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Dragon Stout - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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79
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345 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.87%


Brewed by:
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Jamaica

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-30-2001)
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FLima

Brazil

3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep black color with red highlights and a thick two finger caramel head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Light but nice aroma of roasted malts, milky chocolate and molasses.
Lightly spiced and heavy sweet flavor with notes of licorice, roasted malts, molasses and cocoa butter. Dry aftertaste.
Medium to full body with low carbonation and a creamy sensation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is completely hidden.
I found it a bit overly sweet with muffled hops and relatively low complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 02:01:31 | More by FLima
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 300 ml bottle to a pint glass.

I grabbed this off the shelf at the LCBO and thought I'd give it a try. This beer pours a deep dark brown/black with a minimal thumb of head which dissipates quickly leaving little behind. There is a metallic smell to the beer that is dominant, but I can also pick up sweet malts and some roast. The taste is pretty good; I found roast malts, treacle, coffee and some anise. The feel is good medium to high carbonation with a medium to full body.

From what I know stouts are very common in the Caribbean, and this is a good example of a native stout. Jamaica produces sugar, coffee, spices and molasses. All of these are present in this beer, it reminds me of time at the resorts in Jamaica.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 16:31:52 | More by polloenfuego
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured this from a bottle right into a plastic mug (it's all there was)

Appearance- Dark brown like a cola with just traces of a tan colored head that swiftly dissipated to no head at all. Already wishing this was on nitro.

Smell- upon fist pour caught a lot of cocoa with hints of raisin or plum but it faded to kind of a leather black licorice combo.

Taste- some roasty ness like cold brewed coffee, on the front end that gives way to a piney kind of hop and the whole thing finishes with a bit of roasted sweetness. I feel like sweetness might be derived from the alcohol as opposed to malt.

Mouthfeel- It doesn't drink like a stout, it doesn't have a heavy coating mouthfeel like a guinness. has a subtle alcohol warmth and a delightful carbonation bite that i think would make it ideal for getting a mellow buzz going on the Islands! I retract my nitro comment.

Overall-dont judge this beer by its appearance. I feel like it is highly tailored for the jamaican climate. An easy drinking stout, that has a refreshing crisp bite , an understated hop character and a boozy sweetness is just the thing to complement a roasted jerk chicken of pork dish. But is able to stand on its own.

Would order again, if say i was skipping a meal while vacationing.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 21:39:49 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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DaveBar

Ontario (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO 6 pack of 300ml bottles for $12.00. Price was right... wonder why

A- Started off well. Nice pop, excellent head, nice and dark

S- Not much here. Not much at all.

T- Highly carbonated. Very light on the tongue for a stout. Malty

M- Not bad, pretty ok. Ends dry believe it or not.

O- Not that great. Drinkable but nothing compared to other stouts. Tastes like a mass produced beer without much of anything to it

Food Pairing...

This ok example of a stout paired well with roasted lamb (as would any other stout would!)

Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 23:56:26 | More by DaveBar
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brownish, almost black in color. The beer has a thick, blanket-like head. Its aroma is average... A hint of malt, some roasted grains, and a touch of alcohol. The taste is very sweet...think continental European stout. Sweet, with a little spice..cloying at times, with a fleshy fruitiness. Dark. The finish is moderately balanced with some bitterness, which just prevents cloying. Still, the beer is creamy and full, and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 02:13:59 | More by Suds
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300ml bottle. According to the label, this is brewed by 'Red Stripe', Kingston, Jamaica, as if a beer can brew another beer. Sheesh.

This beer pours a very, very dark cola brown hue (black, I suppose, once you step back), with pervasive reddish highlights, and three fingers of puffy, foamy, and effervescent beige head, which leaves some attractive graphic novel webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of dry, dusty, bittersweet chocolate, roasted caramel malt, a banana, prune, and mushed apple fruitiness, mild milky coffee notes, a bit of herbal, earthy hops, and a hovering alcohol warmth. The taste is lightly toasted bready caramel malt, molasses, raw brown sugar, cocoa, mild, stewing Continental coffee, earthy anise, cola syrup, muddled herbal hops, and a agreeably weak alcohol astringency.

