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


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RATINGS: 673   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
scotty (1094) - SCOTLAND - MAR 21, 2005
Bottled. Dark...VERY dark, with a fine looking white head that lasts. Fantastic roasted malt aroma with a slight hint of hops lurking underneath. An amazing mouthful, again with roast malt to the fore and hops putting in an appearance with a slightly biiter edge on the finish. Excellent beer, loved it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Deep ruby with a light brown creamy head. Aroma is of dark fruit with a caramel background and a roasted malt flavor. Slightly thin and watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Bottle: Ruby chestnut with a rocky off-white head. Sharp fruity aroma, with some smoke after you have a sip or two. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 23, 2005
Dark, almost black colored, big beige lasting head. Sweet, fruity, creamy and mildly roasted aroma. Medium bodied. Roasted coffee is strong in flavor, aftertaste has some sweet roasted tones which last long. Carbonation is mediumly strong, fits here well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2005
bottle. poured a very deep burgandy with a frothy white head that lasted and laced quite nicely...initial not at all sweet malt with a very smokey, peaty, roasted, toasted, coffee, wet card board flavor, bitter almost sour hop finish, reminds me of a smokey porter, good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Rather dark brown. Light smokey aroma. Flavor is rich roasty, smokey malts. Pretty good, nothing incredilble.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2911) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Bottled. First impression is that itís not that alcoholic for what should be listed as a Scottish beer. Still malty, but those malts have a light chicory coffee and toffee note, with some plums toward the end. Not cloying at all. A well-rounded session beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
SilkTork (5412) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 Sept, 2002: Filtered Bottle.The flavour is splendid, lots of morello cherries and licorice, but the body is a little thin. On first gulp I thought this was an awesome world class beer, but as the glass progresses the sweet-water quality of the brew starts to disappoint. By the end of the drink I was starting to think that this was a gutter ratís reject piss. All the flavour appears to be in the head (which foams up a treat - an absolute cathedral of foam) - but as the head evaporates, so does the rich dark malt flavours, leaving only a sickly sweetness. If this is drunk quickly in small doses itís a wonderful beer, but a full pint is way too much. [2.7]

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1099) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - 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.

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