1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dragonhead Stout - Orkney Brewery

Not Rated.
Dragonhead StoutDragonhead Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

254 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 254
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 21
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Orkney Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dragonhead is a legendary stout: dark, intense and fully-flavoured it is our tribute to the Vikings and their cultural legacy in Orkney. On the nose, this black stout has a smooth roasted malt aroma giving bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee and smoky notes balanced by hints of spicy Goldings Hops. On the palate, the dark roasted malts combine to give a rich, rounded palate of chocolate, toast and nut, with a satisfying spicy hop finish.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 09-01-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 173 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of charlatan
3.58/5  rDev -7%

From bottle with freshness date in 2015. Pours a very dark peaty colour, almost black, with a head so offwhite I might call it beige. The nose is not much to write home about, a little chalky with a hint of white wine and some roasted malt notes, maybe even a hint of smoky bacon crisp flavouring. This has more bite than most English stouts, tasting quite acidic to start, turning slightly plummy with a pleasant smoky, woody and slightly spicy aftertaste. The more I drink the spicier and more tobacco infused it seems. It isn't bland which seems to be the pitfall of many lower abv stouts. It is on the somewhat carbonated rather than silky smooth side. Overall, this is good stuff which is just as well because I have a few more bottles of it.

charlatan, May 17, 2014
Photo of mizx
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

mizx, May 04, 2014
Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +3.9%

IanSpindler, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Exeter, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of tourdot
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

tourdot, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

Unmarked bottle at 50 degrees into goblet
Aroma of chocolate, malt, and maybe slight smokiness
Head average (3.5 cm), light brown, creamy with rocks, slowly diminishing to ring with 2 mm lip, lower in center
Lacing – virtually none
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins with heavy bitter chocolate flavor with (again) slight smokiness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. Ends lightly sweet.
Palate medium to full, watery, soft carbonation.

This would be an easy drinking stout at 4% if the bitter chocolate taste were less prominent and the price point lower ($5.99/500 mL). However, this meets the criteria for a stout well and must be judged accordingly.

Ozzylizard, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of NorthernSoul
4/5  rDev +3.9%

NorthernSoul, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

threedaggers, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

harpus, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Los1324
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Los1324, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Pens1967
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Pens1967, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Kerne
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Kerne, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of ThreeFishes
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

ThreeFishes, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +3.9%

zenithberwyn, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A:Pitch black in appearance with a creamy tan head. Retention is superb, lacing is light and spotty.

S: Lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla bean, blackstrap molasses, toast, and roasted coffee beans. Distinct raisin. Chewing tobacco. Grassy and herbal hops.

T: Molasses. Very sooty and smokey up front. Burnt malts add a drying balance. Bakers chocolate is the dominant taste. Some salty minerality. Light acidity, burnt coffee. Perhaps a hint of peat? Hops taste dry, earthy, and grassy with an herbal tobacco edge. Raisin. Salty and acrid finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Full, round, and creamy. Ample prickling carbonation. Smooth and nice. Very slight roast astringency.

O: A briny mineral tastes starts to creep up as you drink through the pint, but it plays well off of the acrid malt flavors. A solid pint from beginning to end.

ryan1788a5, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of DamageCase76
4/5  rDev +3.9%

DamageCase76, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Hand-pulled halfpint in 'Chequers' Oxford on 23rd Nov 13 during a mega pub crawl.

Black body with a good deeply tanned foaming head.

The aroma was all malt, chocolate, coffee and peat bog notes.

Taste wise it followed the smells: this is a rich, smooth Stout with a fair amount of sweetness running through it. The dry finish compliments the nutty hints within the coffee and chocolate flavours to give you a reminder that the brewer hasn't forgotten to add some hops into his kettle.

BlackHaddock, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

From the 500 ml. bottle. Sampled on

The pour is black as night with some vague ruby hues on the very edges and a modest beige head that slowly dissolves.

The aroma has this sort of burnt coffee grinds, burnt caramel, burnt dark malts ester. "Burnt" is the key word as opposed to smoky. Although some might think of this as smoky. Where's the bonfire?

Thin to medium body.

The taste has a good "hang around the bonfire" burnt malt flavor going on with light bitterness coming up on the backside. Quite easy to drink and a very nice beer that I would have again.

puboflyons, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of DLS168
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DLS168, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Ciocanelu, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

leitmotif, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of metalhead_001
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

metalhead_001, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

dcmchew, Nov 01, 2013
Dragonhead Stout from Orkney Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.