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%
 
 
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22
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45
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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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A: Deep ruby colour with a frothy off brown head that laces the glace.

S: Hints of alcohol, sweetness, roatiness is far in the back and there is some chocolate milk aromas.

T: This is your tropical foreign stout at it's best. I do taste a lot of sweetness that it not malt (IMO). There is also a chocolate mile flavour that comes through.

M: Light mouthfeel but carbonation is very nice

O: For a tropical foreign stout this is on still. Sweet, estery and balanced.

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284ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a very tiny dark brown head. Nothing in the way of head retention and just a thin ring of lace around the top of the beer.

The aroma is pretty weak with some milk chocolate along with espresso and dark fruit. All are very weak, however.

Flavor is also somewhat weak. Lots of milk chocolate up front along with hints of dark fruit. I can definitely pick up some pipe tobacco flavors and faint coffee. There is an ever-present sweetness that is a bit of a turn off. Bitterness picks up towards the finish but not enough to balance out the sweetness. The finish isn't real sticky, though, which is nice.

Overall, not really the best foreign stout I have had. It is almost like it needs more hops to balance out the sweetness. Also, the flavors are just not very pronounced. Really not something worth seeking out.

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Appearance: Produced a finger of head that retained like crazy, but sadly did not lace. The body is as black as night, as a good stout should be.

Smell: Lots of chocolate and almost a sweet coconut smell to it. I'm also catching some coffee and malt notes in the background. It's good, but I'm left expecting more.

Taste: Starts out sweet, creamy and milky as the malt then makes an appearance as it comes forward with a raw sugar and mild chocolate taste that then finally ends with a bitter kick that is far milder then most stouts but comes out with a bit of a mineral note.

Mouthfeel: Chocolate aftertaste which I like as well as a surreal creaminess. The transitioning is a little awkward and the carbonation falls flat near the end, but all in all sold stuff here. Tastes a little thin though.

Drinkability: Very mild for a stout as it is fairly light bodied, which is odd for a stout but it seems to have a surreal smoothness to it.

Final Thoughts: When I first looked at this beer, I thought that a stout from Jamaica would be awful. However, Desnoes & Geddes seem to me to be the best of Caribbean beer. I wouldn't say it's epicly good, but it's certainly worth seeking out.

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Pours three fingers of light tan brown head, goes down in a minute or two, leaving a nice film and lace. Colour is jet black.

Aroma has a definite roast character, some fruity grapefruit esters, fresh coffee notes. Also dark chocolate/cocoa, maybe tobacco as well. Quite thick, but pretty good balance.

Flavour follows the nose, plenty of roast coffee, dark chocolate, some cherries. Fair bit of sweetness on the malt. Pretty good complexity and not much in the way of faults. Something of a metallic note on the aftertaste.

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