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Dragon Stout - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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 cpolking
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a half inch of head that leaves lacing down the glass. The aroma is much lighter than I expected, sweet and aromatic. The flavor is also lighter than I would expect from a stout. It manages to be light and sweet at the same time, with just a hint of dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate in the background. I would never guess from aroma and taste that this was 7.5% alcohol. I guess this is a good stout for a warm clime like Jamaica.

Photo of jsprain1
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
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 bladesgolf
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this beer in Belize while on vacation, and was surprised to find it here in Mass. Clearly not a highly rated beer, but I was surprised by the wide range of reviews. For what it is, a Jamacian Stout, it is very sweet and drinkable. There is a nice alcohol finish mixed with a hint of malts. It certainly isn't a go to beer, but when compare to the beers available in Belize, its not a bad choice.

Photo of tbeckett
2.3/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Black, completely opaque. Started with a one finger khaki head but faded fast to a flimy cap.

S - Deep chocolate aroma with some booze.

T - Same as the aroma. Very disapointing for the abv, I was expecting more. I get some cola sweetness but not enough roasted malts. Some booze is there in the finish too.

M - Light to medium bodied, a letdown again.

D - I don't want to have anything to do with this ever again. I'll have a root beer if I want flavours like this. What a let down. I expected a rich stout, I got an overly sweet, boozy drink.

Photo of Tilley4
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single of this new addition to my area recently and popped it for breakfast this am...

Not quite black in the glass with a very small head... Not very viscous either....

Typical roasted malt aromas with hints of booze... Maybe a little cocoa but nothing overwhelming...

Faint roasted malts mix with some alcohol heat and a strange sweetness.. This one seems a bit rough around the edges to me... Wish the cocoa aspects would have been a little more prevalent...

Glad I tried this one but not something I will be revisiting unless I find it on tap or something...

Photo of StephenRich
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Certain beer styles have their own innate heritage that seems to follow them around everywhere. There are specific countries that are best known for this style or that. So who makes the rich and lush Dragon Stout... Jamaica? Yes, the 7.5%, robust and rich stout called Dragon Stout comes from the heat of the island. This has always been a peculiar stout to me. Its flavor is massively sweet showing barleywine like power, but it is not overly roasty or dry. In fact, it is very sugary showing a deep and lush caramel and brown sugar backbone. The bitterness is there to mellow only a touch and add some balance, but it shows very little hop aroma of flavor.

The Dragon Stout then fits a very specific place in the world of stouts, and I would go so far as to classify it specifically as a sweet stout (although I don't believe it is made with lactose as a typical sweet stout is). This is not a refreshingly dry stout, nor is it full of roast, chocolate, or coffee flavors. What it is filled with is big malt sensations. Huge caramel and molasses pours out of this beer in a thick and chewy wave. Look for it with vanilla ice cream.

The Dragon Stout comes in a 300ml bottle usually sold in 6 packs and is available at the LCBO, and widely now across North America. At 7.5% it is a fairly strong stout, but really fits right in between standard Stouts and Imperial Stouts. Its big rich flavors follow a smooth boozy character, making it a unique, and unmistakable beer.

I opened the Dragon Stout cool around 12C (54F) and poured it into a stemmed tulip glass. The pour was smooth and oily gentle gliding into the glass. It built up a densely black beer with rich garnet shades and hints of chocolate brown peering in the edges. The foam created was a good 2 to 3 inches high off the beer and also showed a densely packed array of tight carbonation. It rested at ease with a nice creamy cap showing me an almond brown color to contrast the beers blackness. Overall it is very pretty and hints at the beers power and depth.

The nose is sweet and rich billowing at you with deep roasted malts. Big rushes of caramel and brown sugar perfume into your nose, and then hints of leather, licorice, booze, toffee, and molasses. A touch of chocolate is soft in the boozy rich body, but mostly sugary sweet malt sensations play the biggest role here. There are notes of sweet fruit, and a hint of bitter, but once again, think lightly burnt brown sugar in its most desert-like form.

Sipping the Dragon Stout rather than gulping it is a good idea. It is big and rich from head to toe. The first sip reveals all the potency of candied prunes, plums, figs, cherries and freshly bubbling caramel. Big black flavors of malt evolve from the depths of the beer bringing forth crushing flavors of licorice, molasses, charr and tobacco. Sugar is heavy and syrupy the whole time and sort of engulf your palate.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, but also somewhat sticky. It helps bring big warm waves of toffee candies into your senses and shows its way to a boozy warmth which is now present the whole time. Very little bitter is there to balance this beer. Touches of chocolate and roast ad a subtle hint of bitterness, but more actuall hops would be needed here.

The finish is thick and sweet like an ice cream sunday. That really is where this beer belongs, with refreshing deserts to cool it down. It is richly packed with flavor, and thus vanilla ice cream would do it well. With better balance and a more elegant array of flavors this stout would be world class. But it is just too over the top for me to enjoy more than once a year or so. Nonetheless, it is worth a try, and is excellent to work into deserts when baking.

