When it comes to Jamaican beers you probably only know of Red Stripe,
but did you know the same brewery makes a stout in the "foreign extra"
style? It’s called Dragon Stout and it’s not bad, actually. Though I
think it has a ways to go to be truly good as it’s closer to a cola
flavor than a true stout - extra or otherwise.
I poured a 9.6oz bottle into a tulip glass. It cost $2.30 ($0.24 per ounce).
Appearance: Jet black hue, completely opaque. Initially forms a thick,
frothy, brown head, but it quickly begins to fizzle away and become
soapy. It only leaves minor lacing on the glass and almost completely
Smell: A mild nose of anise and/or brown sugar.
Taste: When it comes to stouts, even though there are bunch of
sub-styles, there’s still an expectation of the style overall. It’s fine
if they’re sweet, but there’s certain flavors you expect from them,
most of which are absent from Dragon Stout. It’s close to alcoholic
brown sugar cola than a true stout. Not that it tastes bad, though. In
fact, I kind of enjoy this taste of brown sugar up front and again on
the finish. Not much in the way of roasty malts and little hop
character. No off flavors whatsoever, though. The sweet soda taste is a
bit simplistic and repetitive, but it doesn’t get old or cloying.
Drinkability: With a thin, relatively thin body and lightly sweet, clean
taste, Dragon Stout is actually highly drinkable. Even though the
alcohol is light for an imperial at 7.5% ABV, it’s nowhere to be found
in the aroma, taste or body. It goes down smoothly and has a clean
aftertaste. It’d actually be an ideal stout for warmer weather (and
considering where it’s brewed it’s understandable).