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Dragon Stout | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Jamaica | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 01-30-2001

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Photo of grub
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

300ml bottle, best before may 08.

pours deep brown, not quite opaque, with a thin tan head that disappears very quickly. it springs up again with a gentle swirl and leaves a bit of spotty lace down the glass.

aroma is nice. light smoke. milk chocolate. bit of roast. caramel. dark fruit. bit of alcohol.

taste is good. low bitterness. caramel sweetness. light roast. milk chocolate. bit of coffee. lots of dark fruit. just a hint of sourness. in many ways it reminds me of a quad or a bsda.

mouthfeel is good. nice medium body and a med-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. the sweetness is above average, but i enjoy it. balanced and enjoyable. that said, i think it's missing the style in many ways. there's almost no roast, and the sweetness and fruityness seems too high for the style. a very enjoyable beer, but it loses points for this.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - not much to report here, dark, very dark with a thin dark tan head, too dark to note carbonation

S - stouty aroma, with an alcohol aroma overtone, with a raisiny dark sweentess, no coffee or chocolate typical in a stout

T - sweet dark fruits are strong and palatable, dates, raisins, and molasses with an alcohol finish

M&D - surprisingly smooth and palatable, very sweet and well bodied, a total surprise, and a good one, if i find more of this ill probably pick this up

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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Photo of Tim2000
3.19/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

300 mL brown bottle, best before April 2008.

Pours a dark brown that turns red when held to the light with a very rocky tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Not much aroma here, a bit of coffee with some sour notes.

Intensely sweet molasses dominate the flavour profile of this brew, overpowering everything else. Nothing at all like the aroma. Some chocolate and licorice notes are in the background, as well as some root beer flavours, and a bit of hops comes through near the end. Alcohol warms the throat. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and carbonation is low.

I find this beer to be unbalanced, lacking in hops to balance all of the sugar. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it. It's like liquid candy.

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Photo of Jredner
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color and settles black with a pinky sized mocha colored head that is mostly lasting. The aroma holds molasses, raisins, sweet toasty chocolate and a light perfumey alcohol in fairly strong concentration. The fore is sweet raisin mash, brown sugar and molasses and that tastes rather Schwarzbier-like. Probably too sweet for some and solidly more a tropical stout, but is nice to my palate.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer comes from BC-2 Bif a big thanks to Viggo for sending this one. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a black body with ruby opaqueness to light. The head was tall with a tan coloration. The head gradually resolved into a thin foam. Streaks of lacing remain on the side of my glass.

Smell: The beer smells super sweet. This beer is loaded with molasses, brown sugar, chocolate and a bit of coffee. The beers alcohol is very noticeable in the smell.

Taste: This is a very sweet malty beer. The beer has some chocolate and lightly roasted coffee flavors. The beer has a somewhat funky fruityness black currant and licorice anyone. This beer didnt have the roasted flavors I expected. Hops play no part in the flavor.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is barely carbonated. It manages to be creamy inspite of a rather thin body. The beer drinks ok overall. I wouldnt want to session this one.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

284ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured completely black - no hint of colour when held up to the light... Creamy brown head poured thick and foamy then faded to thin layer.... some light sticky lacing

Aroma - Light roasted malts - not as strong as expected, watery dark fruits (blackcurrents, red grapes, some faint raisins), very light chocolate traces, light liquorice, nutty notes, some tobacco hints, light pepperiness.... all in all a bit washed out watered down...

Taste – Nice roasted maltiness, milky / creamy sweetness, quite strong milk chocolate, brown sugar / molasses notes, definite blackcurrent fruitiness, light coffee notes, light peppery hops...

Feel - Velvety smooth.. Medium / full bodied. Pretty drinkable - maybe slightly too sweet to have a lot in one sitting...

Overall - A pretty good stout.... recommended !!

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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.

