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

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RATINGS: 691   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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."


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Dark clear brown pour, with a ruby-glinted pour. Topped with a quickly fading bubbly tan head. Earthy and grassy strong oats and wheat aroma, very grainy and malty. Coarse, yet enticing. Some chocolate aroma. Watery and crisp, with a smooth oaty and earthy. Lots of horseblanket and sheep barn. A tinge of chocolate, no alcohol burn. Very drinkable. Much like a beefed up Mild Ale to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
Biscuity, toasty, lightly spiced (cinnamon), raisins, bittersweet chocolate in the aroma. Clear, dark ruby brown with decent, fine-bubbled, tan head that recedes to a lasting cover with some lacing. Biscuity, toasty malts with some chocolate and moderate roasty bitterness in the finish. Medium-light body is quite dry with crisp, lightly prickly carbonation. Shaker glass, allowed to warm from fridge temp. Bottle (Bello Vino, Jul-05).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Pours beautifully dark, tastes a bit too smooth if anything. The smoky flavor of heath and hops slide across the palate, giving you little to fight with. Not a bad beer, but priced like a great beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Poured the color of rootbeer with a 1 finger head. Faint aroma of malt and pete. Taste is nothing special. Watery,mild malt. This shit is over rated and over priced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2005
Pour is a nice dark brown, almost black, only a thin line of foam around the side of the glass. The aroma is like whiskey, full of smoked pete and charcoal. Flavor is well defined due to the lack of carbonation or severe bitterness. The flavor has a nice blend of earthy warmth and slight bit of dark fruit to match.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tofubeth (10) - Vermont, USA - AUG 17, 2005
A great morning drink for watching the football/soccer match when stout is just too much of a meal. Great caramel taste, fizzy on the lips and oily in the back of the throat. Itís reminiscent of a standard brown ale but with much more caramel and fizz. Nicely complex.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Clear, but dark rusty-brown body with a soft, velvety beige head. Aroma of warm toffee with a nice impression of peat, cigars, and chocolate. Malty aroma takes on greater depth as it warms. Flavor is of a smoky Scottish ale with a nice chocolate note. Medium sweet finish with lingering smoky phenols. Great aftertaste. Relatively light-bodied and very drinkable. This is a nice malty session beer with abundant flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2005
dark ruddy chesnut color. dense foamy tan head with lots of dimples. aroma is peaty malt, some earthy caramel, a little licorice too. mouthfeel is watery compared to a scotch ale, but other similarities are there - peaty raosted earthy malt flavor, slightly sweet like molasses. mildly bitter finish to remind you itís from the UK. nice light version of the scotch ale style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Big peat, smoke and malt aroma. Looks great. Huge head on a black porterish looking body. Smokey flavor predominates the initial taste then mild sweet caramel malts follow. Also a lingering taste of smoke. This almost comes across as a rauchbier. Not really the flavors I am looking for in beer, but this is well made and interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Very rich roasted malt aroma. Great looking beer...dark mahogany with a big long lasting caramel head. Rich bourbony flavor with peaty notes. Sweet roasted maltiness prevails with dried fruit undertones and hoppy bite. Palate seems a touch thin, but I donít hold that against this fine product. Iíll have another, thank you!


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