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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Trizzle
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice opaque pour. Small head, some lingering and lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, cola mostly.

Pleasant sweet taste, light body, more cola, no hop or roasted bitterness. Low carbonation. Big lack of finish. Just stops at the end with just the lingering sweetness.

Not bad. Nothing exciting. Could drink a couple.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see a dark from the Caribbean that is this pleasing on the palate, unlike most lite beach beers from the region.

A: A deep dark opaque brown. Lacing all around left by the cappuccino brown head made of large bubbles.

S: A terrible copper pennies smell. The roasted malt is there but the metallic smell is gag worthy, quite off putting.

T: Chocolaty. Has a nice roasted quality and a sweet brown sugar or molasses middle with chocolate at the rear. By far the best quality of this carribean dark.

M: Has a boozy finish on the tongue which is sensible due to the 7.5abv. Carbonation lasts making the froth coat the mouth.

D: Id go back to this beer after another as long as they get that copper taste out. Could have been a bad batch after not cleaning the lines or using that metal spoon. Also the Red Stripe style of a small bottle makes this easy to go back to back on.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one out of Hyland24's stash, poured from a bottle to a pint glass. It poured Black with a brown head that settled quickly. There was no aroma of note on this one for me but the taste was superb. Brown sugary and malty taste with a warm alcohol finish. The sweetness sticks to my mouth and the light (surprising) carbonation clings a bit but in a good way. I was pleasantly surprised by this one and look forward to having more. I am feeling "Irie" after just one, the 7.5 APV is sneaky good.

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Photo of hyland24
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this both out of the bottle and poured into a pint glass from the bottle and this will be a combo of both reviews.

A- Poured black and oily with minimal dk brown head. Sticky coating left on the side of the glass.

S- Not a very overpowering smell although I did get hints of roasted malt.

T- Sweet and delicious. Brown sugar and malt dominated this one with a slight alcohol warm finish. Smooth taste for the 7.5 ABV.

MF&D- I enjoyed the taste much more out of the bottle than the pint glass for some reason. My buddy Nasty came to the same conclusion. Also found its better colder which is unusual I find for a stout. Beware these go down smooth and could lead to shots fired.

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 284 ml bottle into a standard pint glass. I tried this one once before -- it's readily available and pretty cheap (less than Guinness), especially in the neighborhoods where I used to live, which had large numbers of immigrants from Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.

Pours a dark, very slightly translucent red. This is noticeable right away; usually the best stouts are pitch black and nigh opaque.

The nose is very sweet, with a definite alcohol character. Not exactly a subtle beer.

The taste is is also quite sweet, with strong alcohol flavors over a somewhat dilute coffee/chocolate base. This is a beer that advertises its 7.5% abv, and I'm somewhat inclined to think that they take that far more seriously than the taste.

The mouthfeel is a sticky sweetness. I can see people enjoying these a great deal, but it's too much for me. I enjoy sweet stouts a great deal, but this level of the pure sweet/alcohol combination is just too much. That said, I have had far worse, and paid more for it.

As low cost beers go, this is probably one of your better options... it is cheaper than other stouts and widely available here in the heart of Brookyln. I would definitely not pass up a Rogue, Stone Imperial Russian, or Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout for one of these, but as far as bodega beers go, this one is not a bad choice. You probably won't get ripped off either.

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Photo of swid
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

284mL bottle purchased in Jamaica in May 2008; best before stamp of November 2009. Thanks Mom and Dad!

Dragon Stout pours a black color into my pint glass. A 2" brown head forms and then collapses into the liquid. Low carbonation and lacing. The smell of this beer is faint, with restrained hints of sweet malt, chocolate and caramel.

This beer's taste contains nearly all of the same notes as the aroma, but it comes together much better here. The candy, chocolate, caramel and toffee flavors all mix into a smooth, sweet taste. A restrained spicy taste comes up occasionally, but that is the limit of the alcohol's influence on this beer. Dragon Stout feels quite light and wet. Finishes sweet initially, with ultimately a citrus and slightly roasted aftertaste.

I had a few bottles of this last summer; aging the beer has definitely smoothed out some of the rougher edges I noticed at the time. It's a welcome change of pace from the more typical heavily-roasted examples of this style.

