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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1601   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Thanks to myself for buying this at State Line in Elkton, MD. I’ll be completely honest here...the label just said "ale", and I pegged this one to be a rauchbier. Pours clear dark amber/brown with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma of malt, sherry, caramel, nuts, and smoke. Tastes malty, very nutty, with some hops, dark fruit, and a very rauchy finish. The palate is medium and smooth, and the smoky qualities came out more as it warmed. Delicious, and this one will make my "Top 25 Surprises of 2004" list, which I will post on RB during Christmas Week. Cheers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Pours a beautiful clear reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is very sweet and malty. Taste is of roasted malt, peat, smoke, wood, dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar. Sweet, but not too sweet-which is a good thing. Has an alcohol tinge on the back end. Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy. Nice brew, recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 Pours dark amber with red hue, thin head. Aroma is malty sweet with cherry and mesquite undertones. Flavor is soft, sweet, and woody. Body is full and smooth. Nice balanced scotch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2004
poured mahogany with a light tan head.aromacherries, plums, molasses,malts, caramel and a slight sourness. flavor over roasted malts, plums, brown sugar, honey and a hint of smoke. not to bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2004
(Bottled) Beautiful, dark, deep red color with a quite small, fading head. Sweet, liquour-like aroma with cherry and oak notes. Very sweet, malty flavor with oak and burned sugar. Sweet, sugary finish with some bitterness. Full-bodied, slightly bitter palate with low carbonation. Very similar to Scotch Silly, but without sourness and not quite as complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
Mostly clear medium brown. Off-white ring. Candyish earthy nose with werthers original and almond skin suggestions. Mild hoppiness. Nice scotch ale typical flavor, not too sweet fortunately. Very earthy, soft grassy bitterness. Almost floral at times, bitter peanut oil finish. Oily medium body, well-balanced indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 18, 2004
330 ml bottle. Very silky, smooth and drinkable but from Orkney I expected something more original.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6723) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 There was a time when I held this beer in high regard. When the subtle fruit flavors could outpace the smoke. But now all I taste is smoke when I take a swig. Sampled from a 12 oz bottle this beer pours a dark blackish color with a nice brown head. The aroma is roasted malt. The flavor is dominated by smoke. Roasted malt and cherry lie just under this smoky cloud. The aftertaste was malty and smoky. In recent years I have had an aversion to smoke and thus I can not longer find this brew to be enjoyable. But for those not hindered by this prejudice the beer would be rather tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2004
I think this bottle sat on the shelf in that liquor store fridge for a long time. Boy did it smell old----and I definitely think it spent some time in a can ’cause I smell that too. After that though things got better....burnt sugar/caramel nose with some alcohol, yep definitely some alcohol. First taste is smokey but after that a roast barley/ coffee note takes over before a slightly cloying sweet note in the aftertaste. Still good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rajendra82 (1048) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Deep copper brown color and a good two finger sized head underlain by medium carbonation made this an attractive looking beer. The aroma was roasty and sweet chocolate malts and faintly grassy hops. The sweet fruity taste had notes of apples, melons, toffee, and pears, the hops were floral and spicy, and the yeast provided earthy accents, however the emphasis was primarily on malt here. The overall taste was very similar to a Belgian Dubbel, except the hops are a bit stronger here, and the beer lacked the dusty powdery yeast that marks the Dubbles. The mouthfeel was medium thick, and had a mouth coating stickiness. The beer was quite drinkable despite being on the big side. A very good treat for all the maltmouths out there.

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