Red Stripe – Dragon Stout & Spitfire

Tasting: May 1 – 5
Style: Stout

Red Stripe Dragon Stout and Spitfire Stout

As mentioned in my last entry – the caribbean is full of what I call “lawn mower” beer — light-bodied beer meant for the hot and humid climate. That being said, this pair of stouts were a surprise find in the local liquor store in Grand Cayman. They come in 10 oz bottles. Dragon being the “single” strength stout comes in at 7.5% ABV, while the “double” Spitfire comes in at 10% ABV. Funny comment on the label — “contains barley”. Not sure why that would be necessary — but hey in case you didn’t know, beer contains barley. I’m also surprised to read that they are made by Jamaican brewer – Red Stripe.

I’m pleasantly surprised by Dragon. It’s a subtle stout — with ample flavors of coffee and rum — but the main draw is its creamy chocolate base. Smooth mouthfeel. I enjoyed this — a complete change of pace from the rum punch and light flavored lagers I had this week – 84 points for Dragon.

I’m a little surprised with Spitfire — the same flavors are amped up a bit and the alcohol shines through a bit more — but is still concealed. I’ll put it slightly ahead of Dragon at 85 points.

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