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Photo of sirdrinkwell
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: it's a stout, so it comes as no surprise as this brew pours a midnight black into my glass. 1/8 inch of creamy and quickly dissolving head.

Smell: underwhelming, a bit of malt and bit of milky sweetness.

Taste: very sweet, milky and a dryness that is vaguely chocolate.

M: the sweetness leaves a sticky coat on the palate and a candylike aftertaste. while not a dealbreaker it isn't the most pleasant.

O: chalk this one up on the "i tried it, now time to keep it moving" type of brew. nothing memorable here.


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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured this from a bottle right into a plastic mug (it's all there was)

Appearance- Dark brown like a cola with just traces of a tan colored head that swiftly dissipated to no head at all. Already wishing this was on nitro.

Smell- upon fist pour caught a lot of cocoa with hints of raisin or plum but it faded to kind of a leather black licorice combo.

Taste- some roasty ness like cold brewed coffee, on the front end that gives way to a piney kind of hop and the whole thing finishes with a bit of roasted sweetness. I feel like sweetness might be derived from the alcohol as opposed to malt.

Mouthfeel- It doesn't drink like a stout, it doesn't have a heavy coating mouthfeel like a guinness. has a subtle alcohol warmth and a delightful carbonation bite that i think would make it ideal for getting a mellow buzz going on the Islands! I retract my nitro comment.

Overall-dont judge this beer by its appearance. I feel like it is highly tailored for the jamaican climate. An easy drinking stout, that has a refreshing crisp bite , an understated hop character and a boozy sweetness is just the thing to complement a roasted jerk chicken of pork dish. But is able to stand on its own.

Would order again, if say i was skipping a meal while vacationing.

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Photo of Roke87
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

300 mL bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.
Best before date: July 2012

Appearance- Pours a nice black colour and pretty much completely opaque, average pour yielded a fluffy two fingers of tan mocha coloured head that slowly dissipates to a nice thick ring with a nice bubbly top that sticks around right till the end.

Smell- The nose is a little below average for a stout but the usual smells are hidden in there somewhere. You do get that rich roasted malt smell mixed with a bit of dark chocolate and slight hint of coffee thrown in there, and I do also detect a slight hint of alcohol as well although it is not an overly high ABV for the style.

Taste- Interesting tastes but not because there is a whole lot going on in this one, it is quite the contrary. I am trying to put a finger on the tastes here but there just is not a whole lot going on here. I do get a nice roasted malt aftertaste though and I can also taste some dark fruity flavours mixed with a hint of dark chocolate and an even slighter hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel- For a stout it is more on the light-medium bodied end of the scale, more watery than it is smooth and creamy and it does have a higher level of carbonation also for a stout.

Overall- Smell is lacking, and the taste is more than lacking as well not to mention the watered down mouth feel. This is just not a stout for me in any way shape or form. Probably would not get this one again and definitely would not go anywhere out of my way to acquire it, I mean if I’m ever in Jamaica I would drink it again over the other adjunct garbage that is probably served there but this one is just not for me with so many other great choices around.

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

A clear, very dark (nearly opaque), reddish-brown Strong Stout with a moderate, creamy, light brown head. The smell is sweet, malty, and caramel-like, with a slight roastedness, and alcohol tones. The taste is smooth, sweet, and sightly roasted, with a mild rooty bitter finish. The body is firm in my mouth. Overall, a very sweet Stout with a mild bitter finish. In my opinion, more of a dessert-like beer.

(source: Gift; Toronto, Ont. Canada)

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Photo of RixBeer
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark opaque blackness. pinky high head doesn't really fade. GREAT STICKING!

S- Sweet sweet jesus this is gonna be a sweet stout!

T- You can taste the sweetness. Nice fruity sweetness not just sugary. It's got some molasses and some cane sugar

M- Not to thick and not thin. just right for a stout! Better than many stout but still not running woth the tops dogs

D- O MY GOD at 7.5% I guess 6 would be great but I was pretty happy after 4. I would pick this one up again. There are other ptions but this one is flavorful and it's not your run of the mill garbage (AKA GUINESS)

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bucky warily picked up a bottle of Dragon Stout from his local liquor store, having heard some less than stellar reviews of this beer. Dragon Stout is brewed by Red Stripe of Kingston Jamaica and is a healthy 7.2% alcohol by volume. The beer came in a tiny 300 ml brown bottle with a best before date of October 21, 2015.

