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Brewed by Highland
Style: English Strong Ale
Orkney, Scotland

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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.


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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnCook101 (349) - - FEB 8, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours dark golden with moderate head. Yeasty and slightly floral aroma. Sweet brown sugar flavours, light toast and mild floral notes offset with a good amount of bitterness, though itís the sweetness that carries through - perhaps a little too much. Very drinkable if not perfect.


3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Osprey87 (2049) - WALES - NOV 2, 2014
Gravity cask. Orange, slight haze, still, small foamy white head. Aroma is biscuity, light citrus. Body is medium, low carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste has soft malt, lighly astringent, tangy and starchy, medium bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3570) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark amber, nose is light orange, taste is rich, sweet toffee, pine.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blackradioboy (15) - SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle from Aldi. This has lots of grapefruit going on. Then it morphs into marmalade/orange peel. Very bitter at finish. They should rename it "Soor Plooms"! (see Scots Dictionary) Not bad though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2135) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2014
Cask at St Albans beer festival 2014, St Albans, Herts. A light amber coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Sweet, malty, caramel aroma. Tastes similar, sweet, malty, caramel, fruity and some butterscotch. Very tasty indeed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
williamstome (994) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2014
On cask at cloisters: Ruddy-orange pour, white head. British hop aroma, flavor of spicy british hops with a bready caramel backbone. Thin. On cask (I believe) at the hanging bat: Translucent orange, foamy white head. Aroma is of apricot, fruit, yeast; light and sweet. Flavor is of apricot, yeast, fruit and wheat. Tasted like two very different beers. What gives?

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Cask @ Leggers Beer Festival, Dewsbury. Golden with a creamy head. Has a sweet hop-malt character.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1871) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is fairly sweet with lemon, light caramel and sponge cake. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Orange marmalade, lemon drizzle cake, grass, light pine, light caramel, grapefruit... Itís very nicely balanced with a good bitter finish and very drinkable. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (5679) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle at Ayre Hotel, Kirkwall. Pours clear golden with a small creamy white head. Aroma is light sweet malty, some strong citrus and oak. Taste is light sweet malty, some good fruity and herbal hops, provides a good balance and drinkability, moreish ?-off course

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3264) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle at home from alesela
mid burnished gold with offwhite lacing. Honeyed malt nose with a touch of coconut.Full bodied, fruity, rich malt, golden syrup, herbal bitterness. Moderate carbonation, long fruity finish. A bit heavy going but enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OwainTurner (341) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2014
A lovely deep rich and fruity beer. Slight oilness. Perfect balance of sweet and hop bitterness. Easy to drink, brilliant beer. Very nice indeed.


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