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

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RATINGS: 634   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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."


3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2003
From all initial indications I thought this beer was going to be a thick malty stout (at least that's what the aroma and appearance appeared to be). The taste was shocking light and easy going. A bit of caramel and toffee. Quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2003
very dark brown color,small head that dissipated fast.Malty,caramel aroma.Malty taste with a slight coffee tone to it mild on the alcohol slightly sweet with a somewhat sour ending to it.There is also a mild hop presence.The after taste is malty and coffee.with the feel being smooth but IMO some what watery.It's a nice tasting brew but lacks a little in the body.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29332) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2003
The aroma is slightly smoked. The color is dark red with a light brown head. The flavor is good with strong notes of roasted and smoked malts. A really good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2003
A midly tasty ale, very true to the style. Pours a deep rich brownish amber coloring, with a very small but noticeable creamy head. Very smokey in the aroma and in the taste definitely, taste like a creme brulee, lots of caramel and coffee, with some doughy malty taste coming around later in the beer. Finish is lightly peppery and nicely bittersweet.

3.4
   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.

3.4
   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

3.4
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.5
   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.

2.5
   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.


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