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Dragon Stout - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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BA SCORE
79
okay

381 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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Photo of GavDomDadGH
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

GavDomDadGH, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just one of those brews that's been at the LCBO for as long as I can remember, but I've yet to take a stab at it. Come to think of it, neither have any of my friends. Good thing? Bad thing? We'll soon see. Picked up a six pack of 300ml bottles.

Poured into a nonic. A soupy black concoction, that produces a fairly decent light tan head that survives as thin surface layer with a thick ring. Flecks of lacing here and there. Ruby when held to the light. Actually doesn't look half-bad.

Nose is chocolate, sugar, figs and raisins, perhaps a bit of alcohol and cream as well. Just realized that the bottle packs a 7.5% wallop. Oy...

A sweet stout, with rum/molasses, mild roasted malt and milk chocolate. When I was new on the beer drinking scene, this was what I had assumed a 'milk stout' would taste like - sweet and chocolatey, with a mild cream flavor. Almost a dessert in and of itself.

Mouthfeel is chewy, thick and creamy. Mild carbonation, goes down a bit like a root beer float: slightly flat, but creamy. Went down incredibly fast.

You win this round, Jamaica. Clearly I wasn't expecting such a sweet, drinkable stout, no less from the brewers that put forward Red Stripe, a passable but boring pale lager. Too sweet for everyday or session drinking, but if you're in the mood for something sweet to sip after dinner or to serve with dessert (and is cheap and regularly available), we've found your man. Despite the treatening name, this Dragon doesn't pose much of a threat - it's pretty tame, and just wants to like you and take you on cool adventures. Why not let it?

JohnnyBarman, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer Review #2 of my cruise on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, May 15-22, 2004.

Purchased just before returning to the boat in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Rich, deep cocoa brown with creamy, espresso crema-colored head and ruby tints around the edges. Deep aroma of bitter chocoloate and creamed coffee (it'd be really cool if it was Blue Mountain coffee's influence, but I can't speak to that) and a creamy, milk sugar sweetness. Not to be repetitive, but the mouthfeel is creamy as well, with mostly the same characters mentioned above in the aroma represented in the taste.

A pretty good island stout--but what would possess anyone in Jamaica to feel like drinking this? Even so, it seems pretty light as stouts go, and is pretty drinkable--so I guess I could see it if you were already used to the year-round high temperatures.

RockyTopHeel, May 23, 2004
Photo of techdiver
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense dark brownish black with a three finger head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of chocolate and molasses. Tastes pretty much how it smells, but quite sweet and with a bit of alcohol bite. Nice lacing but too sweet for my liking and the finish is rough because of it.

techdiver, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally able to review a beer again! Getting over a cold that took away my sense of smell and made drinking decent beer pointless. Almost dipped into my crappy beers but just couldnt force myself to do it. Anyways my sinuses were finally clear which allowed to enjoy this one last night.

Appearance
Black, not totally opaque, let a fair amount of red through. Big 3 finger tan coloured head formed on a mildly vigorous pour, and almost just as quickly dissipated to leave only the scantest collar of lacings inside my glass. This stout was mildly and finely carbonated, befitting the style.

Aroma
The scents of nutty malts, roasted barley (more dark roast coffee than chocolate), some anise and a mellow roasted smokiness greeted my clear sinuses.

Taste
This one is pretty sweet. My guesses would be from refined corn or cane sugar. Taste was quite similar to the nose, with a nutty base malt backbone and the slightly bitter flavours of roasted barley (more coffee than chocolate in this one). The hints of anise as well as the smokiness also came through in the taste. A very mildly bitter grassy hop finish revealed itself in the taste however that i didnt detect in the nose.

Mouthfeel
A very sweet stout offset by the slight bitterness of the roasted grain. This brew is actually fairly light bodied and translucent for a stout. The nutty malts were nicely offset by the roasted barley and touch of bittering hops. Personal preference would have appreciated less sweet and more bitter.

Drinkability
This one was pretty drinkable, although the sweetness was too much for me to consider this one as session fare during winter in NW Ontario. My opinion might be 180 degrees different if was sitting on a hot beach in Jamaica however. There was a nice roastiness to this brew that makes it worth trying. It may also serve as a good stout try for the stout novices, as the sweetness may make it more approachable. Ill probably drink this one again, may make a good summer stout.

demcorhip, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of xk6m6m5x
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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

xk6m6m5x, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of hegelec
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a six-pack of this at the LCBO. I'd never had a Caribbean stout before and figured I'd give it a go. They have a reputation for being sickly sweet, so I had a good idea what to expect.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Great looking beer: reddish black with a modest tan collar. Very impressive lacing.

Smells of molasses, chocolate, figs, raisins, cherries, and faint roastiness. This is a sweet-smelling, decadent beer.