Dragon Stout poured a very dark cola brown that was impervious to light, with about 1.5” of bubbly tan head which quickly faded to a thin collar of foam, leaving some modest lacing down the glass. Its aroma was a mix of the good and not quite so good…a sweet chocolate milk with a not so pleasant herbal smell thrown in for good measure. Luckily the flavour was more pleasant than the aroma, a boozy sweet chocolate milk with a hint of dark roasted coffee..quite nice though not as flavourful as most North American stouts. Almost no bitterness to this beer. The carbonation was soft as you would expect from a stout, detectable more at the back of the throat than on the tongue, and the beer had a creamy mouth feel. I would call this brew medium bodied on balance, and reasonably priced at $2.00 per 300 ml bottle. Overall, not bad, and given the climate in which it is normally consumed I can understand why this beer is not as rich as its North American counterparts.

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

284ml bottle, consumed Mar 2011, BBE Mar 2012.

A - Black bodied with ruby highlights, more like a Porter body than a full Stout. Loose-bubbled mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving very little head or lacing.

S - Mild aroma of chocolate and coffee, hint of bitterness in the nose.

T - A lot sweeter than I would normally expect of a Stout. Chocolate takes the lead, quite mild in the middle and finishes sweet with chocolate and coffee notes and some bitterness, with a little alcohol in the background.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, light carbonation.

O - Very drinkable, though that 7.5% ABV could get away on you if you weren't careful! ;)

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Photo of anders36
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this bottle in a little supermarket in London. It pours a nearly black colour with a quich fading tan coloured head. It has a little roasty smell, hints of coffee malt too. The taste is sweet, a little bit to sweet for me. The taste is also roasted and some milky taste. hints of coffe and licorice too. The aftertaste is sweet and fruity. Not a bad beer but i like my stouts not as sweet as this one.

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Photo of cbn
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown body with ruby-red highlights. Thin mocha head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Light sweet aromas of roasted malt, dextrose, and leafy vegetal hop.

Roasted malt and sweet corn with an alcohol note in background, hop character not apparent. No off flavors.

Medium body mildy mouth-coating. Fairly clean after-taste.

Sweet and malty with little complexity of flavor. Easy to drink warm or cold. Although my tongue discerns adjuncts(corn) this offering is a national(Jamaica)icon and a regional favorite. Very drinkable!

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Photo of cwc
4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having previously lived in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a place with a lot of Jamaican people, I always wondered what this beer was that sat on deli shelves next to Brooklyn Lager, Red Stripe, Olde English, Heineken and other neighborhood favorites. Revisiting the old neighborhood, I had the opportunity to try it again and thus did.

A - drank it out of a bottle in a just moved in apartment with no glasses, so tough to say. Comes in a tiny bottle filled with a dark liquid.

S - strong smell of alcohol. After a couple bottles of Brooklyn lager, we cracked these and could instantly smell the smell of alcohol, more than anything else.

T & D - still, even with all of that alcohol in it, this was a very drinkable beer. A good stout flavor and rather enjoyable and easy to drink, even though it's ABV is 7.5%.

A worthy experience if you happen upon it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of ThickestHead
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep velvet black with a thick tan head.
Smells and tastes of cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, alcohol.
Kind of thin and not overly syrupy but overall still too darn sweet to consume too many of these. Not a bad brew, I just would rather be sipping it with my feet in the sand on a beach in Jamaica.

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Photo of nms1987
2.26/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bought from a Harlem bodega.

A- Black with a tan head. "thick looking" when it was poured.
Looks like a stout

S. My nose is weak at the moment but there is a little bit of chocolate and coffee in the nose. Not much intensity though.

T. Way too sweet with a sickly aftertaste. Pretty nice chocolate taste but its just not well done.

Tastes like a Harpoon Chocolate Stout (good beer) except brewed with sewage water.

