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


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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
"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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2004 An excellent beer. Good aroma, malty, roasty flavour, with a hint of coffee. Good size head, mostly dimished by the end. Nice lacing, very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2003
Reddist brown with nice head and some lacing, medium-bodied. A scotch ale that you can actually smell a hint of peat, rare among this genre. Coffee, woody, spicy hints in the aroma as well. The taste was smokey and malty sweet, very little hop presence, somewhat unbalanced. Dry aftertaste. If the flavors match the aroma, this could be a world-class beer, but not the case. Still quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5519) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2003
Deep mohagany color with a quickly diminished light tan head. Light peat and toffee aroma. Flavors that follow the aroma. Somewhat light and spritzy in feel. I just don't get real excited about this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
Mahogany/ebony color. Very tenacious head which sticks to the glass. Malty aroma, a bit of caramel mixed with roastiness. Roasted malt flavor with chocolate and smoke hints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2003
Deep dark red, tan head, looks great. Dry roasty flavours, coffee and chocolate, a little oaky tannic bite. Hop flavours are barely existant, very little malt in the mouthfeel, feels just a bit too dry/thin on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4614) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2003
Black beer with a stout style head and a deep coffee aroma. Slighlty watery coffee flavour but overall a great, great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2004 Very dark brown with very little head that disappears quickly. Flavor of peat, coffee and smoke. More like a porter than a Scottish ale

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2003
I was expecting more and I was disappointed. The aroma did nothing for me and the flavor was thin and uninteresting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 22, 2003
Very small, brown, wet frothy head. Color is a beautiful dark red with nice lacing from the head. Aroma is of caramel, dates, figs, sweet. But the flavor is very different than the aroma. Flavor is very smokey early on, coffee notes, some caramel. The flavor just finishes too early and too flat. Not very interesting. Palate is too thin.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
This beer pours very dark and has a large thick head. The taste is not great - I didn't enjoy it at all.

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