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Dragon Stout - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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BA SCORE
80
good

389 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited visit their website
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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Photo of cwc
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.

cwc, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
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.

elgiacomo, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of herman77
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

herman77, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque black-brown with about a half-finger of frothy ecru head. There's a small but good amount of lacing produced. The nose is quite faint; chocolate, coffee, and dark malts are all I really get olfactorily. The taste follows for the most part, though the coffee is decidedly subdued. The chocolate is lightly bittered, and the dark malts lean toward the wheaty side. The body is a strong medium, with moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a surprisingly dry finish. Overall, I wouldn't describe this brew as the best stout I've ever had, but it's still pretty tasty and highly drinkable.

TMoney2591, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Trizzle
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice opaque pour. Small head, some lingering and lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, cola mostly.

Pleasant sweet taste, light body, more cola, no hop or roasted bitterness. Low carbonation. Big lack of finish. Just stops at the end with just the lingering sweetness.

Not bad. Nothing exciting. Could drink a couple.

Trizzle, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Traquairlover
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.

Traquairlover, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 284ml bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of malts and chocolate.. Taste is very sweet, chocolate malts, alcohol, and finishing bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good quality beer.

tone77, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with excellent initial head. Smell is molasses with a hint of coffee...very inviting. Taste is malty...sweet, molasses...sugar..Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost syrupy..could almost be served slightly warmed. Smoothness and lack of harsh alcohol notes make this very drinkable.

edchicma, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily jet black with a fairly mild head that quickly fades into a thin film and crown. Sweet aroma - bubble gum, fruits. The bubble gum again appears in the taste, along with some fruitiness and maybe tobacco? Strong soy taste. Overall very sweet and not very apetizing at all. By the end of this beer, I was having trouble getting it down...it really warmed into an unpleasant taste, sickeningly sweet. Alcohol is noticeable with a definite burn. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair helping of carbonation. Reasonably drinkable. Light bodied than you would normally expect from a stout, lending to its drinkability.

In general, I'm disappointed by this brew. It's not what I'm looking for from a stout.

Mavajo, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour - Pours rich and dark. The color is that of black coffee, maybe even darker. The head on this is tan and looks like brains. Nice thick and fluffy top to this mysterious potion.

Aroma - Hmm, not what I was expecting or wanting. Its got a fruity aroma that also is reminiscent of bubble gum. I was hoping for dark coffee and bitter chocolate. Sigh.

Taste - Sweet jesus that is sweeeet! Wow. Ever asked the person at Dunkin' Donuts to add sugar to your coffee and they spoon in nine scoops? Well, that last sip when its no longer warm and is syrupy from all the sugar, that is what this tastes like. Some malt flavor peaks through but more than anything this tastes like syrup, coffee brandy and sugar. Cloying? Yes, its cloying.

Overall - Sort of a let down to be honest. I was hoping for something as good, if not better, than the Guinness Foreign Export I've had in the past. The good thing is that it comes in a little bottle because that is about all I can handle.

Would I buy more of it? - Umm...probably not, unless I was in Jamaica and I was already a little tipsy (or cwapfaced).

indiapaleale, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Re-reviewing from notes since my original review was lost when the site crashed. Beer was a gift from a local building's security guard Warren.

Labeled as an export stout, it seems to be a milk/sweet stout. Nose is huge in what I suspect to be lactose. It also has minor traces of coffee and hops. Taste is dominate by sweetness, followed with bits of coffee and chocolate character. Black/dark brown in color, tanned head doesn't offer much retension. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes a bit more noticeable and dark fruit flavors start to come out.

stakem, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 284ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruit.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. There's a hearty malt character but it's thin for a stout. The hops presence is mild complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stout that is worth drinking for a while, but there are better ones out there.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a big tan head. Head falls slow leaving decent lacing.

Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Not overwhelming and not much else. Maybe dark fruits.

Deep fruity malts in the taste. Alcohol is present. This is almost more like a quad that a stout. Mild bitter aftertaste. Very interesting.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with mild carbonation.

