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


on tap

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RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Dark Red Coloring. Small Head. Woody. Smokey.. Some Malts. Didn’t expect the Smoke...but Still Very Good Beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4651) - 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 (4691) - 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 (5664) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2004
A little too hoppy for my taste in Scottish ales. A little weak bodied. Not a bad beer but not a great Scottish ale either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Bottle pours amber with a nice lasting off white head and good lace. The aroma is floral hops, bready malt, and perhaps peat. The flavor is has a sweet malty start, a bread like middle, and a peat like and back of the mouth sour finish with some lingering hops. The palate seems a bit thin. Overall, a fairly decent Scottish Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Clear amber color with a medium tan head. Smoke, peat, hops and bread aroma. Roasty malt, smoke, peat, and hops flavors. Smooth feel, medium body, and a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Wonderfully clear ruby-brown color with a medium-sized beige head. The aroma was dominated by the smoke tones...some peat, sweet bread, and herbal hops in the background. The flavor was very smokey with a strong earthy peat character...some sweet bready tones, and a slight herbal hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Smooth, slightly thick feel and a semi-dry finish.

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