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


on tap

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RATINGS: 686   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 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 (4563) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1698) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2003
Nice Dark beer with a good head. Malty aroma with a good sweetness. Nice smoky sweet flavor. Good good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holdwine (1146) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2003
Sweet malty goodness. Great Scots ale. First of all, the bottle is very cool. It pours dark cola-brown and leaves a decent tannish head. Smells of the islands- peaty and salty. Hard to figure all the flavors- coffee, Dr. Pepper,smoke... Hops don't bounce in until the finish which is dry and smoky. Nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2003
Cola-colored with sizeable wheaten head (BIG bubbles)--nice honeycombed lace...Aroma is lightly peaty with roasted chocolate traces...Malts greet and dominate the palate--a little smoke, a little tang; hops provide dryness that comes on toward the finish...Balance is decent with fine smoothness...Body is a little light to my sensibilities, but this is a most drinkable and interesting offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2003
Smells a tad like chocolate and port wine, but any goodness that once was, was gone with the first taste. It's finish is incredibly sour and very unpalatable. The flavor just plain tastes like it's watered down, and I really can't make out much maltiness.

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