Dragon Stout | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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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:
489
Reviews:
242
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
17.34%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
45
For Trade:
0
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Photo of civicm87
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep dark brown that I can see just a bit into which is lighter towards the edges of my glass. The head is a curious light film with a bubbly collar.

Smells of boozy dark fruits, much like port. In a blind sampling, I could honestly confuse this with a port if it were not for the light coffee and wheat bread behind the dark fruits.

Tastes of a light powdery cocoa and rye with a heap of prunes to sweeten it out. A slight old coffee creeps in lending this brew a nice balance. Not my favorite flavor for the style, but it's put together well. Sadly a sugary sweet finishes this one off detracting from the overall experience.

Feels dense and smooth with a trapped mini-carbonation that adds a lot of body.

I was quite a bit shocked by how much I enjoyed this one. Never underestimate Jamaica's ability to brew a dark beer.

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Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of DaveBar
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO 6 pack of 300ml bottles for $12.00. Price was right... wonder why

A- Started off well. Nice pop, excellent head, nice and dark

S- Not much here. Not much at all.

T- Highly carbonated. Very light on the tongue for a stout. Malty

M- Not bad, pretty ok. Ends dry believe it or not.

O- Not that great. Drinkable but nothing compared to other stouts. Tastes like a mass produced beer without much of anything to it

Food Pairing...

This ok example of a stout paired well with roasted lamb (as would any other stout would!)

Enjoy!

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

L: Pours a nice black color with a medium sized and light bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, a very sweet cane sugary smell to it that was pretty enticing.
T: Very sweet malt up front followed by a very sweet cane sugary taste to it, some chocolate, and then a hint of alcohol.
M: Smooth, rich, sweet, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Pretty drinkable, this was a nice beer that had a lot of sweet flavors to it and a pretty decent abv. I liked it, I just wish the bottle was a full 12-16oz.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown colour that has a bit of a black oily characteristic it it. The head is mid-sized and off white and leaves a tiny amount of itself on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is a nice blend of fruit (mostly berries) and sweet chocolate, with some roasted malt coming through to compliment the sweetness and provide for a nice balance.

The flavour is more of the same. The sweetness and the roasted notes from the malt balance just right to provide for some nice flavour in each sip. There is also a hint of coffee here and there that is not noticeable in the aroma and also does not take away from the balance of the flavour. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a bit lighter than expected for a stout, but still very much a stout at the same time, if that makes sense. There is some oily slickness here as well, as noted earlier.

This is a nice brew and my favourite of anything I sampled in Jamaica. Note to all: anytime I saw this brew be it in individual bottles or in a six pack, it was priced significantly lower than the uber-popular Red Stripe, likely because they know that most Americans are going to want all Red Stripe all the time while in Jamaica. That said, while the price on the Red Stripe was still fairly reasonable, it meant the price of the Dragon Stout was excellent (something like just under a buck a bottle when buying singles, and this was at the "grocery store" at our resort, where everything was pricey). You can't complain when the best beer on the island is also the cheapest. Well worth a bit of an extra effort to find in Jamaica and still a nice stout to have at home in the States as well...

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Photo of Shandycan
2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of indiapaleale
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour - Pours rich and dark. The color is that of black coffee, maybe even darker. The head on this is tan and looks like brains. Nice thick and fluffy top to this mysterious potion.

Aroma - Hmm, not what I was expecting or wanting. Its got a fruity aroma that also is reminiscent of bubble gum. I was hoping for dark coffee and bitter chocolate. Sigh.

Taste - Sweet jesus that is sweeeet! Wow. Ever asked the person at Dunkin' Donuts to add sugar to your coffee and they spoon in nine scoops? Well, that last sip when its no longer warm and is syrupy from all the sugar, that is what this tastes like. Some malt flavor peaks through but more than anything this tastes like syrup, coffee brandy and sugar. Cloying? Yes, its cloying.

Overall - Sort of a let down to be honest. I was hoping for something as good, if not better, than the Guinness Foreign Export I've had in the past. The good thing is that it comes in a little bottle because that is about all I can handle.

Would I buy more of it? - Umm...probably not, unless I was in Jamaica and I was already a little tipsy (or cwapfaced).

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Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Mojo
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of closisinthehouse
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of rojapa
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of mschofield
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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).

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just one of those brews that's been at the LCBO for as long as I can remember, but I've yet to take a stab at it. Come to think of it, neither have any of my friends. Good thing? Bad thing? We'll soon see. Picked up a six pack of 300ml bottles.

Poured into a nonic. A soupy black concoction, that produces a fairly decent light tan head that survives as thin surface layer with a thick ring. Flecks of lacing here and there. Ruby when held to the light. Actually doesn't look half-bad.

Nose is chocolate, sugar, figs and raisins, perhaps a bit of alcohol and cream as well. Just realized that the bottle packs a 7.5% wallop. Oy...

A sweet stout, with rum/molasses, mild roasted malt and milk chocolate. When I was new on the beer drinking scene, this was what I had assumed a 'milk stout' would taste like - sweet and chocolatey, with a mild cream flavor. Almost a dessert in and of itself.

Mouthfeel is chewy, thick and creamy. Mild carbonation, goes down a bit like a root beer float: slightly flat, but creamy. Went down incredibly fast.

You win this round, Jamaica. Clearly I wasn't expecting such a sweet, drinkable stout, no less from the brewers that put forward Red Stripe, a passable but boring pale lager. Too sweet for everyday or session drinking, but if you're in the mood for something sweet to sip after dinner or to serve with dessert (and is cheap and regularly available), we've found your man. Despite the treatening name, this Dragon doesn't pose much of a threat - it's pretty tame, and just wants to like you and take you on cool adventures. Why not let it?

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 284 mL bottle into a pint glass, dark brown almost black with a huge foamy tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: slight bitter hop mixed with roasty patent malt

T: a little coffee and chocolate, slightly nutty, mint, sweet, spices, molasses , cola

M: soft with lower carbonation

O: British influence is evident.

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Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of u2carew
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9.6oz bottle. Brought to me by a buddy.
A) Pours with a two finger head tan in color. Opaque. Tight and sticky lacing.
S) Bready. Hints of alcohol, roasted grain and coffee.
T) Sweet malty base, yet still robust in flavors. Chocolate. Smoky. Alcohol in the finish.
M) Smooth. Full body. Alcohol effervescence.
D) A delicious stout. I'd definitely have another one.

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Photo of Mphis
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of aforbes10
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle (284 mL) poured into a ommegang chalice. This has a thick dark appearance with a small amount of lacing on the head. Smell is very sweet with hints of raisins and brown sugar. Taste is also sweet, filled with sugar-covered raisins and plums. No roasted malt flavor and very sugary. Fairly thin-bodied for a stout. Excellent drinkability, however, as this goes down very easily.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a dark cola brown with a finger of tan head which dies down to a few patches. Nose is an uninspiring mix of roasted malts, musty coffee and a hint of bakers chocolate. Taste follows suit with a healthy dose of dark fruits and a weird cola taste, chemical sugar sweetness, odd mineral dryness in the finish. Way too fizzy, too thin. I can imagine this is a welcome relief from all the light lagers in Jamaica but here there are too many other far superior beers to visit this one again.

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Photo of amishbooze
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Dragon Stout from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
3.46 out of 5 based on 489 ratings.
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