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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1602   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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’."

flying_pig's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flying_pig (1431) - - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (821) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2016
Appearance- murky, muddy brown, some sediment, not much head. Aroma- raisin, plum, red wine, chocolate and toffee, fudge, fruitcake, marzipan, cherry. Taste- boozy fruitcake, cherry skin, nutty, sweet malt, figs, malt loaf, toffee, sugary dark fruit, boozy vinous finish. Sticky and rich, and full-bodied.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1953) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2016
Pours a brown colour. Taste is malty and fruity with a warming alcohol, dried fruit and winter spice. Would make a good Christmas beer

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AbbeyRoade (532) - Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Really not my jazz. Kinda bitter, a bit bland yet tart. Some malt, light fruit notes as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (2253) - Hagen, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2016
0.33 l bottle from ’REWE Budnik & Homberg’, bottled in August 2013 (three years old). Clear, deep red with a medium large, dense, almost stable, beige head. Faint, sweetish-malty and a little fruity aroma of toffee, raisins and prunes. Sweetish-malty, moderately fruity and a little oxidized taste of toffee, raisins, prunes and hints of oak, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, a bit warming-alcoholic and minimally vinous finish. Medium body, slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Quite nice, maybe already a bit past its prime, but it held up well! Surprisingly, it’s still quite alcoholic, but just in a pleasant way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (1374) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2016
Clear brown with white head. Nuts, bread, figs, alcohol and toffee. Sweet, sticky, noble hops and long thick finish. Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NallePalle (523) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2016
Bottle, 33 cl, Au comptoir de la bière, Callian (83). Overall pleasant: malty, coffee aroma but at a sophisticated level. Full mouthfeel but not too boozy. A bit watery. Would gladly try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (4094) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 12, 2016
bottle @ Party Source / Bellevue KY --- Aroma of dark malt and toffee. Nearly clear amber brown color, ivory head that slowly drops to a full cover, sheets of lace. Taste is full-bodied malt and toffee that moves through medium carbonation and light dark dried fruit in the swallow to semi-sweet toffee that grows, and light bitters that move things to a medium-length finish. Full, balanced, satisfying. I’ll drink it again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
King_Alex_II (1228) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Red-brown color with solid thick foam head (and some particles). Shy sweet and light alcoholic nose. The taste is creamy thick with a raisin sweetness with some decent licorice and an alcoholic touch. Pleasant sweet finish with a fruity (dates) sweet and sticky aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jhj (45) - DENMARK - JUN 18, 2016
33cl bottle. Pours red Brown without much head. Sweet beer without any bitternes but a lot of taste. Malty taste and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nybol (1452) - DENMARK - JUN 5, 2016
En meget sød øl, der smager af noget karamelt. Næsten ingen humle, og man har næsten en hel fedtet smag i munden efter et par slurke.

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