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Dragonslayer - Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

449 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 66
Gots: 27 | 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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rlee1390

Indiana

3.99/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

02-20-2013 23:51:47 | More by rlee1390
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TonyY

New York

2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

02-18-2013 19:20:33 | More by TonyY
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -21%

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.

02-01-2013 04:18:28 | More by Dope
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-29-2013 17:54:35 | More by DmanGTR
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PJKSR02

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-27-2013 01:53:53 | More by PJKSR02
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

01-19-2013 04:32:48 | More by drewone
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Eweimer1


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

01-09-2013 02:49:58 | More by Eweimer1
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.9/5  rDev -28.4%

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.

01-08-2013 14:46:23 | More by jmarsh123
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chefduff2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-05-2013 23:03:09 | More by chefduff2
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CGMLS3

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-02-2013 03:01:51 | More by CGMLS3
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

12-25-2012 04:14:09 | More by Schmuckles
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coolhandbeer

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

12-10-2012 01:06:29 | More by coolhandbeer
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Geegmasta

New York

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

12-08-2012 04:38:43 | More by Geegmasta
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Strelnikov

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-07-2012 03:48:41 | More by Strelnikov
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thebuck


3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

12-07-2012 03:43:23 | More by thebuck
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3%

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.

12-05-2012 23:21:38 | More by DrDemento456
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SLeffler27

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

11-18-2012 05:58:35 | More by SLeffler27
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

10-29-2012 00:30:26 | More by t0rin0
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.2%

10-28-2012 16:18:18 | More by oriolesfan4
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YourOnlyMan

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

10-28-2012 05:11:24 | More by YourOnlyMan
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sirsurly


4.23/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

10-22-2012 23:41:09 | More by sirsurly
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-22-2012 03:27:26 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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prisdefer

New York

3/5  rDev -25.9%

10-20-2012 17:06:31 | More by prisdefer
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

10-12-2012 00:19:35 | More by duceswild
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%

09-13-2012 18:38:40 | More by thebouch01
Dragonslayer from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
90 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.