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


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RATINGS: 664   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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"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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Pours a very dark mahogany with a light creamy head and sparse lacing. Sweet malt aromas along with caramel or toffee, and a slight hop background. Roast malts come out a little here in the flavor, more toffee, slight coffee, and some hops. Big malt body, sweet palate and a finish of sweet alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Bottle. A very smooth drinkable Scottish Ale. It poured a medium sized creamy tan head that had fine-medium sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. The body was opaque, carbonated and reddish brown in hue. The nose was malty, smokey and some chocolate notes. The flavor was very mild coffee and some smokey and burnt flavors. The mouthfeel was silky smooth and a tad watery and thin. This was a medium bodied beer with good lacing. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1550) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Garnet appearance. Malty nose that was a bit smoky. Roasted malt, earthy, peaty taste. Medium- bodied with a sweet, toffeeish finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAR 8, 2004
Dark brown with a tan head that falls away quickly. Malty, smokey aroma. I'm getting caramel, maybe some chocolate and definitely some smoke. I suppose this is a decent example of the style, but too me the body is too watery, which leaves the flavors thin, hard to discern and unsatisfying. Really doesn't work for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2004
Dark ale with small head. Leaves lace. Little sweet, smoked malts, slightly sharp finishing bitterness ruins it for me. Soft, pleasent palate. Low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3234) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Rich mahogany color with a malty, smoky aroma. Nice malty caramel palate with a dry finish. Well made Scottish Ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Excellent Scottish ale. Very malty and smoky. More smoky than a smoked beer like Stone smoked porter. Excellent brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 Glad to see this is a scottish ale instead of a stout. LOUD carbonated head. Wait, where did it go? Light watery porter taste with lots of smoke flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2004
The beer disembarks the bottle a very deep mahogany color with the head prodigious in size and semi-creamy in size and a light tan in color, the lace a thick and clinging sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp with a hint of caramel, earthy aroma also present, the start is sweet, nicely malted, the top is middling in feel, Finish is benignly acidic, the hops pleasant and mild to the palate, very dry and long lasting aftertaste, quite quaffable this “Scottish Ale”, “Good Golly Miss Molly”, two new Scottish Ales in one week, ah the beer “Gods” have smiled upon “Olde Gusler”.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Very dark mahogany color, tan head, some lace. Malty aroma, some smoke, a bit of dark chocolate. Flavor is of dark malts, some smoke, and perhaps some whisky. Rich mouthfeel, medium-full body, dry coffee finish. Very nice.

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