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Photo of Viggo
2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown/black, some reddish hues, thick tan head forms, sticks around, some nice lacing. Smell is sweet, some cherries and toffee, chocolate, lots of alcohol. Taste is weird, strange artificial flavour, some cherry/fruits, light roast, alcohol, no idea where this is going. Very weak finish, watery flavour. Mouthfeel is thin, low carbonation, somewhat unpleasant.

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Photo of aychbomb
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another brew I picked up on a recent trip to Manitoba

Appearance: Super dark brown/black, lots of bubbles; like a soda pop. Thick spongy tan head with moderatly good retention.

Smell: Low/medium malt aroma, subtle chocolate & molasses. Alcohol. Very low hops.

Taste: VERY SWEET; roasty grain/malt. slightly fruity. Almost no hop flavour.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with a smooth/creamy charater. Very Sweet,Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Way too Sweet, like chocolate milk. may be a good intro to stouts for beer newbies. 7.5% realy gives a buzz.


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Photo of jdoherty
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

While its not exactly a premium stout, this beer is easy to find in bodegas all over New York, and is less filling than your average stout, allowing you to drink it without your stomach exploding.

Pours very dark, with a little red tint, pretty much opaque. Very small amount of caramel colored head on top. Advertises as 7.5 ABV and you can tell when you take a whiff of it.

Very smooth taste, but I would rather have a thick stout taste over something that goes down smooth. Overall, a very acceptable alternative to the more expensive stouts

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 284 ml bottle into a standard pint glass. I tried this one once before -- it's readily available and pretty cheap (less than Guinness), especially in the neighborhoods where I used to live, which had large numbers of immigrants from Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.

Pours a dark, very slightly translucent red. This is noticeable right away; usually the best stouts are pitch black and nigh opaque.

The nose is very sweet, with a definite alcohol character. Not exactly a subtle beer.

The taste is is also quite sweet, with strong alcohol flavors over a somewhat dilute coffee/chocolate base. This is a beer that advertises its 7.5% abv, and I'm somewhat inclined to think that they take that far more seriously than the taste.

The mouthfeel is a sticky sweetness. I can see people enjoying these a great deal, but it's too much for me. I enjoy sweet stouts a great deal, but this level of the pure sweet/alcohol combination is just too much. That said, I have had far worse, and paid more for it.

As low cost beers go, this is probably one of your better options... it is cheaper than other stouts and widely available here in the heart of Brookyln. I would definitely not pass up a Rogue, Stone Imperial Russian, or Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout for one of these, but as far as bodega beers go, this one is not a bad choice. You probably won't get ripped off either.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very surprised to see this in Shropshire, so got it straight away.

It had been in the garage waiting for me to open for about 3 months, I couldn't put off any longer and i have drank it tonight while watching the rain fall onto my garden.

Dark, very dark, with an amber tan head which stayed, but originally a lot thicker and tighter, towards the end it was whispy and thining.

Initialy the aroma was strong, but it faded quickly, chocolate and coffee mostly.

Sweet, slightly sticky, but not unpleasant, not the sort of stout I would climb over a nude women to get at, but if offered another, I would drink it.

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Photo of faubs
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this stuff in Jamaica, and it couldn't have come a moment too soon. After six days in a resort where their idea of selection was wanbeer (redstripe) and wanlitebeer (redstripe lite) I couldn't take it anymore. This beer only cost me a quarter, it was plesently cool but not too cold. Sweet to the taste with a good thick consistancy and probably a decent head, but it was in a dark bottle. Well worth a shot if your stranded on an island.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with a tan head. Yep, that's about right.

Alcohol is very prominent in the smell, with a very vinous character as well. Strange for a stout, I thought. I wish there were more chocolatey hints (I can say that about the flavor as well).

