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Dragon Stout - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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381 Ratings

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of JISurfer
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this little bad boy at a small quick stop in Grand Cayman, right close to where they make the Tortuga Rum cakes. The beer had a very thick and fluffy head that lasted a good bit, then died out to a very thin laceing. The smell was of sweet malts and chocolate. Taste was similar, but very sweet, so sweet that it would be hard to drink a lot of these. I will say, this is a far cry from D&G's other beer, Red Stripe. I do like the Red Stripe, but this is stronger and sweeter. Overall not too bad, but nothing to get too excited about.

JISurfer, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single for around two bucks at the Whole Foods in Cambridge. Poured into a tulip glass. Dark black color with a hint of brown at the edge of the glass. Good head, and nice lacing. Noticeable smell of roasted barley. Taste surprised me. Am I drinking a milk stout? Much sweeter than I expected. Good, but it caught me off guard. Alcohol is very well hidden also. A very easy beer to drink, but I would have preferred it after a meal as a nice dessert, if I had known.

morebeergood, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
4.28/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the LCBO in my town.

Bottle to a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours thick black and very opaque. Minimal head collects around the edges of the glass and a slight wisp forms on top. No carbonation evident. The wisp remains the whole way down, but essentially no lacing. Pretty average for the style.

SMELL: A strong nose of roasted barley malt, dark fruits and spicy alcohol. Some dark black licorice in the background as well. Very pleasant.

TASTE: Dark fruits up front, dates and semi-sweet dark grapes. Some black licorice and spicy alcohol, but it's well hidden. Roasted barley malt is there and a nice sweet grape finish as well. Mild dark fruit aftertaste is very nice and appropriate. Complex and interesting.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth with no bite and finishes slightly sticky.

OVERALL: This one was a surprise. It was very solid, very enjoyable, and I would definitely have another. Like other export stouts this one would not be a good choice for a session, but I'd definitely have a few. It was very enjoyable right to the last drop.

Jeffo, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of matty
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black beer with a rich thick slowly fading head.Aroma is cocoa.Taste is chocolate,molasses,cocoa ans alcohol on the back end.This is a very sweet pleasant tasting stout.I would recommend and buy again,although I doubt you could drink more than three of these at one sitting!!

matty, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep black with a tan bubbly head that dissipated. Some lacing, but not much.

Smells of deeep roast coffee, some chocolate, some sweet malt.

Lots going on here. Cocoa sweetness, with some coffee, and molasses. An alcohol bite as well that seemed to calm down after the beer warms a bit (or I just got used to it). Some malty fruitiness in there, but can't tell what. Lots of sugars balanced out by some bitterness. Mild hops as far as I can tell, but there's alot of other stuff in the way.

Full bodied and mouth coating, this is one that I bought as a single, and it was enough to satisfy my curiousity and my stout fix (and in the crappy store I got it from, who knows how long this single has been around -- I think I got lucky). Somewhat different but enjoyable enough to give a shot. Worthy.

OtherShoe2, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of EatsTacos
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours velvet black with a creamy brown head that stays that receded to about half a finger and remained. Great lacing.

Aroma was big time roasted and burnt malts. Black licorice comes to mind, and alcohol is present.

The taste is very sweet. Initially a lot of sweet caramel malts, and then the middle is coffee grinds, toffee and black licorice. There is some slight vanilla. Almost no bitterness to cut through the sweetness. Not at all balanced.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy without becoming thick. Carbonation is quite low.

Overall I'd say this is too sweet and sugary for my taste to have more than one.

EatsTacos, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of nick76
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is sweet with candy, toasted malt, chocolate, and licorice. The appearance is dark brown with a small tan head. The taste is like the aroma meaning that it's sweet without much else to give it character. The palate is average at best. Overall not a great stout but certainly drinkable.

nick76, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of markaberrant
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - opaque black in the glass, frothy tan head, good retention, leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

S - sweet caramel malt, light milk chocolate, light fruitiness, hint of cocoa

T - lots of sweet caramel malt, smooth rummy-chocolate, finish is semi-sweet with a touch of roast finally showing up in the aftertaste. Very low bitterness.

M - med full body, very creamy, but still manages to be light instead of syrupy. Noticable alcohol warmth.

D - I'm still not sure how many of these I could drink lying on a beach, but this is a damn tasty beverage.

Ding, ding, ding! The lightbulb has finally turned on in my head as to what a "sweet, tropical, export stout" tastes like. It is sweet to be sure, but it's not cloying, syrupy, or underattenuated. I'm a big fan of the Ceylon Lion Stout, which has some similar characteristics, but the Lion has more alcohol, body and roast, as well as less sweetness. This beer is also a huge improvement over Desnoes and Geddes contract brewed Guinness FES, which is a terrible DMS/corn filled drain pour which I can't believe I asked my sister to bring back from Jamaica for me. But this, I like very much!

