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


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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Cask; Regular

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 14, 2008
cask at the worlds end in edinburgh- i had my doubts, i only ordered it because of everything else was greene king. but jesus, this beer was on form. ive had it bottled a few times, and maybe even cask once, but it was nothing special. this time, it poured engine oil nearly opaque, with a guiness look to it. nose was coffee toffee, big toffee, and caramel, some chocolate and oat. it had a grand nose, and a taste to match. what a session ale. and well balanced. i still can’t believe how good it was.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 13, 2008
Cask, Penny Black, Bicester. Sampled with Fin and Traci. Deep black/brown, dense fine tan cap. Aroma is big, rich and lovely: warm toasted caramel, vanilla, chocolate. So nice to sniff, I almost hate to sip. And once I’ve sipped, I kinda wish I hadn’t. Compared to the richness of the aroma, the flavor is pretty dull. A bit of roast, a bit of coffee left on the burner. Thin, kind of acrid. Thoroughly dissappointing, and all the more as the aroma really is a beauty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (9667) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
Cask at JDW, The Penny Black, Bicester, Oxon 12-04-08 Big vanilla nose and actually I have to check my surroundings to make sure that I’m not in Thorntons as this has tons of fudge and toffee aromas flooding out. This is like that wonderfully promising present under the christmas tree well wrapped and with great promise unfortunatley you unwrap this one only to find that its another jumper from your aunty, ok it looks nice, and will do you well but you’d hoped that it was a new football kit. Its a bit thin but tastes fine, some nice maltiness and cream qualities but after that there’s little else there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berkshirejohn (6061) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2008
Cask at the Hope Tap (JDW), Reading. Deep reddish brown with a trace of tan head; roasted malt aroma; initially dry then creamy chocolate with some fruit; gently bitter coffee finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - MAR 31, 2008
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 Liqourice chocolate and a slightly meaty quality over treacley malt. Really good all round.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2008
Cask at Pilgrims Progress (JDW), Bedford, in the Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival. Very dark brown with a small off white head. Strong liquorice and ash aroma, developing buttery notes. A promising start. Taste was rather more restrained: a bit of fag ash, some warm, oily malt, a little sweetness and a touch of bitterness to follow. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (7958) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gowdy (998) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2008
Cask at Sheep’s Heid in Edinburgh. caramel, roasty, resin, black, frothy, medium bitterness, medium body, sticky, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21828) - 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

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