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Dragon Stout - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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BA SCORE
80
good

390 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 11
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 PeatReek
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A 10-oz bottle... how freakin' cool is that? Pours with a solid black body, thin brown head, rosy tinged, almost orange. Dissolves to a lace rim super-quick. Smells bready-sweet, like an English muffin with jam. Hoo-ah! Speaking of sweet, this beer is almost a cola it's so syrupy. Still manages to have a bit of an alcohol bite, for all that. Barely any roast, just a touch seemingly as a formality. Dragon stout is actually rather interesting as a potential summer/beach drink, but I'd definitely stick to one or a couple at most.

PeatReek, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Dark, dark brown with red-brown edges. Opaque. Big creamy looking head with good retention and lacing.

S - Slightly boozy. Touch of whiskey-like aromas and lots of roasted smells.

T - Quite sweet. Too sweet methinks, in an aspartame-like way. Toastiness is mostly in the aftertaste.

M - Zippy carbonation is too strong. Body is a bit thin for a stout.

D - Not that good. The sweetness is far too cloying.

allergictomacros, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first true foray into foreign/export stouts...and I'm happy. Looks a little light for a stout, but still quite dark. Thin head. Looks almost like cola.

The smell is sweet, fruity and brings to the nose licorice and molasses. Almost too sweet, but intriguing.

The taste is also sweet, with cola notes and fruit hints. This is almost like a well-done blend Guinness extra stout and cola. Excellent taste; this is hard to put down.

While I quite enjoy this, the sweetness at times can be a bit overbearing and the carbonation a little bit too high.

Available periodically at the Reef in Victoria and Vancouver.

BDTyre, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of GreenCard
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: deep dark brown with ruby highlights, great clarity, thinnish layer of tan foam that shrinks to a narrow crown

Aroma: roast, root beer, hint of soy sauce

Flavor: mild sweetness with a flavor like that of a low alcohol table beer (strangely enough), hint of cola, finishes semisweet with a vapid aftertaste of the preceding flavors

Mouthfeel: full body, pert carbonation, smooth but with a hint of astringency

Other comments: An OK strong stout, but not very complex. Might be better with some age as that would add some oxidation flavors for a little more depth.

GreenCard, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet chocolate and roasted malt scent that is rich and creamy with some alcohol notes. The taste is decent. It has a thin, yet quite malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm and smooth. It is intensely sweet with loads of crystal malts along with a slight roasted feel. It has a pronounced alcohol taste that hits you up front then fades as it goes down. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I like sweet beers, but this takes it a little too far. It's an easy drinker even at 7.5% abv. . I didn't hate this beer, but I wouldn't buy it again.

WesWes, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of nomad
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From that fist-size bottle, a deep brown beer with requisite cocoa head, though fairly sustainable. Surprising nice speckled lace rings my snifter glass.

Smells vinous with strong notes of cherry and plum with a mix of alcohol and roast malts that build to an almost spicy impression of cinnamon and ginger. Opens to a sweetly malt backing with specks of dark and raspy chocolate.

Taste is largely fruity with a calm pale malt center and a slightly dark finish of bare roastiness and espresso tart-and-bitter flicks. Just like its aroma, the flavor opens to much sweeter expressions and a reminder of those ineffable baking spices on the nose.

A little thin on the mouth but balanced in flavors. Not the most punishingly roasty stout but far from lacking in dynamics. I think bottle conditioning would greatly help its storage as well as development of complexity. Regardless, a good beer - so what's the beef people? Knee jerk reaction to a Jamaican vacation? Are most bottles getting baked by Carribean heat to sugary flatness?

nomad, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this in Jamaica. Nice head on it after pouring that stuck around for a while. Smooth and soft in the mouth. Tasted like honey and chocolate. Didn't want more than one but probably only because it was hot and it's hard to drink a stout on a hot beach.

aforbes10, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Gagnonsux, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of trevorwideman
2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
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...

trevorwideman, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of Naes
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Naes, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of wl0307
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

wl0307, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

canucklehead, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Hibernator, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

HappyHourHero, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of baiser
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

baiser, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Billolick, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

kbub6f, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of anders36
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

anders36, Aug 29, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Sammy, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

bditty187, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of slitherySOB
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

slitherySOB, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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).

mschofield, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
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

cypressbob, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

RockyTopHeel, May 23, 2004
Dragon Stout from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
80 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.