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Dragon Stout - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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BA SCORE
79
okay

377 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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 americanaqualung
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Light caramel head with a cola colored body. Very little translucence.

S: Sweet caramel/chocolate malts that are not overpowering. Inviting smell.

T: A little disappointed compared to smell. Definate burnt malt but a very sweet, light alcohol finish. I think this contains too much sugar as it seems a bit too sweet for this style of stout.

M: The light carbonation seen in the appearance is a little prickley on the tounge. Leaves the mouth a little sticky.

D: Not heavey which makes it go down easy for a 7.5%. However the mouthfeel and over sweetness brings this down in relation to its style.

americanaqualung, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light in color for a stout. Minimal tan head.

S: Sweet malt. Molasses?

T: Malt, brown sugar, sweetness with a weird fruit finish. Weird in a good way though.

M: On the thin side for the style. Med body but feels thicker.

D: Super drinkable stout. Even at the 7.5% I could have another.

aerozeppl, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours almost pitch black with a large foamy tan head that settles to a lasting cover, leaving some lacing behind.

The smell is of roasted dark malt - caramel/toffee - with some smokiness.

The taste is of dark malt - chocolatey/toffeeish. Sweet apricot-like fruitiness is quite clear. Alcohol very noticeable. Lactose sweetness in the finish.

The body is light to medium. Sticky sweetness lingers.

This one started off well with the appearance and the nose, but is too sweet with an unusual fruitiness for me.

jwc215, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Amalak
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Black, with a head the disappears quickly, leaving no lace.

S: Good, chocolatey scent.

T: Robust, almost chocolate milkshakeish.

M: Hate the aftertaste. Really sits in the back of the throat.

D: Ah, very filling, but no real substance.

Not very impressed. If you're going to go Jamaican, go Red Stripe

Amalak, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.25/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a black body with brown edges and a foamy, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of odd, seemingly artificial chocolate and licorice with a hint of a well-used CoinStar machine.

Taste: A crude, unrefined taste of sweet chocolate, licorice, and dark corn syrup. Sugar is thrown haphazardly all over the palate. Hints of loose change. Finishes with a sour, twangy fruitiness. All in all, it's like an ice cream topping purchased at the dollar store.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I can't conceive of myself ever giving this beer another go.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of AndoBrew
1.8/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

* hated it could not finish and would never drink again*

app: deep brown with garnet hues.. not that amazing. small small tan head

smell: sweet molasses type stout smell, to much sugar/candy smell in it, not enough roasty toasty malts.

taste: thin water soy molasses sugar booze. very bad, undrinkable, this is a hamburger marinade not a drink, it is brown sugar malt mistake.

mf: thin light and not spritzy but evervecent.. not good.

drinkable?: NO, i did not find it to be anywhere near a beverage, it is a marinade at most.

AndoBrew, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a four-finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Midnight black color. Molasses nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is sweet molasses but not cloying with a clean finish. Nice sweet stout but not a five like I thought it was last century. 284ml bottle $1.75 from Kappy's Fresh Pond Jamaica Plain, MA.

jdhilt, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep dark brown that I can see just a bit into which is lighter towards the edges of my glass. The head is a curious light film with a bubbly collar.

Smells of boozy dark fruits, much like port. In a blind sampling, I could honestly confuse this with a port if it were not for the light coffee and wheat bread behind the dark fruits.

Tastes of a light powdery cocoa and rye with a heap of prunes to sweeten it out. A slight old coffee creeps in lending this brew a nice balance. Not my favorite flavor for the style, but it's put together well. Sadly a sugary sweet finishes this one off detracting from the overall experience.

Feels dense and smooth with a trapped mini-carbonation that adds a lot of body.

I was quite a bit shocked by how much I enjoyed this one. Never underestimate Jamaica's ability to brew a dark beer.

DarkerTheBetter, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle
7.5% ABV
I tried this beer on September 14, 2007 at 'The Beer Bistro' in Toronto. The beer poured a very dark brown into the glass with a thin tan head. The aroma was a combination of malts, coffee and caramel. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, silky, with no apparent carbonation. The flavour was a combination of malt and fruit...cherry like.

cyrenaica, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cola dark when poured, black, coffee. Brown head, half finger with good retention. There's very lively carbonation when held under a bright light, most below the surface. Smells of caramel apple, or fresh hard candies in a dish. Sweet Tia Maria coffee taste, yeast, with a lingering aftertaste of black cherry. I found the taste developed in the glass, at first quite sweet, then an odd flash sour. Mouthfeel got syrupy as it warmed, taking away from the overall attractiveness of this Jamaican stout and it got a bit sweet for my liking. I really liked the way the flavours alternated, almost sweet and sour at times and then the strong blue mountain coffee influence. Well worth a try.

ThatWineGuy, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of RixBeer
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark opaque blackness. pinky high head doesn't really fade. GREAT STICKING!

S- Sweet sweet jesus this is gonna be a sweet stout!

