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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1602   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2004
This is a great Scottish Ale. Sweet, smokey malt, and peat flavors. Finnishes smooth, crisp, and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Bottle. Poured a dark red with a smallish head. Aromas of smoke, peat and malt. Taste is a beautiful deep smokiness and chocolate. Hell, it was hard to find the 8.5% in this. Dry and smokey finish. This is my favorite Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Dark reddish brown, with a bubbly head that lasts. Aroma is rich and malty with a smoky, grainy character. Sweet, almost cloying flavor is complemented with some fruit flavors and a smoky cinnamon note. Despite the sweetness, it retains a bitter yet smooth finish with some earthy hop flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2004
aroma was malty and woody, color and clarity were typical, to me this needed less sugar spiking the alcohol content. sippable ale, but nothing to get excited over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Looks good in the glass with a nice thick head. Earthy and sweet flavor that is quite smooth on the palate. Nice balance of flavors that got better further into the beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Dark copper color with a thick white head. Burnt (not in the toasty way but rather in the "I left it on the stove too long" way). Earthy with a strange bitterness at the end. I personally can't understand its high ratings. I let it warm and then still dumped half of it down the drain.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2004
Very intense deep malt aroma - caramel, toffee, a hint of smoke, dark fruit. Small off-white head that diminishes to a film on deep red brown coloured body. Big, chewey complex malt flavour - dark fruit, musk, caramel sweetness, a touch of alcohol and roasted malts in the finish. A wonderful journey across the palate. Deceptively light and dangerously drinkable indeed. This is a bit lighter bodied than I was expecting for a Wee Heavy but that's not at all a bad thing. Bottle (Thanks to Eyedrinkale for sending this my way).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (4031) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Pours a dark ruby red color. Head is huge with nice lacing sticking to the sides. Flavor is malty,leathery,toffee and smoke. A very woodsy and earthy brew. Kind of pricy at $8 a 4 pack but good enought to try at least once.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2004
This beer poured a dark ruby color with a huge frothy head that was slow to fade and left nice lacing.Nose is somewhat sweet and hints at the fruit notes in this one. Somemwat sweet up front. Finish is amazingly dry. Alcohol is almost non-exhistant in the flavor. Overall an excellent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2004
The nose on this one dominates with mild crystal malts. Tastes a little smokey, phenolic, a bit like cough-syrup; full bodied and slightly astringent, not much hop flavor. OK at best, but too funky tasting.

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