Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Dragonslayer | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding
349 Reviews
DragonslayerDragonslayer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States
middleagesbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-22-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
349
Ratings:
500
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
73
Gots:
47
For Trade:
1
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 349 | Ratings: 500
Photo of Thickfreakness
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep murky black with a nice Khaki head. Not much lacing.

S- Charred wood (almost to much), black coffee, bitter chocolate, and a hint of raisins and prunes. The smokiness is pretty overwhelming, not really in a bad way, just a bit over the top and unexpected. Espresso bean and cocoa come out more as it warms up.

T- Nice bitter roasted coffee, chocolate, and still a ton of liquid smoke. It's a shame the charred wood/smoke flavor doesn't let the other flavors shine like they want to. The coffee and chocolate really get hidden a bit to deep.

M- Kinda thin body. Smokiness never goes away. Decent alcohol bite! Hints of dried dark fruit and mocha.

O- A little dissapointed, I was kinda hoping to be a homer on this one and brag about NY brews. Too much smoke and char!!! Would probably be great with some grilled meat and veggies, but not so great to sit and drink alone.

 892 characters

Photo of CrumpledFish
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black as night with a rich brown head.

S: Has a smoky chocolate smell.

T: Bitter chocolate seems to be a common description in other reviews, and I have to agree. Great smoky aftertaste.

M: Very light carbonation. Smooth across the tongue.

O: Quite a tasty RIS. I'll definitely be picking up more next time I'm in Syracuse, hopefully right at the source.

 367 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

Pours a thick opaque black with a huge 3 inch dark khaki head that fades to a small cap. The head on this beer is thick and pillowy. Very nice rings of lace are marked on the glass on the drink down. Smells of roasted malts, dark bread, cocoa powder, and slight cinnamon. Taste is of dark chocolate covered coffee beans, roasted malt, slight dark fruits, and mild alcohol. Pronounced coffee/cocoa bitterness on the palate after each sip. Very thick and creamy in the mouth. Overall, this is a very nice RIS. I am glad I got to try this one.

 586 characters

Photo of HosP
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got as a nice gift from Patchmaster. 22oz poured into snifter.

A- Pours jet black. No light in or around the edges to this one. Nice big dark brown head to it. Leaves some sticky lacing down the glass.

S- Nose has a lot of roasted malts to it. Dominates throughout. Some cocoa notes along with sweet chocolate aromas coming through at the end.

T- Chocolate seems to dominate the flavor in this drink. More sweet than bitter at the beginning and middle. Roasted flavors comes in at the middle to. Stays pretty sweet throughout. Flavors stays steady throughout without much variety in flavors.

M- Full body here, but a creamy full body. Little carbonation.

D- Not a bad RIS. Good amounts of chocolate flavors, still looking for a little more from it overall. Seems to lack some flavors though. Still not a bad drink, overall smooth and easy to drink.

 853 characters

Photo of warnerry
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with 1-2 fingers of head leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell is of cocoa, dark roasted malts, a bit of cherry and some definite alcohol.

Taste consists of a lot of bitter chocolate and coffee (slightly burnt coffee, that is). Taste is actually a bit bitter and slightly astringent with some apparent alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium and quite creamy, with a nice bitter finish.

As for drinkability, the alcohol is a bit too prominent, but this is a solid and interesting impy stout.

 507 characters

Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a jet black color with one and a half fingers of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for two to three minutes and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, cocoa, bitter chocolate, and light coffee.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, roasted malts, hops, light dark fruits, and light alcohol.

m - Full body and low carbonation. Thick and chewy body, pretty good for a big RIS.

d - I thought this was a pretty good RIS. I liked the smell a little more than the taste and it had a nice body. Would have again.

 654 characters

Photo of PBoegel
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle no freshness/bottled on date, poured into a Dogfish head oversized snifter.

Jet black with a dense brown sugar head initially, breaks with moderate signs of lacing.

Aromas show currants baked in pastry/cookies, bittersweet chocolate, deeply roasted grain, charred steak, pudding, espresso, some alcohol peaks through as it warms.

Flavor is roasted grain, with a dry bittersweet chocolate, some black coffee, and deep tongue coating bitterness. Some nice underlying fruit esters pick up as it warms, touch of baked apple and pear.

Medium full bodied, finish is semi dry with a palate cleansing combo of bitterness and alcohol. Well balanced for a such a big beer.

I prefer drier Imperial Stouts that are not dark roast malt soaked hops, this is right up that alley. Very drinkable. A one beer night for sure with a 22 oz bottle, but really good one beer night.

 878 characters

Photo of mbusster88
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black as night with wonderful light brown head. Good medium bubbles make this one look real good.

S: This one has some cocoa and vanilla in the nose. Great roasted malt charcter gives this a coffee like aroma.

T/M: The first flavor I get light vanilla. Really subtle tones of coffee and chocolate. The beer finished with a heavy roasted malt character. Great coffee aftertaste really makes this one memorable. Clean on the palate and good smooth drink.

