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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 661   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."


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
I liked the smokey, yet smooth character of this ale. I think it is another example of how a Scottish ale should be.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1881) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Excellent representation of a Scottish Ale. Murky brick red color contrasted by creme head. According to the label this beer has "full malt flavor" and is "exceptionally smooth"; and the beer inside is true to the description.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2002
Smokey(and I just got back from camping). I really taste the roast malt in this one. Good Scottish Ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2679) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2002
Faint aroma, with a rich fruitiness, chocolate and toffee. Deep, dark mahogany color with a slight, tan colored head. Filtered. Flavor shows some nice roastiness, chocolate, caramel and nut, with a very faint vinous quality, supplied by Golden Promise, crystal and chocolate malts. Light and effervescent on the palate. Finishes with a slight tinge of Challenger hop and an interesting blend of fruity and malty flavors. Tangy, malty aftertaste. Actually quite tasty, just lacking the deep, satisfying gravity and alcoholic warmth of some Scottish ales.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Smokey coffee and malt flavor. Very little carbination. Seems to be missing something.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Discofish (152) - USA - NOV 3, 2002
No head, smokey and roasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Coca Cola dark caramel body. An almond colored head that dissipates to a thin ringlet around the glass. Rather nutty and caramelly aroma with some roasted qualities as well. Very roasty flavor, somewhat thin bodied and a salty hop bitterness. Some nice coffe hints but all in all not a very exciting beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2002
Dark ruby red. Front is thick and malty, finish is thin, bright and finishes sweet and satisfying (yumminess). enough hops to keep it from being cloying. this is real quality stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2002
Dark ruby color, smokey aroma, toffee flavor, but light bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
acnemaster99 (20) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2002
solid on all counts. could be a little maltier


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