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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1566   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Pours brown with ruby tones and a small off-white head. Aroma is nice and malty with dark fruits. Taste is also malty, with a hint of banana bread. Rather nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2005
This is not a a bad scotch ale. Pours a deep amber color with a slight tan head. Flavor is nice and malty with hints of coffe in it. Deff. one that i will be enjoying again

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2005 not bad. kind of weak. malty smelling and tasting. enjoyable, but not the best scotch ale ive ever had

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Aroma of plums, burnt brown sugar. Flavor is sweet and fruity but had a component of steak. Does not hide the alcohol well, the strength is in your face. An interesting brew, but not a flavor combination I would be craving again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Pours a transparent light brown/dark red with a decent amount of foamy tan head. Aroma is an interesting mix of caramel malts, sugary fruit, maple syrup, and smoked meat. For some reason it reminded me of the smell of a watered down coca cola. Flavor is very different from most anything ive ever tried. Flavor starts with sweet nutty fruit then becomes overpowered by the smokiness aparent in the beer and then finishes with a strong bitter alcohol bite and a dry aftertaste. Overall, I found the beer to be quite good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Pour is dark dark ruby red with a thin tan head...horrid vegetal, peat, alcohol aroma...it did somehow grow on me...I don’t think it was the alcohol that made it grow on me either...taste is nice and sweet and smokey...alcohol is most apparent...thick chewy caramel finish...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Very strong and smoky. Dark brownish black. Quite enjoyable. Definitely noticed it was strong in alcohol, but it was not overpowering. Great name, one of the best. And less goofy label then this one here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Bottle. I picked this one up because my wife’s family comes from the Orkneys (Isbister). Looks beautiful, a rich red/brown with little head. Smells of fruits and malt. Dry with only a slight bite revealing it’s potency. Nice malty/fruity taste with that classic scottish smoke. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Bottled. Poured in a snifter. Appears a ruby mahogany color with an beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is peaty/smoky, sweet caramel malt and a little dried fruit notes. Flavor is of complex nutty/bready malt and subtle smoke (like smoked gouda) that complement one another well. Dried fruit tones come through as well containing cherry and raison. Little to no hop flavor but a bit of bitterness. Full bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1392) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2005
I was kinda trashed when i tried this one so perhaps the judgement isn’t so accurate. It was kind of dark in a way. Had a strong aftertaste. Tasted rather dry, but good.

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