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

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Cask at Brickskeller’s in Washington D.C. Dark brown pour with a very thin white head. Sweet taste but a slightly watery finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2006
A Mes rate: Cask at Bar Fringe in Manchester. Once again a Fringe serving in perfect condition. Great aroma. Almost black and opaque with good looking lace. Just how I like the appearance. Dark chocolate malt with the expected coffee and a fair bit of yeast too. Faint note of alcohol. Strange bitter yet grassy finish. Slightly poor mouthfeel lets it down.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2007
Any first impressions?
-Suitable foam recedes to a thin ring over the brown-tinged black.
-In the nose, butterscotchy chocolate and fat milk ooze from the oat-like cereals.
-Roastiness hugs the tea leaf hop flavor and bitterness.
-The low carbonation is appropriate, and the mouthfeel well-carved.

What if you dig deeper?
-The butterscotchy residual sweetness gets a little bothersome halfway down the pint.
-The leafy hop bitterness tags up with the roastiness for a pleasant finish.
-More fruitiness and roastiness (and less sweetness), and I would have liked it more. It remains quite flavorful though, just not as complex as I had hoped it to be.

On cask at the Guildford Arms, Edinburgh.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8669) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2007
Cask, Loughborough Fest 07. Black with a beige foam. Aromas are earthy coffee with mellow dark winter fruit and herbal, liquorice notes. Flavours are rich and malty with roast coffee, liqourice and floral notes. Some chocolate with hints of citrus acidicy. Sweet and vinous. Dark berry fruit. Sweet but never cloying. Earthy and herbal on the finish. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bierotherapeut (43) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2006
Odeur fruité. Goût acide bien soutenue par un goût fruité. Cacao et noisette en finale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer4000 (4950) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2006
Cask Conditioned somewhere in Aberdeen. Dark brown to black body with a creamy head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with some chocolate and coffee. Nice, harmonic flavours. Sweet, roasted, bitter and some hints of dry fruit, chocolate and coffee. Very pleasant.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4379) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2007
Cask@Loughborough Beer Festival 2007. Dark beer with a lightly malty aroma and a lightly malty and bitter flavour. Overall a nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5046) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 4, 2007
On draught at The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh. Almost black with a big khaki head. Rich chocolate and coffee aroma. Espresso flavours dominate,especially towards the finish,but there is plenty of chocolate and hints of berries as well. Well-carbonated.A great little ale it is.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reiverat (3) - USA - NOV 7, 2006 does not count
Had this in Fort Williams at a pub that was listed as Scotish Pub of the year, forget the name. Spent 9 days in Scotland and Ireland and this was the best beer I ran across, better than Guinness at the Storehouse or Davy Byrnes.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StueyD (1359) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2006
A dark chocolate brown coloured beer with a weak off white head. A rich toasted malt nose, liquorice, caramel, but slightly vinous. A bittersweet taste, liquorice and burnt sugar, some espresso coffee and a hint of dark fruits. The finish is bittersweet. (Cask - The Ouse Amateur Sailing Club, King’s Lynn, Norfolk).


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