Saying that, the flavor is a bit simplistic. Smooth, but with a bit of an alcohol spice. Grape-y and medicinal flavors. No real roastedness and not bitter enough for my liking, which is a shame. That being said, I like it, but it's not a very good stout, but a decent enough beer.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My stout craze has continued, much to my chagrin - so I headed to the LCBO to grab the only stout widely available in Ontario that I haven't yet tried. That would be Desnoes & Geddes Dragon Stout, a six-pack of which I picked up from the local store. At 7.5% ABV, it's probably a good thing that this brew is served in 300mL bottles, though the style of the bottle itself is rather cool.

In any case, this stout pours into my pint glass a jet/ink black, with only some very light hints of dark ruby around the very outer edge. An aggressive pour leaves a cap of about one-and-a-half fingers, but it dissapates quickly, leaving a couple of rings and some fairly thick lacing on the side of the glass. It's a stout; it looks great, and that's that.

Smell is where things start to get unusual. The most dominant odour for me is a sort of unusual leather-yness that's inexplicable, and is furthermore at times both pleasant (at which times it smells almost chocolatey) and revolting (at which times it smells like burnt plastic). Underneath that is a whole load of sweet. I smell some very sweet milk or cream (perhaps this is as much of a milk stout as it is a foreign/export stout), and even some hints of cane sugar. Faintly chocolatey roasted and toasted malts, but nothing really detectable in the way of hops. An ever so slight alcohol warmth that is best picked out by sniffing straight from the bottle, as well. If I could make up my mind about the leathery-ness, this would be a brew with a great nose, though remarkably sweet.

Taste is similar to the nose. The leathery characters continue a bit, though much more subdued. Both the lactose and cane sugar come through i heavy doses, making this a very sweet brew. There's a dark, roasted and toasted character that's a lot more subdued than most stouts I've tried before (mostly chocolate - both dark and milk, on account of the lactose notes - and some coffee and nuts). Brown sugar, and just a touch of alcohol (especially as it warms). Hints of cola and dark Carribbean rum, perhaps. Finishes faintly bitter, though it's accented by a residual sweetness. I must admit, my first bottle of this stuff tasted absolutely horrid, but I think I may be coming around to it.

Mouthfeel is a mixed bag - carbonation is a fair bit too heavy for a stout (in my opinion), but the body is quite substantial and rich. Drinkability is also a bit of a mixed bag. While this is a pretty good tasting brew, it's tremendous, cloying sweetness can be a bit overwhelming times; I could never drink more than two of these (at most) in a sitting.

In the end, though, Desnoes & Geddes Dragon Stout is a pretty good - and fairly unique - beer; a good stout that's probably a great compliment to a sweet dessert. There's something in the nose (and to a much lesser extent, the taste) that's a little "off," but it's a taste that grows on you. I hated my first, and fell in love with my second. Go figure.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starting off, pitch black appearance. My ideal image of an excellent beer. The smell was very sweet, was a bit afraid seeing how it reminded me of strong beers like Colt 45.

The taste was excellent, first beer from Jamaica and tastes like it's from a Belgian microbrewery. Dark and bold, sweet and malty. Tastes almost like roasted nuts and chocolate, like a fine specialty coffee.

A mouthfull is very thick and full bodied, taste does not degenerate at all.

Would higly recommend a try, when it comes to high alcohol beer this is almost on the same pedistal as Duvel. If you are lucky enough to find a case, pick it up so it will last a while since it is very rare. At least around here.

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Photo of crwills
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this into an old fashioned glass beer stein that I got from my Dad. Made it look great, and was the perfect size for the smallish bottle. Poured a reddish brown with some brighter highlights. Small foamy head that sticks around and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma is somwhat weak... toffee, roasted malt, and sweetness.

Flavour is good, if a little bit cloying. Roasted malts, sugarcane or brown sugar, and mild chocolate. No hop presence to speak of. Definite alcohol presence as it warms up a bit, which is also noticeable in the aftertaste. Good, solid mouthfeel.

