Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Bitter
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11026) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2012
Cask at The Pommeller’s Rest, Tower Bridge, London. Clear amber/copper beer with a small offwhite head. Malty nutty aroma, caramel, biscuits, fruity, vinous, grapes, apricot, toffee notes. Fruity vinous flavor, peppery, red grapes, passion fruit, mango, citrus, floral notes, some bitter hops. Fruity vinous finish with caramel notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (9131) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2012
Cask at the Willow Walk (JDW), Victoria - 24/12/12. Clear dark amber with a thin off white that retains well, Nose is malt, dark fruit, touch of spice. Taste comprises malts, dark fruit, bread, spice, orange. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, bitterness in the finish. Well balanced and drinkable but a little dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scotty (1056) - SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle from Tesco Galashiels. Nose is an interesting mix of dried fruit, spice and citrus hops. Medium to full in body, good malty flavours with an underlying spice/hop character. A pleasant seasonal brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (7285) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
The Briar Rose, Brum. Odd, coniferous, buttered spruce needle flavour with citrus oil and resiny hints. Cream-capped ruby. Shortbread and margarine on the snout with good sprucey..hop? Could be spruce. Butterkist linger. Some oatmeal and berries. Pretty weird, but kind of in the Xmas tradition.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogbomb (948) - ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2012
Cask. Christmas Eve. Slightly opaque dark rust ale with a thin off-white top. Nose is quite non existent besides a little cinnamon spice if you try hard. Different story in the mouth, with bags of flavour. Really tastes like a pudding with doughyness, some currants, a little cinnamon, dried fruits. Quite tasty and an easy drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7058) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
Cask at The Grill, Aberdeen. It pours clear amber with a small white head. The nose is caramel, wood, ginger, nut and raisin. The taste is wood, Christmas spice (particularly ginger and clove), leather, earth, raisin, varnish, caramel and nut with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Good balance and flavour. Nice spicy bitter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (2934) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2012
Cask by handpump at State Bar, Glasgow - clear amber, thin white head, not much lacing, sweet fruity aroma, raisin and fruity, bit of spice, well drinkable

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4173) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2012
Dark golden bitter, not much flavour but has a thick texture that gives it its winter warmer tag. Mild malty sweet aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (497) - SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2012
A malty but oddly sharp aroma. A copper beer with a head that dissipated quite quickly. A malty but slightly bland flavour and a bitter aftertaste. Drinkable but quite unremarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (4587) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
Cask at the Gig House (JDW), Wokingham. Hazy amber with a dense cream head that left lots of lacing on the glass;the aroma is malty and spicy with a touch of orange zest; in the mouth it’s sweet and orangey with some Christmas spices and a full, malty, body; the finish is dry with a deep, but rather muted, bitterness. Not bad.

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