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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1487   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2003
Bread in a glass? I swear this smells like homemade bread. Well, atleast it smelled like fruity homemade bread. Pours rust color and it has a thin off-white head. Flavor is fruity, spicey, and sweet. I was surprised of the flavor because it smelled like bread but it didn't taste like bread. It has a silky smooth mouthfeel and slight bitter finish. The 8.5% ABV is well hidden. Overall this is a pretty good beer but I hate the aroma.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Frank (2827) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2003
On pouring there is a whiff of earthy funk which I notice in a lot of Scottish ales. Once the air clears, some fruity molasses notes make themselves known. Burnt sugar and molasses follow but the high ABV adds a sort of medicinal alcohol taste that obscures most other flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2003
WOW...that was pleasantly impressive. Quite a surprise, but this hits like a ton of bricks but tastes like a glass that mama used to make. It pours a deep amber red with a magenta like clear red coming out in the light with a medium to high degree of carbonation. The aroma has heavy notes of fruit, with cherries and cranberries being apparent. Some malt..caramel and sugar like there as well. The taste is heavily fruity..almost a syrupy apple, cranberry, cherry fruit taste...EXTREMELY pleasant mouthfeel. Silky malts and dark thick fruit peels caress the tongue...some strawberry noted now as well as i sip. Medium carbonation, nice usage of malt, and wonderful mouthfeel. Bittersweet acidic sugary fruit finish...very nicely done. One of the best scottish ales ive tasted to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Pours a clear, deep, reddish brown color with a small white head that does not linger. The aroma is strongly malty and smokey, with touches of coffee, campfire, and alcohol. Full bodied with low carbonation, the flavor is full of roasted malts, with a nice long finish of caramel and fruits. One of the best Scottish Ales I have had to date. Smooth, creamy, and strongly alcoholic, what more can you ask for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 18, 2003
How can you go wrong with a moniker like "Skull Splitter"? Big nose of roasted chocolate malts, honey, spices, flowers and earthy yeast. The brew pours a dark ruby copper with a large beige creamy head that is mostly lasting and has fair lacing. The brew starts sweet with a non-acidic warm middle. The long finish is sweet, spicy and slightly bitter with the roasted malt flavor predominating. The rich and full palate is soft and syrupy/creamy. The finish feels alcoholic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
orangelazarus (53) - USA - FEB 15, 2003
Metallic, vinous nose. Orange-brown in color, with an airy head that dissapates slowly with little lacing. Taste is yeasty and almost salty, like whole grain bread in a glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2003
The alcohol stays well hidden, a suprisingly smooth drink. I did not find any appreciable bitterness other than a slight bit as it warmed. I must say this is one the better Scotch Ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2003 A lovely garnet color and nice tan head start off this brew. Nose is somewhat sweet, with malty notes as well. The flavor is where this beer really excels. Great depth and complexity, lightly sweet, a nice dry finish. This is a pretty good scots ale, and probably my second favorite among the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Malt. Roasty, and most of the bitterness comes from that. Deep red-brown, with a slight tannish head. The alcohol is well-hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Dark red color with a small beige head, pretty heavy lacing. Sweet malty aroma. Flavor is mostly roasted coffee, only a little sweetness. Bitter roasted finish.

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