Dragon Stout - Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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3.43/5 rDev -0.9%
Small format 300 ml bottle poured into a Guinness glass. A dark blackish brown, opaque and with a decent amount of light tawny brown head that breaks quickly. Micheal Lewis includes detailed tech specs for this beer in his Classic Beer Style Series book on Stout. Of note, t. his beer contains caramel coloring and brewer's corn syrup (ugh) and the brewer saw fit to note that the beer employs a "special beer flavoring extract" for flavor maturation. Um, what the fuck? That sounds sinister but I suppose it could mean almost anything, including adding soured or otherwise aged beer to fresh batches. In any event, my expectations were not terribly high and perhaps because of this, the beer exceeded them. Aroma includes the expected coffee and chocolate elements but there is also a distinct graininess that comes off like cheap six-row malt and a fruity character that comes off a bit like tart red wine and cherry syrup. This tartness carries over onto the palate as well, a vinous character that I've encountered in other stouts and porters here and there. Not unwelcome amidst the smoky caramel and chocolate milk flavors, maybe a little molasses. Comes off as overly attenuated with the body too thin and the carbonation too high. Finishes rather grainy and astringent, almost a low grade alcohol burn. The sweetness becomes cloying quite quickly and this could be one of the sweetest stouts I've sampled to date. Still, not undrinkable and a good example of the style from a non-craft island brewery.
08-05-2014 02:19:34 | More by CalgaryFMC
United Kingdom (England)
3.73/5 rDev +7.8%
A pitch black appearance with a good initial head that did not last long. Lacing was quite good.
Aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt.
The taste is of coffee, sweetness, chocolate and brown sugar. There is a lactose element in the flavour as well. Dragon Stout is very sweet and this dominates the subtle bitterness that is also present. Much more sweet than Guinness Foreign Extra which is also a 7.5% FES.
Overall this is very enjoyable if you like coffee flavour and sweetness in a stout. Not hugely complex but tasty enough to be good.
Mark out of a hundred: 79
07-29-2014 09:29:54 | More by LagerCognoscenti
3.55/5 rDev +2.6%
Bucky warily picked up a bottle of Dragon Stout from his local liquor store, having heard some less than stellar reviews of this beer. Dragon Stout is brewed by Red Stripe of Kingston Jamaica and is a healthy 7.2% alcohol by volume. The beer came in a tiny 300 ml brown bottle with a best before date of October 21, 2015.
Dragon Stout poured a very dark cola brown that was impervious to light, with about 1.5” of bubbly tan head which quickly faded to a thin collar of foam, leaving some modest lacing down the glass. Its aroma was a mix of the good and not quite so good…a sweet chocolate milk with a not so pleasant herbal smell thrown in for good measure. Luckily the flavour was more pleasant than the aroma, a boozy sweet chocolate milk with a hint of dark roasted coffee..quite nice though not as flavourful as most North American stouts. Almost no bitterness to this beer. The carbonation was soft as you would expect from a stout, detectable more at the back of the throat than on the tongue, and the beer had a creamy mouth feel. I would call this brew medium bodied on balance, and reasonably priced at $2.00 per 300 ml bottle. Overall, not bad, and given the climate in which it is normally consumed I can understand why this beer is not as rich as its North American counterparts.
06-29-2014 22:14:11 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
3.73/5 rDev +7.8%
Bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY. Cute little 9.3 oz bottle.
Pours a fairly dark black, with a foamy 2 inch inch head that recedes very quickly. There's a medium amount of lacing.
Smells include roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruits.
The taste is similar. This is fairly dark fruity for an export stout, almost has some Belgian qualities to it. A bit sweet, with some prune and cherry flavors, some smoke, a good amount of roasted barley flavor, and some bitter chocolate.
Light bodied, not as thick as I'd hoped. Creamy but dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable.
This is a very serviceable export stout. Not the best ever, but quite tasty nonetheless.
06-13-2014 03:45:58 | More by GreesyFizeek
Dragon Stout from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
79 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.