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

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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Bottle: Filtered.
A golden coloured ale with an intense grainy nose, rich and fruity on the palate with a lingering hint of hop in the finish.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MiP (13597) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Embrouille (2827) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 2, 2009
Bottled 50cl. Biscuity, decent bitterness. Salty. A hint of quince in the finish. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sound67 (223) - 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. ;-)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8464) - Bochum, 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

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (10453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle. Golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, apple. Flavour is fruit, malt, apple, hop, bread. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
Bottle 50cl. @ Chriso’s pre GBBF Shindig ’09.
Clear light to medium amber color with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, oxidide malt, grainy, bready. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. [20090801]

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (5719) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle.Pours golden with a dissipating white head.Grainy bread and yeast in the nose with some malt sweetness and fruitiness.Biscuity/bready flavor with some yeast notes.Somewhat sweet with a bitter finish.Overall a rather dull beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (13529) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle. It pours a slighlty hazy, golden body under an off-white, dense head. Fruity hops, some bread and caramel in the aroma. Flavorwise it has a biscuity, malty backbone, with fruity, slightly resiny hops giving a nice bitterness. Medium to full body, rather dry. Fine, resiny bitterness in the finish. Overall, it’s a bit weak on aroma, quenching, and very British. 090726

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3222) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2009
Nice head good carb in a misty orange/gold coloured pour.Aroma hoppy fruit,malt toffee,honey,woody note,ginger nut biscuit,flavour toffee,woodyness,honey,gingernut biscuit sweetness,has a fizz,citrus taste there,lemon or grapefruit bitter,finish fizzy,decent malt nice bitter,good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madquacker (1040) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2009
Seen higher in ABV than 3.8%. Very nice balanced and consistent ale. Nice grainy base with citrus fruit overtones. Very good.


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