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Dragonslayer - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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345 Reviews
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Reviews: 345
Hads: 485
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 71
Gots: 42 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-22-2002

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter-finger high tan head that gradually died down and left a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with some notes of coffee.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits along with notes of dark chocolate and coffee.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of warming from the alcohol and dryness is present in the finish.
O: Considering its strength, this beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well masked. (665 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Received this from trxxpaxxs in the Locals Only BIF.

A: Pitch black. Two finger mocha colored head with awesome retention and beautiful lacing.

S: A good blend of chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. Very light dark cherry and smoke notes.

T: Bitter chocolate upfront. Dark very roasty coffee in the middle. A touch of dark fruits come through. Big roasted notes in the finish with the slightest hint of alcohol.

M: Medium body, pretty light for a RIS. Higher carbonation. Nice creaminess. A touch of alcohol warmness.

O: A pretty good RIS. Don't know how available it is in New York but I would buy it again. (650 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hoyt for bringing this one back from NY with him.

Pours pitch black with a mountain of cascading, dense, brown head that has phenomenal retention. The nose has notes of chocolate, a hint of anise, roasted malt, and faint coffee. The taste is roasted malt and coffee up front and then finishes with a mild note of chocolate and finally a clean, hop bitterness. This one is well carbonated and surprisingly drinkable at 9.5%, but overall the mouthfeel is way too thin.

The thinness in my opinion detracts a little from the flavor. A fuller body would really do this one justice by really creating an A+ flavor profile and overall experience. As it stands it's still really good. (689 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's not often that I review a beer under more than one serving type, but Dragonslayer was very good on cask, so I thought it warranted some thoughts. Also, the cask that I tried was aged two years.

The look is great. Completely opaque and either the darkest of browns or black. The head is a solid, brown slab that has great retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

The aroma is very malty, with black malt, chocolate and tons of roasted malt.

The roasted malt has really taken this one over with a little bit of age on it. Powdery cocoa flavors, a hint of coffee and a ton of roasted malt. A little bit of black malt gives a slight bready flavor, and hints of molasses are in the background. Overall, roasted malt really dominates this one and gives it a very dry, bitter character. Whatever warmth or heat that Dragonslayer had fresh has completely vanished.

The mouthfeel is great. Full and creamy, this cask was treated very well.

Age definitely smoothed this one out, as the alcohol is completely hidden. It also made it much less sweet. This is a very tasty beer; I need to try a fresh Dragonslayer again (which I do at Dino BBQ every time I go) to compare. (1,174 characters)

Photo of EnJeiBee
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black hue with a thin tan head and decent retention

S - Chocolate and bitter espresso dominate the nose

T - Bitter dark chocolate and cherries subside into sweetness, before a bitter, roasty finish.

M - Smooth, silky, full body with the perfect amount of carbonation

O - Great brew! It carries all of the typical features you would expect an Imperial Stout to have. The subtle cherry flavors in the taste make it stand out subtly. If you can get your hands on a bottle you won't be disappointed. (508 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured dark brown, almost black. Appears to be medium body with some visible carbonation and one finger of light brown head.

S - Heavy chocolate nose up front. Some licorice and dark fruit and a touch of espresso.

T - Bitter dark chocolate, espresso and a hint of licorice. Bitter and dry up front with a sweetness in the middle and the bitterness returning in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. The carbonation was a little too heavy for me. (495 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely excellent imperial stout! Purchased at the brewery this summer and I wish we'd bought more.

Beautiful inky black beer with cream-like head. Feels like silk and looks stunning in a glass. Enticing aroma of roasted malts and spices. Taste is incredible! There's a lot going on, but all of it is perfectly well-balanced. Roasted and toasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, cloves - every delightful flavour I could imagine in an imperial stout is present.

Highly recommend. (482 characters)

Photo of busterthecat
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into duvel tulip. No bottle date. been cellared for a few months.

A- Pours a rich brown from bottle that sits near black in glass. Slowly a nice lighter dense mocha head forms. Not much in the way of carbonation bubbles, but the head lingers well.

S- pretty light for a RIS. Sweet cocoa nibs, Roasted malt, some smoky wood.

T- Roasted and smoky malts, powdery chocolate. No astringent quality. bitterness is pretty low. Different then many other RIS.

M- Medium body. No carb felt. Dries out well. Some chewiness. Light alc warm on back of throat. Coating and lingers smoothly, The bitterness comes out in the finish.

O- A well done RIS. The mouthfeel and the ease of drinking were the highlights here. An interesting quality I can't quite describe makes it different then many of the other RIS. (807 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a Saranac pint glass.

