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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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."


1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
notalush (4638) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2003
Looks like flat cola. Smells like peat smoked malt. Tastes like skull spliter with less roastiness and fruity undertones. Slighty bitter. Not very complex at all. Thin bodied, watery even. Earthy in an "it tastes like I'm drinking liquified potting soil" sort of way.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 This one will fool you. Dark amber with a small off white head. Aroma of port, wood, and fruit. Taste of port and roasted malt, smoky woodiness and dried fruit. A dry beer but complex despite its relatively low ABV. I found this superior to Skullsplitter in every way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2003
dark enough..with a scattered swampy frothiness..a nose of smoked peat, soil, earthy malts and cigar smoker's bubble gum...added hints of dr. pepper and cola with pinches of vanilla..very smokey flavor but overly watery in the mouthfeel...chewy at times..with nice smokey/malty sensations...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Pours a thin light black with a small coating of head. Dark burnt, somewhat smokey aroma. Body is a little thin and unrefined with some roasted earthy notes, salt and a distant peat malt finish. Not bad, but a little over-priced and not as good as the Skull Spiltter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Pours a deep, ruby brown color with a small tan head that does not linger. It has strongly malty aroma with some earth and smoke tones that are typical of scottish ales. Medium body with medium carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little thin but the flavor is rich with malts and toffee. The finish is long and smokey. Great Scottish ale!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2003 Typical scottish ale, nothing amazing but nothing bad either. Dark color with a moderate head. Im not a fan of scottish beers in general.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Toffee aroma, coffee colored, little head. Taste of smokey malts and toffee, smooth finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Really dark, chestnut brown, nearly zero head, but what was there lasted throughout. Ripe fruits, smokey whiskey character. Lots going on here, I'm intrigued. Sweet nutty malt character. Cleaning effervescent palate. Smooth dry barley tongue, some alcohol as well, near the end especially. Good complexity, fair balance. Good beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2003
malty smokey aroma, sweet whiskey maltiness that turns to a choclatey finish, I'm sure glad PC started stocking the bigger bottles!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1007) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
The aroma of this beer is, regrettably, its highest point. The flavor, comparably, is smooth (TOO smooth) and a little weak. It lacks any boldness of flavor or *umph* to go along with that nice aroma.


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