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

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RATINGS: 638   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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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Looks like CocaCola in the glass. Almost no head. A hint of malt in the nose. Lots of chocolate malt in the flavor. And some black patent, too, because it’s a very burnet flavor. Grainy mouthfeel. Like a homebrewed porter.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kauge (154) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2014
50 cl bottle from Liviko Alcostore in Tallinn harbour (€ 3,10). Pours a very dark brown with little red glare against light. Head is creamy tan and thick while lacing nicely. Nose is surprisingly faint with some roasty and nutty notes, a bit sourish (red currant juice?). Taste also roasty and nutty with notes of berries (again a hint of red currant, more as it warms) and slightly winey, and by winey I mean wine made of... yeah, red currants. Finish is malty crisp and roasty dry with nearly no bitterness. Body light to medium with medium prickly carbonation. Would be good I think with some fatty meat dish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suurjuust (1068) - ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2014
Clear red-tinged dark brown, creamy tan head. Mild malty nose with chocolate and roasty hints. Flavor is peaty-smokey notes with roasty malt, fruity hints, lingering chocolate. A nice balance, easy to drink, but a bit thin for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikkvoika (14) - ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle @ De Tolly Joogipood. Dark brown or even black. Small creamy head. Aroma roasted malts. Taste chocolate, burnt bread. I would like something more.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VamboladeTolly (89) - Tartu, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle @ De Tolly Joogipood. Pours black with small head.Aroma of roasted malts,dark chocolate, caramel. Taste is medium sour, cola, little chocolate, hint of roasted malts, watery. Medium body. There is something what annoying me, watery taste maybe.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
agent_persik (401) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 30, 2014
Deep dark duby color, small beige head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, dried fruits, ash. Sour taste has similar notes. Thin body and soft carbonation. Quite sour and watery, but drinkabl.e

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mjp12 (340) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Dark brown colour. Sweet caramel malt aroma, although quite a thin mouthfeel . Sweet finish

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
djoeye (1530) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2014
Dark dark black-ruby body, creamy beige-lemonish head or light tan if u like, tight lacings as a ring stuck to the mug. Aroma; cola bean, leaves, sugar candy, sweet dark roasted malts, prune juice. Taste; chocolate, cola-coffee, flourish grains, cocoa, raisin-juice. Nice on palate. Fine fading finish. [50cl brown btl 4.6%abv° BBF May15 B@K outside Turku Fi]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
inbirraveritas (1242) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 5, 2014
Bottled, 500 ml. Very deep dark ruby coloured brew with a big, but relatively quickly diminishing pale brown head on its top. Intensive nose of dried fruits, caramel and chocolate. Dried fruity aroma escorted by caramel and chocolate underpainted by hints of coffee, mouthfeel is smooth, syrupy. Long and dry, distinct tart finish with earth and dark chocolate. Enjoyable.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Itzjerm (1295) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Malted vinegar. Carbonation. No head. Acidic is the main flavor. Dark with no nose. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (1960) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle thanks to parents in law from trip to Scotland. Black beer with residual head. Aroma is a little chocolate, roasted malts and a little peat. Taste is some coffee, roasted malts, dark fruit and a little licorice. Quite thin bodied and a little too much carbonation. Not a touch on the cask version. Overall decent.


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