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Dragon Stout | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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233 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
465
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
24.57%
 
 
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Dragon StoutDragon Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Jamaica | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 01-30-2001

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Reviews: 233 | Ratings: 465
Photo of Zimbo
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More of a looker than I remember. Seems well made with an excellent half inch light tan head which forms easily and goes the distance. Black with a fine cola light line at the bottom of the glass. Quite sweet and creamy are the dominant elements throughout. Chilled, the alcohol is well hidden but once the cool runnings are over it celebrates that heady 7.5% booze. Goes well with goat roti though.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle
7.5% ABV
I tried this beer on September 14, 2007 at 'The Beer Bistro' in Toronto. The beer poured a very dark brown into the glass with a thin tan head. The aroma was a combination of malts, coffee and caramel. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, silky, with no apparent carbonation. The flavour was a combination of malt and fruit...cherry like.

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Photo of ritzkiss
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark cola brown with a finger of tan head which dies down to a few patches. Nose is an uninspiring mix of roasted malts, musty coffee and a hint of bakers chocolate. Taste follows suit with a healthy dose of dark fruits and a weird cola taste, chemical sugar sweetness, odd mineral dryness in the finish. Way too fizzy, too thin. I can imagine this is a welcome relief from all the light lagers in Jamaica but here there are too many other far superior beers to visit this one again.

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Photo of liamt07
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml poured into a snifter. Bottled October 9, 2010.

Poured a viscous black, with a finger or so of reddish brown head which falls to a collar. Little retention. Nose is some milky, creamy chocolate, some light coffee and sweet coconut, albeit a lesser contribution than the other two. Taste is relatively uneventful, some chocolate with a lactic creaminess. Mild dark fruits linger in the background. Mouthfeel is a bit weird and chalky, with active carbonation that's a bit high in my eyes. Medium drinkability.

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Photo of Amalak
2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Black, with a head the disappears quickly, leaving no lace.

S: Good, chocolatey scent.

T: Robust, almost chocolate milkshakeish.

M: Hate the aftertaste. Really sits in the back of the throat.

D: Ah, very filling, but no real substance.

Not very impressed. If you're going to go Jamaican, go Red Stripe

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Photo of ludachris
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought this at the LCBO after a friend told me this is "the coke of all stouts". I'm not 100% sure of what he meant but I'm eager to try.
Poured into my snifter. Opaque black with deep honey amber brown edges. About a finger and a half of creamy but thin khaki brown head with less than decent retention. Nice lacing.
Sweet milk chocolate malt and vanilla in the nose. Slightly smokey but strangely oily. Not too fond of the smell. Putting my nose right into the snifter, this brew seems pretty over-powering.
Almost tastes like you're drinking a milk sweet stout. Some nice milk chocolate and chewy malt but again with the strange oily medicinal notes that linger. The 7.5ABV also asserts itself in the taste.
A bit higher rating for the mouthfeel because it was full bodied and fairly smooth but I would not be able to drink more than one of these.

Overall, the almost cloying sweetness, pronounced ABV and strange oily medicinal notes made this a pretty unenjoyable stout. I don't think I'll be buying another one of these any time soon.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much bottle smell but the high AC seems evident, mªn. Pours to an opaque black with a tan head that is both macro bubble and creamy, mªn. Taste is sweeter than expected for a stout, not really prevelant in chocolate or roasted malts but more of a roasted cane molasses and chocolate syrup flavor, mªn. Carbonation is good but mouthfeel is thin for a stout, mªn. Hopping is there but doesn't come through bitter mªn. This is almost more like an HG dark brown english ale, more so than a stout, mªn. But its a good brew for the heat mªn.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: it's a stout, so it comes as no surprise as this brew pours a midnight black into my glass. 1/8 inch of creamy and quickly dissolving head.

Smell: underwhelming, a bit of malt and bit of milky sweetness.

Taste: very sweet, milky and a dryness that is vaguely chocolate.

M: the sweetness leaves a sticky coat on the palate and a candylike aftertaste. while not a dealbreaker it isn't the most pleasant.

O: chalk this one up on the "i tried it, now time to keep it moving" type of brew. nothing memorable here.

salud!

