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Durham Red Dragon | County Durham Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
County Durham Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by bobsy on 02-02-2009

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at The Victory Cafe. Right after the first sip I thought, 'this is one of the most flavourful, interesting, and original beers brewed in Ontario.' Tastes like an amber lager, stout, and well-hopped ale all mixed together. A phenomenal beer.

Caramel-amber in colour with a thick ring of white head and spots of lacing on the tumbler. Smell and taste are all over the place, but in a good way. The malt profile imparts biscuit, honey, taffy, whole wheat bread, and hazelnut, with a huge dose of smokey roast in the body. There's some raisin, date, and fruit flavours. Hops are grassy, floral, aromatic, and nicely bitter. I get a few traces of sweet grains and cereal. More roast in the finish with a lingering bitterness. I love it! Mouthfeel is silky, light-bodied, great spiciness from the hops, pleasant dryness to end.

What more can you ask for in a beer? Big flavour and amazing complexity. Drinkability through the roof. Can't believe this is 4.7% ABV! A session brew of the highest order.

EDIT: tried again on cask at Volo and it wasn't quite as extraordinary as my first sample, but still an incredibly flavourful low gravity ale.

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Photo of Sammy
2.92/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bar Volo English mild cask fest. A little sour,though a tad above average mouthfeel, great aroma, but its great butterscotch smell and taste. A little red colour, almost no head. Not so drinkable, can't get at the rated 35 IBU. Maybe fresh would be much better.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on cask at Volo, obviously not retired... Pint a arrives a burnished copper color with a finger of creamy head which has amazing retention, leaves a foam mustache to the last sip!

Interesting beer that I would have to have again to completely decide what I think. Caramel, heavy toffee, raisin, light metallic notes, nuts, light grassy bitterness in the finish, fruits, perhaps a little too sweet. Really full, lush mouthfeel for such a low AB beer, aided somewhat by the low carbonation on cask. Would love a bit more hops but that's obviously not what the brewer's going for. Still, quite intriguing and certainly enough for me to go back to again.

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Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at C'est What, into a pint glass.

Mahogany with a lightly grey-ish offwhite head. Excellent retention and fantastic lacing. Nose has alot of malt notes, caramel, toffee and some Tootsie rolls. English hopping and a bit of milk chocolate. Taste is real smooth on the palate and the flavours roll out evenly, more caramel and Tootsie, milk chocolate and just a bit of hopping. Smooth feel, medium body although this feels alot fuller than the ABV suggests. Solid flavour and great drinkability, certainly revisitable and easy to get several pints down.

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Photo of eberesford
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cask conditioned at C’est What. Dark ruddy copper with off white creamy head and great retention and lacing. Aromas: bread, toffee, prunes. Flavour: as aroma with some burnt toast - slightly metalic. Medium body.

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Photo of bartle
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Victory.

Pours a light brown, reddish copper highlights, slight off white head. looks beautiful. The lacing and head retention was quite something.

Smell, slightly grassy, lots of caramel, slightly nutty, some bread and biscuit. Very pleasant.

The tongue brought some caramel, grassy hops, slightly minty, a bit of lemon zest, a touch of red berries, caramelized malt goodness. This has an amazing balance... malt forward, but the hop touch is beautiful.

It's a full bodied, creamy mouth feel, Moderate carbonation, no off palate sensations. It just has this full bodied malt forward beer with an great hop tingle on the tongue.

This is a fantastic beer. I could drink a lot of this, and still pick out different flavours. When I see this on a cask listing I get a little excited.

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Photo of MattPS
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the new Ceili Cottage, had quite a few times and really enjoy it.

Pours a ruddy and hazy dark reddish brown, some orange highlighting, very thick off white head forms, sits in a nice layer and drops some big lacing on the glass, looks good. Smell is nice, very malty, some caramel sweetness, very biscuity and toast, some light fruitiness, maybe a touch of raisin, treacle, lightly grassy, oats, very nice. Taste is similar, sweetness up front, caramel and honey, big malty middle, biscuits and bread, lightly grainy, a really nice touch of roast through middle, some fruit in the finish, strawberries and raisin, nice balanced finish, solid bitterness but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. A really nice cask beer, definitely easy to put down a bunch of pints. Great stuff.

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Photo of bobsy
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Victory's Winter Cask Ale Festival. Here's the description from the program: "A rich red-brown colour with a sweet malt and fruit aroma. Full-bodied, roasted malt and caramel flavour, with a generous fruit hop character and satisfying dry finish."

Deep amber colour with a small bubbly off-white head. Interesting light aroma combines the roastiness of a stout with a rich fruitiness. The flavour continues the partnership. Coffee and caramel jive with summer berries before moving through to a fruity and lightly bitter finish. I was really surprised to see the coffee flavours in there, but it worked well. Medium body and low carb.

A very decent beer, that only suffered in comparison to the others I had that day. Its eminently sessionable, and the mix of flavours was interesting enough for me to desire this again.

Re-review at C'est What: A pint, again on cask, and again on good form. Great retention and lacing for a cask - I mean it left sheets. Everything else was as I remember it. Great beer!

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Photo of morningthief
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DaPan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Durham Red Dragon from County Durham Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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