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


on tap

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RATINGS: 668   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 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 isnít too thick but doesnít 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. Iím really beginning to love this style for session beers. If only it wasnít so expensive...

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5141) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (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.

   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 (4403) - 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 (1563) - 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) - SkÝrping, 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 (3251) - 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.

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