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

bottled
common

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
A black stout which is brimming over with roast malt flavours, balanced with a complex hop blend. Really smooth with roasted aftertaste.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GonZoBeeR (3027) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
Aroma:Black chocolate... Appearance:black good head... Flavor:good rosted malt flavor,sweet...

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Black colour with a baige head. Roasted chocolat aroma and a dry roasted thin coffee taste. Light body and a thin finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (14671) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2005
The label references the land of blue skies and clear waters. Now, if itís anything like the Land of Sky Blue Waters, you know Iím in for a treat here.

Very dark brown colour. No particular head. The aroma is of cheap chocolate - nasty corner store stuff - and oatcakes. At least the oat cakes I can vibe off. I havenít had those in a while. I should buy some. The body is light for a stout, matching the gravity. There are the requisite hints of roast barley and greasy spoon post-clubber, pre-trucker coffee but mostly you get a lot of that plasticy ghetto chocolate - like Hershey or Toblerone or some nonsense like that - and more oats. Itís fairly sweet, which is fine for an oatmeal stout. There is a slight bit of brown sugar in the finish. But wait! Thereís more. Once it gets a little warmer a big whisky note comes out. I know itís fanciful - trendy even - to suggest whisky in a beer from Scotland, but Iíve consumed enough of the stuff to know it when I taste it. Sure, itís not very peaty and you could argue itís closer to Bushmills than anything Scottish, but you know what I mean. Anyway, this element and the cheap chocolate only halfway incorporate themselves into the rest of the beer, and the roast and coffee notes are kind of like the two geeks sitting off in the corner talking about Star Trek at the prom while everyone else is trying to score. Thereís just not a lot of cohesion - the elements in this beer donít want to hang out with one another. So while there are some good things going on here, on the whole I feel less impressed than I should be.

2.4
   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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DocLock (9243) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - 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

3
   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.

3.7
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24346) - 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

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClarkVV (5138) - 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 wonít.
Letís 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!! Letís 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. Weíd 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?


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