Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Scotch Ale
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 1479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Available filtered in 330ml bottles.
"Named after Thorfin Hausakliuuf, the seventh earl of Orkney, this reddish coloured ale has an intense vinous nose, is rich and satiny in the mouth with a long dry finish and deep rich fruity notes. Described as ’Satiny smooth in the mouth, deceptively light and dangerously drinkable’."

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flying_pig (911) - - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle (330ml):
Sweet-smelling upfront with a lot of sugar and dark malts. There is some sweet caramel and dark fruits too that add to the overall sweetness of the beer. There is a bit of banana in the middle which was a real surprise and some other fruits including but not limited to apple, figs and plums; I can also detect some raisins. A wonderfully complex mix of different aromas make this an excellent smelling beer. There is some oak and even a whisky like aroma right at the back-end.
Reddish, mahogany brown with a thumb sized, off-white head that slowly recedes to leave a creamy head about half that size. There is some light lacing on the glass around the circumference too.
Sweet to begin with. There is some dark fruits to begin with along with some malty, oak like flavours and a touch of sugar. I can also taste some alcohol at this point although it is not overpowering and there is some caramel too along with light spices. This is a truly excellent tasting beer and it leaves a great, lingering aftertaste in the mouth after each sip.
Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a strong alcohol content that adds to the drink a little. It is smooth, sweet and rich on the palate.

It smells better than almost any other beer I have ever tried for starters. For a beer that is 8.5% it goes down very well and although it’s not a beer you could drink more than two of I can see myself picking this up every now and again when I can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peter_L (636) - SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2014
Flaska hos god vän. Mörkt kopparfärgad vätska. Härliga dofter av karamell och toffe, precis som det skall vara. Smaken överraskar då inget från doften återkommer. Både kola och karamell är borta. Stram och torr med en fyllig munkänsla. Trevlig luring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trev (1898) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Amber pour, thin head. Big malty aroma. Toffee, woody hop. Flavour is woody, earthy, toffe. Light grainy/woody sourness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3148) - Radom, POLAND - JUL 15, 2014
dobre piwo smaczne slodowe i alkoholowe nieco niestety. Koloru czerwono brazowego. Piana niewielka i niezbyt trwala. Karmelowa slodowosc nieco jakby torfowy posmak. Koncowka alkoholowa, ale szlachetna podobna do rumu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (174) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2014
BBE April 16. Pours a clear amber with a deep dark ruby hue. Good head with limited lacing and retention. Nose of dark fruit (figs, dates), and caramel over a scotch like alcohol background. Full bodied with a rich and creamy texture. Low carbonation level. Tremendous flavor profile that is complex and balanced. It begins with a scotch like note that flows into the dark fruits. In the middle caramel is predominate as the scotch fades. The finish hints of the previous dark fruits and caramel which fade into a nice alcohol tingle that lingers. An Outstanding Wee Heavy that is alcohol focused..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5338) - Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle from backlog notes. Pours a clear amber brown color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, dark fruits, raisins, caramel, some wood, mild vinous notes and a hint of earthy bitterness and light spices. Very smooth, no real sign of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bif (1392) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours a dark cheery color with a small head and no real lacing. Aroma of malt, dark fruit and spice. Taste of malt, dark fruit and spice. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Moderate body, smooth with a good malt feel. Well balanced with the 8.5% ABV well hidden. Very enjoyable, woth checking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mlf15068 (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2014 does not count
330 ml bottle poured into a tumbler. Pours deep amber with about a one finger head. Aroma of smoke and caramel. Sweet malty taste. Very nice. Reminds me of Oskar Blues Old Chub but more than double the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2472) - Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2014
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/8/2012. Pours fairly cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, brown sugar, raisin, fig, plum, dark bread, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, brown sugar, raisin, plum, fig, dark bread, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy/herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, fig, plum, toast, dark bread, light roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice scotch ale. All around good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (448) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2014
500 ml bottle. Appearance: finger khaki to light brown head that does not last long, copper/brown color, very cloudy, light lacing. Aroma: molasses, peat, nutty, earthy. Palate: full body, alcohol and oily texture, light carbonation, alcohol warming. Taste: sweet molasses and earthy sweetness. Overall, delicious beer, I love the aroma and the balance is great. New favorite for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2490) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2014
Bottled. Pours slightly hazy and deep amber with a small, off-white head. Aroma of dark, dried fruit, some smoked notes and caramel. Sweet flavor that ends up dry with bitter notes. A nice Ale indeed.

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