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Style: English Strong Ale
Orkney, Scotland

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

Appearance: pale and golden in colour.
Nose: rich fruity malt hints of yeast, with earthy, woody, hop with honey and alcohol notes.
Palate: generously malty with balanced spicy hop in the middle leading, to a lingering hop finish, with honeyed fruity malt and a hint of warming alcohol.
Summary: a stunning stronger ale in the true british fashion, with balanced flavours from maris otter malt and English hops added early and late in the copper. One to take great care with as it is so drinkable.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1348) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2012
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in May 2008. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear copper red in colour with a thin white head. Fresh watermelon in the short aroma. Thin mouthfeel and poor lacing. Mixed malts give a thick chewy maltloaf base with syrupy raisins, sultanas, cherries and then drier redcurrants. Floral hop resins impart a strong spicy kick to the lively aftertaste. Sweet malt returns in the robust malty finish with glycerine fruit and booming alcohol notes warming in the throat. A superb Strong Ale and well recommended.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamestulloch (1264) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2011
Aroma: Difficult to detect. Quite bready.

Appearance: Light amber, clear body. Small white head. Good carbonation.

Taste: Smokey, lightly spiced, doughy taste. Hints of lemon. Sharp, bitter finish.

Palate: Oily mouthfeel. Excellent carbonation.

Overall: Another strong, tasty ale from the island of Orkney. This one is delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2011
On cask at Cloisters. Pours a golden colour with a thin white head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel and yeast. Similar flavours with lingering grassy hops and an alcohol hum. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
marcot (771) - Campomorone, ITALY - NOV 27, 2011
Un assaggio al The Rake, non malvagia pale ale da 6° alc., ma non mi ha convinto a tal punto di prenderla

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stravale (2057) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 10, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 Take 2 - Bandstand Bar, Nairn 040812
Aroma - sweet fruity malts, straw hops, soft zest, citrus orange
Taste - rich sweet fruity syrupy malts, bitter hop background, soft orange zest, some bitter orange, touch of pale toffee malts, very slight rubber, alcohol too noticeable for abv
Palate - soft carb, medium body, oily, bit dry, bittersweet juicy malt finish with a hint of cereal
Overall - It’s just too boozy and somewhat cloying. I’m not a fan of this - no change to the rating - it’s still 3.1

Cask @ Blackfriars, Inverness 111011 7/3/6/3/12
Golden amber, clear, thin white head.
Aroma of sweet golden malt, sweet fruits, orange, apricot, rich sweet marmalade.
Taste similar to aroma, but not quite as good. The alcohol was quite noticeable.
Palate - sweet, soft carb, oily, syrupy malts. Finish - Sweet apricot with some citric bitterness. Bitter overhang with warming alcohol.
The aroma was good,but the taste didn’t quit match the aroma. Seemed good at first, but by the end of the 1/2 pint, the malts seemed a bit cloying and syrupy, and it was rather boozy for 6%.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19218) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2011
Bottled. Hazy glden, coarse head. Spicy fruity nose. Mid sweet with soft, dense mouthfeel and solidbody. Creamy buttery malt and some spicy bitterness. Mild, pleasant and gently warming.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (3894) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 3, 2011
Bottle at Per’s. Slightly hazy amber body, small fast disappearing white head. Fresh fruity malty taste, light bubblegum. Fine distinctly fruity taste, peaches. Light bitter taste. This is actually quite tasty. Not terribly complex, definitely tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2011
Bottle. Brilliant gold with a fine lacing lid. Same dank dishcloth, Feta and passion fruit aroma as the Orkney IPA I had last night. Fine bright hops in the mouth with a fibrous tang of citrus; Jaffa orange and pineapple. Well-rounded pale malt aftertaste with plenty of chaff, peanut and hints of smoke. Something clean cut and ringing about this I really like; imagine an oktoberfest made with US hops- no way are they all English. There is a metallic streak, but completely demolished by oranges. Orange-dented stainless steel. Squirted with fresh-squeezed orange juice. Not the slightest hint of alcohol. Cashews, oatmeal. Dangerous stuff. These boys really seem to know what they’re doing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (2356) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 Re-rating, a really great cask experience - rich but refreshing. Previous Re-rate 28/08/11 7+4+7+4+14 = 3.6. More of the cleverly integrated yeast and hops on this experience and less aware of the strength, as it comes in understatedly and finishes cleanly and elegantly. Previous rating 20/04/11 6/3/7/4/14 = 3.4 50cl bottle. Pours an orange colour with steady bubbles and a good frothy head. The nose is of pale malt and nettles. The taste has more pale malt and nettles, also some hay and perhaps an apple note. The palate is fairly light in body and structure and there is a very long refreshing structure. Overall, I think I could drink it all night,

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Humble_Tester (9) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2011 does not count
Cask - Stromness. Very fruity smell, passion fruit and perhaps pear. Light color, somewhat murky. Sharp first taste with a lingering, but mild, aftertaste. Sign at the bar said 2010 Scottish Beer Champ, though I have not verified this.


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