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


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RATINGS: 699   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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."

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackleo (11) - Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2002
Similar in aroma, body, and flavor to Traquair House, this is one of the most wonderfully aromatic beers Iíve ever had with oak, whisky, and smoky notes. Low alcohol, eminent drinkability and a dry finish kept me wanting more. It makes me long for a trip to the UK to try it cask conditioned.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2181) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2016
$5.49 500 ml bottle from Market Street Wine Shop, Downtown. Pours black with a small, frothy tan head. Nice lacking as it recedes. Dark fruit aroma: black cherries, raisins. Flavor is slightly tangy cherry, blackcurrants, raisin, perhaps a hint of vanilla as well. Nicely done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wixie (406) - BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2016
Very dark brown liquid, small head. Strong aroma of coffee. Medium body, little bit carbonation. Taste of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
johnnee51 (1) - dunbar, SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2016 does not count
Never mind all the expert comments, this is a Mans beer,and itís the best. Canít get enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bubeer (346) - - OCT 4, 2016
Dark brown with ruby edges. Thin brown head, low retention. Aroma intensity 3.75/5. Prunes and blackcurrant in the nose. Syrup adds to the medium bitter taste. Full body. Fizzy carbonation. Waterish texture, when comparing with the Reserve version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markoijelena (2488) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle 0.5l at home Belgrade, Serbia. 21.08.2016. Leftover from Great British Fest 2015. Pour it dark color with no head. Aroma roasted malt, metallic caramelish, not so good. Taste roasted malt, caramel, just little bit bitter, light body, thin feel, average to soft carbonation, astringent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phfyysik (785) - Tartu, ESTONIA - SEP 21, 2016
Pours black with pinkish beige head. Aroma is sour, yeasty, some caramel, toasted bread, fruits. Taste is burned, some caramel, ash, wood, light sweetness, bitter, some fruits, creamy. Nice after taste. Good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wiecu (61) - POLAND - SEP 7, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2016 Dark brown color, creamy head, leaving a nice lacing. In aroma dominate roasted malts and smoke, but some chocolate notes are noticable as well. Taste rather delicate - dark, overburnt bread, smoke and peat. Low bitterness. Drinkable, not tiring beer. Even though I cannot say it impressed me much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5771) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2016
Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquor. Dark brown body with tan head. Nose is plummy, chocolate, malts. Taste is similar of caramel, malts, plum, dark fruits. Creamy. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkvader (1) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 2, 2016 does not count
One of Scotlandís best dark ales. I love this beer. In fact Orkney Brewery brew some exceptional beers, always consistent and each as good as the other

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10251) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 22, 2016
a good example of the fruitier malty English style old ales - dark on the pour...pitted fruits, chocolate, tobacco. Smooth if slightly fizzy palate. Good stuff.

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