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

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Cask; Regular


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1405) - WALES - FEB 14, 2014
Cask at the Southwark Tavern. Black with a small tan head, which doesn’t endure long. Smell is quite potent - roasted barley and smoke. Body is medium to light, carbonation is low, pretty smooth and not foamy. Taste is initially caramel coffee, moving to toffee, roasted barley, vegetable water and stewed banana, lightly bitter resin finish. This initially struck me as a very good beer but the overall impression from a pint is that the flavour is a little weak and the finish becomes a bit off-putting. Decent though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marquisalex (167) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
Cask. Inky black, just-visible red tinge when held up to bright light. Close cropped, lasting mid-brown head. Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, toast. Very balanced, round malty flavour. Thick and full, lasting but not properly bitter. Plays like a mild more than an old, but excellent nonetheless.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
olliejobbins (734) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Hmm this just isn’t my thing. And I had it warm. Aroma and taste both of licorice and star anise. Sour, bitterness not too bad. But really not great

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1154) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Cask in the Prince Albert W11. Deep black in colour on first glance, ruddy highlights. Deep dark malty but not roasty, sweetish and treacly, a hint of smoke, well balanced with enough hop bitterness to keep it drinkable. Very tasty for the abv.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerbaron42 (45) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2014
My favourite! Simply delicious with a fantastic aftertaste and so very drinkable. None other can compare! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rob_D_UK (688) - Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Pours an opaque black with tiny tanned head. Interesting sour smell. Taste is like sour malt with a slight bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1403) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2013
Cask at the falcon, Clapham. Pours a very dark brown with a ruby edge and a tan head. Aroma is coffee, light leather and a little smoke. Medium body, mild carbonation. Licorice, treacle, a little coffee, medium bitterness. Yeah, it's not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (2909) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 15, 2013
Cask at Guildford Arms. Pours brown-black with a good tan head, great lacing. Aromas of milk chocolate, burnt toast, roasted malt. Taste brings toffee, and a slight sour note. Good, but more of a stout than anything.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
OwainTurner (299) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2013
Dark colour with thick dense head... Leather smell, hint of coffee. Overall rather dull...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1107) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2013
Pint at the Back of Beyond in Reading. Black with a good bubbly head. Lovely rich roast aroma. Chocolate malt, rich light roast, a good blend. Pretty nice, quite subtle. Just slightly lacking body. Tastes nice, but not as good as it smells. To be fair it was possibly served a little too cold.


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