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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1533   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2005
I enjoyed this beer, definately more reminiscent of a barleywine than other scotch ales out there. Great with scottish cheeses and soda bread. Pours very dark, malt and smoke nose, raisons, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 A gorgeous single malt scotch tinged barleywine. peaty and brownsugar with a winelike midpalate. biscuity and toasted backend with the peat and sea salt of the islands.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1962) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle poured a deep mahogany brew with a large, creamy, ecru head that faded to a small, lasting dollop. Malty aromas of... mmmm... cookies! Molasses and wine undertones also present. A very sweet taste, with a full, rich, syrupy mouthfeel. Alcoholic warmth in the taste and finish. Very good, but might have been better drizzled on pancakes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2005 ice tea looking body with a with 1/2 inch head.aromas of grapefruit,chocolate,and malts greeted my nose.the flavor was dominated by smoke,with hints of chocolate.as this warms it gets pretty nasty.i poured the rest down the drain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2346) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2005
just a great beer in spite of the macho name. Lots going on. the aroma is nice and caramely, toffee, roasty, a little raisin. Great mouth, carbonation is just right. Very drinkable. A little alcohol warming that is comforting in spite of the name that makes me want to duck. Marketing team was drunk on this one. Hey, want a skullsplitter tomorrow morning? whatever. still damn good bear. color is nice and rich dark mahogany. Enticing, rich body, great finish. Believe it or not, I think this would go well with a rich chocolate cake. Or a rich chocolate girlfriend in front of a fire. On a rug. A-hem. I’m sure that this would be a good one to lay by for a year or so.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Dark amber with little head. Aroma is sweet malt and wine. Flavor is sweet malt, caramel, nutty and smokey. Alcohol presence is noticable but not negatively so. Full bodied and smooth but just a little too sweet to be really great. A little expensive at $12.99 a 4-pack. Picked this up in celebration of the North East Florida Scottish Games Festival, always an excellent affair.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Yeasty and malty nose. Amber color with disappointing head. Nutty malty with silght yeastiness and a smokey aftertaste. Full bodied, almost gritty palate. Overall it is pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Bottle poured into a thistle glass. nice brownish red with thin fading beige head.Aroma of raisins , drunk raisins I think the buggers where drinking Captain Morgans Spiced rum.Flavor is sweet smoked maltiness smooth but the heat of alcohol is present, no hops but some subtle herbal notes.Very Nice . give one to your scotch whiskey drinking friends

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5347) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Bottle: Big caramel and banana bread aromas. Transparent amber with an off-white head, Tastes just like it smells. Light wine flavors on top of caramel and banana bread. Very good. Don’t know why I have passed over this so many times in the store.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 6, 2005
Pours dark brown/ ruby with a big off white head. Woody, malty aroma. Big dark fruit taste up front followed by a more mellow, toned down malty smoothness. Almost creamy feel in the mouth. Slight alcohol burn going down. Creamy lacing left as the beer disapears from the glass. Good stuff.

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