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Photo of oakbluff
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was a nice typical dark stout with good head. Flavour had some roasty notes, but mostly just sickly sweet. Mouthfeel was ok, but this stout was just way too sweet for me. The alcohol was hidden nicely. Would be a good substitute for chocolate sauce on your ice cream- that’s how sweet this was. No noticable hops either. Not worth trying again.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: deep dark brown with ruby highlights, great clarity, thinnish layer of tan foam that shrinks to a narrow crown

Aroma: roast, root beer, hint of soy sauce

Flavor: mild sweetness with a flavor like that of a low alcohol table beer (strangely enough), hint of cola, finishes semisweet with a vapid aftertaste of the preceding flavors

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, smooth but with a hint of astringency

Other comments: An OK strong stout, but not very complex. Might be better with some age as that would add some oxidation flavors for a little more depth.

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Photo of PeatReek
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A 10-oz bottle... how freakin' cool is that? Pours with a solid black body, thin brown head, rosy tinged, almost orange. Dissolves to a lace rim super-quick. Smells bready-sweet, like an English muffin with jam. Hoo-ah! Speaking of sweet, this beer is almost a cola it's so syrupy. Still manages to have a bit of an alcohol bite, for all that. Barely any roast, just a touch seemingly as a formality. Dragon stout is actually rather interesting as a potential summer/beach drink, but I'd definitely stick to one or a couple at most.

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Photo of DerBayer
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Comes in a small bottle and has a novelty label - just had to pick it in the store:

A - pours a dark choclate-y black with a decent smooth slightly streaky head

S - Smells malty and syroupy but not in a bad way

T - Taste very good of first malt and caramel but then the sweetness and caramel syroup flavour becomes overpowering

M - Decent but nothing special slightly undercarbonated

D - very good at first but becomes slightly sickly after roughly 2/3s of the small bottle

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Review from notes
Beer consumed at the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn, NY on Labor Day 2007.

L - I drank this out of da bottle, mon but it were dark.

S - oooh, dat smell like a burnt hershey bar, mon!

T - it taste all roasty.

F - it close up me troat!

D - I drank 2 and had to poo!

Final Note: What was a big fat drunk white guy doing at the West Indian Day Parade you may ask?...

just about any friggin' thing I wanted to!*

*2nd Note: I was with 2 Jamaican co-workers who 'carry'.

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Photo of rangerred
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

284ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a very tiny dark brown head. Nothing in the way of head retention and just a thin ring of lace around the top of the beer.

The aroma is pretty weak with some milk chocolate along with espresso and dark fruit. All are very weak, however.

Flavor is also somewhat weak. Lots of milk chocolate up front along with hints of dark fruit. I can definitely pick up some pipe tobacco flavors and faint coffee. There is an ever-present sweetness that is a bit of a turn off. Bitterness picks up towards the finish but not enough to balance out the sweetness. The finish isn't real sticky, though, which is nice.

Overall, not really the best foreign stout I have had. It is almost like it needs more hops to balance out the sweetness. Also, the flavors are just not very pronounced. Really not something worth seeking out.

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Photo of Naes
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another beer that is black in color with a small tan head.

Aroma is malty, a bit spicy and contains traces of alcohol.

The flavor is a bit creamy followed by maltiness then alcohol taste.

Its mouth feel is medium bodied and a bit syrupy.

It’s also a bit low on the drinkability scale. It is not a very pleasing flavor in my opinion, but if you like creamy / sweet stouts with 7.5% ABV, go nuts.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Dark, dark brown with red-brown edges. Opaque. Big creamy looking head with good retention and lacing.

S - Slightly boozy. Touch of whiskey-like aromas and lots of roasted smells.

T - Quite sweet. Too sweet methinks, in an aspartame-like way. Toastiness is mostly in the aftertaste.

M - Zippy carbonation is too strong. Body is a bit thin for a stout.

D - Not that good. The sweetness is far too cloying.

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Photo of pootz
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this Dragon stout the same evening as some lion extra stout from carib brewers. This is definitely the better of the two. Both these Caribbean versions of stout are “new” stouts not the old London variety. These stouts are extremely sweet. The fact they both come from the Caribbean suggests to me they have cane sugars and other spicing to flavor them. This dragon porter was less sweet than the lion extra but had some distinct characteristics. It had a great, rich chocolate foam head when poured but this vanished quickly. This stout is very sweet to the tongue and that sweetness lingers long after swallowing. The smell is much better than the Carib lion. It smelled reminiscent of a traditional stout except sweet and very alcoholic ( mine was 7.5%). Thankfully they package in 300mil bottles (1/2 pints), the portion is correct for this wobbly pop. Overall not a bad experience but these sweet stouts are not for me. I like the big G or porters.

