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Dragon Stout | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Jamaica | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 01-30-2001

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.51/5  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.

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Photo of trevorwideman
2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

300 ML bottle bought at the LC.

Dark dark chocolatey thick pour. The head is also nice and brown looking, although it dosen't stay around for long, and ends up looking a bit weak.

Smell is sweet and a bit cloying. Only a hint of dark chocolatey goodness.
One sip and...wow..is this ever a sweet beer. May need a dentist visit after this one.... More hoppy than I thought, and it has a much less syrupy feel than what it poured like. Alcohol isn't hidden much, and has a very creamy mouthfeel. I just can't get over how sweet this beer is, it's a bit of a turnoff for me. I like a slight sweetness, but... A bit thin in the mouth too. For some people this would be highly quaffable, me, I just get a toothache...

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Photo of Naes
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another beer that is black in color with a small tan head.

Aroma is malty, a bit spicy and contains traces of alcohol.

The flavor is a bit creamy followed by maltiness then alcohol taste.

Its mouth feel is medium bodied and a bit syrupy.

It’s also a bit low on the drinkability scale. It is not a very pleasing flavor in my opinion, but if you like creamy / sweet stouts with 7.5% ABV, go nuts.

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Photo of wl0307
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BBE date March 06. This beer pours an opaque, nearly black hue with a fast-disappearing brownish head. On the nose, the mixed aroma has roated malts, black-plum's tartly sweetness, slightly sweet-chocolatey note, an implicit caramel flavour, against a mildly perfumy hoppy backdrop. The taste is sweetish, roasted-malty with relatively high alcoholic feel to it, followed by a tinge of sweet note of ripe black-fruits at the back. Pretty straight-forward roasted-malty and slightly toffeeish sweet in the aftertaste, with a very mild, refreshing bitter kick-back. The mouthfeel is quite soft but overall too sweet and the body is overly thin (at times even watery) for a Stout. Would need to think twice before buying and trying this beer again.

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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.

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

A friend in NYC just happened to have a couple of these in his fridge during a recent visit. It's been a few years since I've had this stout and all of my memories are fond. The 7.5% ABV has always been a motivating factor in this beer's appeal.

284 ml bottle served in a glass. It pours a dark jet black color with a nice light brown colored head.

Whiffs of roasted malt and sugary sweetness.

A very smooth and sugary mouthfeel. Sugar cane reference is all over this. Makes me think of rum. Not in alcohol by any means, but in the sugary sweet trait. The alcohol in this beer is very well hidden. Major flavors of dark roasted coffee beans and liquid sugar.

This is one solid foreign stout that borders a cream stout in many respects. Nice drinkability and a pure joy to drink. This could easily be one dangerous session strong stout.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Short lived, foamy, dark cocoa colored head. Opaque oil colored beer. Toasted malt aroma. Rich, roasted malt flavor, a bit of cocoa, mildly sweet. Becomes a bit drier towards the end, but the sweet malt lingers. Very drinkable 7/5% beer, even on a hot Jamaican evening.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a big long lasting tan head that leaves a patchwork of lace. The aroma is of mollasses, cocoa, and cane sugar. The taste is very sweet with very little roastyness, or even chocolate flavor. The finish is treacly and one dimensional. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with minimal carbonation. The drinkability of this beer is hurt by its strong sweetness. Still a decent stout though.

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

Poured deep black, with a dark tan head with reddish hints. Good lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, coffee, prunes.

Taste was very sweet. Caramel, coffee, a fruitlike sourness, and alcohol in the back. Slight roastedness, body is medium and mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is just right.

A decent stout from Jamaica.

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

Smallish bottle, pours black with a dark tan tiny bubble head with decent retention. Roasted malty nose. Roasted malts, chocolate malts prominant, also licorish, dark chocolate, burnt fruit and vanilla. Smooth mouthfeel, heavy body. This brew is semi sweet and also warming. Exerts a chalky dryness in the finish. Nice sweet stout , worth a try.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Two inches of light brown, doughy head over a black-brown beer with garnet highlights. Faint sugar in the nose, light coffee, light chocolate, somewhat bready. The front is sweet: sugary toffee and chocolate. The middle is very sweet; syrupy chocolate syrup. It even finishes sweet, with a slightly roasty, somewhat bitter chocolate. Some alcohol is evident. It's not bad: a decent, sweet, chocolatey stout.

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Photo of anders36
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle in a little supermarket in London. It pours a nearly black colour with a quich fading tan coloured head. It has a little roasty smell, hints of coffee malt too. The taste is sweet, a little bit to sweet for me. The taste is also roasted and some milky taste. hints of coffe and licorice too. The aftertaste is sweet and fruity. Not a bad beer but i like my stouts not as sweet as this one.

