Dragonhead Stout - Orkney Brewery
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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.
03-25-2014 11:55:44 | More by Ozzylizard
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.
01-11-2014 17:51:53 | More by ryan1788a5
United Kingdom (England)
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.
12-05-2013 09:10:51 | More by BlackHaddock
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.
11-29-2013 19:38:36 | More by puboflyons
Dragonhead Stout from Orkney Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.