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

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RATINGS: 651   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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3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Minimal aroma, some malts and a hint of chocolate. Dark garnet red pour with a thinnish beige head. Thin mouthfeel, malts, chocolate, tobacco. Nice flavors, good overall beer. I think it is true to style.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanosX (9) - - JAN 25, 2015 does not count
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 (16) - 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 (2866) - 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 (486) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
peponi (493) - Krakow / Marburg(DE), POLAND - JAN 9, 2015
Aroma: roasted and smoked notes, dried red fruits, caramel. Appearance: clear brown color, nice beige head. Taste: medium bitterness (heather, herbs), chocolate, roasted caramel, roasted dark malts, slightly acid, dry, roasted nuts Palate: low body and medium carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: Really good stuff. Intensive roasted notes (even smoked), well-balanced and easy drinkable, recommended.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maximet (103) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
Dark with some ruby flash through the glass, tiny brownish head. Roasted/smoked malt, raisin, dark fruit, floral hops. Sweet, molasses like with a little bitterness, aftertaste is short. Medium body with a thin texture and soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fukito (814) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 22, 2014
Opaque very dark brown with dark copper hues and a small beige head. Aroma is very rich raisins/ dark caramel treacle. Flavor is a complex blend of red apple, raisins and smokey peat, amazing. Medium to light palate, short aftertaste. Amazing such a light beer can pack such a lot of flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBHansen (193) - Køge, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2014
bottle @ Scotland. Appearance: pours dark brown with stable off-white head with good lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, nuts, berries, chocolate, and hints of floral and herbal notes. palette: medium carbonation, medium body, some caramel sweetness, average bitterness, medium to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice complex old ale

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tillmac62 (283) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Pours darker than a typical porter, but slightly more transparent than a stout. Above average head volume, lacing and retention. Vey rich complex nose of sweet caramel, hints of dark fruit (plums), pear (as it warms), toffee with light coffee notes and a hint of roast and chocolate. Very light medium body with just a touch of smoothness. Average carbonation with a bit of effervescence on the finish. The flavor profile is well below average in intensity, complex and well balanced. It begins rather bland, but comes alive in the middle. Dark fruits become evident along with the other flavors of the nose except for the caramel - it is totally absent. The long finish has a hop note. Perhaps this bottle is old, but since they don’t bottle date...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (287) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Dark brown, quickly fading off-white head, leaving it looking like cola. Interesting things in the aroma - figs, dates, light malt - and some sourness in the flavour, with caramel, a hint of chocolate and dried fruit. Looks like it will have a heavier body than it has, but it’s drinkable and tasty.


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