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Date: 04/20/2024 - Upvotes : 238 - Words : 933

Beer Tasting: Ugly Duckling & Dragon Stout

Hello, beer lovers! 🍻

How are you? Here we have gone from tropical heat to almost winter a few days ago, everything is already blooming and the temperatures are just above zero Celsius. Apart from a family lunch and participation in #beersaturday, the 355th, there are no other activities today.

As for, let's say, evening dessert :), I have two interesting dark beers waiting for me, one Slovenian and one Jamaican.

I am interested to see how they do. First, the one with less alcohol.

Crazy Duck Ugly Duckling

Brewed by Crazy Duck Brewery, Ε½iri, Slovenia. Bottle, 0.33 l, alcohol 5.7% ABV, IBU N/A. It's a Stout, precisely Stout-Milk style, which means dark-colored, sweet, slightly roast coffee and cream taste.

What do the Master Brewers say?

Ugly duckling is a very special type of stout. Like the black duck in its litter, this beer stands out from the rest in style. It is a lighter stout and the addition of oatmeal makes it creamy, drinkable and full-bodied. The roasted barley ensures that the taste doesn't go away, leaving a lingering and strong roasted aftertaste. Taste it!

🍺 I tried the Crazy Duck beer last week and it wasn't bad.

The beer is dark, almost black, there is very little head and even that disappears. It has no smell. A sip goes down my throat smoothly, and I taste the bitterness of coffee and dark chocolate. Slightly sweet. I don't taste any hops at all, the bitterness of roasted malt lingers for a while and then disappears.

It is fresh and drinkable but without any special features. It's different from the stouts I've tried so far. I would say milder. It's like pouring another dash of water into an expresso. Nothing distinctive, but drinkable. Probably won't be in my fridge, although it's available in local shops.

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As I mentioned, today there was only a family lunch at stake. No other activities. Still quite plentiful. Don't tell anyone I had red wine for lunch. Refosco :)

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Desnoes & Geddes Dragon Stout

Brewed by Desnoes & Geddes, Kingston, Jamaica. I couldn't find the brewery's website, maybe because Heineken bought it ten years ago? Bottle, 0.284 l, alcohol 7.5% ABV, IBU 50. It's Stout-Extra or Stout-Tropical style, dark beer with roasted malt, less bitterness and roast flavors with higher fruitiness.

What do the Master Brewers say?

Black malt; corn syrup; caramel malt; and hop extract. Priming sugar is used when bottling.

🍺 They didn't say anything special about this beer, we'll have to taste what it's all about.

The beer is dark, almost black, the head is solid, brownish, and disappears quickly. It has no smell. A sip goes down the throat smoothly, I taste the sweetness of malt, guava, cola, maybe caramel, and later, in the aftertaste, the bitterness of roasted malt remains. I don't feel the alcohol at all.

The beer is drinkable, but although it has an IBU of 50 I didn't detect any hop bitterness, it's more like a bittersweet Coca-Cola. I don't know where to put it. It is, however, apparently very popular in Jamaica. What do I know, it's definitely a beer but it's not the stout I know. I got it from London, two friends brought it to me, and we don't get it here, so it will just remain on this record. But if I ever find myself in Jamaica (unlikely, but never say no) I will look for it.

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And what am I listening to as I write this and taste the beer? Something from my yesterday #newtunes post. New to me.

Full Flower Moon Band - Illegal Things

Thank you for your attention.

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Comments :

leaky20 :

I haven't had a Dragon Stout in a very long time, probably over 10 years now. I remember liking it back then. I keep seeing it at the store so I should pick it up again. Time for a revisit I think

pazartesi :

That beer looks cool in that glass, if we were close I will have requested for that glass as a gift.

Happy #BeerSaturday

harveyword :

That food looks amazing - both beers lot pretty good too.

rafzat :

The bitterness of black Beers is what makes me dislike it but I love the sweetness that comes after it…

xplosive :

Have you tried the Ugly Duckling beer, @captainquack22?

danigada18 :

Hey, a friend actually recommended Dragon stout last week. I'll take this as a sign

pizzabot :

$PIZZA slices delivered: @captainquack22(1/10) tipped @xplosive

coffeenlove :

The lunch looks fancy ✨ bitter beers isn’t a choice I would choose. But you seem to be enjoying the taste 🍻