Well, this is an interesting beer, not at all as I would have expected. Definitely more of a quad/stout combo. Strange beer, I like it.

dstc, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of mralphabet
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

284 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. (Picked up in St Thomas)

A: Thick black and very opaque, about 1 1/2 fingers of nice light tan head, that settled down to a consistent layer of foam... wonderful lacing little to no carbonation that I can see.

S: Strong sweet roasted barley malt, black licorice, dark fruits and spicy alcohol. Over all very sweet

T: Lots going on here.... Sweet malt, black licorice, some types of fruits, cherries & plums... There is a sweet grape finish that sticks to the tongue... Very nice aftertaste, with a touch of spicy alcohol. Pretty complex and not like most Stouts I've had. Nice twist.

M: Medium body, not as thick as I was hoping for... little to no carbonation. Has a little bite going down and ends kind of sticky....

D: Due to the overall sweetness and mid ABV this is a sipper... sit back and enjoy.

mralphabet, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of ThickestHead
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep velvet black with a thick tan head.
Smells and tastes of cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, alcohol.
Kind of thin and not overly syrupy but overall still too darn sweet to consume too many of these. Not a bad brew, I just would rather be sipping it with my feet in the sand on a beach in Jamaica.

ThickestHead, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of kg1970
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!

kg1970, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of cbn
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown body with ruby-red highlights. Thin mocha head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Light sweet aromas of roasted malt, dextrose, and leafy vegetal hop.

Roasted malt and sweet corn with an alcohol note in background, hop character not apparent. No off flavors.

Medium body mildy mouth-coating. Fairly clean after-taste.

Sweet and malty with little complexity of flavor. Easy to drink warm or cold. Although my tongue discerns adjuncts(corn) this offering is a national(Jamaica)icon and a regional favorite. Very drinkable!

cbn, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Almost pitch black with hints of ruby when held to the light. Had to put it right next to my desk lamp to coax the colour out. Pours with a two finger tan head that recedes fairly quick, leaving no lace behind.

It has a very boozy and sweet aroma. Roasted malts are present, and maybe a touch of dark fruit.

Sweet dark fruit up front with mildly bitter roasted malt flavours in the background. Mild chocolate. Something vaguely reminescent of milk thats just on the verge of turning. Pleasant acidity throughout. Alcohol gets a little unruly as the beer warms.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Creamy. Had this two or three years back and couldn't handle how sweet and chewy it was, but having it now, I think I like it a bit more. Still not something I'd want all the time though. It still gets progressively harder to drink the closer you get to the bottom of the glass. Cloying.

mintjellie, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of albern
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout is not for the faint at heart. It pours an inky dirty brown color impenetrable to light. The head is very creamy, on the small side, some retention and minimal lacing. The nose on the beer is pungent. There is clearly an ABV presence in the nose, deep caramels, chocolates, but just lots of booziness throughout. The nose could scare you away by itself.

The taste is maximally creamy. The is one of the creamiest stouts I've had. This is definitely full bodied, very sweet, almost lactose stout sweet, with lots of chocolate malts, honey molasses, and some roasted notes. There might be some cherry chocolate soda in there as well. There is definitely a throaty burn and lots of ABV with the beer. The beer is like oil on the tongue with a sweet buttery molasses residue in the mouth and beyond. This is a sipping beer for sure. It is quite good, is full palated, makes a strong statement. There isn't much hop, there isn't much roasted or charred notes to the beer, and it is very much tilted to the sweet creamy side of the ledger. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

albern, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Comes in a small bottle and has a novelty label - just had to pick it in the store:

A - pours a dark choclate-y black with a decent smooth slightly streaky head

S - Smells malty and syroupy but not in a bad way

T - Taste very good of first malt and caramel but then the sweetness and caramel syroup flavour becomes overpowering

M - Decent but nothing special slightly undercarbonated

D - very good at first but becomes slightly sickly after roughly 2/3s of the small bottle

DerBayer, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
1.55/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

What a cute little bottle at only 300 ml.

Pours dark like a stout should, very black, and what little light can penetrate through the glass indicates a deep ruby. Slight tan head.

The aroma is mild and mostly burnt roasted malt and sweet molasses, very alcoholic with a hint of something medicinal.