Thanks to NASH for the bottle!

markaberrant, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of mooseisloose
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much bottle smell but the high AC seems evident, mªn. Pours to an opaque black with a tan head that is both macro bubble and creamy, mªn. Taste is sweeter than expected for a stout, not really prevelant in chocolate or roasted malts but more of a roasted cane molasses and chocolate syrup flavor, mªn. Carbonation is good but mouthfeel is thin for a stout, mªn. Hopping is there but doesn't come through bitter mªn. This is almost more like an HG dark brown english ale, more so than a stout, mªn. But its a good brew for the heat mªn.

mooseisloose, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 10 oz or so bottle. Pours a nice dark red almost black color with a tan creamy head. Smell is of sweet malts and alcohol. Taste is of the same, the alcohol is very pronounced in this beer. I mean, it's 7.5 ABV, but I've had things that were 11-12% that hid the alcohol better. Has a very rum like taste to it with the sugars and all. Basically its like a rum-beer, which is good if you're in the mood for that.. I'll pass on this in the future.

oriolesfan4, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Hokies
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a medium shade of black with a deep red color along the sides. Their is a small tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a ring along the outside of the beer. This has a huge roasted malt aroma with some cocoa and espresso notes to it as well. This is a sweet beer, the first thing that you taste is the sweet malt and then the alcohol taste kicks in. This one is tough to describe as their is a light burnt sugar taste and some cocoa and roasted flavors as well. This is a moderately carbonated beer and quite sweet which might make it to tough to drink.

Hokies, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a standard pint. Poured two shades shy of black with mahogany highlights around the edges. Half inch off-white head quickly dissipated into a thin ring around the shoulders within 30 seconds. No lacing on this one. Nose was alcohol, dark fruit and a trace of cocoa. Taste is a little difficult to describe. Flavors are consistent with nose, but a little too sugary sweet. Mouthfeel was light-boded and effervescent, but also a little syrupy. Interesting brew, but one was definitely enough.

Jwale73, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Doomcifer
1.78/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Cute little bottle. Pours very dark with a good, light brown head that retains decently. Smells of cocoa, a bit of roastiness, and over-ripe dark fruits. Taste is more over-ripe dark fruits ala figs, plums, raisins, etc. Over the top sweetness. Semi dry finish. Lightly carbonated. Alcohol warmth very present. Im not sure if I could drink more than one of these as it's somewhat of a chore to finish only one of these guys from a small 284mL bottle. Way too sweet, not in the good way like a Milk Stout either. Each sip makes me deliver a new face of anguish.

Doomcifer, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of AltBock
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Little 284ml bottle with a small fiery dragon on the front. The back label has all the mandatory US information and it says that it's brewed by Red Stripe. There is however a bottle code above the label, but it's only a code that the brewery can understand.

This little bottle was poured into a small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter. This Dragon was a soild midnight black. I checked, no ray of light could penatrate this beer's soild black bodied color. Sitting on top of this beer was a creamy 1 inch head of mocha colored foam. it had really good retention by leaving behind a mocha film, foamy rings, and a fair amount of mocha spots of lace around the glass. The aroma was very fruity with dark fruits like raisins and figs. But it was also slightly roasted at the same time. Roasted dark fruits was an interesting aroma to smell. The taste was also very fruity with the dark fruits, but this time there wasn't a roasted undertone. It was more fruity than anything else. The taste was sweet and fruity with raisins, figs, a tiny touch of sweet roasted malts, a smidge of sweet caramel, and then finished up with sweet yeast. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a sweet and fruity aftertaste of raisins, sweet roasted malts, caramel, and more yeast. This had to be the most fruity and sweet Stout I've ever had before. Not bad at all. I wouldn't have mind a bigger bottle of Dragon Stout.

AltBock, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of ballewblake
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness tumbler.

Looks like a good stout, dark brown with a one finger tan head. Some dark malts on the nose, some mild chocolates in there. Lots of sweetness in this stout, a little milky, some very lite roasted malts in there. Carbonation is mild, very easy to drink. Mainly a really sweet stout.

Thanks to RblWthACoz for the brew.

ballewblake, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Review from notes
Beer consumed at the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn, NY on Labor Day 2007.

L - I drank this out of da bottle, mon but it were dark.

S - oooh, dat smell like a burnt hershey bar, mon!

T - it taste all roasty.

F - it close up me troat!

D - I drank 2 and had to poo!

Final Note: What was a big fat drunk white guy doing at the West Indian Day Parade you may ask?...

just about any friggin' thing I wanted to!*

*2nd Note: I was with 2 Jamaican co-workers who 'carry'.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one out of Hyland24's stash, poured from a bottle to a pint glass. It poured Black with a brown head that settled quickly. There was no aroma of note on this one for me but the taste was superb. Brown sugary and malty taste with a warm alcohol finish. The sweetness sticks to my mouth and the light (surprising) carbonation clings a bit but in a good way. I was pleasantly surprised by this one and look forward to having more. I am feeling "Irie" after just one, the 7.5 APV is sneaky good.

