Dragon Stout - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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399 Ratings
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 12
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Jamaica

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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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of GavDomDadGH
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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!

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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?

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of techdiver
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of demcorhip
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of xk6m6m5x
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Photo of hegelec
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

300 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $2 CDN. Served fairly cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - very, very dark brown, nearly onyx black. Topped by a finger of tan head which dissipated quickly. Sparse lacing left behind.

Smell - boozy and yeasty, kind of a sweet Belgian funk. Some caramel and butterscotch.

Taste - sweet, vanilla, butterscotch and caramel dominate. Sweet continues, and there's not enough bitterness to cut through the sweetness. Yummy but definitely a dessert beer. Not boozy, but the booze is melded in the the sweetness in an obvious way.

Mouthfeel - smooth and creamy, medium carbonation and moderately light body.

Overall - decent stout, but very sweet and missing some bitterness to cut through and make this even better.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of peensteen
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of jsprain1
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of BDIMike
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Dragon Stout from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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