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

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

Regional Distribution

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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dynamiteninja (1679) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 Cask. The Pub, Leicester. Thin tan head, black body. Roasty qualities, chocolate, cold coffee, treacle. Harsh bitterness, sweet notes.Gloopy, soft mouthfeel, warming, with a dry finish. 8 5 8 4 15 Cask. The Old White Swan Inn, York. Dark brown body, medium off white head. Caramel, toffee, fruity, roastiness, kola nut, chocolate. Bittersweet. Dry finish. 8 4 7 3 15

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (13538) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2010
Chestnut brown; maybe a bit of haze. Chewy, toffee, peanutty - rich, very attractive aroma. Toffee-molasses palate with light raisins and vague toast. Everything has come together really well here.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (14006) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2010
Cask at Horniman. Pours cloudy brown with a strong, foamy off-white head. Cocoa and roasted malt aroma. Fairly sweet with a strong hot chocolate character. Medium bodied with fine carbonationM finishes dry and roasty with some dark malt sweetness. Good stuff.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (3790) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 25, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2010 Cask @ Geordie’s Byre, Ayr. Grassy malt aroma. Very dark brown colour. Roasted grassy malt flavour. Acceptable. Was not on handpump so I suspect it is probably better than this rating suggests.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Cask @ The Cumberland. Opaque black-brown with tan head. Rich dry dark malt aromas: the dust of coal, coffee, and cocoa. Soft mouthfeel. Tastes sweeter than it smells while still remaining sophisticated, with totally integrated mellow flavors. The flavors really come together. Not chocolate, not coffee , just deep mild rich solid malty goodness. Sessionable!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Christian (11786) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2010
Dark brown with a small and bubbly off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee and some grainy malt. Dry and malty flavour with chocolate and fruit notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
Cask at Football Pub.  Dark brown - offwhite head. Smokey. Fruity. Licorice. Dark malts. High malty. Light thin finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3727) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2010
cask - Pours dark amber with a lasting tan head. It smells of roast malt, caramel, and coffee. The flavor is of sweet caramel malt and dark roast bitterness with some hops. It’s medium bodied and enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (7556) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2010
Cask at the World’s End, Edinburgh. Very malty aroma with chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Decently roasted flavor—slightly sour—with chocolate, caramel and a rich, dry, finish. A bit too sour (old?), but nice stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
solifugid (16) - New Paltz, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Had this at a pub on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Black in color with little transparency with a thin, lasting, white head and bready aroma. Tastes malty with slight sweetness and notes of bread and raisins with a bitter aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel characteristic of cask ale. Phenomenal beer--definitely getting a pint next time I’m in Scotland.


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