The bubbles are quite understated, the body a dense medium weight, genuinely smooth, and even a tad creamy, as that herbal tincture essence gets no play here. It finishes on the sweet side, sure, the caramel, chocolate, and fruit all settling in nicely together, yet a certain plain dryness balances things out.

A pleasant, well-flavoured export stout, the malt running rampant here, to a certain degree. Traditional, warming, and pretty drinkable. I'd sure like to get a bottle of island Guinness FES to compare side by side with this.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 06:46:10 | More by biboergosum
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Desnoes & Geddes 'Dragon Stout' @ 7.5% , served from a6pack of the smallest 300 ml bottles I've ever seen , purchased for $13

A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with a small tan head which is quickly dissapating leaving a minimal lace along the pint

S-some roasted malts , hints of boozey sweetness

T-odd has the taste of a 'ris' and 'milk/sweet stout' combined

MF-medium/big fizzey carbonation , full bodied , definately feel the abv's after a couple of beers

Ov-I like it , good beer from Jamaica

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 21:10:06 | More by LampertLand
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Haebar

Tennessee

4.48/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up at Turnpike Wine & Spirits in Oak Ridge, TN as part of a pick and choose assortment of porters and stouts. Didn't know anything about it but took notice of it the minute I poured it in the glass. The appearance was excellent and the head was perfect. The taste was most excellent, chocolate and coffee present. The creamy texture was the icing on the cake. This is the best stout I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 21:07:32 | More by Haebar
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

9.6 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Very very deep brown, near black, but some highlights of dark amber come through on the edges of the glass. Light brown head retains at 1/8". Lacing doesn't appear.

S- Sweet malt. Some coffee and cocoa.

T- Light sweetness. I can definitely taste the roasted barley. A little bit of chocolate comes in too.

M- Medium oily body. Viscosity really lubricates the palate. A bit strange. A nice sweet finish to the beer however.

O- Interesting and decent. The depth in flavor was more than I was expecting, but the oiliness was a bit off. I don't know if I could drink more than the 9.6 oz. in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 20:41:39 | More by BWED
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xk6m6m5x

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours absolute black with small tan head that disperses quickly into lacing.

S- Roasty maltyness and unripe bananas

T- nice roast malt sweetness with a slight bitter finish

M- good body with little carbonation which makes for a general creaminess

O- overall a good no frills stout that's a good session beer

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 01:50:49 | More by xk6m6m5x
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a tan head. In the aroma, a mellow coffee like maltiness. In the taste, a small alcohol presence and a mellow roasty maltiness. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel with a small dry roasty malt, with coffee and caramel like aftertaste. Mellow yet a boozy taste. A nice mix of coffee and caramel malts.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 16:56:45 | More by OWSLEY069
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

284ml bottle (£1.49, Costcutter, London):
Dark black colour with a thumb sized and foamy looking white head that holds incredibly well and looks rather thick. There was a nice amount of lacing too.

Sweet smelling beer with a pleasant dark chocolate and caramel aroma coupled with some darker fruits such as raisin and figs. There was a touch of plum as well and a sort of milky chocolate aroma towards the end along with a slight touch of alcohol coming through.

Milky chocolate base with some light coffee and some stronger caramel together with the same combination of darker fruits found in the nose, notably fig, plum and raisin along with some sugar sweetness from these.

A medium body with a smooth taste and a very sweet, alcohol laced mouthfeel that was slightly creamy on the finish.

Strong and sweet beer with good depth of flavour and a lot going on with it. A good beer to drink and one that despite the hints of alcohol also went down very easily. Probably not quite as good as Lion Stout but certainly a beer I would have again should the opportunity arise.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 12:29:17 | More by flyingpig
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep black with a small brown head.

S: Plums, raisins, chocolate, wood chippings.

T: Very sweet, but not sickly - strong malty flavour with lots of dark fruit.

M: Slightly over-carbonated, in a fizzy unappealling way - a bit like drinking coke.