A: Midnight black with a rich, creamy, two-finger head of brown foam that left a good amount of clingy lace.

S: Charred wood, licorice and herbal, earthy hops. Burnt specialty black malts give nice hints of caramelized sugar too.

T: Huge complex of fruity ale esters buried beneath waves of bittersweet chocolate, weak coffee, cocoa, vanilla bean and anisette. Bitterness rushes across the palate with a damp, herbal hop sting and washes down slightly creamy with a sharp alcohol-infused hop sting at the end.

M: Rich, full-bodied, robust, sharp and biting mouthfeel with some alcohol burn and chalky malt resin in the finish.

O: Really enjoyable complex Russian Imperial Stout at nearly 9.5% ABV. A little aging could bring the harsher alcohol and biting hop resins down a bit to let some of those robust malt flavors jump forward. I'd definitely like to pick it up again. (935 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

820th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

Thanks to mjtiernan for this one.

App- When this poured it was a very dark murky brown. I’m gonna call it brown because honestly it looked purple. Could've been the light in the TV room. Had a dark mocha colored 1-1/2 finger head with a couple dots of watery cling.

Smell- A very effervescent mix of a roasted malt note with a bit of alcohol phenols. It was an interesting mix and had some chocolate IMO behind it.

Taste- A bit of the same as the note. A biting astringent with a hoppy presence and a little bit of a strong malt character behind it. Nice warming notes and a big presence with that 9%.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation, bordering on high with the bubbly hops.

Drink- This was okay. A bit like night stalker but a bit thinner and more biting. I think a bottle aged for a bit would mellow nicely and become a bit smoother. (897 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.1/5  rDev -24%
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. (1,431 characters)

Photo of Vierenner
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good, solid stout, but lacking any interesting flavors. Plenty of roasted (burnt) malts, and a bit of a hop bite, but that's about it. Kind of plain. Perhaps easier said than done, but this beer could be tweaked with cacao nibs, or somehow infused with coffee notes to form something really special. Or, age in oak barrels! (325 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
2.45/5  rDev -40%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of FourKicks
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Kuhnhenn snifter.

Pours a deep midnight black with two fingers of light brown head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is mostly deep roasted malts and smokiness. Chocolate and vanilla also make an appearance with a small amount of coffee flavor.

The smoke is more dominant in the taste but the roasted malts are right behind. The coffee also has a bigger presence. Chocolate and vanilla notes are subtle but very nice.

It is full bodied, smooth and creamy with medium carbonation. Overall, a very nice feeling stout. The smoke was a pleasant surprise, would probably drink again if I had access to it. (642 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dragonslayer (bonus points for a cool name) begins with a lovely aroma that is part familiar Imperial Stout--ash, coffee, tobacco, cream--and part novel, with hints of fig, port, and raisin. The aromas are nicely mingled and present in medium strength.

On the tongue, the beer begins with an immediate and strong caramelized sugar kick that lasts for about half a second, then an ashy undercurrent wallows to the surface and takes over completely, washing the tastebuds in smoke, ash, tobacco, and black malt goodness. Hints of fig and raisin lurk in the dungeons, along with a small touch of bourbon and, somewhat unfortunately, a slight touch of vodka and tequila, thanks to the 9.5% ABV. The aftertaste is a continuation of the ash and tobacco flavors, as well as a distinct sensation of having put back a shot of hard liquor. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, adding a slight burn to the soft palate.

Overall, there are many good flavors in this beer, and the ash and tobacco notes are especially prevalent and delicious. If it weren't for the hard alcohol tinge at the beer's heart, this would be a great Imperial Stout. As it is, it's still a very good one, but be aware that you probably shouldn't breathe near open flame while consuming. (1,276 characters)

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint goblet -No best by date visible.

A: Poured as black as a dragons heart,
aggressive pour yeilded a two and a half finger head that dissipated into a thick tan frothy lacing, great retention and webbing,moderate carbonation.

S: Light cocoa hints roated barley , malt,slight coffee.

T: Deep roated barley, light roasted malt,bitter chocolate,slight coffee hints,vanilla hints,minimal smoke and char.

