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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1516   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1224) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2003 Sweet malty flavor, somewhat fruity. The ABV is well hidden, thus the apt name.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2003
Rugged beer from a rugged island! Spent a few days on the Orkney Islands back in 2001. Enjoyed this beer very much, especially fresh from the tap!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
Ruby color, toffee and red berries aroma, a hint of alcohol. Big malt flavor, earthy, a bit smoky. The palate was a bit lighter than I expected but still a very fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
dtimko (3) - USA - MAY 8, 2003 does not count
I was looking forward to trying this beer after seeing the high rating on this site. However after tasting I regret ever buying it. The strong aftertaste kills it for me. The taste of smoking a pack of cigarettes was too much. I could not even finish the glass. Overall I was VERY disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2003
Another lovely high octane import. I finally got to try this one a couple weeks ago after having wanted to partake in it for some time. I was not disappointed. Terrific flavor and aroma matched with a nice red color. I could enjoy this one anytime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Beautiful red color; aroma hints of fruit and peat. Very smooth and slightly sweet with a smokey follow. Very nice - I'll try it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2003
Nose of caramelized sugar. Beutiful red color, head quickly went to nothing. The taste, a touch sweet, but that is quickly overcome by flavors of burnt toast, caramel, and faint brandy. Finished dry and surprisingly satisfying. Very nice on the palate to boot. Liked this more than I was expecting to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2003
This is quite smooth despite the higher alcohol content. Probably the best amber beer I've had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2003
Chestnut color with a slight hue of garnet. Long lasting beige head. Big malt and peat aroma. Touch of alcohol in the nose. A silkiness in the mouth that slides gently. Malt, toffee and smoke. Toasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Clear brown body with medium light-beige head. Aroma and taste are moderately sweet, caramel and peaty.

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