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

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RATINGS: 665   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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."


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Dark brown, opaque pour. Dense and foamy lasting tan head. Rich aromas of heavy malt. Earthy, peaty, and smoky with a touch of sweetened cocoa. Fair flavor development. Hearty smokey flavor but all other constituents lack ranging from peaty, coffee, and bitter chocolate, lack some and could stand to be more pronounced. Somewhat thin but not too watered down. The aroma here could really sell it by itself. The flavors really donít do it justice. The overall brew is blended well though with a good malt and hop balance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2004
Very dark brown, with a volumnous tan head, foamy and lasting. A rich, smokey, peaty, roasted malt profile. Smoked, like a Rauch with cocoa and roasty flavors. A bit thin bodied but thatís the only real negative with this delicious beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Bottled 500ml. Good beer. On the sweetish side. I like skullsplitter much better.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (13816) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2004
Bottled
Dark ruby, almost opaque black. Small tanned head. Crisp aroma. Roasted, chocolaty, a bit sweet flavor. Aftertaste brings some English hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2004
Dark ruby brown, gentle sticky 1cm head, burgundy hints. Nice deep color! Initially, the aroma is very mild, subdued, subtle (you have to fight for it), but as it warms (or at it reaches room temperature since it was already close to warm), thereís this huge maltiness for the strenght that develops. Dense malt aroma, floral with those typical scotch ale elements you can think of from the peaty malt to the drying out finish. It even allows itself to be yeasty, mostly apparent on the nose, feels like a pie crust. Body presents fine ample deployment, fine bubbles which last a long time. Loong malty aftertaste, mild tart bite which Iím not a fan of. Leather notes in the bitterness. It never tries to impress all while being well balanced. This one has "quality made" written all over it, especially at such a low ABV. Impressive without trying!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Looks like raisin water; water thatís had raisins soaking in it for a few hours. (I do this for breads.) Not much of a nose to it. Dark toast... a little tobaccy. Maybe this is an old bottle. Thereís not a lot of sniffy power. Tastes like burnt toast with butter. Old socks--? I donít much care for this. Itís not very interesting. Maybe Iím looking at something thatís lost a step due to age. Thereís a little charred wood, a bit of dark malt sweetness like just a hint of prune. A hop kiss along the sides of my palate. That funky shoe yeast keeps popping up. Negligible carbonation. Disappointing.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 10, 2004
toffee, chocolatey, and peaty aroma, a hint of fruit/cherry; toffee, smoke, roasty and musty malt flavors; bitter-ish and somewhat long, maybe a bit dry finish; strong flavor but rather thin palate; tasty

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1729) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Reddish dark color. Thick head. Semi-sweet chocolate nose. Woody, caramel flavoring. Hint of bitter. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
Very dark, violet tinted beer with a thick light brown head. Light aroma of nuts, sweet malts and light fruitiness. edium bodied with a fruity, malty character along with a hint of spicy hop flavour, but very low bitterness. Slightly sour aroma. A good session beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
A very smooth drink, pouring a dark mahagony color with a rapidly dissipating brown head. A mild aroma of sweet malts and light fruits... cherries grapes. A very thick mouthfeel, and itís here that the Scottish maltiness comes through. Very light hopping. Finishes somewhat tart. An interesting drink.


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