Taste is...what the? Sugary! So. very. sugary.

And syrupy!

And oddly sweetly rummy and astringent. There's some roast taste and chocolate but everything is way overpowered by the sweetness. Blarg. I'm seriously questioning my ability to drink this abomination five sips in. It's like somebody poured molasses and sugar and cough medicine and baby vomit into a tablespoon of Guinness and called it stout.

Yeah, no.

I was ending the night with this beer but I think I'll have to dump it and have something I know is good to hopefully cleanse my mouth of this sickly sweet yuckfest. Or maybe I should just brush my teeth and cry myself to sleep. Blech.

MeisterBurger, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of seand
2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark black, with a little over a finger of tan head. Pretty good retention and lacing.

S: Molasses and a little bit of fruit. Very sweet.

T: Starts sweet and a little milky, moves into a soda-like flavor, finishing with a little burn of alcohol and bitterness.

M: Not overly carbonated. Slightly syrupy.

D: Too sweet, and the alcohol and bitterness on the end doesn't work for me. I wouldn't buy this again.

seand, May 30, 2009
Photo of hegelec
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a six-pack of this at the LCBO. I'd never had a Caribbean stout before and figured I'd give it a go. They have a reputation for being sickly sweet, so I had a good idea what to expect.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Great looking beer: reddish black with a modest tan collar. Very impressive lacing.

Smells of molasses, chocolate, figs, raisins, cherries, and faint roastiness. This is a sweet-smelling, decadent beer.

Taste is good. Dark fruit abounds, with a mellow maltiness and a hint of roast. The fruitiness reminds me a bit of a Belgian dark, but only superficially. Hops is almost undetectable. This beer is SWEET -- while it's not overwhelming, it needs something to keep it in check. Perhaps a little more roastiness would help balance this a bit? Lingering, sticky finish.

Mouthfeel is full, round, luxurious. Carbonation is velvety. This is great.

As tasty as this is, I figure the drinkability is limited by the high ABV, the remarkable sweetness, and the one-dimensionality of the flavour. It's a tasty sipper, but one I'd soon tire of I reckon.

It should also be noted that this beer is an amazing value. A sixer of this stuff will set you back $10 and change from the Liq-bo (CAD of course) which puts it on par with some of the macro cheapies. It's flavourful and unique, if a little one-dimensional, but should please casual drinkers and beer geeks alike. Plus its 7.5% which means it packs a serious punch. You don't need too many of these to get a buzz, if that's what you're after. Great stuff.

hegelec, May 20, 2009
Photo of tpd975
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours dark black with a nice tall creamy tan head. Good retention with lots of lace.

S: Very sweet aromas. Tons of sweet malt with strong notes of dark fruit. A touch of lactose sugar as well.

T: Very lactic, creamy sweetness up front. Bold sweet roasted malt with hints of raisin, fig, and dark chocolate. Did I mention it was very sweet?

M: Sort of thin, slick, but has a sort of flat feel to it despite the active carbonation in the glass.

D: A bit too sweet for me.

tpd975, May 08, 2009
Photo of BARFLYB
1.5/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

less than 12oz bottle into a kitchen glass. I felt like taking a risk with this.

A- Bordering on black this hugely brown liquid produced a fading tan head that reached a 1/4 of an inch before fading into a patch.

S- Sweet slighty rotted milk, dragon's stout has some raw sugar and some chocolate. Getting some molasses as well, although very faint. A big bite of dried old fruit as well with plum. Cold cream as well.

T- Not my thing. I tried but this was not faring well for me. The ingredients did not mesh well with one another. Almost like the flavors are stale and past their prime while this is quite a fresh bottle. Old cream that sat out with a whole lot of old fruit.

M- Very creamy with a above medium mouthfeel. It's just not going down so smooth with the old fruit taste which is very prominent. A overload of cheap alcohol as well, yuck.

D- I tried and could not do it, done after three ounces. Could only take tiny sips. When i tried to take anymore my senses stopped me. Putrid. Sometimes it pays to live on the wild and adventurous side, but not in this case. Down the drain.

BARFLYB, Apr 11, 2009
Dragon Stout from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
80 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.