ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a very nice dark scotch ale, full of earthy malty flavors and scotch whisky peat flavor.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
Roasty, dark, malty. I quite liked this one. It’s a tad smoky. Overall, the Orkney beers are rather good.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I could definitely taste a kinship with another Orkney brew, Skullsplitter, and I liked this almost (but not quite) as well.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
leaparsons (8311) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black in colour with a gentle aroma. This is quite thin in flavour considering the style. Nice roast malts taste, still.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - APR 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - APR 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark. Very good. This has a really great malty, musty flavor. Can’t be beat.
russ71cj5 (40) - Rhode Island, USA - MAR 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
perfectly balanced the sweet with the bitter, to create my favorite ale...