Dragon Stout | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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486 Ratings
Dragon StoutDragon Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Jamaica
redstripebeer.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 01-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
486
Reviews:
241
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
17.34%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 486 |  Reviews: 241
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of kylehay2004
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: very black body with a two finger light tan head.

S: coconut, milk and cream. Little else.

T: very milky and sweet. Cream, coconut and chocolate. Not very beer like and fairly sweet. Very subtle hop bitterness late in the aftertaste.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: typical milk stout however the malts are especially hidden here.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep brown color with a foamy tan head on top. The smell of the beer had some coffee notes to it with a light chocolate aroma as well. The taste of the beer had some brown sugar sweetness along with a roasted dry finish. The mouthfeel was thin, I felt it could have used a little more body. Overall this stout was interesting. I would try it again if the mood struck me.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is near black in color (traces of amber are visible at the edges when held up to the light) and poured with a thin tan head that quickly faded away leaving thin layer of bubbles covering the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: The aroma is rather sweet and the nose has notes of chocolate and roasted malts along with hints of dark fruits.
T: Like the smell, there is also a moderate amount of sweetness in the taste, which is quite complex and has flavors of caramel, cherries, milk chocolate, molasses, prunes, raisins and
roasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and a bit thin on the palate.
D: The light body of this beer makes it very drinkable during warmer months; the only thing that slowed me down in drinking it faster was the sweetness.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 10 oz or so bottle. Pours a nice dark red almost black color with a tan creamy head. Smell is of sweet malts and alcohol. Taste is of the same, the alcohol is very pronounced in this beer. I mean, it's 7.5 ABV, but I've had things that were 11-12% that hid the alcohol better. Has a very rum like taste to it with the sugars and all. Basically its like a rum-beer, which is good if you're in the mood for that.. I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Caribbean Isle beer drinking culture is a peculiar one. It's either feast or famine with either the grainy sweet lagers or robustly malted stouts. Many say it's the influence of light bodied German lagers for hot weather or the English influence wit the stouts. But where's the IPAs?

Dragon Stout pours with a creamy and viscous visual texture. As the beer settles in the glass, it releases a sandy tan head that's creamy, whipped, and lightly moussey. However short lived, the beer quickly dispels its carbonation and falls quite still barley half way through the session.

Malty sweet aromas of chocolate, molasses, coffee, and lesser notes of dark fruit. The balanced scents never allow one attribute to dictate the others.

Bold flavors of sweet malt keeps grounded the flavors of French press coffee, roasted walnuts, cocoa, licorice, and medium scorched caramel. After the roast and cocoa trail off, the sweetness is exposed with the taste of hard candy and cola soft drinks. Mild peppercorn and toast help to finish the beer with a linger of cola in aftertaste.

Full bodied, expecially as the early carbonation keeps the beer expansive and creamy. But the middle texture sheds its carbonation and allows a syrupy feel to linger indefinitely on the palate. Alcohol warmth and mild roast astringency are lasting trigamental memories.

The beer almost succeeds as a tropical version of stout. But its flimsy middle palate and finish allows the beer to fall apart and expose harsher and mild artificial taste. Still, it's the best product that I've yet to try from the makers of Red Stripe.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300ml bottle. According to the label, this is brewed by 'Red Stripe', Kingston, Jamaica, as if a beer can brew another beer. Sheesh.

This beer pours a very, very dark cola brown hue (black, I suppose, once you step back), with pervasive reddish highlights, and three fingers of puffy, foamy, and effervescent beige head, which leaves some attractive graphic novel webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of dry, dusty, bittersweet chocolate, roasted caramel malt, a banana, prune, and mushed apple fruitiness, mild milky coffee notes, a bit of herbal, earthy hops, and a hovering alcohol warmth. The taste is lightly toasted bready caramel malt, molasses, raw brown sugar, cocoa, mild, stewing Continental coffee, earthy anise, cola syrup, muddled herbal hops, and a agreeably weak alcohol astringency.

The bubbles are quite understated, the body a dense medium weight, genuinely smooth, and even a tad creamy, as that herbal tincture essence gets no play here. It finishes on the sweet side, sure, the caramel, chocolate, and fruit all settling in nicely together, yet a certain plain dryness balances things out.

A pleasant, well-flavoured export stout, the malt running rampant here, to a certain degree. Traditional, warming, and pretty drinkable. I'd sure like to get a bottle of island Guinness FES to compare side by side with this.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nushell from a bodega in Brooklyn:

Pumperknickel bready malt sweetness drifts into dark fruit then comes back around.

B+ (3.89) / VERY GOOD

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

300ml Bottle - Jet black brew with a nice dark head with good retention. Nose of alcohol and roastiness is very pleasant. Coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Good body and high alcohol taste give it a good edge. One of the best foreign stout I've tasted.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9.6 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/30/2015. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, and herbal; with light nuttiness, licorice, raisin, plum, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, and herbal; with light nuttiness, licorice, raisin, plum, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Tropical-styled Foreign stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with ruby highlights. Nice, creamy, dark tan head that holds fairly well. The aroma is a touch roasty and somewhat musty with a bit of alcohol. The body is much thinner than expected for the style, but the carbonation is fine and it's lightly tingly on the tongue. The flavor is sweetish and fruity up-front, followed by some caramel-tinged grainy malt and roastiness, and then a solid hop edge and a somewhat tangy and alcohol-washed finish. There's an astringency present in the aftertaste that sticks in the mouth unpleasantly. It's sweet and fruity, and offers more light toffee than roastiness; but it's still a pretty lackluster beer considering the style. It's unique, but not very well made.

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Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

284ml bottle with a BB date of 29 Dec. 2015 consumed at the Mahogany Beach Bar in Jamaica on 18 Dec. 2014.

Very dark brown; very good head and lacing.

Feel: very smooth; soft, medium carbonation.

Surprisingly hop forward nose.

O: OK but the aroma and flavor don't match the quality of the look and feel.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 284ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruit.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. There's a hearty malt character but it's thin for a stout. The hops presence is mild complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent stout that is worth drinking for a while, but there are better ones out there.

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Photo of nathanmiller
2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.26/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of smithj4
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A – Black with cola highlights. Medium/dark khaki head settles into a light dusting and a firm halo.

S – Booze soaked plums and raisins. Dark, tangy sweetness of molasses and teriyaki.

T - The profile is well pronounced, and impressively smooth, but a tad too sweet (even for the style imho). Opens with milk chocolate bars and dried plums with a drizzle of light booze. The middle brings out malted milk balls. Honey and burnt caramel in the finish.

M – Medium light body is soft and smooth. Low carbonation really hurts the beer; it could have helped to cut through some of the sweetness.

O – A nice example of the style balanced on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

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3.46 out of 5 based on 486 ratings.
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