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

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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   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."


hackleo's rating

4.6
   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 I’ve 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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
melush (2421) - SPAIN - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle 33cl / Botella 33cl. @ Supermarket Seiyo Ishii, Nagoya, Japon. A: Dark brown / Marron oscuro. T/S: Roasted malt, sweet, coffee / Malta tostada, dulce, cafe.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arkanu (44) - Iasi, ROMANIA - MAY 2, 2016
Totally black pour with almost no head at all. Coffee, dark cherries and smoked plums both in the nose and on the tongue. Aftertaste is full of dried, smoked plums and bittersweet coffee candies. Interesting beer, though not a stile I like too much.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koskela (490) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 25, 2016
Choc aroma from this deep brown brew with no head. Choc flavor with dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium/light body decent carb. Not much to this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodbod (149) - SCOTLAND - APR 21, 2016
Nose is mellow and rounded, with some malty notes, and quite sweet & fruity. Palate is mid bodied, malty, moderately bitter. A decent drop

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2305) - - MAR 3, 2016
Discounted bottle from Seijo. Rich raisin, cherry, licorice. Dark fruit and berries, cocoa, notes of candy, hints of milk, dry finish. Not so exciting but fairly quaffable overall.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cervmagpt (592) - PORTUGAL - FEB 25, 2016
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 14C). Bottle 50 cl - Batch L4195. AROMA: roasted aroma with a moderate.high almost burnt note. slight dark caramel on the background. Some roasted black coffee aroma is present. APPEARANCE: dark brown color and translucent with ruby body against light. medium-low light-brown creamy head with medium-low retention. TASTE: similar to aroma but with less intensity roasted-slightly burnt malt flavor, with a mild sweet background remembering dark coffee. very faint dark caramel. low bitterness with an almost dry finish and moderate roastiness. balance towards roasted malt. PALATE: medium to medium-low body with a slight texture. medium-low carbonation. no harshness from roasted grains. OVERALL: a scottish export with nice aromas and flavors but with a bit too much smoky phenolic character.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evilkniamhel (351) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2016
From bottle. Pours very dark black with a hint of red and a light brown, creamy head. Smells of fruit cake, coffee grind, cherries and chocolate. Taste is malty with a resiny sweetness, and full-bodied.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (4875) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2016
Bottle from Queens Plaza Wine & Beer 050216. This is a really good beer with a lot of stout like characteristics. Pours black with a tan head and has a flavour that is strong and robust. Possibly my favourite Orkney beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (2980) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
Aroma: dark, toasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, caramel, cacao. Appearance: black, medium, frothy, beige head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: light bitters continue, dark, roasted malts again, lightly acidic, at best medium bodied, some chocolate and some smoke flavours. Overall: very nice Old Ale, great malty aroma and palate. Bottle from Independent Spirit, Bath.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thomas_W1 (410) - Rastatt, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2015
Flasche 0,5l: Schwarz mit kräftiger Trübung und festem mittelporiger Schaum; kräftig würzige Nase mit dunkler malziger Süße, Röstaromen, Kaffee und ansatzweise Holz; Sehr trockener fester Körper mit schwarzem Kaffee, kräftigen Röstaromen und Tanninen


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