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


on tap

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RATINGS: 435   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Available filtered in 500ml bottles.
"A mid gravity beer which has a generous hoppy nose and a flowery hop flavour with a smooth malty finish."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (10914) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 9, 2005

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (11946) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2005
Bottled, Pasteurised. Reddish brown hue with little head. Malty earthy flavour, not as well defined as the cask, also quite thin on the tongue with considerable carbonation. A little biscuit burnt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Dark ruby brown with an off-white head that didnít hang around long. Sweet aroma muddled with hops. Initial flavor of tobacco (Copenhagen) to be exact, peaty and earthy, malty sweetness well balanced with hoppy bitters. Very active on the tongue. Good palate and very drinkable. Finishes sweet. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Clear, crimson hue, solid, fizzy head of beigish foam, that surely disappears. Aroma is fruity, spicy, but not very forward, suggesting malt, cherries, cinnamon. Sweet and spicy on the palate, but, again, mild, ...almost lifeless, really...thereís a flavor and a feeling, but it lies so lightly and speaks up so seldom, itís pretty forgettable. Easy to drink, yeah,...but, so what? reminds me of Irish Red Ales, but not as full-bodied or malty...a bit too thin. sorry, I ainít feeliní it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Dark Red Coloring. Small Head. Woody. Smokey.. Some Malts. Didnít expect the Smoke...but Still Very Good Beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4681) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 Original Rating, September 8, 2004: Dark red color with a thin head. Kind of a light malty aroma that hints at something... oh there it is, smoke! Lots of smoke and wood in the taste. I was quite surprised to see this as a Scottish Ale as it could very easily be mistaken for a Smoked. Quite nice. 7/3/7/3/14

Re-Rating, January 28, 2010: Dark red color with a medium head. Light butery malt and biscuity aroma. Very strong on the biscuit and nuttiness in the flavor. Light roasted malt. This one lost the smokiness of the previous incarnation. Still solid. Same score.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 5, 2004
(Bottled) Very beautiful, dark amber color with a smallish, off-white head. Perfumed, malty, oaky and flowery aroma. Quite smoky, very malty, sweetish flavor. Medium-bodied, soft palate with balanced carbonation. A pleasantly smoky, malty and reasonably full-bodied brew.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 I had tried this one during a beer festival and had liked it, so I was looking forward to getting a whole bottle. Sadly I was quite disappointed. +++ Sampled from a 16.9 oz clear bottle the beer poured a dark ruby-mahogany color with lots of floaters. There was a sour vinegar aroma. The beer was somewhat flat. The flavor was bitter, had some hops and some roasted malt on the finish. Really I think I got a bad bottle. But any brewer that cares so little as to put the beer in a clear bottle deserves any poor ratings they get when their product is spoiled. Also they lose sales as I certainly will not risk my hard earned cash on another bottle of this stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 18, 2004
Amber/orange colour and medium head. Light peaty and malty aroma, bitter notes in the malty smoky bouquet. Fairly long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 17, 2004
Nice red color with nice thick head. Nose of burnt carmel and malt. Nice prickle in the mouth, slightly sour, with nut and malt flavors. Medium long finish. Not bad at all.

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