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/10/12/tasting-the-dragon-stout/

Photo of u2carew
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9.6oz bottle. Brought to me by a buddy.
A) Pours with a two finger head tan in color. Opaque. Tight and sticky lacing.
S) Bready. Hints of alcohol, roasted grain and coffee.
T) Sweet malty base, yet still robust in flavors. Chocolate. Smoky. Alcohol in the finish.
M) Smooth. Full body. Alcohol effervescence.
D) A delicious stout. I'd definitely have another one.

Photo of jampics2
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of several 12oz bottles enjoyed on my Honeymoon in Montego Bay. Poured into a goblet with a smile by Garth, ya mon, respekt! This is BY FAR the best beer available in Jah Make Ya!

This beer is black with some brown, mahogany, and brilliant red highlights. The tan head is nice and sticks around for a while. It also leaves decent lace.

The aroma is a tale of two levels of scent. You have a nice roasted malt characteristic, lending impressions of chocolate and coffee. There's also a level of sweetness that comes across like sugarcane. Some caramel, molasses, and toffee are also apparent.

The taste is wonderful for a foreign export stout, and picks up where the scents left off. A heafty dose of caramel and sugarcane is joined my roasty chocolate and coffee, with just a touch of molasses as well. It's not the most flavorful stout I've ever had, but it does produce a nice flavor albeit a bit sweet. Not even in the same camp as Guinness or the excellent American take on the style by Left Hand called Fade to Black. But for a stout that is primarily drank on the island of Jamaica, you need to respect how clean and refreshing this is.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is perfect to make the beer just a bit lively. There's a nice, sweet aftertaste with minimal hops or lingering roast. I can't wait to get back to Montego Bay again to have some Dragon. Just a fantastic beer, the taste of paradise for me.

Photo of r0nyn
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

A vigorous pour yields a nice thick dark tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving a lot of sticky lacing. The brew itself is very dark, only letting light through once you hold it up to a bright source. A good looking stout by any standard. Smell is... wow. Definitely full of dark chocolate and malts. Probably one of the most chocolatey smelling beers I've ever sampled.

Lots of maltiness in the initial sip, followed by the sweet, creamy chocolate flavoring from the nose. Just a hint of bitterness, along with some mild astringency. It finishes off with a light aftertaste that's more malts and sweet chocolate. Can't really detect the ABV at all. Surprisingly delicious. The mouthfeel is pretty chewy and coats the tongue well with a nice creamy quality.

Drinkability is pretty damn good. A sweet, pleasing taste coupled with a great smell and a creamy feel make this brew eminently quaffable. Very well done and something I will keep a lookout for in the future.

Photo of Zimbo
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More of a looker than I remember. Seems well made with an excellent half inch light tan head which forms easily and goes the distance. Black with a fine cola light line at the bottom of the glass. Quite sweet and creamy are the dominant elements throughout. Chilled, the alcohol is well hidden but once the cool runnings are over it celebrates that heady 7.5% booze. Goes well with goat roti though.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is near black in color (traces of amber are visible at the edges when held up to the light) and poured with a thin tan head that quickly faded away leaving thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The aroma is rather sweet and the nose has notes of chocolate and roasted malts along with hints of dark fruits.
T: Like the smell, there is also a moderate amount of sweetness in the taste, which is quite complex and has flavors of caramel, cherries, milk chocolate, molasses, prunes, raisins and
roasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and a bit thin on the palate.
D: The light body of this beer makes it very drinkable during warmer months; the only thing that slowed me down in drinking it faster was the sweetness.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle (284 mL) poured into a ommegang chalice. This has a thick dark appearance with a small amount of lacing on the head. Smell is very sweet with hints of raisins and brown sugar. Taste is also sweet, filled with sugar-covered raisins and plums. No roasted malt flavor and very sugary. Fairly thin-bodied for a stout. Excellent drinkability, however, as this goes down very easily.

Photo of kwjd
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with tan head and some lacing. Smell has a huge malty thing going on with some roast. There seems to be some type of odd smell as well, maybe some lactic syrupy sweetness. Taste is incredibly sweet, but there is something that is a bit sour there too. Body is a little bit thin. I still enjoy this beer and buy it sometimes.

Photo of foogerd
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-black opaque cola like in color with a tanned coffee colored head with plenty of lacing
S- Plenty of coffee malt and light fig notes in the nose
T-Roasted malts and dark fruits such as cherries even a little bit of banana definitely taste the alcohol
M- really nice feel on the tongue thickness just perfect and carbonation done well
D- pretty taste can go through a couple of these
A really great example of an export stout solid brew to pick up if you see it around.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes scribbled on an envelope - Aug 5, 2010

Pint glass.

A: Very pitch black - tiny cola color around the very edges. Small head (1/4") - leaves a ring that you can watch replenish itself after each sip

S: Hints of coffee, uber malty sweet aroma. Little bit of acidic roast feel in the nostrils. Dark dark chocolate - burnt a little. Processed.