D: Really drinkable beer that is well bodied. Very nice RIS to pick up for not a huge dollar figure.

 565 characters

Photo of brew3crew
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a middle ages tasting in mlk day

A-pitch black with a tan head that quickly disapates
S-roasted malt and some chocolate
T-great smokiness to this beer. Leaves almost a chocolate after taste.
M-full bodied and smooth
D-great drinkability. Would not have guessed this abv

 278 characters

Photo of Urbancaver
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a decent mouth of light brown head, good lacing. Fairly pretty. Smells toasty and malty. Some coffee on the nose as well as some light fruit hints. Tastes like coffee and roasted Malts. Lots of strong booziness on the tongue. Mild carbonation but w solid thick mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable for the strength and style.

 339 characters

Photo of depechemode1983
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark as night with a brown fluffy head. The head has very good retention. It sticks around for a good while. There seems to also be a decent amount of lacing.

S- In the nose you get burnt coffee, brown sugar, and some fruitiness. Smell is a bit sweet. I'm also picking up some alcohol.

T- Taste is very coffee like with bitter chocolate undertones. It taste a little burnt just like the smell. There's a bit of alcohol warmth that comes through in the finish. It is very robust.

M- Mouth feel is full bodied. Its thick and smooth. Its also creamy. It's moderate carbonation seems to work well.

D/N- Although a very good RIS I couldn't see drinking more than one bomber. Like I mentioned before it is very robust. This is a sipper for sure. I would indeed seek it out again. Good thing I got two bottles in a trade with shrek806. Ill put one aside for a year to see how it develops.

 894 characters

Photo of rudzud
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim at Kappy's Twin City Liquors in Fitchburg and man was I very surprised. I was expecting this to just be a name, like Holy Grail Ale, but I was wrong. Heck of a RIS.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass, this poured a super thick dark chestnut two finger head resting atop an oil slick dark pour. Head slowly fades leaving a thick blanket with minimal side lacing.

S - Sweet malts, bitterswett chocolate, and som elight espresso notes along with a sweet carmel and lick alcohol nose as well.

T - Much like the nose great sweet roasty malts. Good bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes. The alcohol (9.5) is big time present though intermixed in the flavour profile. This would really enjoy some aging.

M - Smooth but not creamy and silky like other RIS's. This one has some light carbonation resulting in just a faint bubbling on the tongue.

D - Good aromas, appearance, and flavours along with a solid mouthfeel. Everything working in unison to form a very reasonably priced stout.

 1,012 characters

Photo of EgadBananas
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to rageagainst123 for this!!

Black, opaque. Nothing shining through. Dark mocha head and some spongy lacing. Looks vicious and tasty.

Some light anise, chocolate, hints of espresso, dark fruits, roasted and burnt malts and a touch of molasses.

Slightly bitter, and roasty, with a bit of sweetness and astringency. It's pretty good, but not as complex as the aroma.

Feel is a bit thin, though creamy and smooth. Carbonation is a bit much though.

Drink is rather nice.

 484 characters

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Surly nonic pint glass. It poured black in color with a thick and frothy tan head to it. The head settled to a thin dusting, but left some nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of chocolate to it. It's more of a milk chocolaty like flavor, but with a moderate roast coming through as well. I get some of the caramel, malty flavors to it as well.

The taste has a lot of bold flavors going on. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, sweet malt, caramel, coffee and a hint of a burnt smokiness. It starts off more on the roasty and bitter side, but turns to more of the sweeter malty, caramel flavors as you get to the finish. Everything really comes together pretty nicely in the flavor. All the flavors get to shine at one time or another through drinking it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Drinkability was good, it was a very nice RIS overall. It had a nice range of flavors and none of them overpowered the beer. Very enjoyable beer overall, and a nice version of the style.

 1,053 characters

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 fl oz bottle with ABV but no freshness date on the label.
Black as night with a nice two finger light brown head that stays for a long time.
Beautiful aroma; a blend of coffee, chocolate and malts with hints of vanilla and licorice perhaps. The taste is absolutely classic, a superb blend of chocolate and coffee/malts. Warms you up as it flows down your throat. Rich, silky, chewy, smooth mouthfeel and it coats the palate leaving a feeling that makes you want more and more. Superb lacing along the glass as I kept sipping. Beware of the ABV though, this stout is so delicious that it will only make you want to have more.
A definite must-have for every stout lover and I am glad I finally got my hands on the Dragonslayer. This is a solid Russian Imperial from Middle Ages Brewery. Very highly recommended.

 828 characters

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours solid black in color with about one finger of tan head, mild retention and lacing.

S - Deep roasted malts, sweet caramel, bittersweet chocolate, coffee and mild cherry notes.

T - Really nice, bold roasted malts, sweet caramel, coffee notes and a bit of unsweetened chocolate and cherry. Perhaps some other dark fruit notes as well.

M - Pretty heavy in body, but not over carbonated yet still very creamy, awesome all around.

D - Super delicious and very drinkable, one of the better Russian Imperials I have had!