Pleepleus, May 05, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this both out of the bottle and poured into a pint glass from the bottle and this will be a combo of both reviews.

A- Poured black and oily with minimal dk brown head. Sticky coating left on the side of the glass.

S- Not a very overpowering smell although I did get hints of roasted malt.

T- Sweet and delicious. Brown sugar and malt dominated this one with a slight alcohol warm finish. Smooth taste for the 7.5 ABV.

MF&D- I enjoyed the taste much more out of the bottle than the pint glass for some reason. My buddy Nasty came to the same conclusion. Also found its better colder which is unusual I find for a stout. Beware these go down smooth and could lead to shots fired.

hyland24, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of Stephen63
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice foam generated during the pour and it looked the part for a number of seconds but the fine head dissipated very quickly.

S - Got an underlying sweetness with mild bitter coffee.

T - The sweetness dominates and you are left looking for hops that do exist but they are pretty much buried. Almost like a english mild which is a bit suprprising for a stout.

M - Carbonation level just fine and quite smooth on the palette. Found it a bit watery.

D - This did not really entice me with moreish. Alcohol quite high but you'd never guess from the sweetness.

Very atypical of the genre though possibly an attraction for some. Though not an expert on stouts this pales in comparison to something like Guinness export strength. Can't say that I'd recommend it though definitely worth a try.

Stephen63, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a dark, opaque color with a 2 finger foamy, khaki head that receded quickly around the rim of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before becoming a sparse layering.

S: a nice roasted coffee aroma with some malt sweetness.

T: The initial flavor was sweet, and I do mean really sweet. Loads of sugary sweet coffee and creamer and lightly roasted coffee malt. Way to sugary sending one into a diabetic shock. Nothing much else to flavor.

M: light, slick, softly carbonated with a sugary residual coating and sweetness on the swallow.

D: A tad to sugary would be an understatement. Imagine a cup of cold coffee with 10 teaspoons of sugar added, if that's your thing then this is your beer, otherwise keep your glucose meter handy.

beerthulhu, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Poured black with ruby hues. Pour prodiced a foamy tan head that subsided to a film of scattered bubbles. Lacing clung throughout the glass.

S - Sweet and slightly malty. Strong aroma of raisins, reminded me of a port wine. Hints of smoke and molasses.

T - Very sweet, but not in a bad way. Finishes with a slight bitterness and a good amount of alcoholic warmth.
After having this stout on several occasions, I actually enjoyed it better straight out of the bottle then poured into a glass.

MF&D - The carbonation tingled my tongue. This stout was full bodied and the sweetness coated my mouth big time. The 7.5% ABV assured pleanty of alcoholic warmth. You may be tempted to session this one, but be careful, or the Dragon may sneak up on you.

nasty15108, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep ruby-brown/black, medium-tan head, very little retention, slight leg/lace.

S: Big bubblegum fruity ester aroma (a little strange for the style, perhaps the fermentation gets a little warm on the island!), brown sugar, slight floral hop & roasted aroma.

T: Fruity with a slightly tart acidity, brown sugar, slight roasted grain, bittersweet chocolate, modest bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, modest body for its weight, carbonation is a little high.

D: Easy on the palate, but the carbonation & alcohol is a little high.

Derek, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark with a thin tan head. Flavor has a nice very mild bitter side to it and a fuller smooth sweet edge. Milky in a way. Seems to be some molasses on there as well. Feel is very smooth on the liquid and the lower carbonation is still nicely noticeable. I think this is a great stout. Very easy to drink and it carries a nice smooth and sweet edge. Pretty darn good I say! Makes me happy to see this at the bodega down the street (the smell of spilt and rotten milk's gotta go though).

RblWthACoz, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a jet black color with a tan head. Carbonation as well, which I am not used to with a stout.
Not a lot of smell, but a good toffee smell to it.
Good strong taste on this stout. Strong chocolate malty taste. More chocolate taste to this one then on a lot of chocolate beers I have had. Great toffee taste on the finish.
Mouthfeel is too thin for what I would like on a stout.
Drinkability is average. It is thin, which I guess is good for such a warm weather climate in Jamaica. The taste is strong, so it may be rough drinking more than a couple of these.

BDIMike, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of SilentSabre
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty tasty stout that actually tastes alot like a milk/sweet stout. Poured up black as ink with a khaki/light brown head. Looked good; just as I'd hoped. Smell was nothing like I had expected. It actually had a bit of a BMC smell, but not too bad. I was surprised to find little or no "typical stout" aromas here. Ah well... Taste was quite nice, and that's what matters most. It's sweet and malty, but unlike any other stout I have ever had. Good, but rather strange. Mouthfeel was much too thin for my tastes and too much carbonation, as well. Overall, it's somewhat drinkable and not a bad stout at all.

SilentSabre, Apr 03, 2008
Dragon Stout from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
79 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.