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Dragon Stout - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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229 Reviews

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Reviews: 229
Hads: 439
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 23.7%
Wants: 18
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-30-2001

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Photo of anichols70
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated review (as of 24AUG03), as I had the chance to enjoy 4 or 5 bottles of this at my leisure while at Sandals Royal in Jamaica. Deep opaque brown color, with a creamy tan, short, fine head. Some lacing but minimal. Mouthfeel is medium for body and smoothness... a touch of carbo, but still ok. Sweet nose of chocolate...like a chocolate milk-shake. No hop presence at all. A definite malty sweetness pervades all. Has a creamy/milky aspect to it as well. Choco/coffee flavors abound (though really mostly sweet and with very short on bitterness). A tad roasty. Minimal (if that) hop presence. An easily drinkable brew, but perhaps considered such when put up against Red Stripe. Ratings for the updated version are 4.0 across the board. Irie, Mon!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Spur of the moment decision to try this during a rest stop on the ride between Montego Bay and Negril... Poured jet black in color, with a tan, creamy, fading head. Hard to tell on lace, as I had a plastic cup... Had a roasty, coffee-like nose, with semi-sweet notes, too. Good body, and a nice smoothness on the tongue. Semi-sweet flavor permeates....like a milk-stout, with a touch of hop bitterness at the very end. The roasty, sweet, choco flavor lingers, though. Very tasty!! I KNOW they won't have this at the resort, so I'm savoring this one!! (Original review from 01SEP02; 4.0/4.0/4.5/4.0/4.5 = 4.25)


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Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of cbn
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown body with ruby-red highlights. Thin mocha head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Light sweet aromas of roasted malt, dextrose, and leafy vegetal hop.

Roasted malt and sweet corn with an alcohol note in background, hop character not apparent. No off flavors.

Medium body mildy mouth-coating. Fairly clean after-taste.

Sweet and malty with little complexity of flavor. Easy to drink warm or cold. Although my tongue discerns adjuncts(corn) this offering is a national(Jamaica)icon and a regional favorite. Very drinkable!

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Short lived, foamy, dark cocoa colored head. Opaque oil colored beer. Toasted malt aroma. Rich, roasted malt flavor, a bit of cocoa, mildly sweet. Becomes a bit drier towards the end, but the sweet malt lingers. Very drinkable 7/5% beer, even on a hot Jamaican evening.

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Photo of jampics2
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of several 12oz bottles enjoyed on my Honeymoon in Montego Bay. Poured into a goblet with a smile by Garth, ya mon, respekt! This is BY FAR the best beer available in Jah Make Ya!

This beer is black with some brown, mahogany, and brilliant red highlights. The tan head is nice and sticks around for a while. It also leaves decent lace.

The aroma is a tale of two levels of scent. You have a nice roasted malt characteristic, lending impressions of chocolate and coffee. There's also a level of sweetness that comes across like sugarcane. Some caramel, molasses, and toffee are also apparent.

The taste is wonderful for a foreign export stout, and picks up where the scents left off. A heafty dose of caramel and sugarcane is joined my roasty chocolate and coffee, with just a touch of molasses as well. It's not the most flavorful stout I've ever had, but it does produce a nice flavor albeit a bit sweet. Not even in the same camp as Guinness or the excellent American take on the style by Left Hand called Fade to Black. But for a stout that is primarily drank on the island of Jamaica, you need to respect how clean and refreshing this is.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is perfect to make the beer just a bit lively. There's a nice, sweet aftertaste with minimal hops or lingering roast. I can't wait to get back to Montego Bay again to have some Dragon. Just a fantastic beer, the taste of paradise for me.

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Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a big tan head. Head falls slow leaving decent lacing.

Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Not overwhelming and not much else. Maybe dark fruits.

Deep fruity malts in the taste. Alcohol is present. This is almost more like a quad that a stout. Mild bitter aftertaste. Very interesting.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with mild carbonation.

Well, this is an interesting beer, not at all as I would have expected. Definitely more of a quad/stout combo. Strange beer, I like it.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness tumbler.

Looks like a good stout, dark brown with a one finger tan head. Some dark malts on the nose, some mild chocolates in there. Lots of sweetness in this stout, a little milky, some very lite roasted malts in there. Carbonation is mild, very easy to drink. Mainly a really sweet stout.

Thanks to RblWthACoz for the brew.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9.6oz bottle. Appears to be marked July 24, 2009. Bottled on or best by? I don't know.

Pours very dark brown, medium bodied, with a two finger light brown head that holds a small cap but doesn't leave much lacing.

