Dragonhead Stout - Orkney Brewery

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86
very good

267 Ratings
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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 20
Gots: 10 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of inspektor
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mendicant
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of pkalix
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

a 4% stout. I had to try this....
poured a dark topping which dissipated rapidly. typical dark; cant see through it.
smells very sweet.
tastes very light. kind of tastes a bit like a band aid. ever sucked on a band aid?
not overly thrilled with the experience although i'm happy to see something different. taste is very light, a tiny bit bitter, but the lingering band aid flavor is sticking... it's not great although I can see where the brewery thought it was doing good.
overall . . . . I rate anything that gets me buzzed and doesn't taste like NIGHTTRAIN over a 4. I like beer. most beer. this is beer. but it's on the low end of beer. I appreciate the effort, but it doesn't suit me much. i'll still drink it... I liked the other one, the dark island, much more....

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mick303
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with freshness date. Poured a thick black colour, strong brown sugar head, creamy with good retention and really nice rich lacing, fades out though. 3.75

S – roasty chocolate malt, rich dark cocoa, dry and rich, vanilla and coffee freshness, rich malts, cherry, earthy spices, fairly typical but more toward the hops than the roasty malt, with citrus and earthy bitterness coming through. 4

T – a roasty, malty start, then some dry fruity caramel cake. Some nice crisp hops, earthy and a dry finish with some roast nuttiness. Dry cocoa, cherry, grapefruit, brown sugar sweetness, flavourful, but generally mild profile, rounded and smooth, flavours are really balanced excellently but don’t really jump out. 3.75

M – moderate body, malty and mildly chocolatey, a bit creamy though not too much for the style, a nice bit of dry hoppy bite, which makes it a bit more refreshing. Drinks really nicely. 4.25

A very nice mild stout, has a bit of nice hops which works well as the balance is very solid. Drinks very nicely actually. Would recommend this as a flavorful session stout, good brew. 4

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 500ml bottle. A deep, dark beer with a small beige head. Nice malty aromas with a flavor that follows. Malts dominate the experience with a rich flavor up front and a dry finish. The flavor is big and rewarding despite the 4% alcohol. Creamy, satisfying and refreshing.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of soju6
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with a good tan head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, hint of chocolate and herbs.

T: Taste of roasted malt and some chocolate. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth with a nice rich feel.

O: Enjoyable stout. worth checking out

Photo of pin
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kinsman
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fills the glass with a nice dark black stout body and a creamy tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and a bit of fruit fill the nose. A hint of tobacco in there as well.

Sweet and roasty on the palate with a nice chocolatey flavor. Some yeasty qualities as well with hints of fruit and a bit of a mineral character, possibly from the brewing water. Either way, it's a pleasant array of flavors.

Velvety smooth and creamy on the mouth with a light feel to it. Overall, a pleasant change of pace from the norm of bigger and bolder American stouts. Packs quite a bit of flavor in a small 4% abv package.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of KellBell
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was so pleasurable on the nose, I wish it came in a scented candle. It's reminiscent of sweet pipe tobacco and soft leather, maybe a hint of chocolate.
It poured (from 0.5L bottle) an oily black with at least an inch of caramel head, which quickly thinned away.
On the palate, this beer is fairly smooth with nice carbonation; not too thick
The taste seems lacking in sweetness, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but other stouts I've tried seem more well-rounded. There is a very interesting rich roasted maltiness and just enough hoppy sharpness to make this stout a plus on my list, in spite of the dry finish.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of SpruceMoose
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Being an accustomed stout fan, I revelled in the opportunity to try Orkney Brewery's addition to the scene. Although it sports an ABV of only 4% (remarkably low for a stout of its taste and calibre), Dragonhead promises a warm treat on a winter's night with its bold taste and enticing appearance.

Appearance: A mildly aggressive pour leaves a beige-brown head that retains its size for a few minutes. The body is completely black and characteristically opaque, informing the drinker that it is a full-bodied stout.

Smell: Hints of coffee, chocolate, toast and other bitter aromas are instantly noticeable upon the first whiff. The beer's odour is as deep and bold as its taste, not dissimilar to Samuel Smiths stouts.

Taste: A strong and cohesive combination of bitter and smoky flavours is instantly pleasing. An aftertaste of coffee and chocolate flavours remains on the senses long after this beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick and bold yet not overly carbonated. Classic stout mouthfeel, heavier than Guinness yet smoother than other English stouts.

Overall: A brilliant stout that is to be tried by anybody even vaguely interested in darker beer. However, the intensity of its flavours means that such people should perhaps warm themselves up with contemporary stouts such as Guinness or Murphy's before abandoning the sweetness and nitro-carbonation for the rich smokiness and experience of Dragonhead. Another fine brew by the lads at Orkney!

Photo of heygeebee
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 1st choice

Pours a black body tan head. Two finger coarse head a sheets of lace

Aromas are toasty and roasty, choc dominates

Taste is amazingly full on for a such a low ABV beer and really hits the stout mark. Not too sweet nor dry. Lots of roast malts, lots of chocolate a hint of coffee and hint of cream.

Mouthfeel well carbonated.

Overall I would have scored much lower but really this is AMA amazing beer for 4 percent.

Photo of bucho
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very, very nice nose - definitely pour this one into a snifter. Low alcohol and sits kind of heavy, but is nice for those afternoons up north at the cabin when you're just kicking back and relaxing. Kind of has a smoky taste to it - very unique. A bit on the expensive side.

Dragonhead Stout from Orkney Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 267 ratings.