a cap and leaves tons of lacing.

The aroma is a little metallic and doesn't have a whole lot of the imperial stout smells to it. Maybe some dark malts and chocolate but only a little. I'm afraid it may be oxidized.

The taste furthers my fear of oxidation with a very metallic taste with only hints of smoke, coffee and dark roasted malts. The finish is metallic all the way through leaving a fairly unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin with decent carbonation.

This bottle has definitely gone bad and tasted oxidized. Luckily, I've got a bottle of the 2008 that I'll give a shot soon.

gford217, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Dope
3.2/5  rDev -21%
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.

Dope, Feb 01, 2013
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Dragonslayer from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
90 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.