Taste is good. Dark fruit abounds, with a mellow maltiness and a hint of roast. The fruitiness reminds me a bit of a Belgian dark, but only superficially. Hops is almost undetectable. This beer is SWEET -- while it's not overwhelming, it needs something to keep it in check. Perhaps a little more roastiness would help balance this a bit? Lingering, sticky finish.

Mouthfeel is full, round, luxurious. Carbonation is velvety. This is great.

As tasty as this is, I figure the drinkability is limited by the high ABV, the remarkable sweetness, and the one-dimensionality of the flavour. It's a tasty sipper, but one I'd soon tire of I reckon.

It should also be noted that this beer is an amazing value. A sixer of this stuff will set you back $10 and change from the Liq-bo (CAD of course) which puts it on par with some of the macro cheapies. It's flavourful and unique, if a little one-dimensional, but should please casual drinkers and beer geeks alike. Plus its 7.5% which means it packs a serious punch. You don't need too many of these to get a buzz, if that's what you're after. Great stuff.

hegelec, May 20, 2009
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dragon Stout is colored black with an average-sized head that is creamy and light brown. The retention is very weak. The aroma is pretty weak and contains only a vague, sweet roastiness. The taste is sweet, with malts that have a brown sugar-like taste. A mild roastiness is noted underneath. Towards the finish a mixture of dark fruit flavor and alcohol join the mix. The overall flavors are pretty good, but seem a bit underwhelming for a 7.5% abv stout. There a plenty of better choices than this beer, you need only pick this up if you're stuck in Jamaica.

Gagnonsux, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

OWSLEY069, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

BuckyBeerBeaver, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had one of these at the excellent Reef restaurant in vancouver and I must say that it would be great if this beer was readily available at our liqour stores. The beer pours jet black with a decent tan head. The nose is toffeish with caramel malts. The first taste was slightly metallic but that blew off after 4 or 5 sips. The beer has a solid mid body with a slightly sweet finish. I like this stout but the Trinidadian Royal extra gets the nod.

canucklehead, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of peensteen
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black, deep ruby highlights in the light, light tan/off white head. Smell is malty, lactic notes, some coffee and baking chocolate and alcohol notes throughout. Taste is Roasted malt, faint alcohol, sweet milky notes, cocoa like notes and a bittersweet finish. Good feel and slightly high carbonation that works well here, full body and creamy at points. Drinks well, maybe a bit too sweet for me but would have one of these now and again though.

peensteen, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 284ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2012. Picked up cheap from my local off-licence. I've had this before but it's been quite a while.

Poured into a Duvel chalice. An exceptionally deep brown - appears black unless held to a klieg light. Produces a good head of creamy, light-brown foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding. Aroma of sweet dark malt with notes of caramel, dried fruit, brown sugar, yeast esters and a considerable whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet, syrupy malt with a sugary, alcoholic finish. Notes of brown sugar, caramel, dried fruit and yeast. A strong alcohol note on the finish; hot and solvent-like. No bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth and creamy, with light tingling and mild astringency. Aftertaste of lingering sweet malt and booze.

Decent but very sweet. It has no roasted malt character or hop bitterness. Easy drinking, and has a pleasing texture. I probably wouldn't want more than one in a sitting, as it's a little cloying, but quite drinkable and makes a change from your typical strong stout.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque black-brown with about a half-finger of frothy ecru head. There's a small but good amount of lacing produced. The nose is quite faint; chocolate, coffee, and dark malts are all I really get olfactorily. The taste follows for the most part, though the coffee is decidedly subdued. The chocolate is lightly bittered, and the dark malts lean toward the wheaty side. The body is a strong medium, with moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a surprisingly dry finish. Overall, I wouldn't describe this brew as the best stout I've ever had, but it's still pretty tasty and highly drinkable.

TMoney2591, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Uncle_Jimmy, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fairly strong, smoky, oily and coffee-ish. Pours a dark chocolaty sable with a fairly thick but not too persistent beige head. Flavor is malty, smoky, and surprisingly sweet - but not cloying. There are hints of molasses and apple cider. Texture is quite smooth with just a little bit of a bite, and minimal fizziness. Not too shabby.

Cyberkedi, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of jsprain1
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours an almost solid black with a thin khaki head that dissapates into a ring.
S- smell is of roasted malt, some earthy and faint smoky qualities.
T- Dark malt, mostly chocolate. Plenty sweet, and a hint of what I can best describe as wood/sawdust.
M- A bit thin bodied. rather sticky from sweetness.
D- This was an interesting go, and it's probably worth a try, but it won't be a regular purchase.

jsprain1, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of BDIMike
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a jet black color with a tan head. Carbonation as well, which I am not used to with a stout.
Not a lot of smell, but a good toffee smell to it.
Good strong taste on this stout. Strong chocolate malty taste. More chocolate taste to this one then on a lot of chocolate beers I have had. Great toffee taste on the finish.
Mouthfeel is too thin for what I would like on a stout.
Drinkability is average. It is thin, which I guess is good for such a warm weather climate in Jamaica. The taste is strong, so it may be rough drinking more than a couple of these.

