Dragon Stout | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Dragon StoutDragon Stout

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Desnoes & Geddes Limited

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ballewblake
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness tumbler.

Looks like a good stout, dark brown with a one finger tan head. Some dark malts on the nose, some mild chocolates in there. Lots of sweetness in this stout, a little milky, some very lite roasted malts in there. Carbonation is mild, very easy to drink. Mainly a really sweet stout.

Thanks to RblWthACoz for the brew.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Review from notes
Beer consumed at the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn, NY on Labor Day 2007.

L - I drank this out of da bottle, mon but it were dark.

S - oooh, dat smell like a burnt hershey bar, mon!

T - it taste all roasty.

F - it close up me troat!

D - I drank 2 and had to poo!

Final Note: What was a big fat drunk white guy doing at the West Indian Day Parade you may ask?...

just about any friggin' thing I wanted to!*

*2nd Note: I was with 2 Jamaican co-workers who 'carry'.

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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 Stephen63
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice foam generated during the pour and it looked the part for a number of seconds but the fine head dissipated very quickly.

S - Got an underlying sweetness with mild bitter coffee.

T - The sweetness dominates and you are left looking for hops that do exist but they are pretty much buried. Almost like a english mild which is a bit suprprising for a stout.

M - Carbonation level just fine and quite smooth on the palette. Found it a bit watery.

D - This did not really entice me with moreish. Alcohol quite high but you'd never guess from the sweetness.

Very atypical of the genre though possibly an attraction for some. Though not an expert on stouts this pales in comparison to something like Guinness export strength. Can't say that I'd recommend it though definitely worth a try.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a dark, opaque color with a 2 finger foamy, khaki head that receded quickly around the rim of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before becoming a sparse layering.

S: a nice roasted coffee aroma with some malt sweetness.

T: The initial flavor was sweet, and I do mean really sweet. Loads of sugary sweet coffee and creamer and lightly roasted coffee malt. Way to sugary sending one into a diabetic shock. Nothing much else to flavor.

M: light, slick, softly carbonated with a sugary residual coating and sweetness on the swallow.

D: A tad to sugary would be an understatement. Imagine a cup of cold coffee with 10 teaspoons of sugar added, if that's your thing then this is your beer, otherwise keep your glucose meter handy.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Poured black with ruby hues. Pour prodiced a foamy tan head that subsided to a film of scattered bubbles. Lacing clung throughout the glass.

S - Sweet and slightly malty. Strong aroma of raisins, reminded me of a port wine. Hints of smoke and molasses.

T - Very sweet, but not in a bad way. Finishes with a slight bitterness and a good amount of alcoholic warmth.
After having this stout on several occasions, I actually enjoyed it better straight out of the bottle then poured into a glass.

MF&D - The carbonation tingled my tongue. This stout was full bodied and the sweetness coated my mouth big time. The 7.5% ABV assured pleanty of alcoholic warmth. You may be tempted to session this one, but be careful, or the Dragon may sneak up on you.

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Photo of Derek
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep ruby-brown/black, medium-tan head, very little retention, slight leg/lace.

S: Big bubblegum fruity ester aroma (a little strange for the style, perhaps the fermentation gets a little warm on the island!), brown sugar, slight floral hop & roasted aroma.

T: Fruity with a slightly tart acidity, brown sugar, slight roasted grain, bittersweet chocolate, modest bitterness, alcohol is subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, modest body for its weight, carbonation is a little high.

D: Easy on the palate, but the carbonation & alcohol is a little high.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark with a thin tan head. Flavor has a nice very mild bitter side to it and a fuller smooth sweet edge. Milky in a way. Seems to be some molasses on there as well. Feel is very smooth on the liquid and the lower carbonation is still nicely noticeable. I think this is a great stout. Very easy to drink and it carries a nice smooth and sweet edge. Pretty darn good I say! Makes me happy to see this at the bodega down the street (the smell of spilt and rotten milk's gotta go though).

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Photo of BDIMike
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a jet black color with a tan head. Carbonation as well, which I am not used to with a stout.
Not a lot of smell, but a good toffee smell to it.
Good strong taste on this stout. Strong chocolate malty taste. More chocolate taste to this one then on a lot of chocolate beers I have had. Great toffee taste on the finish.
Mouthfeel is too thin for what I would like on a stout.
Drinkability is average. It is thin, which I guess is good for such a warm weather climate in Jamaica. The taste is strong, so it may be rough drinking more than a couple of these.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty tasty stout that actually tastes alot like a milk/sweet stout. Poured up black as ink with a khaki/light brown head. Looked good; just as I'd hoped. Smell was nothing like I had expected. It actually had a bit of a BMC smell, but not too bad. I was surprised to find little or no "typical stout" aromas here. Ah well... Taste was quite nice, and that's what matters most. It's sweet and malty, but unlike any other stout I have ever had. Good, but rather strange. Mouthfeel was much too thin for my tastes and too much carbonation, as well. Overall, it's somewhat drinkable and not a bad stout at all.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark chocolate brown and had a decent head that quickly faded. The smell was of roasted coffee malts and alcohol. The taste was malty burnt sweetness with chocolate and coffee in the background. There was a caramel sweetness to this beer,it was malty and the feel was malts and and very little carbonation. No hops and sticky feeling on the tongue.

I tried this beer because it was readily available in a West Indian neighborhood not far from my home. I actually do not mind driving 20 minutes to pick up this brew whenever the urge hits,and it provides a good buzz with a smooth taste. Good beer for it's style.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Jamaican stout? Ok, I'll try it. Cool label and reasonable price.

