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Dragon Stout - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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BA SCORE
79
okay

345 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 04:50:37 | More by elgiacomo
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 03:12:10 | More by slitherySOB
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guinness33

New Jersey

4.08/5  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...

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 21:22:35 | More by guinness33
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 15:01:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 19:55:55 | More by fullsweep
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SisuPride

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 14:52:12 | More by SisuPride
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yesyouam

New York

4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 23:40:10 | More by yesyouam
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 22:37:39 | More by jdhilt
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cwc

New York

4.2/5  rDev +21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 03:35:34 | More by cwc
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bundy462

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a big frothy coffee colored head with great retention.

S: Chocolate malts balanced nicely with a bittering hop. Very clean for the style.

T: Sweet milk chocolate with an added dark fruit sweetness. Very sweet almost like a milk stout but without the bold coffee or bitter chocolate taste. Different than anything I've ever had, but very good.

M: Very thick and creamy almost chewy.

O: Good stout, so different and interesting. Very drinkable, very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 17:47:37 | More by bundy462
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RixBeer

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
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)

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 03:34:03 | More by RixBeer
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 21:11:00 | More by Jeffo
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Traquairlover

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 00:19:41 | More by Traquairlover
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AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 22:48:16 | More by AEK
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jgirotto

New York

4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 20:05:58 | More by jgirotto
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:42:52 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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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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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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kg1970

Kentucky

4.95/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is quite simply my favorite beer, but as of recently I can no longer find it in Kentucky. Any further information of where I could purchase this would be appreciated.

A - Dark with a nice tan head that disappeared too quickly.

S - Beautiful aroma, without the chocolate and coffee overtones of most stouts

T - Deep fruit flavor with a smooth alcohol finish and not harsh aftertaste

M - Smooth with a great malt backbone

D - Excellent - I will be getting more whenever possible!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 00:13:02 | More by kg1970
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RDAdams

Maryland

4.97/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've edited this review because I just had another bottle of Dragon Stout. It was even better than I recalled

Since I do not drink coffee and I don't like the stench of coffee, I avoid stouts. I drank this at a beer tasting and am very glad that I did.

A - Dark with a nice tan head that disappeared too quickly.

S - Beautiful aroma, without the chocolate and coffee overtones of most stouts

T - Deep fruit flavor with a smooth alcohol finish and not harsh aftertaste

M - Smooth with a great malt backbone

D - Excellent - I will be getting more!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 07:36:11 | More by RDAdams
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