Dragon Stout
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Ranked #134
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3.53 | pDev: 17.56%
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YesKing from Canada

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very interesting stout, First off it's got a beautiful look: very dark opaque brown topped with dark tan foam. You can definitely smell the brown sugar and molasses coming off this one, and these are the dominant characteristics of the taste. As the beer sits you can begin to tastes notes of dark cherries as well. It is a sweet stout but not overpowering, there is some bitterness going on here too. I think this would work great as a dessert beer.

Apr 15, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours a thick black into the glass. Slightly more than one finger of thick, creamy tan head that lasts for maybe 30 seconds.

Smell: Cherries, brown sugar, chocolate.

Taste: Very mild, more than 7.5% would suggest. Light toasted malt that quickly fades, with a light bubblegum-esque note. Very low bitterness with little hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full body with good carbonation.

Overall: A surprisingly mild stout. Easy to drink but lacking in complexity.

Mar 26, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drinking this from a bottle brought back from Jamaica by my good friend, poured into a pint glass.
Appears dark brown with a nice tan head.
Smells chocolatey, sweet Malty.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium light for the style.
Overall, a decent stout I might order again.

Mar 18, 2020
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StJamesGate from New York

3.96/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours viscous black with tan head that retain not at all; syrupy caramel nose with licorice twists + Welch’s soda; big raw sugar cane hit, then Concord grape, plum, black cherry skins + cola, slight twiggy chicory coffee to end; sticky but sits light.

3.75 4 4 3.75 4

Can dropping a bottle knock all the CO2 out of solution? Because this had surprisingly poor head, which didn’t bode well. And sure, enough, first impression were all the sugar, even knowing this is a sweet beer. Instead of any significant roast, this is just a festival of dark fruit from specialty malts + esters, with hints of rum. There must be roast (and hops) there somewhere, because it somehow doesn’t cloy, leading me to wonder how this would do cold in a hot climate (as designed, after all) - like Coca Cola, maybe? I’m still not sure it’s a great example, it seems very adjuncty (glucose in the ingredients) + undercarbed but it is what it’s supposed to be.

Archetypal example of Tropical Stout, for better or worse.

Much sweeter, less bitter, less roasty, thinner, but nearly as vinous as Guinness FES.

Jan 25, 2020
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Beertsipper from New York

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too bad. But a tad sweet for a stout. tasted like prune juice with molasses and licorice. No coffee or chocolate notes. A faint note of citrus. This was a fresh 9.6 ounce bottle. If you like sweet stouts, you'll probably like this one. Personally, I will never purchase again.

Jan 18, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.04/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

L- Looks black, with 5mm ultra-fine dark tan head. Held to a strong light I see the typical deep ruby-red flashes of a stout/porter. Leaves some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S- Deep and toasty and the quite high ABV% comes through too.
T- It comes over as quite sweet, and only now I see the ingredients list sugar and glucose syrup (ugh). Oh and 'Colour: Ammonia caramel' what ever that is. Plus 'Hop extract and CO2' just to finish off the list of cheap non-standard ingredients. It has some vaguely beery notes to the flavour too, but after reading^ all I really think about is 'sweet and faked'.
M- Way too sweet. If trying, ensure you have it very well chilled.
O- What a disappointment, and to think they import this thing all the way from Jamaica.
BB: 19/Sep/2020. An unusually small bottle, 284ml, 1/2 an Imperial pint. 7.5%. A surprise find in Tesco London at £1.75.

Jul 28, 2019
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BB8Bbbeer from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dragon Stout, the First of Its Name, The Unhoppy, Ruler of the islands, and the First Beer, Rule of Animal kingdom, Khaleesi of the Great Brew Sea, Protector of the Brewery , Regent of the Seven distillers, Breaker of Tradition and Parent of Dragon stouts

May 26, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a high sided tulip glass.

Look is very dark with cola highlights at the edges and little to no head.

Aroma is fruity and toasty malt.

Taste is unusual for a stout very light and refreshing with a touch of nutty roastings at then end.

May 06, 2019
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hophugger from Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark in color with minimal tan head. Aromas of hot chocolate, Taste is over the top sweet and alcoholic !. some charred sugar and dark malts and raisins but sweetness ruins any balance and complexity that should be there in a stout. Mouthfeel is once again sweet and lightly bitter and almost get a bit of waterness. Sweetness and Alcohol feel takes this below an average stout unfortunately

Apr 09, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

L: Slick black pour with thick fluffy off-white head.

S: Sweet sugars and cocoa.

T/F: Just like it smells. Super sweet... burned sugars and chocolate. Needs something to balance it out. Dark fruit notes. Medium bodied... warming.

O: A below average stout. Way too sweet and unbalanced... and becomes nearly undrinkable as it warms.

