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


on tap

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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
Vinous dark fruits in the nose along withalty sweetness. Dark brown body topped by a tight off white head that recedes to cover. Lightly sour fruit flavour is complemented by sweet and roasty malts. Medium body with low carbonation. Delicious and easy to drink. Enjoyed on cask at the Halfway House in Edinburgh in September 2012.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2012
On tap at the Counting House, Glasgow. A copper red beer with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet with toffee. The flavor is quite sweet with notes of toffee. It is still quite thin though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2012
Dark a possessed of a tight medium head, aroma of chocolate and vinous malty notes. Medium to heavy creamy mouthfeel, sweetish chocolate and malt lingering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2012
Black, thin off white head; roast malt predominates alongside dark fruit, perhaps black cherries and raisins; coffee lurks in the background; thick, smooth mouthfeel; some hop bitterness and a slight fruity tang to the finish; a respectable well-rounded drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2012
Cask at The Queens Arm, Edinburgh. Opaque dark brown, possibly black. Creamy beige head, diminishing but keeps 1/2 a finger of frothy layer. Nose is roasted malts, licorice, hints of flowers. Soft light sweet bready malt-flavor with chicory, licorice and chocolate notes and a medium bitter finish. Light body, flat carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackHaddock (6351) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2012
I can’t believe I’ve not reviewed a beer from The Orkney Brewery before, must have drank too many and forgot to write about them! This review will right that wrong. Hand pulled pint into a UK sleeve in The Baron of Beef, Cambridge during Nov 2011. Dark, dark brown body with an off-white head of smooth foam. The head stayed and gave some good lacing. The smells where of rich malty molasses with coffee/toffee, all roasted over an open fire. The taste was of a chocolate laden fruit and nut cake baked a little too long, taken with a bitter coffee. Add some alcohol and you’re almost there, I liked it! Heavy mouthfeel, but in great condition, with a lovely soft carbonisation, only really found in well kept darker cask ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2012
In six bells fulnourn. Dark coffee malt aroma. Roasty. Totally dark minimal head. Medium aweetness and roast bitterness. Full mouth beer slick full of taste. Nice stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (2295) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Cask, The Market Pub, Chesterfield, UK. Jet black, thick head. Bitter aroma, black cherry and coffee. Smooth, mild with a bitter fruit finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (4758) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 26, 2012
Cask by handpump at Callum’s Bar, Johnstone (25 Feb 12) - very dark red ale with a small tan head and liquorice aroma, flavour of roasted malt with a mixture of chocolate, toffee, coffee, very reasonable drink

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1589) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in May 1991. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black in colour with a thick white creamy head. Strong latte coffee in the distinctive aroma. Thick creamy mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Dark malts give a rich, moist maltloaf base with strong signature flavours of mocha coffee, plain chocolate, treacle toffee fudge and a slight hint of sour berry fruit. Quick note of bitter hop resins present in the earthy aftertaste. Strong malty finish with sweet molasses, dry oak cask notes laced with vanilla and liquorice. One of the best Scottish session Old Ale type that is out there at present. Always consistantly on form and very, very popular throughout Scotland. Ticks all the boxes for me - superb stuff!

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