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

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RATINGS: 661   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."


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6148) - 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 (1712) - 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 (8788) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Cocoa colored head, dark black body. Nose is fruity, vinous, sensations of cherries, grapes, other dark fruits, but mildly, plus some spiciness, cloves, etc. Medium carbonation. Solid malt, and minimal hop presence. Thick and full, a perfect fit for a damp, cold, dark island, an ideal comfort for a gloomy atmosphere. Finish is bitter, but overall, if a bit too light in body for my taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
walleye (1072) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2004
poured dark brown to black with small white head that didnít last. aroma roasted malts, molasses, toast, cherries. flavor grapes, choc. malts, hops, cherry cola, a slight bitterness on the tip of tongue and a hint of caramel at the finish. not to bad

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 18, 2004
Many, many bottles when in Scotland... Quite difficult to understand what is it and to rate it properly. A combination of porter, stout, Scottish ale and dunkel. Ruby, roasty, coffeeish, caramelly, dusty, malty, sweet and bitter, dry and burnt... Complex, to say the least.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pughy1957 (62) - Rugby, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2004
Cracking dark ale, plenty of flavour especially dark roasted malt which predominates.


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