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


on tap

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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4545) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tipsytoad (85) - JERSEY - JUL 30, 2004
cask at the johnson arma beer festival, nottingham. i really enjoyed this pint, one of my favourite beers. pours a red colour, like an irish red. the taste is beautifully balanced between hops and malt. very easy to drink, i would say creamy almost, almost like your drinking air- could drnk all day and all night and then some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zexpe (40) - SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2011
One of the best Scottish reds - you can always rely on Orkney to produce nice beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (3330) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2015
Cask@the imperial, walsall. Dark chestnut beer with medium head and exvellent lacing. Aroma of toffee, malts and nuts. Taste is nutty, malts, toffee and some smoke. Medium bodied. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (21876) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2002
Sampled cask conditioned. Red-brown. Light bodied, hop aromatic. Hints of smoke and grapefruit. Complex and very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (5187) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2015
Very nice very smooth ale. Gorgeous lacing. Tad mild on the tayde, but all good. Nice vrw.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2004
From the Babington Octoberfest at the Wetherspoons in Derby on draught A dry-ish mid Brown beer. Yet quite malty too. Very drinkable this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Finn (5176) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2006
Cask at Ye Old Mitre Holborn London EC1 19 Sep 06. Deep red coloured. A creamy tanned head. Perfect appearance! Sweet aroma of caramel. Fruity flavour with hints of caramel. A subtle bitter aftertaste. Splendid!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rune (9661) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2006
Pint on cask. Deep ruby dark with brilliant clarity. Dense and creamy off-white head. Rich malty aroma. The initial flavour starts with fresh flowers and turns into caramell with supporting fruitiness and bitterness. Well balanced. A pleasant surprise! (Served in well keptt condition at Ye Old Mitre, Holborn 20.09.2006).

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