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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 640   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."


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8196) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2002
Pitch black in colour with a gentle aroma. This is quite thin in flavour considering the style. Nice roast malts taste, still.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 28, 2002
(Re-rate)On the red side of black. Decent off-white head. Nice smokey nose!Roasted malts and smokiness on the palate with some winey qualities and some slight oxidation. Thinnish body with a smooth finish. Pretty good but lacking in body among other things.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2002
dark like crayola’s ’brick red’. I had it cask conditioned at a tasting. Very malty with very little hops to round it out. This, like the other orkney had a watery palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2002
Clear dark ruby with a thin edge head. Light carbonation. Malty aroma, some prunes and light smoke. Tangy initial taste with lingering burnt fruit and peat smoke. Nice flavor, but the body is a bit thin and lacking even for a light Scottish ale. A good dose of toffee malts and oak wineyness. Smooth and dry with a lingering peat tanginess. Finishes with a nougat like nutty caramelness. A decent but light and costly Scottish ale.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2002
Very dark. Very good. This has a really great malty, musty flavor. Can’t be beat.

4.1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
russ71cj5 (40) - Rhode Island, USA - MAR 8, 2002
perfectly balanced the sweet with the bitter, to create my favorite ale...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19698) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2002
Dark brown soft, malty and toffeish. A very well balanced malt accented ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2002
Lovely scent. Smoke, raisins, plums. Combo of smokiness, licorice, and hearty malts. Very dark. Nice brew.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackleo (11) - Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2002
Similar in aroma, body, and flavor to Traquair House, this is one of the most wonderfully aromatic beers I’ve ever had with oak, whisky, and smoky notes. Low alcohol, eminent drinkability and a dry finish kept me wanting more. It makes me long for a trip to the UK to try it cask conditioned.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2528) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2001
Deep dark garnet, off-white medium sized head. Vanilla, plum, tobacco and wine nose, and maybe a little bit of smoke. Rich smoky flavor with a dry finish. A bit cloying and pungent- enough to challenge the palate and make it a bit hard to finish.


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