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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1533   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3405) - 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1244) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11863) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Clear brown body with medium light-beige head. Aroma and taste are moderately sweet, caramel and peaty.

   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 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1863) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2003
Red orange in color, no head. Aroma is of caramel malts, smoke and peat. Seemed to smell smokier with every sniff. Very full flavor, spicy, fully malted, smoke, and ripened fruit. Earthy, dirt finish. Very nice, and the alcohol is hidden quite well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2003
transparent and bright ruby red in color with a semi-thick but dissapating head..definite scottish/malty aroma with almost whiskey like attributes and notes of wet bark, semi-smokey too..deep smokey, malty, almost cumbersome meaty flavors..strong smoked meat, peat, charcoal, grissle..too much of a smoked malt presence really..almost burnt...full bodied..just too damn smokey in the wrong ways..but almost getting delightfully tolerable with a little time..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 13, 2003
This beer pours dark with a medium head. This is one of the most strange tasting beers I've ever had. I really can't classify the taste to anything particular - just a very interesting and different taste.

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