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


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RATINGS: 667   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1018) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10080) - 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!

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dogbrick (9439) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Courtesy of Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. I didn't really enjoy this one very much. Pours a dark ruby color with a thin beige head and thin lacing. Aroma is faintly sweet malt and toffee. Very fruity flavor without the maltiness I have come to associate with the better Scottish Ales. Finish had some hops but was too sour. A little disappointing but I have had worse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2003
Big candy, toffee, roasted smokey nose. Deep mahogany hue. Off white head. Very light, sweet, chocolate, caramel, toffee, smokiness arises in the finish, medium bodied, very drinkable. A nice, light weight scottish that is very pleasant.

   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JFGrind (1909) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1277) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2707) - 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.

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