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


on tap

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RATINGS: 630   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2003 Tasted in DC at RFD. Deep brown colour, light white / tan head. Nice lacing in the glass. Light aroma. Difficult to pick up any real strong aromas. Tastes like a rauchbier. Smoky, peaty with hints of bacon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2003
Rich malty coffee nose. Black hue with light brown creamy head porter/stout like. Roasted malt flavour with coffee and chocolate flavours like a light porter. Good but nothing special

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - AUG 12, 2003
Dark borwn to black produces a thin off white head. Bready aroma is very appealing. 8 months past due accoridng to the bottle date but oh well. Malty and toasted flavor, but thin bodied and a bitter finish. Not thrilleed with the watery consistency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - AUG 2, 2003
The color is a deep ruby with a small, tight off-white head. The aroma had some chocolate, smoke, roasted grain, and soil. The flavor was more smokey, some chocolate, and some slightly sweet malt...at times I would have thought this was a smoked beer. Good Scottish ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2003
deep potting soil colored beverage slushes with considerable weight into the glass and looks solid as a railroad tie-- but just let about 75 watts of burning incandescence take a hack at it and it bleeds crimson just like you or i. head resembles a slice of whole wheat bread across the top, and laces in gorgeous wild prehistoric pagan runes. burnt raisin-crate aroma, with nearly all the sweetness toasted right out of the caramel coffee malts. tho not nearly so smokey as a rauchbier, all the flavor constituents are smudged with blackened husk and cork. carbonation is vivacious enough to stay first in line across the tongue. burnt oatmeal flavor, some sweetness re-incarnates the malts to the level of currants. frugal hopping bespeaks the harsh climate of the wind-swept northern islands.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2003
Featuring a great name and eye-catching face label, one is prepared for big things from this super-dark ale. The aroma is sweet and malty, with powerful hints of chocolate icing racing out of the glass. Unlike the aroma, the flavour is not nearly as sweet. The fiery background on the label has been captured in the bottle, as burnt wood dominates the palate. Like a forest fire that refuses to be extinguished, the aftertaste lasts and lasts till there’s nothing left but a few smoking coals. Would probably match well with campfire-cooked marshmallows, and sure to keep the bears away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2546) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 6, 2003
Bottle. Brown color with a ruby tint and a light brown head. A malty chocolate aroma with a smoke finish. Dry, toasted, the smallest hint of sweetness with a smokey malt base.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3053) - Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Nicely dark. The head is sluggish and short-lived. There's a nice dark maltiness in both the aroma and flavor, but the flavor suffers from being a bit thin. Nice chocolate and charcoal in the flavor, a little cookie. A bit sweet but not cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 24, 2003
deep malty aroma, very dark copper hue with large off white head, smooth malty character, little carbonation, slightly dry finish, almost port like feel to this one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2003
Slight roasted aroma. Roasted character carries throughout the body. SLight on the malt for a Scottish Ale, but still a very drinkable brew.

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