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


on tap

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Cask; Regular

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (3207) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2011
Cask at filmhouse bar. Black with decent cream head. Aroma of milk chocolate. Chocolate and toffee taste with a hint of licorice. Smooth mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish. Very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2011
A - smokey with some coffee A - dark with thick head T - light sweet with roasted bitter P - full and soft O - nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
worldbeertaste (1760) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2011
Very dark red in colour with a thin tan head. Blackberry and malt smell. Ash bitter medium body. Smoke, blackberry, licorish with a light drydry aftertaste of coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
stravale (2547) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - AUG 29, 2011
Cask @ The Muckle Cross, Elgin.
Black with ruby edges, thick rich tan head.
Aroma of roasted malt, oak, smoked wood, chocolate.
Taste of roasted malt, smoky, wood, liquorice, some coffee, bit of earth, some fruity malt. Complex. Not as good as the aroma.
Palate of roast bitter, some sweetness, soft carb, dry smoky finish.
I’ve had this many times over the years and the flavours have always seem rather muddled, bit discordant. Complex, but not great in this case. Sort of a cross between a stout and an old ale. IMHO I’ve never been that keen - I can get sick of it by the end of the pint and it gets rather cloying. However, it’s better than average and I can understand why other drinkers do give it high ratings, but personally I feel it’s overrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (4135) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 23, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 Re-rating - huge liquorice notes coming through and tasting like a great balanced dry stout. Previous rating on 23/08/11 = 6+4+6+3+12=3.1 Re-rating. More chocolate and liquorice on the taste this time. Previous rating on 23/08/11 6+4+5+2+10 = 2.7 Cask @ Berts Bar, Edinburgh. Pours an opaque black colour with a hint of purple. There is a thin creamy head. The nose has burnt chocolate, coffee and then cream. The taste is more creamy chocolate and toast. The palate begins full-bodied, then it’s creamy but it doesn’t clean on the end at all. Overall, this doesn’t deliver on the palate what was expected from the appearance and nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NordicV (1449) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2011
Riktigt mörk brun öl med ett vackert gräddigt skum. Något rostad doft me en trevlig maltighet. Komplex smak med rostade toner, choklad lakrits och malt. En mycket trevlig bekantskap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 17, 2011
On cask at The Guildford Arms. A black beer with a decent tan head. Aroma of coffee icecream and roasted barley. Flavour of kopiko coffee sweets and roasted barley. Creamy mouthfeel. Lovely.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mon8 (3) - Papworth Everard, Ca, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2011 does not count
Dark and delicious roasted heaven in a glass; coffee, chocolate, nuts, roasty, earthy, woody. This is just perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (3475) - California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
16 June 2011, tap at SRAF. black, thin tan lacing. full/med body and slightly fizzy. sweet roasted coffee. not too bitter. oatmeal and toast and dried coffee grounds. sweet enough to not be bitter coffee. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (36272) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2010
From cask at Tennents. Pours dark brown with a dense and creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and slight butterish. Dark malty and slight breadish. Mild liqourice, roasted malt and hops bitter into a dry and bitter finish.

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