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Style: Stout
Orkney, Scotland

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Cask; Regular.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (1942) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2013
Cask, Bodega, Newcastle. Black looks with a wee tan head . Nose had notes of choc, roast and hop . Flavour was on similar lines and had some robust dark malts leading to some hop bitterness towards the finish. Hard to fault. Tasty stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2012
From cask. Pours clear and golden deepamber with a small tan head. Aroma is roastedmalty, caramelish. Dry breadish and toffee and caramelosh. Bitter, dry hoppy. Dry and crisp hoppy. Ends linger dry hoppy and toffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6136) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
Cask at Moorings, Aberdeen. It pours very dark brown, with a medium beige head. The nose is rather soft, roasted malt, toast, charcoal, liquorice and dark chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, light ash, tar, soft dark fruit, faint liquorice, dark chocolate, earth and some astringency, with a dry, toasty finish. Medium body, soft carbonation and mouth-feel. Well-balanced, flavoursome and rather drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 14, 2012
Cask. Dark ruby/brown. Very roasty, lots of toffee, butterscotch. A little too roasty for me. Not overly complex.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3657) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Prominent roasted notes with a bit bitterness lingering. Reasonably rich (a problem with UK stouts, in my view, is getting a decent palate) but thin enough all the same. Burnt notes threaten to overtake my later sips as it warms. (cask at Scottish Real Ale Festival, Edinburgh, June 2012)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 18, 2012
Cask@Reading Beer Festival 2012. Deep ambery brown colour, small beigeish brown head. Aroma is liquorice, toffee, vanilla and some slight spicy notes. Flavour is liquorice, roasted malts, vanilla and some toffeeish notes. Balanced.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (3169) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2012
Cask @ The Bow Bar. Almost black colour, good beige head. Chocolate malt aroma. Treacle chocolate flavour. Smooth with slightly spicy aftertaste. Decent stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13144) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2012
Cask conditioned at Reading BF 2012. Its a stout. Its an ok slightly ash tray smoke stout. Quite dry. Quite interesting. Fine.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (2310) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2012
On cask @ Cloisters Highland Tap takeover. Pours a nice opaque black with a fawn creamy head - it looks like a stout in other words. The nose seems gentle to start with giving some chocolate and creamy aromas but this really develops as the head dissipates slowly. It develops into hints of charcoal and big charcoal notes. The same really happens with the taste as the charcoal and liquorice flavours intensify with the head going down. The palate is excellent, being medium to full bodied despite the sessionable ABV and there is a lovely creamy texture. Like the Orkney Porter it has an elegant gently falling away finish.Overall, I am really impressed with this beer - some flavours like charcoal I associate with a dry stout whilst others like the chocolate are what I usually find in the stronger stouts. This is the best session strength stout I’ve tasted from a Scottish brewer! It was mentioned on the night that there’s a 9% version - now that is sneaky!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 13, 2012
On cask at Cloisters. A black beer with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, roasty malt and chocolate. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and a creamy mouth-feel. Very nice.


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