Were it not for the syrupy demeanor, this beer would be a dead ringer for a local sweet stout made by Formosa Springs brewery in the 70s. They only made it in small batches and only once a year for obvious reasons…..it’s not to everyone’s taste.

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Photo of Mavajo
2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily jet black with a fairly mild head that quickly fades into a thin film and crown. Sweet aroma - bubble gum, fruits. The bubble gum again appears in the taste, along with some fruitiness and maybe tobacco? Strong soy taste. Overall very sweet and not very apetizing at all. By the end of this beer, I was having trouble getting it down...it really warmed into an unpleasant taste, sickeningly sweet. Alcohol is noticeable with a definite burn. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair helping of carbonation. Reasonably drinkable. Light bodied than you would normally expect from a stout, lending to its drinkability.

In general, I'm disappointed by this brew. It's not what I'm looking for from a stout.

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

300 ML bottle bought at the LC.

Dark dark chocolatey thick pour. The head is also nice and brown looking, although it dosen't stay around for long, and ends up looking a bit weak.

Smell is sweet and a bit cloying. Only a hint of dark chocolatey goodness.
One sip and...wow..is this ever a sweet beer. May need a dentist visit after this one.... More hoppy than I thought, and it has a much less syrupy feel than what it poured like. Alcohol isn't hidden much, and has a very creamy mouthfeel. I just can't get over how sweet this beer is, it's a bit of a turnoff for me. I like a slight sweetness, but... A bit thin in the mouth too. For some people this would be highly quaffable, me, I just get a toothache...

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Photo of EagleTalon
2.51/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a deep nearly black ruby color and tan head that fades to a thin film. Aroma is more "barleywinelike" with the prominent alcohol and sweet candylike esters, with a hint of pale lager maltiness. Flavor is slick and lagerlike, more reminicent of doppelbock, but more of an artificial tasting sweetness than anything you'd expect from malt. Roasty malts with largery funk and sweet sweet sweet. Mouthfeel is OK. Not too drinkable but better than their Red Stripe.

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Photo of seand
2.49/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark black, with a little over a finger of tan head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

S: Molasses and a little bit of fruit. Very sweet.

T: Starts sweet and a little milky, moves into a soda-like flavor, finishing with a little burn of alcohol and bitterness.

M: Not overly carbonated. Slightly syrupy.

D: Too sweet, and the alcohol and bitterness on the end doesn't work for me. I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of montageman
2.49/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Purchased this last November in Jamaica. Poured into a pint glass. Large 2 finger tan head present after an aggressive pour - typical dark brown to black color with intense lacing, but pour is a little thin for my liking. The smell is odd - sweet and chalky; none of the typical stout scents i.e. coffee, chocolate, or roasted character. Taste is not balanced at all - way too sweet with very little hop or malt balance, however, I could see why this would be brewed this way since the vast majority of people would be drinking this in 90 degree heat, The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and coats the mouth; it's very nice. This is just way too sweet for me - the lack of balance is off putting as well. Recommended if you're in Jamaica, otherwise no need to search out.

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Photo of Viggo
2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown/black, some reddish hues, thick tan head forms, sticks around, some nice lacing. Smell is sweet, some cherries and toffee, chocolate, lots of alcohol. Taste is weird, strange artificial flavour, some cherry/fruits, light roast, alcohol, no idea where this is going. Very weak finish, watery flavour. Mouthfeel is thin, low carbonation, somewhat unpleasant.

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Photo of kjyost
2.47/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle dated BB March 12, no year? Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours with no head? Dark, though not opaque. Expecting way more for a 7.5%stout
S: Muted aroma. Some sweetness on the nose, though distinctly of corn.
T: Is this a stout? Really? Corn and a bit of earthy bitter are the dominant flavours. No real roasted grain character either. I really let it warm up to see if new character would develop. Nada.
M: Thin. Not enjoyable.
O: Never again. Not a stout, and barely a dark ale.

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Photo of ZorPrime
2.42/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to liamt07 for sending me this one.

Black color beer. Quite dark too. Brown foamy head. Damn, the smell isn't good at all... surely not inviting... more strange but not in a good way. I get some chocolate and licorice with something else that make the smell bad. Taste is so light, it is sad. Some chocolate. No bitterness. This beer needs some work. Feels like water in the mouth.

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Dragon Stout from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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