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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1509   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 íSatiny smooth in the mouth, deceptively light and dangerously drinkableí."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2821) - 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 (2173) - 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, itís 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
Iím 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 youíll already be ready for another sip. This is a pretty moderately priced beer and worth the 2.25 I paid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2004
Nice tan head and good lacing (Iacing always does it for me)...perfumey and malty in aroma...smells yummy. Taste was a sweet yeasty flavor and some dark fruit undertones. Humm...my skull wasnít split but not too shabby.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tyrrell (10) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 30, 2004
Served out of a small bottle at just under room temperature. This beer had the general flavour of a cheap riesling mixed with a averagely brewed bock, a breadmaking yeasty flavour - after one glass I was light headed. It was difficult to pick up any real malty notes as the sweet sickly alcohol aroma overpowered any subtleness the beer might contain. Worth a try if you enjoy higher alcohol level beers with winey syrupy textures - didnít drink enough to find out if it lives up to itís name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2004
Port like aroma, suprisingly vineous with alcohol showing too. Amber with a small pump head. Sweet port, molasses and malts. Medium feel. Warming and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 Bottled 330 ml. Amber colored. Medium tan head. Malty/Smokey smell. Full bodied. Peaty/Smokey taste. Multiple tastings. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Hmm. This one pours thick with a blood red stand. Bubbles abound through out the dark, well-filtered body of this ale. All I get from the aroma is malt, malt, malt. Flavor is malty-sweet, slightly syrupy, with a long, smooth finish. Iím new to this style, so canít compare. For the price (2.39US/11oz) I canít get too excited.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12958) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2004
Bottled (BB 07/2006)
Dark copper brown, small creamy brown head. "Barley wine"-nose: malty and alcoholic. Taste is sweet, malty, chewy with toffee notes. Oliy sweet aftertaste. Similar to Scoth Silly.

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