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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 673   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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."


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Pours a thin light black with a small coating of head. Dark burnt, somewhat smokey aroma. Body is a little thin and unrefined with some roasted earthy notes, salt and a distant peat malt finish. Not bad, but a little over-priced and not as good as the Skull Spiltter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Pours a deep, ruby brown color with a small tan head that does not linger. It has strongly malty aroma with some earth and smoke tones that are typical of scottish ales. Medium body with medium carbonation, the mouthfeel is a little thin but the flavor is rich with malts and toffee. The finish is long and smokey. Great Scottish ale!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2698) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2003 Typical scottish ale, nothing amazing but nothing bad either. Dark color with a moderate head. Im not a fan of scottish beers in general.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2003
Toffee aroma, coffee colored, little head. Taste of smokey malts and toffee, smooth finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2003
Really dark, chestnut brown, nearly zero head, but what was there lasted throughout. Ripe fruits, smokey whiskey character. Lots going on here, I'm intrigued. Sweet nutty malt character. Cleaning effervescent palate. Smooth dry barley tongue, some alcohol as well, near the end especially. Good complexity, fair balance. Good beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2003
malty smokey aroma, sweet whiskey maltiness that turns to a choclatey finish, I'm sure glad PC started stocking the bigger bottles!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1020) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
The aroma of this beer is, regrettably, its highest point. The flavor, comparably, is smooth (TOO smooth) and a little weak. It lacks any boldness of flavor or *umph* to go along with that nice aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2003 I like my scottish ales and I like this one. A very cool name and label set the mood for a great beverage enjoying experience. A deep flavor of smokey carmel malt followed with a nice aftertaste of hops. The is a very solid scottish ale.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10142) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2003
This beer rocks...hard! It pours very dark with a deep ruby hue. Small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Slowly and mostly, but not fully, diminishing. Minimal, but very decent lacework. The aroma is malty and vineous. Earthy and very pleasant. Astringent. Becomes a tad smokey as the ale warms. Mild Rauchbier aroma. The flavor is rich and malty as a Scottish Ale should be. Small bursts of butter, caramel, straw and smoke up front. Perfectly balanced, acetic and very lightly bitter on the backside. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Short, smokey, dry, earthy finish. Very nice! Great potential as a session beer!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Deep dark reddish almost brown pour, thin head. Somewhat sweet and malty, kind of plain with a little bite at the end.


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