Feb 12, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed as part of my BJCP training, 16C. Tropical Stout
very dark brown color, mostly opaque, very light tan head and little retention, opposite head from style guidelines

Nose very unique, very fruity, many different dried fruits, even like dried Jack fruit and pineapple, a little vinous and hint of licorice, very light roasty dark malts, and some buttery diacetyl, touch of alcohol almost solventy note

Taste fairly sweet and syrupy, some dark more brown like malts with maybe a touch of roast, little burnt coffee ground like chalky dryness, little hop bitterness and grassy note, but tons of fruity esters, again dried pineapple, apricot, fig, raisin, etc, little rum like as well as molasses sweetness, bit of buttery diacetyl on the back end, little perfumey alcohol but very light, finishing a bit hotter and mild coffee chocolate malts and more fruits lingering

Mouth is medium to fuller bodied, a little slick diacetyl, and creamy malt like, light carbonation, mild alcohol warmth

Overall this is a unique beer, fairly within style guidelines, some interesting characters, tons of fruit even more than I expected, malts are not as strong or roasty as expected, head is def not where it should be, hops might be a bit too aggressive, fruity esters were fun but maybe a bit much. I still think it's a fun beer and probably completely misunderstood to most people, especially if it's labelled as Foreign/Export Stout.

Feb 08, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.something bottle in a snifter...to lazy to look at the bottle---long day.
This rather nice stout pours a shimmering opaque with cola highlights and a
nice head of off white khaki foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light layer, and
displays some subtle sudsy lacing. Nose of under-ripened banana, dark chocolate
malts, mild coffee, and subtle char with some black strap molasses. Flavors follow
the nose with exceptions of mild banana notes with touches of cola and light char
around hints of coffee and vanilla with sweet black strap molasses.
Solid mouth feel; medium body, medium mouth feel, light carbonation, and
a sweet lightly char touched finish with some banana notes present.

Overall, a great change of pace stout for the stout purist out
there. Worthy of trying for a lighter style of stout with some tropical


Aug 30, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Black in color with a hint of ruby highlights. Not much light penetrates it. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering the vast majority of the top. The aroma is of brown sugar, dark figs, and caramel. I'm tasting cola, caramel, and brown sugar. The mouth is somewhat thin and watery. This is not what I remember tasting about 20 years ago, but I think my palate has evolved a bit.

Jul 14, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Harshly judged. I'd like to blind taste test this with Guinness Export and mass stronger stouts and for that it's not bad.
a) A for appearance. Pours a black-brown with three fingers of foamy tan head that lasts but splashes premium lace around.
s) Smells of bittersweet chocolate, caramel malt, roasted coffee, banana with some alcohol notes.
t) Taste follows smell with more sweetness, coffee milk, cocoa, wood fire, and char, a bit of hops balance out the sweet.
f) Low carbonation, a little thin, but has its creamy moment in the mouth, finish is dry with a fine hop bite. Warming.
o) As a reviewer wrote: "Like to compare Guinness FES side by side with Dragon".

Apr 27, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong corn, hint of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Foreign/Export Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong corn, hint of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of hop, hint of chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, the adjunct sadly dominates body and aroma, though the body is slightly better than aroma.

Mar 07, 2018
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Sable from Pennsylvania

2.64/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

From the folks who make Red Stripe. Amazing disappearing head, even with a rough pour. Remarkably sweet, but with an unpleasant bitter Backtaste. Harsh alcohol smell and taste.

Feb 26, 2018
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Nass from Florida

1/5  rDev -71.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have had a plethora of stouts from all around the world and this has to be in the top 5 of the worst tasting stouts that I ever had. Am I drinking a stout here or 12 oz bottle of an alcoholic prune juice. This is disgusting. Most of this 12 ounce bottle ended up down the kitchen sink. I notice that other people on this page seem to like this beer. I guess these fools would like anything that is served up them. Not me I am going to tell you how it is. Additionally, there is NO DATE anywhere on the bottle so I don't know if it's been on the shelf for a year or two and that is what has caused this beer to come out this way. If you can finish an entire bottle of this there is something wrong with you, this is not okay. Cheers! D-

Feb 22, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a marking in yellow on the back side of the bottle near the shoulders: "BB 07 MAR 19 7250388M 09:26"

Appearance: It pours dark brown to black with a large creamy and pock-marked very light khaki head. It has exceptional retention and shows no signs of retreat. It leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma: It has a slightly spicy aroma which is very welcome. There is a bit of cocoa and coffee scent to the beer. It has a lofty nutty (roughly peanut) aroma to the beer which gives it this unique character. There is a bit of a sweet smelling aroma at the end which is a bit like maple or brown sugar.

Taste: There are flavors of burnt caramel and coffee grounds. This is all very light but with prominent character. After a while the beer picks up more of a cocoa flavor with a larger character of anise or black licorice.

Mouthfeel: It feels light. At first the light body of the beer feels a bit insulting for a beer like this but slowly it starts to become refreshing and uplifting. It becomes the lightly roasted beer with a light body that works nicely in the heat at a picnic or at the beach. The beer is exceptionally easy to drink which means you can easily have more than one of these.

