Name: Dragon Stout
Bottled/ Draft: Bottled, non conditioned
Price: £1.49, 284ml bottle
Head: Fine bubbled, thin but lingering brown foam.
Mouthfeel: A little over fizzed, but surprisingly light bodied for such a dark, sweet beer.
Taste: Wonderfully deep malt, burnt sugar.
Comment: A rich, strong tasting stout from the Jamaican brewers of Red Stripe. My tasting notes include the rather cryptic "not very beer-like"; it's a peculiar (but very nice!) blending of stout flavours with a somehow "lagery" feel.
The smell has buckets of molasses, treacle, raisins; and that carries through to the taste – sweet, rich but without being sludgy, refreshing and yet dangerously strong. It has that warming alcohol kick lurking underneath and is an all round wonderful beer!
This was one of those random beer finds; I stumbled on the bottle gathering dust on the shelf in the little convenience store at the top of our road and, being a sucker for both beer and dragons, picked a bottle up. Needless to say, I'll be going back to empty the shelf :-)