This was much better than I'd anticipated - I definitely preferred it to Nigerian guinness which is probably the closest thing I've had - it didn't have the unpleasant lactic sourness of the guinness. Unfortunately the well-balanced flavour profile wasreally let down by excessive carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 22:57:14 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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ErikaDriscool

Maine

4.73/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been searching for this beer for three years since I first tried it at a friend's party.
My search continues as I long for it's sweet intoxicating aroma and exotic buzz.
This is the beer that took my stout cherry!
If you are lucky enough to land your undeserving paws on some,
sit back and be prepared for a total mouth orgasm.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 05:32:09 | More by ErikaDriscool
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Caribbean Isle beer drinking culture is a peculiar one. It's either feast or famine with either the grainy sweet lagers or robustly malted stouts. Many say it's the influence of light bodied German lagers for hot weather or the English influence wit the stouts. But where's the IPAs?

Dragon Stout pours with a creamy and viscous visual texture. As the beer settles in the glass, it releases a sandy tan head that's creamy, whipped, and lightly moussey. However short lived, the beer quickly dispels its carbonation and falls quite still barley half way through the session.

Malty sweet aromas of chocolate, molasses, coffee, and lesser notes of dark fruit. The balanced scents never allow one attribute to dictate the others.

Bold flavors of sweet malt keeps grounded the flavors of French press coffee, roasted walnuts, cocoa, licorice, and medium scorched caramel. After the roast and cocoa trail off, the sweetness is exposed with the taste of hard candy and cola soft drinks. Mild peppercorn and toast help to finish the beer with a linger of cola in aftertaste.

Full bodied, expecially as the early carbonation keeps the beer expansive and creamy. But the middle texture sheds its carbonation and allows a syrupy feel to linger indefinitely on the palate. Alcohol warmth and mild roast astringency are lasting trigamental memories.

The beer almost succeeds as a tropical version of stout. But its flimsy middle palate and finish allows the beer to fall apart and expose harsher and mild artificial taste. Still, it's the best product that I've yet to try from the makers of Red Stripe.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 18:02:02 | More by BEERchitect
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep ruby colour with a frothy off brown head that laces the glace.

S: Hints of alcohol, sweetness, roatiness is far in the back and there is some chocolate milk aromas.

T: This is your tropical foreign stout at it's best. I do taste a lot of sweetness that it not malt (IMO). There is also a chocolate mile flavour that comes through.

M: Light mouthfeel but carbonation is very nice

O: For a tropical foreign stout this is on still. Sweet, estery and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 03:13:58 | More by Kremlock
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 01:43:21 | More by rangerred
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Produced a finger of head that retained like crazy, but sadly did not lace. The body is as black as night, as a good stout should be.

Smell: Lots of chocolate and almost a sweet coconut smell to it. I'm also catching some coffee and malt notes in the background. It's good, but I'm left expecting more.

Taste: Starts out sweet, creamy and milky as the malt then makes an appearance as it comes forward with a raw sugar and mild chocolate taste that then finally ends with a bitter kick that is far milder then most stouts but comes out with a bit of a mineral note.

Mouthfeel: Chocolate aftertaste which I like as well as a surreal creaminess. The transitioning is a little awkward and the carbonation falls flat near the end, but all in all sold stuff here. Tastes a little thin though.

Drinkability: Very mild for a stout as it is fairly light bodied, which is odd for a stout but it seems to have a surreal smoothness to it.

Final Thoughts: When I first looked at this beer, I thought that a stout from Jamaica would be awful. However, Desnoes & Geddes seem to me to be the best of Caribbean beer. I wouldn't say it's epicly good, but it's certainly worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 00:37:17 | More by TheHammer
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours three fingers of light tan brown head, goes down in a minute or two, leaving a nice film and lace. Colour is jet black.

Aroma has a definite roast character, some fruity grapefruit esters, fresh coffee notes. Also dark chocolate/cocoa, maybe tobacco as well. Quite thick, but pretty good balance.

Flavour follows the nose, plenty of roast coffee, dark chocolate, some cherries. Fair bit of sweetness on the malt. Pretty good complexity and not much in the way of faults. Something of a metallic note on the aftertaste.

Great full mouthfeel, surprisingly smooth and creamy with just enough of a bitter bite, a bit syrupy and plenty dry on the finish. Big body but quite nice drinkability on this.

