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

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RATINGS: 674   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."


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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
seymour (1684) - 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!


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (3309) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, blackish beer with a minimal amount of beige head on top. Aroma of slight malts, some red ripe fruits and sugars. Flavor is quite full, considering low abv and carbonation levels. Has some malty, fruity sweetness, but also a slight bitter coffee note in the back. Lingers on for a while. Thin mouthfeel, full bodied, decent beer. Resembles more of a decent porter than an old ale in my book though.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4464) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle. Dark with a small head. Malty and creamy with subtle chocolate flavours in background.Well bottled and quite impressive.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (3618) - FINLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown blackish, tan head. Dark ripe fruits, sweet malts, chocolate. Feels rather barley winey, old aley judging by the nose. Med light, surprisingly thin body. Bitters, dark fruity sweets, figs, plums, slight bready malts. Quite well flavoured for the abv.

-- bb

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gueuze (643) - - AUG 16, 2015
Farblich sehr dunkel. Geruch leicht röstig. Im Geschmack leicht säuerlich. Fast wie ein wässriges Stout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tayeth (508) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2015
Angenehmes Schokoladenaroma. Geschmack süßlich, aber eher in Richtung Kaffee. Insgesamt ein bisschen wenig Körper, etwas zu wässrig.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (849) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2015
-From bottle, Scotland is the best!- Black with tan head. Caramelized grapes, chocolate and earth. Vinous, crisp, acidic and floral finish. Overall: Wow!!!

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertoJimenez (5) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2015 does not count
Light aroma for a Scottish Ale, fruity & nutty. Pours deep black with a thin tan head that quickly disipated. Aroma is malt, chocolate, dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malts. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angel77 (1524) - oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2015
Botella 50 cl de el c. Inglés Oviedo. Tomado en enero 2002. Lote A hasta noviembre 2001. Cuerpo ligero a medio con 4.6 vol fácil de beber. No estuvo mal.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabuzzer (310) - SCOTLAND - JUN 30, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours deep black with a thin tan head that quickly disipated. Chocolate, coffee and liquorice aroma. Taste is slightly sweet with notes of toffee, liquorice and coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (401) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 29, 2015
Black colored, bit of ruby hue, moderate tan creamy head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, dark chocolate, licorice, roasted malts. Taste is moderate sweet toffee, chocolate, milk chocolate, bit dark fruit, roasted malt, dry roasted finish. Roasted acidity present. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.


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