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Photo of SisuPride
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recieved this bottle in a mix dark beer gift box..

A - The black color of this beer is how I like a beer to look. Once you go black you will never go back.

T - Good blend of chocolate/cinnamon flavor - not over powering.

M - Average - not going to wow you when it hits your tongue - kind of like a good friend you have always known is visiting.

D - Overall, a tasty stout. I'm surprised a stout this good is Jamaican - I guess it is my ignorance that thinks of Red Stripe and Ginger Beer when thinking of Jamaican Beers.

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Photo of brap
4.31/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent stout. Lightly carbonated, nice malty slightly sweet coffee taste . Happy that it's available at my local Bronx delis, which seem to be hellbent on having the worst beer selection on the planet.

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

Another brew I picked up on a recent trip to Manitoba

Appearance: Super dark brown/black, lots of bubbles; like a soda pop. Thick spongy tan head with moderatly good retention.

Smell: Low/medium malt aroma, subtle chocolate & molasses. Alcohol. Very low hops.

Taste: VERY SWEET; roasty grain/malt. slightly fruity. Almost no hop flavour.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with a smooth/creamy charater. Very Sweet,Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Way too Sweet, like chocolate milk. may be a good intro to stouts for beer newbies. 7.5% realy gives a buzz.


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Photo of RDAdams
4.97/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've edited this review because I just had another bottle of Dragon Stout. It was even better than I recalled

Since I do not drink coffee and I don't like the stench of coffee, I avoid stouts. I drank this at a beer tasting and am very glad that I did.

A - Dark with a nice tan head that disappeared too quickly.

S - Beautiful aroma, without the chocolate and coffee overtones of most stouts

T - Deep fruit flavor with a smooth alcohol finish and not harsh aftertaste

M - Smooth with a great malt backbone

D - Excellent - I will be getting more!

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Photo of jdoherty
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

While its not exactly a premium stout, this beer is easy to find in bodegas all over New York, and is less filling than your average stout, allowing you to drink it without your stomach exploding.

Pours very dark, with a little red tint, pretty much opaque. Very small amount of caramel colored head on top. Advertises as 7.5 ABV and you can tell when you take a whiff of it.

Very smooth taste, but I would rather have a thick stout taste over something that goes down smooth. Overall, a very acceptable alternative to the more expensive stouts

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Photo of hegelec
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a six-pack of this at the LCBO. I'd never had a Caribbean stout before and figured I'd give it a go. They have a reputation for being sickly sweet, so I had a good idea what to expect.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Great looking beer: reddish black with a modest tan collar. Very impressive lacing.

Smells of molasses, chocolate, figs, raisins, cherries, and faint roastiness. This is a sweet-smelling, decadent beer.

Taste is good. Dark fruit abounds, with a mellow maltiness and a hint of roast. The fruitiness reminds me a bit of a Belgian dark, but only superficially. Hops is almost undetectable. This beer is SWEET -- while it's not overwhelming, it needs something to keep it in check. Perhaps a little more roastiness would help balance this a bit? Lingering, sticky finish.

Mouthfeel is full, round, luxurious. Carbonation is velvety. This is great.

As tasty as this is, I figure the drinkability is limited by the high ABV, the remarkable sweetness, and the one-dimensionality of the flavour. It's a tasty sipper, but one I'd soon tire of I reckon.

It should also be noted that this beer is an amazing value. A sixer of this stuff will set you back $10 and change from the Liq-bo (CAD of course) which puts it on par with some of the macro cheapies. It's flavourful and unique, if a little one-dimensional, but should please casual drinkers and beer geeks alike. Plus its 7.5% which means it packs a serious punch. You don't need too many of these to get a buzz, if that's what you're after. Great stuff.

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Photo of faubs
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this stuff in Jamaica, and it couldn't have come a moment too soon. After six days in a resort where their idea of selection was wanbeer (redstripe) and wanlitebeer (redstripe lite) I couldn't take it anymore. This beer only cost me a quarter, it was plesently cool but not too cold. Sweet to the taste with a good thick consistancy and probably a decent head, but it was in a dark bottle. Well worth a shot if your stranded on an island.

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Dragon Stout from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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