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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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1153) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen2 (687) - NORWAY - MAY 18, 2014
From cask at The Ferry Inn, Stromness. Black. Pale brown very dense and persistent head. Good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark toffe. Similar taste. Round mothfeel. Balanced by moderate bitterness in aftertaste. High drinkability and served in perfect condition.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1262) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2014
Overall: Smoke, sausage, coffee.
Note: Cask at Oliver Twist. Reviewed 2014-06-24.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2003
The Phoenix, Inverness. Mmmmmm... scottish ale... Almost tastes more like a porter. Very dark, heavy malted aroma. Excellent coffee taste with more malt. Certailny not the best there is, but on the top side of the heap.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2006 Nov 06 Cask conditioned @ Humble Plumb, Soton. Ruby coloured. Lovely toasty malts with liquorice and nutty flavours. Nice earthy hop in the finish which adds an additional element to the smooth roasty bitterness. 3.8
Feb 05 Cask conditioned @ JDW, Soton. Port and sherry, oaky berry aromas. Quite sweet with oxidised notes and marzipan. Perhaps a touch syrupy without any roasted flavours to contrast. 3.2

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 Really good ber, not booring and good for having a talk with your friends. MAybe better than the Bottled version. BUt really one of the old clips on cask.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1076) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 31, 2006
Highly enjoyable scottish ale. Smokey and full and dark as it should be. Very drinkable as a session and plenty of malts to keep it substantial, yet the smoke and nice hop outline keep it from sticking to your mouth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davegore (222) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2007
Hand pump at the Freshfield, black in colour with an off white head, seriously strong aroma of malt on the nose leads onto coffee and espresso taste, fine stuff, malts dominating too. Finishes ever so slightly dry

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14062) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2011 Cask ... Deep solid black ... Solid head ... Nice roast malt nose ... Smooth sweet chocolate ... no real bitternesss ... lots of sweet roast malts ... some hop in linger ... Good balance... I checked(twice) that this wasnt a rebadge of Dark Island, and was assured it wasnt.
Earlier Rating: 4/9/2007 Total Score: 3.5
Black colour, with a roasted malt nose , deep roast malt flavour thats quite stout like cask at blue blazer .. deep red black ... thin tan head ... soft malty coffee roast ... big licorice ... soft puff candi ... dark roast ... nt great today. 3.4

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gowdy (722) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2008
Cask at Sheep’s Heid in Edinburgh. caramel, roasty, resin, black, frothy, medium bitterness, medium body, sticky, soft carbonation,


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