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Beer Spotlight- Dragonhead Stout Orkney Breweries

Brewery – Orkney Brewery
A perfect beer.
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 Smokey notes balanced by hints of spicy Goldings hop.

On the palate, the dark roasted malts combine to give a rich, rounded palate with chocolate, toast and nut flavours, with a satisfying spicy hop finish.

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Appearance
A black stout, with a deep copper-brown tint, displaying a tight, smooth, tan-coloured head

Aroma
Bitter chocolate, roast coffee, smokey flavours, moderated by spicy dark fruits

Palate
Dark roast malt flavours with hints of chocolate, coffee and toast; a big, rich, sweet, round mouthfeel balanced by a lasting hop bitterness

Key Ingredients
Roast barley, chocolate malt and wheat give this beer its smooth, full-bodied roasted character; Goldings hops combine with the malt flavours to deliver the lasting almost smokey bitterness

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Beer Spotlight – Traquair House Jacobite

Brewer Traquair House
TRAQUAIR Jacobite Ale
ABV 8% (Bottled)
Brewed to celebrate the anniversary of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion the ale proved to be so popular it has become a permanent addition to the range. Based on an eighteenth century recipe the ale is spiced with coriander which gives a remarkably fresh aftertaste.

Awards

Ratebeer Overall rating: 99
Beer Advocate: Current ranking 20th best beer in UK
Top 50 World Beers – International Beer Competition 2006 and 2007
What The Experts Say: “A rich warm biscuity aroma balanced by hops and a herbal note from the coriander. A bittersweet finish with hints of chocolate, winey fruit and coriander” Roger Protz The Guardian

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Beer Spotlight-Orkney Breweries Dark Island

Brewer – Orkney Brewery
A very dark beer with a deep ruby tint, displaying a tight, smooth, almost white head
Aroma – Chocolate, winter fruits and dried fruits, with hints of smooth roasted malt, coffee, nuts and toffee
Palate- Coffee and roast malt flavours, giving way to warm winter fruits and a balanced, more-ish aftertaste
Key Ingredients
Chocolate malt, crystal malt and wheat give this beer its smooth, full-bodied, maltiness and sweetness; First Gold and Goldings hops combine with the malt flavours to deliver the winter fruits and dried fruits aspects

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