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Not all island beers are light, watery, flavorless things, at least if Dragon Stout is any indicator. I sampled it recently while touring Broward's roti shops, and I gotta say, it was great stuff.
Unlike that better-known Jamaican beer, Dragon is a rich, dark stout.
But that doesn't mean it's not as drinkable. On the contrary: When
paired with some spicy curry, Dragon Stout might even work better than
a light lager.
Its head is relatively thin despite a bit more carbonation than most
stouts. And the flavor is sweet and fairly light. It's nutty and malty
with flavors of coffee and caramel, making it a great fire quencher for
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hot peppers. There's even a slight, hoppy bitterness. It drinks very
easy for a high-alcohol beer as well. Its 7.5 percent is pretty hefty,
which might explain why the bottle is so small (9.6 ounces, actually).
Pick up Dragon Stout at Caribbean groceries and restaurants like Curry Hut and Lovey's Roti.