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

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
Was 4.1%
A 5% version is available filtered and bottled. Here.
"A beautifully simple session beer with a stunning balance of hops and malt - a new taste sensation."


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (1377) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2012 Aroma: Malty with dusty, earthy hops.

Appearance: Ruby red body with a thick white head. Great lacing.

Taste: Hoppy zing. Slightly earthy taste. Very well balanced and moreish.

Palate: Medium body with an oily texture. Light carbonation fizz.

Overall: As always with Orkney beers, great balance.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
At first the malts come across as strongest in the nose but hops quickly join in. Clear brown body is topped by a strong and lasting off white head tjat coats the sides of the glass with lacing. Pronounced bitterness doesn’t overwhelm the sweet malts and lightly roasty malts that blend wonderfully in the mouth. Medium body with fair to moderate carbonation and wonderful smooth texture in the mouth. This cask is in nice shape! Enjoyed on cask at the Halfway House in Edinburgh in September 2012.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (9344) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2012
Gravicask (PBBF2012, Thurs)
Darkish red. Some toffee and roast aroma. Smooth in the mouth, but some sweet caramel too. A bit ’lighter’ than I’d like. No guts.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Caytinator (943) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2012
1/2 pint on tap. Clear amber color. Little lacing, sour aroma. Hoppy enough that I mistook it for an IPA, bitter through the aftertaste. Light body. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I didn’t like it much.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AshtonMcCobb (2542) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 15, 2012
On tap @ Sunninghill Hotel, Elgin. Pours dark copper with a nice head. The nose is biscuity with just a hint of malt bitterness. The taste is dry malt with just some biscuit notes. The palate is medium in body and texture but with a dry astringent finish. Overall, disappointing compared to the bottled version.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
motelpogo (6692) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 4, 2012
on cask in edinburgh during rbesg07. a reddish shade of amber, clear with a steady head; aroma of butterscotch; simple and a little thin with a synthetic tangy lemon aftertaste; pretty unremarkable

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (3760) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2012
My local Wetherspoons (like most) was having a ‘Scottish Week’ around the ‘Burns Night’ date and on 26th Jan 2012 I popped in and had a couple of pints: the second one being this fine beer. First had Red MacGregor at a CAMRA festival (GBBF) many years ago: not had one since joining this site though. Hand-pulled pint into a UK sleeve, the beer is a clear ruby red colour: on top a full head of foam, cream-coloured. Good lacing hung to the glass side as the beer level sank, the beer was in a good condition and you could tell. The nose is a real mixed bag: malts and hops vying for attention, each coming to the fore and reducing again as the beer goes through the warming process in the glass. The taste is also a fine blend of flavours: sweet malts and fruit/citric hop notes joined at the hip by a mini yeast presence that gives the beer that fresh and natural feel to it. Easy drinking beer, the alcohol just about apparent although the mouth feel and body carry it nicely.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AdamLawsonS (26) - - MAR 16, 2012
Good amber ale, crystal clear and smooth as hell. Fresh well balanced hoppy beer. Warm and malty with a good freshness. Slight aftertaste of treacle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwik-lime (1306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2012
Deep ruby colour with a thick head that lasts nicely through the pint. A touch musty with a good dry bitterness and a nice balance. Good beer.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wimpyjoe (3864) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2012
Dark ale retaining a heavy and hoppy bitterness which dominates the taste.


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