O: Overall this was a pleasure and a surprise, Great quality beer with good balance and well blended, would definitly have again. (564 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Middle Ages Dragonslayer is a pitch black syrup topped with a big, fluffy brown foam. The retention and lacing are outstanding. The aroma is of dark roast coffee, char and citrus peel. There may be a hint of dark chocolate. It's pretty full bodied and very lively with a metallic feel. The finish is dry and mouth is left a wee bit chalky. It's quite roasty tasting. It tastes a bit like espresso with a lemon peel in it. It's a pretty bitter flavor and the bitterness lasts through the finish. This is a pretty drinkable imperial stout. That lemon zest bitterness seems to be what makes it unique. Me gusta. (608 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle without a date on it. traded to me from user G311. thanks again vince! drank from my stone IRS snifter.

A- the beer pours an opaque black body with fairly large coffee colored head on top. the head has above average retention and leaves behind small rings of lacing.

S- the first thing that i notice in the nose are dark roasted malts. almost burnt smelling. chocolate moves in after that. both milk and dark chocolate are detected. a little bit of smoke. espresso/coffee on the finish.

T- the taste starts out with more of the very dark roasted malts i could smell, and once again they seem almost charred. a heavy dose of dark chocolate follows that up. a hint of milk chocolate and caramel malts adds a little sweetness to this. very light smoke. lots of strong espresso moves in last, along with a small alcoholic bite.

m- the beer is a solid medium body, which i expected and wanted to be bigger. the carbonation level is also average. there is a small warming from the alcohol.

D- i can see the extremely dark roasted aspect of this being too much to some. i enjoyed it. something i wouldnt mind seeing solid on my local shelves. thanks again for the beer, vince. (1,187 characters)

Photo of jcartamdg
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my bruery tulip. Nice, two finger head stays with the drink with very nice lacing. Aroma of smokey coffee and sweet fruits. Taste follows the nose, a little to toasty, I'm loving the fruits, nice change in an impy stout. Mouthfeel is solid. Pretty good, under the radar stout!!! (290 characters)

Photo of hotmanflab666
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dragonslayer is very good, middle ages is not one of my favorite breweries but for be the closest local imperial stout i can get the dragonslayer can bring the business, pitch black, great body and very smooth, not a rough russian imperial at all, you can definitely drink an entire bottle by yourself (301 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep murky black with a nice Khaki head. Not much lacing.

S- Charred wood (almost to much), black coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of raisins and prunes. The smokiness is pretty overwhelming, not really in a bad way, just a bit over the top and unexpected. Espresso bean and cocoa come out more as it warms up.

T- Nice bitter roasted coffee, chocolate, and still a ton of liquid smoke. It's a shame the charred wood/smoke flavor doesn't let the other flavors shine like they want to. The coffee and chocolate really get hidden a bit to deep.

M- Kinda thin body. Smokiness never goes away. Decent alcohol bite! Hints of dried dark fruit and mocha.

O- A little dissapointed, I was kinda hoping to be a homer on this one and brag about NY brews. Too much smoke and char!!! Would probably be great with some grilled meat and veggies, but not so great to sit and drink alone. (892 characters)

Photo of CrumpledFish
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black as night with a rich brown head.

S: Has a smoky chocolate smell.

T: Bitter chocolate seems to be a common description in other reviews, and I have to agree. Great smoky aftertaste.

M: Very light carbonation. Smooth across the tongue.

O: Quite a tasty RIS. I'll definitely be picking up more next time I'm in Syracuse, hopefully right at the source. (367 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a thick opaque black with a huge 3 inch dark khaki head that fades to a small cap. The head on this beer is thick and pillowy. Very nice rings of lace are marked on the glass on the drink down. Smells of roasted malts, dark bread, cocoa powder, and slight cinnamon. Taste is of dark chocolate covered coffee beans, roasted malt, slight dark fruits, and mild alcohol. Pronounced coffee/cocoa bitterness on the palate after each sip. Very thick and creamy in the mouth. Overall, this is a very nice RIS. I am glad I got to try this one. (586 characters)

Photo of HosP
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got as a nice gift from Patchmaster. 22oz poured into snifter.

A- Pours jet black. No light in or around the edges to this one. Nice big dark brown head to it. Leaves some sticky lacing down the glass.

S- Nose has a lot of roasted malts to it. Dominates throughout. Some cocoa notes along with sweet chocolate aromas coming through at the end.

T- Chocolate seems to dominate the flavor in this drink. More sweet than bitter at the beginning and middle. Roasted flavors comes in at the middle to. Stays pretty sweet throughout. Flavors stays steady throughout without much variety in flavors.

M- Full body here, but a creamy full body. Little carbonation.

D- Not a bad RIS. Good amounts of chocolate flavors, still looking for a little more from it overall. Seems to lack some flavors though. Still not a bad drink, overall smooth and easy to drink. (853 characters)

Dragonslayer from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.