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

bottled
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RATINGS: 518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark, rich black liquid light can not penetrate with copper caramel head that lingers. Aroma is of dark, rich coffee and molasses with some chocolate, plum, raisin. Flavor is a slight hop covered by a dark, menacing, lightly-burned coffee that slowly eases away leaving a faint chocolate. Excellent beer. No alcohol detected. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 14, 2007
Tasted 14/12/2007. 500ml bottle from Regional Wines and Spirits. Pours black, with a disappearing airy tan head. It’s near perfect from here. Where do I start? Fantastic balance and integration. Splendid entry, sublime exit. Subtle yet quite overt. Everything on the nose, follows through on the palate. Just ripe plums; aged port; dark bitter chocolate; fruity freshly-roasted coffee beans; fruitcake crust - just a touch overcooked; peat; a hint of greenish oak; a mix of dried fruit; a little milk chocolate, toasted grainy bread; sweet nuts. Light-medium weight and medium carbonation. Superb beer, superb brewery. These guys have a magic yeast. Is Orkney the world’s best ’new world’ brewery? The world’s best, bar none? I’d be hard pressed to pick a better one.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Pours a beautiful onyx with a healthy, frothy head that clings to the glass. Aroma is almost exclusively chocolate, with a bit of smoked malt thrown in for good measure. Flavor is a titilating blend of smoke and malt, heavy on the smoke. Some peat is detectable. This is a stout all unto its own. I WOULD LOVE ANOTHER ONE OF THESE.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3175) - Radom, POLAND - DEC 17, 2012
Świetny stout. Z ekologicznymi składnikami. Piana mocna i brązowa. Ciecz jak guinness czarna jak smoła, piwo oleiste i gęste przy czym treściwe i syte. Wspaniały aromat ciemnej gożkiej czekolady i czarnej kawy. Finisz wytrawny i głógi. Wysublimowane. Polecam bo to godny Stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2006
Amazingly smooth. Smokiness and roasted tastes soothe the palate. The best overall stout I’ve experienced with a low alcohol content to boot--- the more to enjoy. Only gets better with the quantity. Highly recommended for the ’go-to’ stout!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boddhitree (58) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
Drunk in a snifter at BrauKunstLive! 2013 Festival in München, Germany. I think it was because my taste buds had had an overload of Simcoe and Citra already and needed some comfort beer, we went for 2 dark beers. I drank the most satisfying beer of the day, a 4% Dragonhead, which despite it’s low alcohol, packed a smokey, rich, thick feel all around my tongue.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - JUL 17, 2006
My only complaint is that it is too watery. Very fine tasting stout otherwise. Pours jet black with a nice thin head. Tastes of roasted coffee and not much else. Very refreshing for a stout. I picked this up at the Bier Stein in Eugene. It was expensive, but the taste is very unique and well worth the price. At 4% alcohol though....I think I could have done better. Worth trying at least once, but I would love to have a fridge full of this just to sip on all day.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LordErasmus (4) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2007 does not count
Mmm... lovely. Its like the perfect mix between a scotch ale and a dry stout. You get the peatiness and maltiness of the scottish ale with the dark toastiness and clean finish of the stout. Complex and refined taste all over your mouth with an extra aftertaste at the end like a smoked out chocolate kiss. YUM!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reddragon (29) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2007
One of the finest stouts I’ve tasted. more creamy than thick (from the bottle), with hints of nuts and peat?

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle 500ml. Beautiful stout. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruit, and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with a touch of bitterness, and long length. Palate is oily, with a thin-to-medium body. Black, with a frothy off-white head.


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