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


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RATINGS: 699   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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 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 (3007) - 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 (5557) - 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 (323) - 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 (1228) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Bottled 500ml. Good beer. On the sweetish side. I like skullsplitter much better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16194) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2004
Dark ruby, almost opaque black. Small tanned head. Crisp aroma. Roasted, chocolaty, a bit sweet flavor. Aftertaste brings some English hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - 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!

   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.

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