Aroma is sweet and sugary roasted malts, chocolate, fruits such as cherries and figs, smoke, alcohol, and a touch lactic.

Flavor is dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, a touch of hop bitterness on the finish, but there is some lingering sweetness, too. Alcohol is well-hidden on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low in carbonation, goes down real smooth and easy for a stout.

I think this is a good example of the style, and better than the scores indicate. Not the absolute top in the category, but at least equal, if not a bit better than Lion Stout IMO.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark with a thin tan head. Flavor has a nice very mild bitter side to it and a fuller smooth sweet edge. Milky in a way. Seems to be some molasses on there as well. Feel is very smooth on the liquid and the lower carbonation is still nicely noticeable. I think this is a great stout. Very easy to drink and it carries a nice smooth and sweet edge. Pretty darn good I say! Makes me happy to see this at the bodega down the street (the smell of spilt and rotten milk's gotta go though).

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown colour that has a bit of a black oily characteristic it it. The head is mid-sized and off white and leaves a tiny amount of itself on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is a nice blend of fruit (mostly berries) and sweet chocolate, with some roasted malt coming through to compliment the sweetness and provide for a nice balance.

The flavour is more of the same. The sweetness and the roasted notes from the malt balance just right to provide for some nice flavour in each sip. There is also a hint of coffee here and there that is not noticeable in the aroma and also does not take away from the balance of the flavour. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a bit lighter than expected for a stout, but still very much a stout at the same time, if that makes sense. There is some oily slickness here as well, as noted earlier.

This is a nice brew and my favourite of anything I sampled in Jamaica. Note to all: anytime I saw this brew be it in individual bottles or in a six pack, it was priced significantly lower than the uber-popular Red Stripe, likely because they know that most Americans are going to want all Red Stripe all the time while in Jamaica. That said, while the price on the Red Stripe was still fairly reasonable, it meant the price of the Dragon Stout was excellent (something like just under a buck a bottle when buying singles, and this was at the "grocery store" at our resort, where everything was pricey). You can't complain when the best beer on the island is also the cheapest. Well worth a bit of an extra effort to find in Jamaica and still a nice stout to have at home in the States as well...

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmm, good beer. A shade short of pitch black, with a decent, one finger head with lots of staying power. Nice. Rings of lace stay on the glass like it was glued on, with a lace curtain between each ring. Whoa, sweet smell. Alot of roasted barley, without the burnt smell. Bit of a milk smell as well. Or something similar to milk. Cream? Half and half? Taste kicks your tongue with sweet, roasted barley that's been roasted to near perfection. Chocolatey, creamy and smooth. Still has the dairy quality to it. Chewy mouthfeel. Almost like a pudding. I'll be buying this again. Nice and drinkable. Not a session beer, but a beer that one wll want to drink again. And for something with such a lack of hops, it's quite well balanced. The malt starts out sweet, but the roastiness leaves a bittering aftertaste. I like it.

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Photo of SisuPride
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recieved this bottle in a mix dark beer gift box..

A - The black color of this beer is how I like a beer to look. Once you go black you will never go back.

T - Good blend of chocolate/cinnamon flavor - not over powering.

M - Average - not going to wow you when it hits your tongue - kind of like a good friend you have always known is visiting.

D - Overall, a tasty stout. I'm surprised a stout this good is Jamaican - I guess it is my ignorance that thinks of Red Stripe and Ginger Beer when thinking of Jamaican Beers.

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Photo of fullsweep
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

284 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: dark brown, cola-coloured; thick, brown, foamy head of 4-finger thickness that dissipates moderately quickly leaving a modest amount of lacing.

S: cola, coffee, with a hint of something spicy; later on picking up some earth/woody tones as well.

T: chocolate-liqueur (from the high ABV?), almost kahlua-like, also somewhat similar to an iced coffee/mocha. There is something very familiar about this taste, and yet there is a spiciness underneath that is its own--perhaps this is the Jamaican touch!

M: active carbonation yet smooth and syrupy, complementing the sweetness and the alcohol.

D: although the ABV is high for a regular ale, it's in keeping with a foreign/export stout, and the smaller serving size keeps this in check. In spite of its punch, this is a nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a four-finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Midnight black color. Molasses nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is sweet molasses but not cloying with a clean finish. Nice sweet stout but not a five like I thought it was last century. 284ml bottle $1.75 from Kappy's Fresh Pond Jamaica Plain, MA.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.16/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dragon Stout is a black ale with a thick, bubbly, caramel brown head that shows good retention and lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet, with notes of molasses and brown sugar. There seems to be a smokiness to it. It's pretty full bodied and very smooth. It is thick and chewy with a clean finish. It tastes very sweet and a little grassy. There are notes of rum and toffee. There is a slightly smoky note at the finish. It's nice, but very sweet. It's a good thing it's in such a small bottle.