Pretty nice and enjoyable stout. Traditional profile, and does that quite well. Dryness on the end is good. Not the best I've had, but still a really good brew that deserves a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 20:03:21 | More by mick303
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dragon Stout has a thick, tan head, a very dark brown appearance, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of extremely faint grain husk and just maybe a bit of sweetness. The flavor is unusual- sweetness, sugar, slightly sour grain, malt, and a dash of hop bitterness, but that is low. The mouthfeel is thick and Dragon Stout finishes heavy and filling. One can really feel the alcohol creep into the head with this beer- no alcohol in the flavor, but then, suddenly, "Bam!" Overall, this is a very good beer, and I suggest giving it a try.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 14:52:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: very black body with a two finger light tan head.

S: coconut, milk and cream. Little else.

T: very milky and sweet. Cream, coconut and chocolate. Not very beer like and fairly sweet. Very subtle hop bitterness late in the aftertaste.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: typical milk stout however the malts are especially hidden here.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 17:56:06 | More by kylehay2004
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anichols70

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review, so bear with me...

Just returned from a trip to Jamaica. A friendly resort employee picked some up for me. 284ml bottle poured into a tumbler (not many options in the minibar). Best before date of Dec. 2013.

Appearance - Extremely dark, almost black. Minimal light tan head which didn't last long.

Smell - This is my weakest point, but I got molasses and caramel. Maybe a very light burnt coffee.

Taste - Hints of chocolate and maybe a little coffee. Creamy, with a medium mouthfeel. Sweet, like a milk stout. No real bitterness. Slight alcohol on the finish, but not overpowering. At 7.5%, this beer could be dangerous.

Overall - Sweet, but not overly so for me. I was skeptical about a stout in the tropics, but I found it to be actually very refreshing. Much more so than I would have imagined it could be. One of those beers that I think directly represents where it is brewed. Might seem too sweet or unbalanced if I were drinking it at home in New England, but perfect for the location and climate of Jamaica.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 22:31:53 | More by anichols70
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schoolboy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a pretty good tasting story for this one. The bottom line is: don't visit Jamaica without drinking some, and be sure to sample some of the other tastey treats for which Jamaica is well known.

I had one day in Jamaica on our cruise last month. Our ship docked in Falmouth and we had hoped to do a shopping/beach/private drive excursion towards Montego Bay, but we ended up with just a beach excursion (keeping in mind that Caribbean beaches are absolutely wonderful). The bar at our beach had Red Stripe tasting better than I had ever remembered but no Dragon Stout. Prevously I've found Dragon imported to the US to be too sweet to drink more than a couple.

The beach boss asked if he could be of assistance - he sent someone to get me some Dragon (and more later). I ended up drinking three, all completely warm. It is as I remembered it, good but too sweet to drink very much of. Still, it was a very pleasant day and I recommend Dragon for Jamaican beach goers.

During the afternoon I wandered down the beach and sampled other very tasty Jamaican products in a beach shack with some locals. Very nice and also recommended for visitors. All in all, Dragon was part of my perfect Jamaican buzz.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 16:27:18 | More by schoolboy
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GavDomDadGH

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - rich black coloring. One finger caramel head that dissipated quickly. No lacing at all.

S - heavy fruit and peat smells. You can smell the malts but they are hidden by sweetness. Hint of chocolate.

T - very deep fruits. Malts are there but ate hidden by sugars. Sweet but not sugary. Not overly sweet either, expected coming from the cane sugar capital.

M - creamy. Medium bodied for a stout but still very good! Low carbonation which I love.

O - better than average but below great. I would say gaverage!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 23:50:55 | More by GavDomDadGH
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a two finger cocoa head upon a near black body, little retention or lacing.

Smell is burnt malt, molasses, earthy hops.

Taste follows the nose, very sweet almost cloying, mineral note (iron), not bad at all.

Medium bodied with not a lot of carbonation, very drinkable and not much in the way of bitterness.

Not a bad brew and better than I anticipated. Very low hop profile and sweet yet it works somehow.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 05:11:10 | More by Stocean1
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Dragon Stout from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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