BDIMike, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Little 284ml bottle with a small fiery dragon on the front. The back label has all the mandatory US information and it says that it's brewed by Red Stripe. There is however a bottle code above the label, but it's only a code that the brewery can understand.

This little bottle was poured into a small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter. This Dragon was a soild midnight black. I checked, no ray of light could penatrate this beer's soild black bodied color. Sitting on top of this beer was a creamy 1 inch head of mocha colored foam. it had really good retention by leaving behind a mocha film, foamy rings, and a fair amount of mocha spots of lace around the glass. The aroma was very fruity with dark fruits like raisins and figs. But it was also slightly roasted at the same time. Roasted dark fruits was an interesting aroma to smell. The taste was also very fruity with the dark fruits, but this time there wasn't a roasted undertone. It was more fruity than anything else. The taste was sweet and fruity with raisins, figs, a tiny touch of sweet roasted malts, a smidge of sweet caramel, and then finished up with sweet yeast. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a sweet and fruity aftertaste of raisins, sweet roasted malts, caramel, and more yeast. This had to be the most fruity and sweet Stout I've ever had before. Not bad at all. I wouldn't have mind a bigger bottle of Dragon Stout.

AltBock, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of bditty187
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basically black in color, opaque, when held to a light a sliver of ruby can be clearly seen around the edges of the glass. A brown head of one finger topped off the beer, the head retention was decent as it took a few moments before it noticeably faded to a tight cap. This cap lasted for almost the entire consumption; still there was no subsequent lacing. The nose is interesting and not necessarily in a good way. There are some light roasty notes, it is a stout after all. I can also detect some lacto-sweetness and some odd mustiness. Airy with a stray note of alcohol that has a licorice twang. The potency is low and the nose doesn’t say much. Apathetic. The palate is unique enough to be charming. In honesty the flavor profile is really muddled and nothing is able to shine on its own. But I like the mess. There is a moderate amount of roast, just enough to be stout-like. But what really throws this beer off-kilter is the sweetness that gets mixed with the licorice flavors and fruity, milky, chocolate qualities. The alcohol is also noticeable on the palate; this adds depth but more confusion on the tongue. This beer is flavorful and good enough to drink but I don’t think it is very well constructed. From start to finish the beer tastes the same; this gets boring, still it is tasty (in a screwy kind of way). Honestly the high abv is very much needed in this stout without it I would image that the sweetness would be a bit too much. The body is medium at best and the carbonation is moderate. Overall the mouthfeel is barely above average but pleasant. I found this beer to be drinkable and quite likeable actually. I don’t think I would want a bomber of this but the dainty 284 ml bottle was the perfect size. My Uncle Allen was kind enough to fork over $1.00 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and lug this beer back for me. IMO, if you see it, buy it.

bditty187, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of fattyre
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear very dark (nearly opaque) red brown color with a moderate creamy light brown head. The smell is of alcohol, slight sherry-like and sweet roasted malt. The taste is again sweet roasted malt with alcohol warmth with a firm mouthfeel. This seemed more like a milk stout than a strong stout but was enjoyable nevertheless.

fattyre, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of Stocean1
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Stocean1, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Bunnyhop
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, very dark (nearly opaque), reddish-brown Strong Stout with a moderate, creamy, light brown head. The smell is sweet, malty, and caramel-like, with a slight roastedness, and alcohol tones. The taste is smooth, sweet, and sightly roasted, with a mild rooty bitter finish. The body is firm in my mouth. Overall, a very sweet Stout with a mild bitter finish. In my opinion, more of a dessert-like beer.

(source: Gift; Toronto, Ont. Canada)

Bunnyhop, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I smiled when I saw this beer at the corner deli the other day while waiting in line. You can always count on finding a good stout at deli's in Carribean neighborhoods. Dragon Stout has met my mouth a few times over the past decade when I could not find Guinness and would never pull for a macro-lager and am glad to review after having many stouts since then.

A: Pours a slicky black motor oil viscosity with brown coffee tones stirring around to creat a khaki finger head.

T: Quite sweet, roasted malts and crystal, dark fruits with a heavy booze accents all over the place. Toffee in the aftertaste.

M: Cloying and syrupy.

D: For me it's slips down my throat with ease, but for those moving from regular dry stouts or Guinness, get ready for the taste to be full of sweetness.

Brianmerrilyn, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet chocolate and roasted malt scent that is rich and creamy with some alcohol notes. The taste is decent. It has a thin, yet quite malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm and smooth. It is intensely sweet with loads of crystal malts along with a slight roasted feel. It has a pronounced alcohol taste that hits you up front then fades as it goes down. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I like sweet beers, but this takes it a little too far. It's an easy drinker even at 7.5% abv. . I didn't hate this beer, but I wouldn't buy it again.

WesWes, Feb 02, 2006
Dragon Stout from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
79 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.