Overall: It's hard to describe this beer. As an import it has something to offer with its light body yet roasted coffee-like character. It would be a great choice for a big family get-together in the Summer heat. It works exceedingly well as a picnic or beach beer when you want something light but roasty. If you are not purchasing this as an import then you will likely enjoy the additional character that this beer provides over the other, readily available, export stouts.

Feb 17, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

2.62/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Decanted from a 9.6oz (284 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; best by 3/24/19.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with a quarter to half inch, tan head, little retention, and almost no lacing.
S: Very limited aroma of sarsaparilla, coffee, and tutti-fruity.
T: Sweet. The taste follows the nose to some degree, but concordia grape, not evident in the nose, is very much in the mix (and not welcome).
M: No more than medium bodies, low carbonation.
O: Really want to stay positive. This is more a porter and not a particular enjoyable one.

Jan 13, 2018
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papposilenus from New Hampshire

1.83/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

From a 9.6oz bottle with a best by date of 08/15/18. Served in a tulip.

A thin-appearing, dark oak-brown pour with lots of big-bubbled carbonation clinging to the glass. A scant finger of tight, dark tan foam has little retention but leaves a thin collar and a few spots of lacing.

Nose of metal shavings and grapes.

Taste follows the nose, Welch's grape juice, copper, and licking out an ashtray.

You know what? I think we're going to skip right over mouthfeel and just pour this bad boy down the sink.

Jan 02, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 284 fl. oz. bottle! The date listed is 15 Aug 2018. Sampled on December 31, 2017.

It pours a deep dark brown to near black color with a modest tan head that fades quickly but leaves lacing ion its wake.

Big vanilla and dark roasted malt character on the nose. Toffee and caramel. Low hop profile.

Light to medium body but smooth.

The taste is sweet with a full vanilla note. The bitterness at the end if mild generally. Not bad but a little too sweet for me.

Dec 31, 2017
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MinerBob from Oklahoma

3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An odd stout! Beer pours a dark coffee color with a thin light head. The smell is off putting kind of like paint thinner. The flavor has a watery champagne taste but isn't bad just not what I expect in a stout. Then the fact it's called "Dragon Stout" but brewed in Jamaica makes it even stranger. Overall not horrible but a ton of better stouts out there. Oh and it's only 9.6 go oz per bottle. Like I said just odd.

Nov 25, 2017
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Jtee from Canada

2.17/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

From a 300ml bottle served slightly chilled at 16 degrees Celsius into a snifter. Best before date: 24.10.2018

Look: The beer pours an opaque black with 2cm of foamy, tan head that fades into a partial film in less than two minutes. Poor head, no lacing.

Smell: Moderate strength with decent balance. Adjunct grain, milk chocolate, and faint roastiness. Maybe some coffee? Definitely metallic.

Taste: Moderate strength and sweet. Cloying and unpleasant. Some roastiness with milk chocolate and honey(?). Metallic, too strong a minerality which really comes through in the finish. I hoped the flavour would trump the aroma; it didn't.

Feel: Medium body with low carbonation. Creamy, mouth-coating (in a bad way), and acrid. Restrained alcohol warmth – certainly doesn't hide it well. The unpleasantness builds on each sip.

Overall: I've been looking at the six packs of this stuff on the store shelves for a while and finally landed a single from the basket of misfit brews. Boy am I happy I waited for a single. The label, origin, and name all make it exotic, but it fails to deliver in all respects. Too sweet, somewhat artificial, and comes with off-flavours. Boring, lifeless, do I need to go on? I really don't understand how I'm so far off from the bell curve. I don't think it's a bottle gone awry, I trust my gut.

Aug 04, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours black with a tiny head that only lasts a few seconds. The nose is adjunct-like and rather sweet. The taste is also fairly sweet with a metallic aftertaste. Hardly any bitterness of burnt flavors. Not much else (other than the color) to suggest that this is a stout. Not an unpleasant beer by any means but not what I expect from a stout. Nonetheless, a very tasty beer and a great accompaniment to food.

Jul 24, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am sticking with my current trend of bottled Stouts as part of the Bottle Backlog Eradication for the time being.

From the bottle: "Jamaican Original Since 1920".

I Pop!ped the cap & stood back, afraid that a dragon might come out, having been unleashed. When nothing of the sort occurred, I began a heavy-handed pour in the hopes that I might rouse the hidden dragon, but again, no such luck! However, I did get a finger of dense, puffy, deep-brown head with great retention for my troubles. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) & there was ZERO light penetration. Nose was smoky and roasty, but with a subtle sweetness that was unexpected. Mouthfeel was full, creamy & silky, caressing my poor, bruised tongue. Perhaps I should take an IPA break more often ... The taste was not at all bitter and instead had a candy-like sweetness. I was somehow put in mind of cherry-flavored hard candies as a child. There were some that were simply drops with a green plastic stem and others in my maternal grandmother's candy jar that had an abrasive sugar coating which was very rough in the mouth. Finish was sweet and not at all what I had expected. If I am to review to style, then I have to dun it for not having "a very pronounced roasted character." Sorry. I liked it, but it was out of spec for the style.

Jan 18, 2017
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