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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1503   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2003
Pours with a decent head. Smokey dark in color. Flavor is licorice-like. Stays on the palate for a long time. A strange but compelling beer, I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2003
Nice dark brown color,Medium sized head that lasted for a little while but not long.flavor was slightly fruity ,alcoholish,with a slight earthy taste as well definately not a favorite but it was well worth trying glad i bought a variety pack of sorts from these guys.Hard to get over the smokey like flavor and after taste it just seems to hang on and on.I might need a glass of water to get rid of this flavor to prepare for the next brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2003
Nice head that didn’t hold up very long, clear dark brown with just a hint of red. It hard to place the aroma it's close to the smell of a good scotch whiskey, one that has a bit of a peat reek. Then add a slightly fruity smell and you got it. The flavor has the smallest bit of that fruity flavor and it tries to be malty and sweet but the taste that takes over is a very clean and smooth alcohol and peat. This is a fine un-distilled peated Scotch whisky. I like it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4404) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2003
Oak color, a Guinness-like head. I see may others labeling the flavor as bacon. I'm not sure about that. I can't quite place it, but I can make a vague comparison to North Coast Old Stock Ale. Maybe a little smokey. Weird beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2003
wow and ugh. once i got past the peaty, smokey smell (hoo boy, that took a while), the taste was that of liquid smoke. it was a little fizzy too. i wouldn't drink this again anytime soon. too peaty for me. although, the more i drink it, the less i'm hating it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2003
Beer is the same color as the bottle. Small diminishing off white rocky head. Not much aroma some oak. Oily texture, heavier than Dark Isle but not as flavorful or complex. The 8.5 is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2003
A thick and meaty beer. A malty, pumpkin-like flavor and a very malty flavor, with hints of...yup, bacon, which does detract from the flavor and the finish. The finish is somewhat sour and very biting. Alcohol is very present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
notalush (4872) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2003
Nice and fruity in the nose, with malts making their presence known. Red/amber color with decent lacing. Flavor, however? Well, this beer tastes like bacon - finishes like bacon - hell, once I tasted it it even started smelling like bacon to me. Thick mouthfeel, probably, adding "fat to the bacon." I didn't enjoy this one very much at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Wow now this is something extraordinary that really makes me smile and take the time to appreciate a beer. Wonderful nose of smoky sweet malt with an intense but not overwhelming taste of malt. Well balanced malt and smoke with hops being present, but clearly in the back of the bus. Nice carbonation and clean finish. Wonderful after dinner with a nice bread pudding.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARMed (604) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2003
Enjoyed this in an excellent british pub in North Wilmington, DE (Stoney's). Excellene color and very refreshing. Slightly bitter towards the end of the glass but not overly so. Enjoy with a plate full of sausage rolls!

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