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

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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Cask; Regular


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - 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 (739) - 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 (10158) - 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 (9359) - 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 (6157) - 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 (6700) - 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 (6130) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (35066) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2007
Cask @ GBBF 2007, London. Black color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate malty, strong coffee, burnt. Flavor is light to moderate sweet and light bitter with a average to short duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is flat.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2007
Coffe aroma, dark burgundy colour, coffee roast malts, no carbonation, small head, surprising hoppiness - experimental, light body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2007
Cask@GBBF2007. Dark rubyish amber colour with small beige head. Aroma is caramel, slight stinging sweetness along with red berries and roasted malts. Flavour is roasted malts, raisins and dark dry fruits. Pleasant and refreshing.


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