Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Scotch Ale
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 1515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Available filtered in 330ml bottles.
"Named after Thorfin Hausakliuuf, the seventh earl of Orkney, this reddish coloured ale has an intense vinous nose, is rich and satiny in the mouth with a long dry finish and deep rich fruity notes. Described as ’Satiny smooth in the mouth, deceptively light and dangerously drinkable’."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Bottle: Deep rich reddish muddled brown with some head and lace, okay oily film. The aroma is similiar to the fine british barleywines, heavy dark malts, sublime seasalt, over ripened fruits (dates and fig mostly), port wood, non-aromatic pipe tobacco, smoky and very earthy on the nose. The taste starts extremely sweet and malty but has a nice dash of bitter and fruit which made it balanced enough to drink. Heathery and flowery background along with that smoked earth feel added great depth. The alcohol is hidden but after it’s done you know you had a big beer. A true sipper but such a warmer for those crazy winter days like today.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Great name!!! I was loving this brew when I first tried it, but as I got into tasting a bit more, I realized it was too sweet. I like sweet every now and then, but this just goes too far for me. I like to be able to drink at least 3-4 of a beer, but this is a 1-2 ’er. Great color and taste, but only for a bit then I’m in need of HOPS!!!!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2005
Clear amber, rich, fluffy, tan head. Malty, vinous aroma, hints of blue plums and sweet raisin. Big, fat malty flavour of toffee, milky chocolate and smoke. Long, sweet malty and slightly vinous aftertaste with a smokey note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Bold tan head atop a clear mahogany body. Aroma of alcohol, dark fruits, and sugar. Very sweet, syrupy, and alcoholic, this gets much better as it hits room temp and other flavors (plums, caramel, etc) begin to come out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2005
bottle. What a name...had to try it. poured out a very lovely slightly hazy reddish color. nice lacing. initial very sweet fruit malt, smooth, slightly alcoholic. If anything this beer was just a lttle sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Bottle...Clear garnet pour with a medium frothy off white head. Sweet aroma, some zinfindel wine characteristics on the nose also. Malty start, caramel, some dark fruit (maybe fig?). This is a very smooth offering. Some very subtle vineous tones as well, deliciously sweet, and smokey this would make a great apperatif. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Bottled. Rating #450. Foamy head atop a brown body. Maple syrup texture, but lightly fizzy and malty as hell. Alcoholic nose is much strong than one would expect from its 8.5% abv. There are some hops here that come into play after a little while, at least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Can smell malts in the aroma and fruit such as grapes. Deep red and brown hue. Big head at first but it simmers down. Spices, malts, and some dark fruits making up the flavor. Black cherries, black grapes and plum. First scoth ale ever had a drink of and i plan to seek the others out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2004
The aroma was smokey. The palate was smooth. The taste was incredible. Is that cocoa and coffee that I detect? The commerical description suggests having this beer with chicken or fish dishes. But trust me, it’s good with pizza too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2004
I’m a big Scotch fan, so when I first got a taste of the smoky, peat beer, I was good to go. This reddish ale is sweet at a first with the smoked notes I already mentioned. A caramel sweetness compliments the smoke and transitions into a balanced hop bitterness that will stay with your for minutes .... which means you’ll already be ready for another sip. This is a pretty moderately priced beer and worth the 2.25 I paid.

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