Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Pete Drinks: Dragon Stout


Name: Dragon Stout

ABV: 7.5%

Bottled/ Draft: Bottled, non conditioned

Price: £1.49, 284ml bottle

Colour: Dark

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 :-)



Oliver said...

It's a great one to cook with too - Jamaican oxtail or beef stew with scotch bonnets, yum!

This could be worth a go.

Pete Favelle said...

Ooh, I can see it being a great cooking beer. Although whether I'd be able to stop myself from just drinking it... ;)

marv said...

... Should be treated with respect... My best friend had a bad experience after drinking several (7 as I recall ... They were on sale at £1) bottles which resulted in a messy "redecoration" of my kitchen. Great stuff though!

Kavey said...

I'd suggest that 7 x 284 ml (just under 2 litres) of any 7.5% beer would have had the same affect!!! ;)

Pete Favelle said...

I think the danger is that it really, really doesn't taste like a 7.5% beer!