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

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RATINGS: 657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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"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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2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Icommonsewer (124) - TUCSON, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2008
This ale has a raison nose with a hint of olive. The taste though is quite different, being overly smokey. The mouthfeel was nice but the smokiness was just too overwhelming.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McSherman (186) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2015
Tief dunkles rubinrot, fast schwarz mit leider schnell zerfallender hellen Krone. In der Nase Aromen von Rosinen. Im Antrunk erstaunlich leicht. Aromen von Röstmalz und verbranntes Karamell. Leicht säuerlich und etwas bitter. Insgesamt stimmig.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rob_D_UK (1095) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with a brown head. Fruity aroma with notes of wood. Wood chip in the taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doghair (272) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Great aroma. Dark malt, dark fruit, rasin and caramel. Taste is malt and fruit. Unusual green apple in the middle. Taste is much different than aroma. Great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5236) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle from Bernies Off License, Shirley, Solihull. Poured a murky dark brown with a round broken off white head. The aroma is sweet caramel malt. The flavour is moderate bitter, light sweet with a big rich malt, burnt treacle bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
androman (638) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
50cl bottle @ home from Edinburgh. Body is clear, dark brown, Head is small, brownish, slightly creamy, average lasting, good lacing. Nose is chocolate, Aroma is roasted malt, light smoke, chocolate, light herbs, dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet, medium to heavy roasty bitter. Finish is, quite long lasting roasty bitter. Medium body, dry texture, average carbonation. Easy dessert beer, good one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weark (383) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - FEB 21, 2015
Bouteille achetée Au Grain D?Orge - Belle couleur brun avec des reflets rubis, fine mousse beige qui dure, belle marque sur le verre - Au nez des arômes de fruit sec, de chocolat, de malt rôti, des notes de café et de vanille, des arômes typique de vieille bière très plaisant - En bouche les fruits sec partent sur le pruneau, le malt rôti est très présent et le café prend le pas sur le chocolat, la bouche est très semblable au nez - Corp léger, amertume légère mais bien présente, carbonation légère, aqueuse mais très bien équilibrée, final assez courte sur le chocolat et les fruits sec - très bonne bière j?apprécie ces old ale car même avec peu d?alcool elles sont très complexe

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanosX (15) - - JAN 25, 2015
Fruity fig presents strongly on the nose. The flavour comes more of a fruity coffee. There's a memory from my childhood in the fruitiness of 'Japanese cherry trees' & there tart slightly sweet cherries. Good easy drinker. Surprisingly refreshing fora dark beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mahkus (49) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2015
Bottle from tesco. Looks like coca cola. Thin brown head. Nutty aroma. Fizzy on th palate. Longlasting complex taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen1 (3022) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
Flaske delt med Willy på brygga: mørk, nesten svart rubin med beige skum. Kaffeaktig aroma med mørk sjokolade og et snev av torvrøyk. I smaken finner jeg også et syrlig element (rug?). Godt balansert. et øl jeg gjerne kan drikke igjen.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zarkam (507) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2015
500ml bottle from Liviko licquor store in Tallinn, almost black dark reddish brown colour, small mostly vanishing tan head, fair lacing. Moderately malty roasty aroma of plum, dates, light coffee and a hint of chocolate with some earhy and resinous hops and fruity yeast esthers. Taste is initially balanced bittersweet, turning into a longish bittersweet and somewhat acidic finish with a somewhat burnt feel. Medium body, slick mouthfeel, average carbonation. A fairly enjoyable dark ale. A bit like a well made homebrew, which is way above 90% of commercial dark ales of this strangth.


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