The Orkney Isles are off the north coast of Scotland. Whipped by winds and the North Atlantic Sea, they are starkly beautiful. Isolation from the mainland instills streaks of pride and self sufficiency amongst those who live there, and while they may be Scottish, they are a breed apart. Not everyone can live there, and those that do are a hardy bunch.
The Dragonhead Stout from the Orkney Brewery is what you would expect from such a place. According to the label, this beer is a tribute to Viking heritage of the Orkney Isles. Not being up on my Viking history, I do not know what type of beer Vikings drank, if they drank any at all, but this beer certainly fits nicely in to the popular image of Vikings. It pours a deep black with a creamy head. You are hit immediately with a rich coffee aroma, and there is a dark chocolate aftertaste, and a creamy mouthfeel. While the Dragonhead Stout clocks in at 4% ABV, this is not a beer you are gong to knock back, due to the intense rich flavors. This is a keeper. I give it a 8/10.