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

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common

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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."


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19374) - 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 (2525) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2001
Pleasant aroma with roasted malt, plum and raisin notes. This beer is extremely dark, almost opaque, I have to hold it to the light to see anything through it. Taste is initially raisin/sherry but quickly shifts to a smoky malt profile. The smokiness is hidden until late in the sip and the pow. This is really enjoyable. There is much more flavor complexity here than I expected for its alcohol level. This is really good.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andymac6299 (4) - Edinburgh, - OCT 23, 2001 does not count
The very best ale, ever! Come to Scotland and prove me wrong!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2001
MMM licorice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2001
Aroma has hints of mint and licorice, and the flavor has a very present licorice taste.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
legion242 (2188) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2001
This did nothing for me. I get sick of dark beers that don’t deliver!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2001
When I poured this, it barely had any head on it at all. I wonder if I got a bad bottle or something. The beer seemed pretty ordinary. It was malty with a slight alcohol bite (though its only 4.6%). I did not taste any complex flavors that others seem to have done.


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