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


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RATINGS: 695   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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."

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Erzengel (7759) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 9, 2013
50cl, thanks to Seanyfo. Dark in the glass with a beige head. The nose is toffee, roasted malt, espresso. The beer itself starts malty, full of roasted aroma. A slight sourness, normally typical for a stout, fits in very well. The main part is great balanced - toffee, espresso, dark roasted flavours harmonise great with the smooth, soft texture of this brew. The aftertaste is long, lots of roasted flavours, only slightly bitter. The subtle sourness abates and leaves large room for the roasted malts to spread.
An absolutely great beer - absolutely flavourful - even more for 4.6%. Fantastic!
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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerbaron42 (49) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
Unbelievable beer, without doubt my favourite stout. Full bodied and smooth to drink with a lovely nose. This is one beer I would go back to again and again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
andymac6299 (4) - Edinburgh, - OCT 23, 2001 does not count
The very best ale, ever! Come to Scotland and prove me wrong!!

   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
scotty (1152) - SCOTLAND - MAR 21, 2005
Bottled. Dark...VERY dark, with a fine looking white head that lasts. Fantastic roasted malt aroma with a slight hint of hops lurking underneath. An amazing mouthful, again with roast malt to the fore and hops putting in an appearance with a slightly biiter edge on the finish. Excellent beer, loved it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Tasted 22/08/2007. Happy birthday big bro. Unbelievable nose - so fruity, almost fortified. Hints of port, vanilla, chocolate, figgy pudding, date, dried apricot... you name it. A lot of caramlisation character. Dark but not black. Tan head. Itís an 8% beer with a 4.6% label... superb. In the mouth itís surprisingly dry, nicely fruity, full of good toasty character and begging me to bed..... yummy, scrumptious.... a thumbsucker, without the high-alcohol. Complex beyond what I could think a 4.6% beer could be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
golubeer (51) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2007
Bottle. Great taste. Great nose. Chocolate extracts. Excellent in mouth. Great aroma. Some fruit. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a low but firm head ... wow, this is wonderful stuff... pure and delicious ... a true classic brew that completely satisfies .. smokey and balanced, so much flavour in a small abv beer ... an almost perfect Scottish ale!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
seymour (1895) - 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!

   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

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