Dragon Stout - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Reviews: 228
Hads: 430
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 16
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. this pitch black brew has almost zero carbonation and has a tan to brown head. Dragon Stout has an excellent semi sweet coffee flavor and goes down extremely smooth. I would love to have another one!!! (246 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: April 9, 2015... GLASSWARE: Guinness retro pint... OCCASION: a stout battle--Lion vs. Dragon... APPEARANCE: a jet black body that sees its brown head thin with some tracings and crests of lace... AROMA: some caramel to start, with pungent sugars and bubblegum; malts are dry biscuit; hops are tough to isolate... PALATE: lively, thick as molasses and creamy at the finish--fizzy at the teeth... TASTE: sugary sweet, with some mint leaves, pear and apple, and cola--a thin profile that doesn't deter its drinker from enjoyment, but does limit the conversation about it; some cherry factors in late... OVERALL: a beer that hides its alcohol content well; the ending flavor suggests a slight astringency; the wee bottles (9.6 fluid ounces) seem quaint but stunted...a loser to the Lion Stout, but little shame in that... (831 characters)

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like the occasional stout but I don't fancy the coffee taste. I also dislike ice coffee. But I digress. This is actually a nice little power packed beer that is sweeter than the usual stout, which is good, but alas, it is a tad too sweet.
Ante up the smoke flavour a notch and tone down the sweetness a bit and I will be sold.
Even so, I don't mind it at all. And the nose is probably one of my favourites. (410 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

284ml bottle with a BB date of 29 Dec. 2015 consumed at the Mahogany Beach Bar in Jamaica on 18 Dec. 2014.

Very dark brown; very good head and lacing.

Feel: very smooth; soft, medium carbonation.

Surprisingly hop forward nose.

O: OK but the aroma and flavor don't match the quality of the look and feel. (309 characters)

Photo of dannydetox
3/5  rDev -13.3%

brought back from JA - expiration date 01 Nov 15. pours a dark, dark brown with a tan head, medium-low carbonation. faint smells of roasted malt, brown sugar and dark chocolate, but not an overly aromatic brew. sweeter on the palate, with dark caramel malts leading the attack, plus something that makes me think of rum cake, and some chocolate on the finish. less roasted than Guinness foreign extra; boozier, too, but that may be from the pronounced sweetness. could make an interesting beer float with this one, but too sweet for me to want more than one 284 mL bottle. don't think they have much diversity when it comes to beer down on the island, so i could see reaching for this one after a few days of red stripe. (726 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Small format 300 ml bottle poured into a Guinness glass. A dark blackish brown, opaque and with a decent amount of light tawny brown head that breaks quickly. Micheal Lewis includes detailed tech specs for this beer in his Classic Beer Style Series book on Stout. Of note, t. his beer contains caramel coloring and brewer's corn syrup (ugh) and the brewer saw fit to note that the beer employs a "special beer flavoring extract" for flavor maturation. Um, what the fuck? That sounds sinister but I suppose it could mean almost anything, including adding soured or otherwise aged beer to fresh batches. In any event, my expectations were not terribly high and perhaps because of this, the beer exceeded them. Aroma includes the expected coffee and chocolate elements but there is also a distinct graininess that comes off like cheap six-row malt and a fruity character that comes off a bit like tart red wine and cherry syrup. This tartness carries over onto the palate as well, a vinous character that I've encountered in other stouts and porters here and there. Not unwelcome amidst the smoky caramel and chocolate milk flavors, maybe a little molasses. Comes off as overly attenuated with the body too thin and the carbonation too high. Finishes rather grainy and astringent, almost a low grade alcohol burn. The sweetness becomes cloying quite quickly and this could be one of the sweetest stouts I've sampled to date. Still, not undrinkable and a good example of the style from a non-craft island brewery. (1,509 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pitch black appearance with a good initial head that did not last long. Lacing was quite good.

Aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt.

The taste is of coffee, sweetness, chocolate and brown sugar. There is a lactose element in the flavour as well. Dragon Stout is very sweet and this dominates the subtle bitterness that is also present. Much more sweet than Guinness Foreign Extra which is also a 7.5% FES.

Overall this is very enjoyable if you like coffee flavour and sweetness in a stout. Not hugely complex but tasty enough to be good.

Mark out of a hundred: 79 (576 characters)

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,298 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY. Cute little 9.3 oz bottle.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a foamy 2 inch inch head that recedes very quickly. There's a medium amount of lacing.

Smells include roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruits.

The taste is similar. This is fairly dark fruity for an export stout, almost has some Belgian qualities to it. A bit sweet, with some prune and cherry flavors, some smoke, a good amount of roasted barley flavor, and some bitter chocolate.

Light bodied, not as thick as I'd hoped. Creamy but dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

This is a very serviceable export stout. Not the best ever, but quite tasty nonetheless. (677 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.47/5  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. (488 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.53/5  rDev +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. (1,261 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
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! (555 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.46/5  rDev 0%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (1,365 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.89/5  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 (560 characters)

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. (409 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (644 characters)

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 (314 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (1,076 characters)

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of ErikaDriscool
4.68/5  rDev +35.3%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,599 characters)

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