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


on tap

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RATINGS: 666   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5064) - 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
BückDich (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 (4397) - 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 (1559) - 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) - Skĝrping, 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.

   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.

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