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


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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7118) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StueyD (1239) - 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).

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer4000 (4616) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (15330) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 7, 2006
Cask Conditioned at Charlie’s Pub, Copenhagen
Dark color. Soft Mild Ale, with light sourness and some roasted malt. Caramel. Thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (5321) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2006
Cask, Guildford Arms, Edinburgh. Dark color, brownish head. Rich aroma of roasted malt, bit nutty. Roasted malty taste, fairly bitter, licorice, some coffee, nutty, some chocolat. Better than Guinness!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2010 1. Cask Stillage at the Memorial Hall, Northwich 22/09/2001 Dark coloured and rich on the palate. Some roast malt in the finish. 2. Cask Stillage at the Mill At The Pier, Wigan 09/03/2002 Black with some fruit flavour. Smooth roast finish. 3. Cask Handpump at the Cross Keys, Knutsford 11/02/2003 Dark coloured and smooth on the palate. Chocolaty roast finish. 4. Cask Handpump at Aitchie’s Ale House, Aberdeen 22/09/2007 Roast aroma. Small beige head. Dark and slightly rich on the palate with some sour fruit flavour. Crisp and dry coffee roast finish. 5. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black JDW, Northwich 04/09/2010 Fruity aroma. Beige head. Dark coloured a little rich on the palate and fruity with a hint of dryness and bitterness in a lasting roast malt finish.

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