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Photo of cwc
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having previously lived in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a place with a lot of Jamaican people, I always wondered what this beer was that sat on deli shelves next to Brooklyn Lager, Red Stripe, Olde English, Heineken and other neighborhood favorites. Revisiting the old neighborhood, I had the opportunity to try it again and thus did.

A - drank it out of a bottle in a just moved in apartment with no glasses, so tough to say. Comes in a tiny bottle filled with a dark liquid.

S - strong smell of alcohol. After a couple bottles of Brooklyn lager, we cracked these and could instantly smell the smell of alcohol, more than anything else.

T & D - still, even with all of that alcohol in it, this was a very drinkable beer. A good stout flavor and rather enjoyable and easy to drink, even though it's ABV is 7.5%.

A worthy experience if you happen upon it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark opaque blackness. pinky high head doesn't really fade. GREAT STICKING!

S- Sweet sweet jesus this is gonna be a sweet stout!

T- You can taste the sweetness. Nice fruity sweetness not just sugary. It's got some molasses and some cane sugar

M- Not to thick and not thin. just right for a stout! Better than many stout but still not running woth the tops dogs

D- O MY GOD at 7.5% I guess 6 would be great but I was pretty happy after 4. I would pick this one up again. There are other ptions but this one is flavorful and it's not your run of the mill garbage (AKA GUINESS)

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Photo of Jeffo
4.24/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the LCBO in my town.

Bottle to a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours thick black and very opaque. Minimal head collects around the edges of the glass and a slight wisp forms on top. No carbonation evident. The wisp remains the whole way down, but essentially no lacing. Pretty average for the style.

SMELL: A strong nose of roasted barley malt, dark fruits and spicy alcohol. Some dark black licorice in the background as well. Very pleasant.

TASTE: Dark fruits up front, dates and semi-sweet dark grapes. Some black licorice and spicy alcohol, but it's well hidden. Roasted barley malt is there and a nice sweet grape finish as well. Mild dark fruit aftertaste is very nice and appropriate. Complex and interesting.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth with no bite and finishes slightly sticky.

OVERALL: This one was a surprise. It was very solid, very enjoyable, and I would definitely have another. Like other export stouts this one would not be a good choice for a session, but I'd definitely have a few. It was very enjoyable right to the last drop.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

284ml bottle poured into a tulip, marked BBE MAR 10. Thanks to BlackHaddock for this unexpected treat.

A = Very dark mahogany, almost black, very small dark yellow head that quickly settles into nothing more than a solid ring of small bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S & T = Interesting light notes of cocoa, some almost plasticine smells, some interesting sour yeasty smells. Smooth feel really carries the sweetness of the flavors well, this is not a pure chocolate bomb, but there is a definite flavor of chocolate, together with light sourness of a sweet-sour candy

M = Very smooth and luscious feel with medium-heavy body, foam like carbonation but very slight, not overwhelming, great mouthcoating.

D = Goes down very easily.

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Photo of AEK
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml brown bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter.

A. Dark brown beer topped by a pillowy, bubbly yellow-brown mustard coloured head.

S. Black malt, slight coffee notes, pralines, hints of liquorice, caramelised sugar.

T. Coffee, jammy taste, juicy figs. Leaves a nice smoky and slightly bitter finish.

M. Medium.

D. A thoroughly enjoyable Caribbean stout. I particularly enjoyed the finish.

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Photo of jgirotto
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich color but a smell that is surprisingly sweet.

Taste is smooth and the sugar comes through here. Light on carbonation. I have served this almost as a desert, well certainly with desert (chocolate / cherry). This is almost a port replacement.

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Photo of Haebar
4.42/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice creamy but, short lasting head. A deep rich chocolate malt taste Crisper aftertaste than most Stouts. Since this is a foreign export Stout, I'd be curious to know what the Jamaicans keep for themselves! ( A Guinness for example tastes much different in Dublin than in New York; I know from experience!)Surprisingly smooth for 15 Proof! (I'm old school)(In fact, I'll explain for those who don't know... Proof is an older measure of ethanol in a beverage. In the U.S. Proof = 2x the ABV of a liquid.)

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Dragon Stout from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
79 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.