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

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Cask; Regular


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6151) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2008
On gravity at the Bristol Beer Festival 14/3/08. Opaque, near black in colour with a slight tan head. Aromas of licorice, black fruit, and treacle. Full mouth feel with sweet flavour of preserved fruit and chocolate, and a roasted malt bitter finish. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 Cask at World´s End, Edinburgh. Dark brown/black color with a small pale brown head. Aroma: Roasted/burned malt, coffee, licorice and berries. Flavor: Roasted/burned malt, coffee, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, chocolate and some citrus/sourish notes. A very good and quite complex ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gowdy (721) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2008
Cask at Sheep’s Heid in Edinburgh. caramel, roasty, resin, black, frothy, medium bitterness, medium body, sticky, soft carbonation,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14006) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2011 Cask ... Deep solid black ... Solid head ... Nice roast malt nose ... Smooth sweet chocolate ... no real bitternesss ... lots of sweet roast malts ... some hop in linger ... Good balance... I checked(twice) that this wasnt a rebadge of Dark Island, and was assured it wasnt.
Earlier Rating: 4/9/2007 Total Score: 3.5
Black colour, with a roasted malt nose , deep roast malt flavour thats quite stout like cask at blue blazer .. deep red black ... thin tan head ... soft malty coffee roast ... big licorice ... soft puff candi ... dark roast ... nt great today. 3.4

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (733) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - FEB 3, 2008
Cask @ York Beer Festival, november 07. Opaque, ruby, very dark brownish color with some ruby hues. Deep, roasty, coffee flavor with some molasses notes. Rich caramel flavor with some toasty, torrified flavors. Very complex. Some earthy/ musty notes at the end. Medium to full mf, complex, full of flavors with excellent layered flavors. Top notch old ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10129) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
August 2005, I have tasted this from bottle, but this rating is from cask in Ferry Inn, Uig, Isle of Skye on a warm day with view over the entire bay. Nice head. The aroma has nice coffee notes sand the flavour has a lot of coffee, licorice and a bit of citrus just before the finish, that is slightly bitter with a touch of caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9130) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 6, 2007
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2004) Rich reddy brown, thin head. Early taste quite burnt, but softens into a grainy body - malty and a little ’brown’. Soft and strong - good combination. Very well balanced beer. Mid-way between Old Ale and old-style Porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6044) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2007
(Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Dark brown colour with ruby hints, frothy pale brown head. Roasted, malty nose with notes of dark fruit, coffee, wild berries and dark rye bread. Malty, roasted taste with coffee, dark bread, chocolate and dark fruit. Balanced coffeeish bitterness in the finish. Lovely balance. Nice dark ale with hints in the porter direction.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
motelpogo (6296) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2007
cask at tennent’s bar, glasgow. deep dark purple, lasting thin beige head. hint of licorice aroma with some peat and brown sugar. thin texture but some good roasty bitterness, very drinkable

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
Close to black ale with a firelight tan colour. Delicious roasty+toasty nose with caramel, figs and blue grape flavours complexified by an underlying juicy fruitiness (think dates, pomegranate, blueberry). Absolutely charming and well-made, a coherence malt display. Despite that intention, it finishes dry with its tobacco and ashes nuances in mouth. All along, a soft acidity that never gets obtrusive supervises the development and ensures the desirability of a next sip. Clean medium body with a delicate foaminess.


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