This is not a bad choice, since it's available locally (and you can't get very many foreign/export stouts (or stouts period) around here, especially in the summer). However, it's a little overly sweet for my tastes, and after a six-pack (this was the last one), I think I may hold off on getting any more for a while.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last time i had this beer was nine years ago and the evening ended at a crappy college bar here on LI with me way ahead in a Corona chugging contest that had the whole bar's attention, only to lose when the lime wedged in the longneck and cut off my beer. Then I went to go puke. It's funny the things you remember, but I remember this brew as an absolute buttkicker...
Pours solid black with healthy brown head into my pint glass. Nose is dominated by a vague oily/raisiny smell with malt and coffee also possibly in the mix. Lacing remains after the head retreats.
Initially strong, the heavy malt tinged alcohol flavor fades to a delicious coffee and mocha combo that could stand to lose a little sweetness if I'm going to be picky. Still, this is flavorfull, skilled beer craftsmanship from a non traditional supplier of quality brew that I'd go back to repeatedly.

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Photo of PeatReek
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A 10-oz bottle... how freakin' cool is that? Pours with a solid black body, thin brown head, rosy tinged, almost orange. Dissolves to a lace rim super-quick. Smells bready-sweet, like an English muffin with jam. Hoo-ah! Speaking of sweet, this beer is almost a cola it's so syrupy. Still manages to have a bit of an alcohol bite, for all that. Barely any roast, just a touch seemingly as a formality. Dragon stout is actually rather interesting as a potential summer/beach drink, but I'd definitely stick to one or a couple at most.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Dark, dark brown with red-brown edges. Opaque. Big creamy looking head with good retention and lacing.

S - Slightly boozy. Touch of whiskey-like aromas and lots of roasted smells.

T - Quite sweet. Too sweet methinks, in an aspartame-like way. Toastiness is mostly in the aftertaste.

M - Zippy carbonation is too strong. Body is a bit thin for a stout.

D - Not that good. The sweetness is far too cloying.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first true foray into foreign/export stouts...and I'm happy. Looks a little light for a stout, but still quite dark. Thin head. Looks almost like cola.

The smell is sweet, fruity and brings to the nose licorice and molasses. Almost too sweet, but intriguing.

The taste is also sweet, with cola notes and fruit hints. This is almost like a well-done blend Guinness extra stout and cola. Excellent taste; this is hard to put down.

While I quite enjoy this, the sweetness at times can be a bit overbearing and the carbonation a little bit too high.

Available periodically at the Reef in Victoria and Vancouver.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: deep dark brown with ruby highlights, great clarity, thinnish layer of tan foam that shrinks to a narrow crown

Aroma: roast, root beer, hint of soy sauce

Flavor: mild sweetness with a flavor like that of a low alcohol table beer (strangely enough), hint of cola, finishes semisweet with a vapid aftertaste of the preceding flavors

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, smooth but with a hint of astringency

Other comments: An OK strong stout, but not very complex. Might be better with some age as that would add some oxidation flavors for a little more depth.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of nomad
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From that fist-size bottle, a deep brown beer with requisite cocoa head, though fairly sustainable. Surprising nice speckled lace rings my snifter glass.

Smells vinous with strong notes of cherry and plum with a mix of alcohol and roast malts that build to an almost spicy impression of cinnamon and ginger. Opens to a sweetly malt backing with specks of dark and raspy chocolate.

Taste is largely fruity with a calm pale malt center and a slightly dark finish of bare roastiness and espresso tart-and-bitter flicks. Just like its aroma, the flavor opens to much sweeter expressions and a reminder of those ineffable baking spices on the nose.

A little thin on the mouth but balanced in flavors. Not the most punishingly roasty stout but far from lacking in dynamics. I think bottle conditioning would greatly help its storage as well as development of complexity. Regardless, a good beer - so what's the beef people? Knee jerk reaction to a Jamaican vacation? Are most bottles getting baked by Carribean heat to sugary flatness?

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Dragon Stout from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
79 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.