Deep brown/black with medium tan head. Poor retention and no lace left behind whatsoever.

Aroma of sweet malt and alcohol. Slightly metallic.

Very sweet flavor of malt and molasses. No noticable hop presence. Tastes much more like a dark Scotch Ale than a Stout. Only bitterness comes from the harsh, unblended alcohol.

Mouthfeel is the best characteristic. Smooth and creamy; nice carbonation levels.

Overall it's not terrible, but not a great stout in my opinion.

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Photo of dementionX
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer and I must say it's not a bad beer. It wasn't what I had ordered but it wasn't bad enough to send it back. It went well with a smoky bacon cheddar burger, almost complimented it perfectly. It's got a somewhat smoky scent to it (which is why it probably went well with the burger), with an almost noticeable chocolate afterscent.

Drinking it was pretty enjoyable. It was mellow (mouthfeel wise) and the taste was semi-chocolatey but not overpowering. I'd drink it again, just not often.

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Photo of markgugs
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

9.6oz. bottle, poured into my Sam A. glass, thanks to DragonStout (RB) for the extra (consuomed: 2/18/08)

A: Beer pours like, and looks like cola, with dark brown edges, complete with the fizziness. A thick frothy, creamy beige head jumps out of the glass, then settles just as quickly to nothing more than a wisp.

S: Sweets from ample roasted malts dominate this brew. Lots of burnt brown sugar, molasses, and some toasted nutmeg aromas waft upwards for the duration, though there is a strange soapy scent that permeates it all. Odd.

T/M: Holy crap this is sweet. It's obnoxiously sweet. Molasses, some light chocolate flavors, even some plum & raisin remind me of some young Belgian dark ales. Hardly any finish at all, this beer was just too cloying for me. Not bad, just too sweet. Creamy with nice carbonation at least.

D: Simply too sweet, with no bittering to balance this out. It's cloying nature makes this a "1 and no more, thanks" beer.

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Photo of americanaqualung
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Light caramel head with a cola colored body. Very little translucence.

S: Sweet caramel/chocolate malts that are not overpowering. Inviting smell.

T: A little disappointed compared to smell. Definate burnt malt but a very sweet, light alcohol finish. I think this contains too much sugar as it seems a bit too sweet for this style of stout.

M: The light carbonation seen in the appearance is a little prickley on the tounge. Leaves the mouth a little sticky.

D: Not heavey which makes it go down easy for a 7.5%. However the mouthfeel and over sweetness brings this down in relation to its style.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light in color for a stout. Minimal tan head.

S: Sweet malt. Molasses?

T: Malt, brown sugar, sweetness with a weird fruit finish. Weird in a good way though.

M: On the thin side for the style. Med body but feels thicker.

D: Super drinkable stout. Even at the 7.5% I could have another.

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Photo of jwc215
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours almost pitch black with a large foamy tan head that settles to a lasting cover, leaving some lacing behind.

The smell is of roasted dark malt - caramel/toffee - with some smokiness.

The taste is of dark malt - chocolatey/toffeeish. Sweet apricot-like fruitiness is quite clear. Alcohol very noticeable. Lactose sweetness in the finish.

The body is light to medium. Sticky sweetness lingers.

This one started off well with the appearance and the nose, but is too sweet with an unusual fruitiness for me.

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Photo of Amalak
2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Black, with a head the disappears quickly, leaving no lace.

S: Good, chocolatey scent.

T: Robust, almost chocolate milkshakeish.

M: Hate the aftertaste. Really sits in the back of the throat.

D: Ah, very filling, but no real substance.

Not very impressed. If you're going to go Jamaican, go Red Stripe

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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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Photo of AndoBrew
1.85/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

* hated it could not finish and would never drink again*

app: deep brown with garnet hues.. not that amazing. small small tan head

smell: sweet molasses type stout smell, to much sugar/candy smell in it, not enough roasty toasty malts.

taste: thin water soy molasses sugar booze. very bad, undrinkable, this is a hamburger marinade not a drink, it is brown sugar malt mistake.

mf: thin light and not spritzy but evervecent.. not good.

drinkable?: NO, i did not find it to be anywhere near a beverage, it is a marinade at most.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a four-finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Midnight black color. Molasses nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is sweet molasses but not cloying with a clean finish. Nice sweet stout but not a five like I thought it was last century. 284ml bottle $1.75 from Kappy's Fresh Pond Jamaica Plain, MA.

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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 cyrenaica
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle
7.5% ABV
I tried this beer on September 14, 2007 at 'The Beer Bistro' in Toronto. The beer poured a very dark brown into the glass with a thin tan head. The aroma was a combination of malts, coffee and caramel. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, silky, with no apparent carbonation. The flavour was a combination of malt and fruit...cherry like.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cola dark when poured, black, coffee. Brown head, half finger with good retention. There's very lively carbonation when held under a bright light, most below the surface. Smells of caramel apple, or fresh hard candies in a dish. Sweet Tia Maria coffee taste, yeast, with a lingering aftertaste of black cherry. I found the taste developed in the glass, at first quite sweet, then an odd flash sour. Mouthfeel got syrupy as it warmed, taking away from the overall attractiveness of this Jamaican stout and it got a bit sweet for my liking. I really liked the way the flavours alternated, almost sweet and sour at times and then the strong blue mountain coffee influence. Well worth a try.

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