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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Light brown in coloration, light lacing. Thin, light yellow head. The beer smells and tastes of alcohol, and caramel malts. It has a bitter corney aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (8601) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Medium to dark orange. Musty, caramel, plums, and maple. Sour apple and bland/rootten apricots and plums for the flavor. Not a good finish, sour paper and other nasty things.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Very smooth very drinkable. Don't feel my SkullSplitting. Maybe I need to hammer a few more before I render my verdict. I like it I think you will too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (5799) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2003
Clear dark red color, medium head. Aroma is burned malts, bacon. Sweet roasted malty taste, smoke note indeed. Dry and bitter palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4827) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2003
Malty, sweet and fruity aroma. Appearance is dark brown/red. Lasting head. Taste is malty and sweet, some fruits and quite strong. Bit sticky

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (30467) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2003
The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor is also sweet and malty, but with a smoke note too it. A great Scottish ale - but beware of the 8.5% ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2631) - GERMANY - SEP 7, 2003
Sweet raisins in the nose, dark reddish-brown color, tall fluffy head. Very heavy sweet fruity malt tastes, like maple syrup with tones of figs and plums. Great after-dinner beer - like a dessert in and of itself. Maybe too one dimensional, but its simplicity can be a strong point.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2003
After reading the other ratings of this beer I feel somewhat dismayed. I did not like this beer at all. I have to agree with ericnixon that this beer tasted like bacon to me. Cold bacon smothered in liquid smoke. I had to give it points for appearance and aroma but flavor, my goodness, this was awful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Bottle. Dark-amber, slightly murky. Very malty with hints of chocolate cocoa...but a bit plain for an 8.5% Scottish ale. I'd have honestly believed that this was just 5. Smooth mouthfeel. Hints of brandy and sweetness in the finish which come out more as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1104) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Dark amber with orange edges, fruity sweet aroma. Chocolate covered fruit dominated the flavor. The finish was very crisp and had a spiciness that left a striking tingle on the back of my throat. Scottish Ale? I got a lot more barleywine than Scottish Ale out of this one.....great beer, just not true to the style IMO.

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