Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Bitter
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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A golden coloured ale with an intense grainy nose, rich and fruity on the palate with a lingering hint of hop in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
RuneStumo (2373) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2010
02.05.2010, 0,5l Bottle. Glden amber colour with white head. Aroma is rather weak malty. Madium to thin body. The bitterness is clear and distinct. Nice balanced. Refreshing bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (3742) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2011 Bottle from Tesco. Honey peach aroma. Golden brown colour. Hoppy flavour with lingering bitter aftertaste. Smells better than it tastes. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2010
Bottle @ pre-GBBF shindig, August 2009. Vintage bottle, 1997 best before date (where the hell did that come from). Wouldn’t have bothered rating it all had I not realized that my rating for the Cask version had been misplaced under the entry for the Bottled. Dark amber. Others thought it was OK but I found it heavily oxidized (surprise, surprise). Not much else to be observed. Not completely undrinkable but clearly well past it in my view. Flagged for re-rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielst (248) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JAN 1, 2010
50cl bottle: Light orange colour with a small, creamy head. Tropical fruity aroma of tangerines and honey melons with a touch of seawater and avocado. The hops are really delicious here - juicy like a melon’s fruit flesh and slightly resinous, with pale caramel malts holding the balance, but still dry and crisply bitter in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel but pretty high in carbonation for a Bitter. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009
Dusty orange-gold with fine layers of lace and a slender white head. Juicy dried stone fruit in the aroma, joined by blossomy Munich-type hop and honey. Satisfying and full; apricot and lemony fruit, hint of jam on wholemeal, sultanas, dates, same house fruitiness as the Dragon Head, despite the very different colouration and flavour profile of the two beers. Some peat, butter and pine in the finish. Packed with flavour and condition at the strength, and another well-bottled and tasty ale from Orkney.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (34856) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2009
50 cL bottle. Pours cloudy dark orange with a huge white head. Aroma is roasted caramelish and slight roasted malty. Lingering malty flavoured with a light bitterness showing through. Ends dry and slight spiced. Dry malty finish. Good one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (14434) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle, 3.8%. Grassy aroma, mild but OK. Clear yellow colour. Stable white head. There seems to a hint of smoke in the flavour. It makes the beer a tad more interesting. Grainy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 2, 2009
Bottled 50cl. Biscuity, decent bitterness. Salty. A hint of quince in the finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sound67 (399) - Offenbach, GERMANY - NOV 18, 2009
50cl dark brown bottle, label slightly different than pictured (on the new label, the raven doesn’t spread his wings). Pours a slightly hazy yellow golden with a small, off-white head. Solid retention, decent lacing. Light- to medium-bodied bitter with active carbonation and tickling, but not grainy mouth feel. A bit watery, as is typical of this style. Aroma of citrus fruit, malt and hops. Some herbal spices there, too. The taste is refreshing and characterful, due to a superb balance of malt and hops - the hoppy note is stronger than usual in a bitter, almost closer to an IPA. But it’s as bitter as most English "best bitters", so fans of that style will find much to admire here. Finish is dry, after tasty very mildly bitter - inviting you to drink another one. The mix of citrusy and malty notes keep the beer interesting, so it’s also highly sessionable. Another very good brew from the Orkney Brewery. At €3.50 a bottle, it doesn’t come cheap - but then, it comes from distant shores. Both literally and figuratively. ;-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8676) - GERMANY - NOV 3, 2009
(bottle) Slightly hazy, golden colour with a thick and dense, slightly off-white foamy head. Citrus-fruity and slightly zesty hoppy aroma with a balancing amount of sweet (cara-)malt. Moderately bitter flavour, light bodied with a crispy carbonation. Well-balanced malty base with notes of biscuits and fruity, slightly woody hops, leading into a dry and bitter finish with aromatic hops character. Pretty aromatic and flavourful for the low abv. 03.XI.09

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