Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Old Ale
Stromness, Scotland


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RATINGS: 679   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
"The nose on this beer is ripe and fruity with slightly vinous esters, married to interesting hop notes - the colour of a glorious red ruby wine."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (3923) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
Flaske delt med Willy på brygga: mørk, nesten svart rubin med beige skum. Kaffeaktig aroma med mørk sjokolade og et snev av torvrøyk. I smaken finner jeg også et syrlig element (rug?). Godt balansert. et øl jeg gjerne kan drikke igjen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zarkam (536) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2015
500ml bottle from Liviko licquor store in Tallinn, almost black dark reddish brown colour, small mostly vanishing tan head, fair lacing. Moderately malty roasty aroma of plum, dates, light coffee and a hint of chocolate with some earhy and resinous hops and fruity yeast esthers. Taste is initially balanced bittersweet, turning into a longish bittersweet and somewhat acidic finish with a somewhat burnt feel. Medium body, slick mouthfeel, average carbonation. A fairly enjoyable dark ale. A bit like a well made homebrew, which is way above 90% of commercial dark ales of this strangth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
peponi (942) - Mainz, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2015
Aroma: roasted and smoked notes, dried red fruits, caramel. Appearance: clear brown color, nice beige head. Taste: medium bitterness (heather, herbs), chocolate, roasted caramel, roasted dark malts, slightly acid, dry, roasted nuts Palate: low body and medium carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: Really good stuff. Intensive roasted notes (even smoked), well-balanced and easy drinkable, recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maximet (148) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
Dark with some ruby flash through the glass, tiny brownish head. Roasted/smoked malt, raisin, dark fruit, floral hops. Sweet, molasses like with a little bitterness, aftertaste is short. Medium body with a thin texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fukito (976) - Santiago, CHILE - DEC 22, 2014
Opaque very dark brown with dark copper hues and a small beige head. Aroma is very rich raisins/ dark caramel treacle. Flavor is a complex blend of red apple, raisins and smokey peat, amazing. Medium to light palate, short aftertaste. Amazing such a light beer can pack such a lot of flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBHansen (502) - Køge, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2014
bottle @ Scotland. Appearance: pours dark brown with stable off-white head with good lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, nuts, berries, chocolate, and hints of floral and herbal notes. palette: medium carbonation, medium body, some caramel sweetness, average bitterness, medium to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice complex old ale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tillmac62 (511) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Pours darker than a typical porter, but slightly more transparent than a stout. Above average head volume, lacing and retention. Vey rich complex nose of sweet caramel, hints of dark fruit (plums), pear (as it warms), toffee with light coffee notes and a hint of roast and chocolate. Very light medium body with just a touch of smoothness. Average carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is well below average in intensity, complex and well balanced. It begins rather bland, but comes alive in the middle. Dark fruits become evident along with the other flavors of the nose except for the caramel - it is totally absent. The long finish has a hop note. Perhaps this bottle is old, but since they don’t bottle date...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (536) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Dark brown, quickly fading off-white head, leaving it looking like cola. Interesting things in the aroma - figs, dates, light malt - and some sourness in the flavour, with caramel, a hint of chocolate and dried fruit. Looks like it will have a heavier body than it has, but it’s drinkable and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AtronSeige (1038) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 15, 2014
Aroma: Light, dark fruit, light oxidation, roasty, vinous, Appearance: Body: Very dark brown with red hues. Head: Large, tan, fine bubbles, good retention. Flavour: Light nutty, roasty, vinous. light oxidation. Medium-light bitterness, light sweetness. Dry finish. Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium-light carbonation. Overall: Slightly too much oxidation. May have been caused by the flight. Low malt flavour. Body is too light. Drinkable, but not to style. 500 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Bev! 19A. Old Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (998) - CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
Pours deep drown with hints of amber-brown around the margins, two fingers of light beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, minimal lacing. (4/5) Nose is muted, toasted malts, coffee, earthy hops, molasses, smoked peat, sour red berries. (7/10) Taste is mild sweet and bitter, moderate sour/tart. (7/10) Light to medium body, somewhat thin and watery, moderate sustained carbonation, lingering tart bitter finish. (3/5) Still not a fan of Scotch Ales, overall. This looks like it should be a porter or stout, which it emphatically is not, but that’s more of an aside than a major issue. There’s just a hint of smoke and peat here, but even that feels slightly out of place against the surprisingly light body and vinous, sour flavours. It’s quite drinkable, but I wouldn’t go looking for another. (15/20)

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