T- You can taste the sweetness. Nice fruity sweetness not just sugary. It's got some molasses and some cane sugar

M- Not to thick and not thin. just right for a stout! Better than many stout but still not running woth the tops dogs

D- O MY GOD at 7.5% I guess 6 would be great but I was pretty happy after 4. I would pick this one up again. There are other ptions but this one is flavorful and it's not your run of the mill garbage (AKA GUINESS)

RixBeer, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inky black with faint ruby highlights when held right up against a light. Low unimpressive head despite a vigorous pout, but what's there has nice light brown color.

Low aroma of molasses and raisins.

Pungent flavor of bitter chocolate, espresso, licorice and some charred wood. Alcohol doesn't seem to hurt the flavor or burn the mouth or throat, but does warm a little. There's a cherry tartness riding beneath, and some mild hops emerge in the finish to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is just a little thin, but the carbonation leaves a tingle on the tongue. A bit tannic in the finish.

Tasty and drinkable, goes well with a cigar.

far333, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dragon Stout pours a jet black with a thin brown head from a brown 284 ml bottle. A bit of roasted malt, perhaps a bit estery as well in the aroma which leaves a bit to be desired. The flavor is interesting, I really prefer dry stouts to this style, it seems quite sweet and/or estery or both at once, also some roasted malt flavors. Body is on the thin side. Alcohol is strong, warming is noticeable. Not really my thing, but definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of Mandrake
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours quite dark, with ruby highlights glinting around the edges of the black body, and a fairly deep tan head that lasts pretty well and leaves a bit of lacing. Smell is a touch sour, with alcohol showing prominently and the roasted aromas of chocolate and coffee being overpowered. Taste is equally muddled, though the opening flavours are pleasant. Quite sweet up front, the chocolate coming through well until the sourness and alcohol come through in the finish and wash it out. Mouthfeel is quite thin and lacks carbonation, and drinkability is hampered by the poor finish. Not very good, but has some character that might recommend it to some.

Mandrake, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown colour that has a bit of a black oily characteristic it it. The head is mid-sized and off white and leaves a tiny amount of itself on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is a nice blend of fruit (mostly berries) and sweet chocolate, with some roasted malt coming through to compliment the sweetness and provide for a nice balance.

The flavour is more of the same. The sweetness and the roasted notes from the malt balance just right to provide for some nice flavour in each sip. There is also a hint of coffee here and there that is not noticeable in the aroma and also does not take away from the balance of the flavour. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a bit lighter than expected for a stout, but still very much a stout at the same time, if that makes sense. There is some oily slickness here as well, as noted earlier.

This is a nice brew and my favourite of anything I sampled in Jamaica. Note to all: anytime I saw this brew be it in individual bottles or in a six pack, it was priced significantly lower than the uber-popular Red Stripe, likely because they know that most Americans are going to want all Red Stripe all the time while in Jamaica. That said, while the price on the Red Stripe was still fairly reasonable, it meant the price of the Dragon Stout was excellent (something like just under a buck a bottle when buying singles, and this was at the "grocery store" at our resort, where everything was pricey). You can't complain when the best beer on the island is also the cheapest. Well worth a bit of an extra effort to find in Jamaica and still a nice stout to have at home in the States as well...

SixpointJMH, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of RDAdams
4.97/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've edited this review because I just had another bottle of Dragon Stout. It was even better than I recalled

Since I do not drink coffee and I don't like the stench of coffee, I avoid stouts. I drank this at a beer tasting and am very glad that I did.

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!

RDAdams, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of montageman
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Purchased this last November in Jamaica. Poured into a pint glass. Large 2 finger tan head present after an aggressive pour - typical dark brown to black color with intense lacing, but pour is a little thin for my liking. The smell is odd - sweet and chalky; none of the typical stout scents i.e. coffee, chocolate, or roasted character. Taste is not balanced at all - way too sweet with very little hop or malt balance, however, I could see why this would be brewed this way since the vast majority of people would be drinking this in 90 degree heat, The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and coats the mouth; it's very nice. This is just way too sweet for me - the lack of balance is off putting as well. Recommended if you're in Jamaica, otherwise no need to search out.

montageman, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance was a nice typical dark stout with good head. Flavour had some roasty notes, but mostly just sickly sweet. Mouthfeel was ok, but this stout was just way too sweet for me. The alcohol was hidden nicely. Would be a good substitute for chocolate sauce on your ice cream- that’s how sweet this was. No noticable hops either. Not worth trying again.

oakbluff, Apr 06, 2007
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.

grub, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
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

sinstaineddemon, Jan 17, 2007
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.

Appearance
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.

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

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
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.

Drinkability
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.

demcorhip, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of Tim2000
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Tim2000, Jan 04, 2007
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.

Jredner, Dec 18, 2006
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.

nlmartin, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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 !!

mdagnew, Nov 23, 2006
Dragon Stout from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
79 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.