T: Bitter, carbonic (sliiiigghhtly). Syrupy sweet and VERY malty. some cola and maybe licorice notes as well. Drinks like an alcoholic version of Malta Goya.

M: Thought there was carbonation - feel it less and less with each subsequent sip. 7-8% must be the perfect ABV not to taste it like crazy. Tiniest warming sensation in the finish.

D: It's good. Got the crack in it. Go-go-go back for more. Would go great with "munchies" foods, BBQ chicken. Not an upper-crust stout.

Photo of uno99
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tiny 300ml Bottle, purchased out of an LCBO singles bin.

A: Black, lots of off white head and lacing.

S: roasted malts for sure, but slightly sour and a little weak. For a stout so high in alcohol I was expecting a lot more.

T: Just not feelin this beer at all. Almost tastes fishy. roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. no complexity whatsoever.

M: A little thin, but well carbonated and otherwise nice

D: Hides the alcohol well - however there is bound to be a better beer choice wherever you are.

A disappointing experience. I may revisit in the future.

Photo of kenito799
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

248cc bottle

Inky black. Aroma of molasses and caramel. Sticky sweetness yet light enough to be quite drinakble...the molasses quality hides the alcohol here. Interesting that this sort of sweet, heavy beer doesnt cloy and I am able to drink a succession of these. Good with spicy food.

Photo of dragonflysandler
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I live in Indiana so this beer is a definite treat any time i get to drink it. First discovered it in Jamaica in 2005.

Small head on the poor. Good lacing.

I don't get much in the nose with this one. A little caramel and the obvious malt hints. A little sweetness is there.

Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. For a 7.5 ABV stout the alcohol is hidden quite well. It's thick yet smooth and light at the same time. I get notes of black strap molasses, roasted malt, hints of chocolate, and a milky sweetness that is thoroughly enjoyable.

Finishes a little weak, and with a faint aftertaste.

I must add that i generally drink this beer warm because that's the way the locals drink it where i stay in Jamaica. Warm or cold it's always a treat for me.

Photo of fullsweep
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of bob3701
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a deep dark brown not quite black with a small thin tan head that quickly goes into a thin film that has great lacing for a moment then it slids back into the beer. I found the aroma very enjoyable yet hard to describe. Sure the hint of roasted malt is there as well as an alcohol scent but there is also this milky sweet smell too and it made me want to take a sip. A very interesting taste too. Very thin for a stout and you can taste the alcohol pretty easy with hints of bitter chocolate and a background of sweetness. You can feel the carbonation more here than in most stouts and a slight burn of alcohol on the tongue. For a stout it almost seems waterd down but I enjoyed drinking it.

Photo of DIM
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a very dark brown, not quite black. It poured with a small tan head.

s: Mild roast, suggests chocolate and coffee. Some milky sweetness.

t: Tasty overall, but not enough depth for 7.5% abv. Mild chocolate and lactic sweetness. Drier roasty finish.

m: Thin for the abv with gentle, fizzy carbonation.

d: Doesn't measure up to other export stouts, but it was better than I expected.

Photo of Proteus93
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at a kinda dodgy market in New York (I found a bottle with a best before date of 1998, so I was a little wary of others). Figured I'd take a chance and give it a try. Date code on the side says: 02H8 5, 01:21

A: Deep brown, with a tan coloured head that forms reasonably well, and then falls to very little rather quickly. It has a little bit of a cola-fizziness to it.

S: An interesting blend of scents... some roast malts in there, but not particularly heavy. It's more dominated by some fruity aromas (more dark fruits), a notable alcohol, and some sherry which suggests that this bottle likely is, indeed, rather old.

T + M: Taste - and mouthfeel for that matter - is a little more modest than I expected, though not terrible. Like the aroma, the roast malts are quite mild, it has a pronounced alcohol presence, and sherry. The notes of oxidation aren't terrible, and if this is over a couple years old, it has stood up to the test of time without becoming undrinkable. Body is quite thin, though, which doesn't help it a great deal.

D: As said, not undrinkable, but this particular bottle wasn't great. I'm not sure if something fresh would have a creamier body, or more malty flavour, and would like to try it again if I could find it with a more recent bottling

Photo of cwc
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of herman77
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another one my parents brought back from Jamaica.

A: Near black with dark brown edges, light brown head that dissipates quickly to a film. Slight lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt. Not much here.

T: Very sweet malt, almost too sweet. Thick molasses, cane sugar. No sign of hops. Banana or mango aftertaste that is super sweet as well.

M: Medium to full body. Syrupy, almost sticky mouthfeel. Drinkability is low since its just too damn sweet for me, I'm reviewing this pretty cold too, almost right out of the fridge. The 7.5% is pretty well hidden.

I don't remember this being this sugary and sweet when I had it a few years ago in Jamaica. Slightly disappointed, but still happy to have this again.

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