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

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RATINGS: 640   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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"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."


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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
seymour (1460) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Tasted from tall brown bottle into nonic pint glass. Great artwork and design. It poured a dark reddish brown colour with thick, creamy, long-lasting beige foam, spritzy little bubbles and lots of fine lace. Beautiful appearance. Aromas of bread, toast, black plums and cherries, faint flowery and resiny hops. Flavors of malt, brown bread, caramel, toffee, dark stone fruits again, coffee and cream, dark chocolate, tangy hops balance, pleasant tartness, almost a faint sourness. Full-bodied, average carbonation, chewy mouthfeel, lingering, complex, bittersweet aftertaste. An exquisitely delicious beer in every way. Oh, how I long to taste a cask-conditioned version of this baby!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UXO (277) - CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
Pours deep drown with hints of amber-brown around the margins, two fingers of light beige head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, minimal lacing. (4/5) Nose is muted, toasted malts, coffee, earthy hops, molasses, smoked peat, sour red berries. (7/10) Taste is mild sweet and bitter, moderate sour/tart. (7/10) Light to medium body, somewhat thin and watery, moderate sustained carbonation, lingering tart bitter finish. (3/5) Still not a fan of Scotch Ales, overall. This looks like it should be a porter or stout, which it emphatically is not, but that’s more of an aside than a major issue. There’s just a hint of smoke and peat here, but even that feels slightly out of place against the surprisingly light body and vinous, sour flavours. It’s quite drinkable, but I wouldn’t go looking for another. (15/20)

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alusmamuts (374) - LATVIA - OCT 3, 2014
Rum aroma. Brown with minimal light brown head. Taste mostly sour rum and water, quite dry.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kauge (201) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2014
50 cl bottle from Liviko Alcostore in Tallinn harbour (€ 3,10). Pours a very dark brown with little red glare against light. Head is creamy tan and thick while lacing nicely. Nose is surprisingly faint with some roasty and nutty notes, a bit sourish (red currant juice?). Taste also roasty and nutty with notes of berries (again a hint of red currant, more as it warms) and slightly winey, and by winey I mean wine made of... yeah, red currants. Finish is malty crisp and roasty dry with nearly no bitterness. Body light to medium with medium prickly carbonation. Would be good I think with some fatty meat dish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suurjuust (1102) - ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2014
Clear red-tinged dark brown, creamy tan head. Mild malty nose with chocolate and roasty hints. Flavor is peaty-smokey notes with roasty malt, fruity hints, lingering chocolate. A nice balance, easy to drink, but a bit thin for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikkvoika (14) - ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle @ De Tolly Joogipood. Dark brown or even black. Small creamy head. Aroma roasted malts. Taste chocolate, burnt bread. I would like something more.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VamboladeTolly (138) - Tartu, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle @ De Tolly Joogipood. Pours black with small head.Aroma of roasted malts,dark chocolate, caramel. Taste is medium sour, cola, little chocolate, hint of roasted malts, watery. Medium body. There is something what annoying me, watery taste maybe.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
agent_persik (417) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 30, 2014
Deep dark duby color, small beige head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, dried fruits, ash. Sour taste has similar notes. Thin body and soft carbonation. Quite sour and watery, but drinkabl.e

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mjp12 (373) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Dark brown colour. Sweet caramel malt aroma, although quite a thin mouthfeel . Sweet finish

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
djoeye (1592) - Tromsř, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2014
Dark dark black-ruby body, creamy beige-lemonish head or light tan if u like, tight lacings as a ring stuck to the mug. Aroma; cola bean, leaves, sugar candy, sweet dark roasted malts, prune juice. Taste; chocolate, cola-coffee, flourish grains, cocoa, raisin-juice. Nice on palate. Fine fading finish. [50cl brown btl 4.6%abv° BBF May15 B@K outside Turku Fi]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
inbirraveritas (1243) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 5, 2014
Bottled, 500 ml. Very deep dark ruby coloured brew with a big, but relatively quickly diminishing pale brown head on its top. Intensive nose of dried fruits, caramel and chocolate. Dried fruity aroma escorted by caramel and chocolate underpainted by hints of coffee, mouthfeel is smooth, syrupy. Long and dry, distinct tart finish with earth and dark chocolate. Enjoyable.


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