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

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RATINGS: 644   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Beautiful dirt-colored ale with frothy head. Smoky, dark corn syrup and brown sugar aroma. A lot of dark chocolate and just a touch of coffee adds another dimension to the malts. I love how they don’t go wacky and put a lot of hops to "add body." Very true to style, a lot of flavor for the low ABV.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5078) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 Nothing special to this one. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a black color with a very small head. The scent is chocolate, coffee and molasses. The flavor is dark chocolate, coffee and a hint of smoke. This beer is a little thin, and the flavor is kind of disappointing compared to the scent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2004
Dark brown, ok head. Aroma is toffee and butter. Flavor is licorice and hops. A somewhat dry mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3393) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
Brown, large tan head. Odd astringent nose.Lightly smoked malt flavor with whiskey overtones. Slight dry bitterness

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2004
Amber color with nice head. The taste is roasted malts with light notes of smoke. Not bad at all.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (11421) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 Nice dark amber color. Wonderful aroma from toffee, malts and some vanilla. Flavor starts malty with tofee and caramel, then turns hoppy and bitter. A complex and very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Deep red with a thick, light tan head. Lovely malt aroma with lightly roasted coffee, toffee, plum, chocolate, raisin and miniscule hops in the background. A moderate body that isn’t too thick but doesn’t leave the tongue laying in wait. Good malty flavors that really satisfy. Slightly roasted with toffee, ripe fruit, smoke and a touch of chocolate-tinged molasses. If you add a bit more hops, it would become FFF Robert the Bruce. I’m really beginning to love this style for session beers. If only it wasn’t so expensive...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Bottle pours a dark amber with a very large pillow head and lots of lace. The aroma is sweet and roasted. The flavor is malty, roasted, peaty, and slightly of hops. The palate is rather creamy and pleasant. Overall, not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 15, 2004
This bottled brew poured a large foamy head of fine to large sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a good lace. The body was carbonated semi transparent and dark ruby red colored. The aroma was nice with notes of dark roasted malts mp;asses and coffee. The mouth feel was smooth and mildly tingly with a deep malty finish. The flavor contained notes of dark roasted malts in a mildly sweet body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Dark mahogany color with a nice cap of off-white head and a spot of lacing. The aroma has some light spicy notes with a waterfall of malty complexities: smoke, burn, chocolate, coffee, juniper. The flavor is also very well balanced with a full malty body with a smoky roasted finish. Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy tail. This was a good scottish, I liked it.


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