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Dragonhead Stout - Orkney Brewery

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86
very good

249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 19
Gots: 5 | 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)
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 11:55:44 | More by Ozzylizard
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NorthernSoul

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

03-14-2014 21:23:06 | More by NorthernSoul
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-07-2014 02:55:19 | More by threedaggers
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-26-2014 15:07:18 | More by harpus
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Los1324

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-06-2014 23:09:53 | More by Los1324
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Pens1967

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-04-2014 02:15:46 | More by Pens1967
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-03-2014 18:34:38 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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Kerne

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-31-2014 01:09:16 | More by Kerne
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ThreeFishes

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

01-28-2014 01:44:21 | More by ThreeFishes
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zenithberwyn

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-22-2014 06:37:19 | More by zenithberwyn
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 17:51:53 | More by ryan1788a5
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DamageCase76

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-11-2014 14:56:55 | More by DamageCase76
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

12-07-2013 20:41:50 | More by BillRoth
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: cask

12-05-2013 09:10:51 | More by BlackHaddock
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 19:38:36 | More by puboflyons
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DLS168

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-19-2013 01:25:38 | More by DLS168
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-07-2013 07:55:47 | More by Ciocanelu
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leitmotif

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-06-2013 19:02:27 | More by leitmotif
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metalhead_001

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

11-06-2013 00:08:58 | More by metalhead_001
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dcmchew

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-01-2013 18:55:34 | More by dcmchew
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rao2100

Malaysia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-09-2013 10:52:42 | More by rao2100
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Bassman2019

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-07-2013 18:33:58 | More by Bassman2019
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-03-2013 08:02:08 | More by abeeronthebeach
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RockinRob925

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

09-13-2013 20:53:47 | More by RockinRob925
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-31-2013 01:34:29 | More by Schlafly33
Dragonhead Stout from Orkney Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.