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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: 644   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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."


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 27, 2002
a very nice dark scotch ale, full of earthy malty flavors and scotch whisky peat flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
Roasty, dark, malty. I quite liked this one. It’s a tad smoky. Overall, the Orkney beers are rather good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2002
I could definitely taste a kinship with another Orkney brew, Skullsplitter, and I liked this almost (but not quite) as well.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2002
Pungent aroma of soy sauce and chocolate (not exactly enticing). Flavor is very peat smoky, like good scotch or rauchbier, but is kind of thin. Just a touch of sweet maltiness and some chocolate flavor. Has a cloying bitterness in the finish, and is overall a bit disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8311) - 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 (1906) - 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...


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