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


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RATINGS: 539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Bottle: Filtered.
A black stout which is brimming over with roast malt flavours, balanced with a complex hop blend. Really smooth with roasted aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2005
dark brown colour with a light brown head. Roasted malty aroma with a light chocolate note. Roasted malty flavor with hints of some sweetness and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Pours black with dark brown menisci and a medium light tan head. Aroma of heavy molasses, chocolate syrup, some hops, dark fruit, and hazelnuts...but the blackstrap molasses aroma is the strongest. Tastes malty, with a big hop presence, coupled with some finishing chocoff. The hops dominate the taste, shadowing the molasses. If this one tastes like it smelled, it would be a 4.2. However, the taste is a bit of a let-down, and the palate is watery, non-complex, and not very well balanced. I hate to take this one out back and kick its ass, because it showed such promise, but it leaves me no choice. Not worth the price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 (Bottle 50 cl) Not entirely black, this has a reddish tint. Very light and dry but not really bitter. Lovely aromatic and slightly smoked. A fresh easy-to-drink beer. 060305

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2005
Bottle @ Pullman, Helsinki Finland Backlog 2 April, 2005
Thin and well attenuated (BB11/05). No off tastes, though. Rather boring, actually. Maybe some roasted notes in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2005
Black colour. Thick white creamy head. Sweet and somewhat smoky nose. Flavour is roasted, malty and slightly acidic, with hints of chocolate. A quite ordinary stout, still not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (22067) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 4, 2005
Bottled. Black opaque, big brownish foamy head, thick lacing. At first very roasted aroma, later a bit sweetish barley and malt. Rich carbonation for being a stout. Very bready flavour with hints of roast. Leaves mouth a bit sticky. Otherwise very good, but the carbonation ruins it

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Mmmmm, filtered and pasteurised, low alcohol, bottled, light stout. I should stop there, as you can probably see where this is going. But I won’t.
Let’s talk a little about pasteurisation and filtration.
Once upon a time, there lived a wonderfully roasty, fruity, chewy, thick-looking stout, who had magnificent complexity and plenty of soft, easygoing carbonation. Everything went together nicely, with a true fusion of flavors and zesty livliness. Then some brewers came along and decided they didnt want any more of that pesky complexity, and soft, engaging carbonation.
"Who needs a lively, interesting range of flavors!! Let’s pasteurise the hell out of this baby!"
And it was done. But not yet satisfied, they said
"Away with ye chewy, gritty, substantive texture and body. We’d rather have a watery, dull, thin one, with lots of sharp, artificial carbonation!!!"
And thus it was filtered.
Now, children, can anyone tell me the moral of the story?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2005
bottle. poured a translucent dark ruby with a slight whiteish head. not much aroma...chocolae and cardboard...prety boring...weak palate, roasted malt flavor...meek, this brew would get its butt kicked in a street fight by a mean American stout like rouge and great divide contenders. more like a weak porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2604) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2005
(Bottle) Black colour. Nice head. Roasty, slightly smoked aroma. Roasty coffee-flavour. A nice easy-drinking session-stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2005
Bottle. The colour is pitch-dark; the medium compact, two-finger high foam is brown with some beige spots.

The smell is full of burned dry malts and some coffee with a hint of butter/cream.

The carbonation is rather strong (stronger than I expected for a stout) with small bubbles.

The taste is burned with dry notes of coffee, dark bread, soil, toffee cookies and a touch of salt. The body is rather weak with a medium-strong bitterness. The aftertaste is also burned with a creamy feel and a slowly growing sweetness. It is not particularly long lasting, but well balanced.

I found this being a rather mild stout, making it easy to drink.

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