Dragon Stout | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Dragon StoutDragon Stout

Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 01-30-2001

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Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.43/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of brutalist
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tbulling
4.24/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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


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Photo of Franziskaner
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of AmitC
4.44/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TwiggyCZ
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kier
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
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".

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Photo of Urk1127
1.61/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Tone
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of Sable
2.64/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of Nass
1/5  rDev -71.3%
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-

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Photo of teromous
3.48/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
2.62/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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Photo of papposilenus
1.83/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dpgoblejr
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MinerBob
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jtee
2.17/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

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Photo of ConnorG
4.26/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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