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

Roasty coffee flavour disguises alcohol. On smooth side compared to national brands. Popular with mates. But would get bored after half a bottle. Bit aggressive carbonation, malt and syrupy sweet. Dark brown pleasing head. More than acceptable as transition beer to micros.

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Photo of bditty187
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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

Pours a dark brown/black topped with a two finger dark tan head, leaves bits of puffy lacing.
Licorice, light chocolate aroma, dark malt.
Licorice taste, sweet too much so - could use some Guinness style souring, milk chocolate, just a bit astringent, some dark fruit (cherry, prune/raisin), molassess.
Medium bodied, could stand being thicker, easy to drink apart from the sweetness (not cloying).

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Photo of cypressbob
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

284ml bottle

Pours with deep deep red body, no light penetration, foamy dark tan head which soon dissapates

Smell, coffee and vanilla, chocolate aromas and a maltiness

Taste is of sweet malt, very strong coffee aftertaste, vanilla and chocolate hints, a little alcohol penetration

Not a bad little stout, goes nice with a cigar

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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.

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Photo of skaughty
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours nearly black - with a small, soapy head

Aroma: Licorice

Flavor/Taste: First sip is a stunner - palate quickly adjusts.Thick, sweet
and warm.

Palate/Mouthfeel: Oily

Impressions: This is a sweet one - must have dropped many lumps of that cane sugar into the mix.

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Photo of EagleTalon
2.51/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a deep nearly black ruby color and tan head that fades to a thin film. Aroma is more "barleywinelike" with the prominent alcohol and sweet candylike esters, with a hint of pale lager maltiness. Flavor is slick and lagerlike, more reminicent of doppelbock, but more of an artificial tasting sweetness than anything you'd expect from malt. Roasty malts with largery funk and sweet sweet sweet. Mouthfeel is OK. Not too drinkable but better than their Red Stripe.

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Photo of Imbiber
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very deep red, almost totally black, with a dark tan head that doesn't last the duration. Aroma is malty, a bit alcoholic, and with hints of chocolate. Taste is fairly sweet, little hop bitterness here. Slight roast notes come through, and there's a hint of vine fruits together with noticeable alcohol. The aftertaste is predominately sweet and malty with a slightly more bitter finish coming out right at the end.

More like a porter crossed with a milk stout.

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

Pours up black with few other features. You get a good-sized dark tan head on the pour but that settles back to a ring in hardly any time at all.

Aroma is of roasted malts and alcohol.

This one is kind of fun to drink. Solidly heavy, somewhat sticky mouth feel. Lots of malt sweetness up front, but a real nice finish with flavours of coffee and chocolate. No hops here. Alcohol is not real noticeable up front, but does a nice glow as you work your way through the beer.

Good sippin' beer, not for drinking one after another.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

300ml Bottle - Jet black brew with a nice dark head with good retention. Nose of alcohol and roastiness is very pleasant. Coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Good body and high alcohol taste give it a good edge. One of the best foreign stout I've tasted.

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

284ml bottle

A deep black color with a fine light brown head (little retention). The carbonation shows up on the edges of the lace. The Aromas are of roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. The taste is sweet (light) with a slow dry bite. Mouth feel is rather thin with a dry finish.

Refreshing, well balanced and uncomplicated. A stout?

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated review (as of 24AUG03), as I had the chance to enjoy 4 or 5 bottles of this at my leisure while at Sandals Royal in Jamaica. Deep opaque brown color, with a creamy tan, short, fine head. Some lacing but minimal. Mouthfeel is medium for body and smoothness... a touch of carbo, but still ok. Sweet nose of chocolate...like a chocolate milk-shake. No hop presence at all. A definite malty sweetness pervades all. Has a creamy/milky aspect to it as well. Choco/coffee flavors abound (though really mostly sweet and with very short on bitterness). A tad roasty. Minimal (if that) hop presence. An easily drinkable brew, but perhaps considered such when put up against Red Stripe. Ratings for the updated version are 4.0 across the board. Irie, Mon!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Spur of the moment decision to try this during a rest stop on the ride between Montego Bay and Negril... Poured jet black in color, with a tan, creamy, fading head. Hard to tell on lace, as I had a plastic cup... Had a roasty, coffee-like nose, with semi-sweet notes, too. Good body, and a nice smoothness on the tongue. Semi-sweet flavor permeates....like a milk-stout, with a touch of hop bitterness at the very end. The roasty, sweet, choco flavor lingers, though. Very tasty!! I KNOW they won't have this at the resort, so I'm savoring this one!! (Original review from 01SEP02; 4.0/4.0/4.5/4.0/4.5 = 4.25)


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