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

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RATINGS: 606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (1494) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - OCT 3, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with medium head of large bubbles. Aromas of dry chocolate and biscuits. Flavors of toasted malt, light chocolate cake, and light coffee. Very nice for this level of alcohol.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrJamesMcEwan (16) - SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2014
Pours black with dark brown edges with a frothy tan head. Aroma of malt, roast, chocolate with very faint coffee. Palate heavy but silky. Taste light & bitter, powerfully carbonated. Aftertaste oily.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swamp_Thing (27) - Florida, USA - APR 2, 2014
Wonderful sweet nose of sour apple and coffee. Well balanced chocolate and complex fruit flavors in the maltiness. Clean sweet finish. A great breakfast beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrewje41 (141) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle pour. Aroma is bread and.coffee. Doughy flavor with a malty finish. Not too bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (2488) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a large head. Aroma is sour coffee and musty apples. Taste is woody with dark berries. Some smoke. Touch of sour milk on the aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinte (301) - Udine, ITALY - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle 0.5L. Dark brown body with an average, frothy, tan head, mostly diminishing with some lacing though. Moderate malty aroma (roasted) with complex notes of red fruits (cherry), chocolate, coffee, maybe light raisins. Moderate-to-heavy sweet flavour, balanced with a moderate bitter character; bitterness becomes more evident in the finish. Medium body with oily texture; soft carbonation. Satisfactory.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Henkka74 (7) - - MAR 1, 2014 does not count
Excellent beer. So dark and so good taste. This is suitable for with food or just plain.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (2132) - FINLAND - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle 50 cl, BBE 04/2015. Pours black in color with a frothy tan head. The initial notes were some smokyness which turned into some sweetish licorice, burnt coffee beans and light herbal notes in aroma. There are also some dark fruityness present here, for instance a bit like not that ripe plums. Slightly burnt coffee and herbal notes in taste. A bit light perhaps, but still this is quite nicely packed with both aroma and flavor considering the low abv. Soft and smooth mouthfeel nonetheless. Later on there appears some smokyness and hints of saltyness in aftertaste.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Handypaul (162) - - FEB 25, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a frothy to creamy head that thins slowly leaving good lace. Nose of caramel and bread dough. Very light bitter taste, watery body, thin texture, lively carbonation and a very brief finish. No date on the bottle. Freshness??

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EyeAmBaldman (124) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Pours a dark ruby red, almost black, with a thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is a little fruity but mostly malt and alcohol. Taste has a hint of coffee with a smooth finish, almost sweet on the back end. Leaves a slick finish on the palate. Not at all what I expected, but still darn good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The Etruscan (490) - Tuscany, ITALY - FEB 9, 2014
Brown creamy head. Black colour. Aroma is malty with light coffee, cherries and dried fruits notes. Flavor is malty too with fruity (red and dried fruits) and chocolate tones, ending in a balanced, moderately fruity and gently chocolaty finish. Medium bodied,


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