 526 characters

Photo of mountdew1
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial glass. Color was a very dark opaque coffee black, with a 1 finger light brown head. The head clung to the sides nicely. Aroma was a brown sugary molasses. Taste was sweet with a milky finish. Coated very nicely, felt extremely well in the mouth. Nicely drinkable. Worth savoring, but not something you want to session.

 342 characters

Photo of alcstradamus
2.8/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes

Black pour with a huge brown head a spotty lacing. Aroma is dusty cocoa, hazelnut, coffee bitterness, and hints of marshmallow. The flavor is very waxy and is quite frankly not very good. Some ashiness, oak, nuts, cocoa powder, and metallic flavors underneath the wax. The body and carbonation levels are appropriate. Drinkability is poor due to the off flavors. Not a very good beer.

 405 characters

Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a modest 3/4" head which soon dissipates to 1/8". Dark coffee brown color, and yes like so many stouts pretty much a coffee flavor too. Toasted malt and grains. A rather sweet stout but also some sour in the after taste.

Our family has been keen on the Middle Ages brewery for a while now, but it's fair to say we're more impressed with some of their other offerings.

 374 characters

Photo of emmasdad
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this one in a recent trade with ericwo, and this one did not live up to my expectations. Poured a nice black color with a good two fingers of light brown foam. Aromas of ash, bitter coffee and dark fruits. On the palate I get roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate and coffee. Somehow this was not a pleasant combination for me.

 329 characters

Photo of Greatheil
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Everything about this beer led me to expect an extremely enjoyable drinking experience, and I was (almost) not disappointed.

It poured a rich, mesmerizing black, with a persistant head that I did not expect and almost overflowed the pint glass I poured it into.

The smell was equally intoxicating, rich and chocolaty with hints of a smokey flavor that reminded me of tobacco.

The taste was delicious, also rich and chocolaty, not too dark and not too sweet, the roasted malts came through wonderfully and while there was a bit of a coffee flavor towards the end it was not too much to spoil it for me.

The mouthfeel was rather coarse and chewy but in an enjoyable way.

Unfortunately there was a very noticeable and unpleasant bitter aftertaste that I suspected came from the alcohol. As much as I enjoyed the actual drinking part, I did not enjoy the taste it left and would probably not purchase it again only for that.

Overall a very good beer that came up short in the end.

 985 characters

Photo of GregSVT
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter

A: Pours a deep black with a nice dark tan head that fades to a ring leaving some good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is mostly roasted malt, sweet cocoa, and a chocolate milk aroma. Smells really good.

T: The taste is sweet chocolate milk with a roasty coffee flavor on the finish. Really good and slightly reminds me of Ten Fidy.

M: The feel is a bit thin for the style but the creaminess from the carbonation is the best redeeming quality.

D: I could see myself drinking this all the time if it was available in my area. Great RIS with all the right flavors and aromas.

Thanks to Exhiled for this one.

 640 characters

Photo of Daktyls
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep dark black which lets absolutely no light through. Thick creamy head about 1 finger high which hangs around for a while before turning into a very fine lacing. Clings to the edge of the glass more than hanging out in the middle of the beer.

S: Smells of chocolate most upfront followed by black cherries and roasted malts. A bit of caramel and coffee were also present.

T: Most apparent is a dark, unsweetened chocolate flavor which is somewhat on the mild side. Followed by a bit of coffee and roasted malts with some fruitiness, maybe figs and cherries? A very small taste of licorice and molasses were present as well.

M: Medium to heavy body with a slight amount of carbonation. Sits nicely on the tongue without too strong a feeling of alcohol (slightly alarming for a 9.5% abv, the alcohol is almost non-existent).

D: Very drinkable, as mentioned earlier, the alcohol is almost not there at all. I could drink this one all day.

 953 characters

Photo of gordavidson
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fellow BA Mooseky for sharing this bottle with me.

A- An absolutely pitch black liquid with a massive, creamy brown head that has excellent retention.

S- Black cherries, dark chocolate, alcohol- along with its associated sweetness. Aromatic and appealing.

T- Black cherries, dark chocolate, alcohol, and a touch of nuttiness. The booze is more apparent than desired.

M- Creamy, although a touch on the thin side for the style. There is a lasting numbness from the alcohol, but overall it is pretty smooth.

D- A decent take on the style. A bit of time may do this wonders. I appreciate a nice big stout that isn't hopped up, such as this one.

 656 characters

Photo of bgildea
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice black color with a thick tan head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing.

S: Smells of chocolate, roasted malts and a slight amount of coffee.

T: Not a lot of sweetness to the beer, I was definitely expecting a little bit more. Like the smell, there are flavors of chocolate, roasted malts and finishes with a coffee/hops flavor.

M: Good amount of chew to the beer. Perfect thickness for the beer.

D: The beer is definitely drinkable. It's good, and I could put back a coupe of these.

Overall: Overall the beer was good. I enjoyed it, and would recommend it to any stout drinker.

 595 characters

Dragonslayer from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
4.05 out of 5 based on 500 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe