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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2003
Hazy brown with a reddish orange tint. Light tan head thins quickly but never disappears. Rich aromas of peat smoke, sweet malt, fruity and woody notes, caramel, hints of cherries and pecans. Flavor is decadent malt, dark caramel, fruity, slightly tangy. Lighter in body than the aroma would suggest. Lingering mellow bitter finish, malty, peaty, oak/vanilla, dry but with some tongue-coating oiliness. Do not drink this ale cold! Would probably pair well with barbecued brisket or peppery smoked sausage and aged gouda.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
Smokey, peaty. This beer has been hanging out in the wilderness grilling up steaks over an open fire and frying fresh salmon. yes, this beer is not afraid to get a little dirty. Nice for something different, but it is just not my type. I'd rather the camping trip be kept OUT of the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2003
coal-hot embers embedded in brown, rufous tones like a fox sparrow or thrasher; head was the color of brown rice-- a large hulking froth for a moment, but it dropped like it'd been tagged by a sedative-laden dart gun. aroma sprang up heroically to fill the void: rauchbier notes vie with leathery malts, overripe chutney fruits and alcohol. sweet and smooth with an ample exertion of bitterness; dark peasant bread and chesnuts, flavors that jostle playfully with lingering charcoal. now, i myself have never jostled playfully with charcoal, but when the robust malts do it, you get a peat smoky and nicely hopped taste of the windswept scottish islands. but don't expect a "skull splitting" unless you drink twelve of them, my skull in fact was soothed and cerebrially massaged by the experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mw1030 (5) - Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, USA - JUL 23, 2003 does not count
Wonderful! Smoky, dry, raisiny. Velvet mouthfeel. Beautiful mahogany appearance. One of my new favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holdwine (1131) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Who said Highland Park is the only reason to visit Orkney? This heavy Scots Ale is quite the tour de force. Dark amber in color with a slight tannish head, the nose is of alcohol, grapey and dirt. Kick butt malt with nice slightly fruity flavors. Dry finish with out an apparent hop attack. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2003
Very good Ale.Tasted strong but u didn't really feel it.I have read alot of the ratings for this beer and pretty much agree with everyone that this is another fine brew form the Scots.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Pours a dark red/brown color with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and earthy. Flavor is, likewise, malt-dominated, with emphasis on woody and earthy notes, as well as a bit of dried fruit, and definite alcohol presence. Another good example of a Scottish ale, though the alcohol presence might be toned down a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2003
Pours a deep orangey brown with a medium head. Aroma is fruity and malty. Flavor has strong alcohol taste with a good mix of fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2003
Deep dark red with small head and little lacing. Aroma is nutty, sweet, and almost like a barleywine in it's complexities. Sweet and fruity flavor, lots of hops and slightly earthy with hints of smoke. Sweet, dry, bitter and absolutely wonderful on the palate. This doesn't taste like any scottish I've ever had before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2003
This beer surprises me. Pours with almost no head, except when dropped a few inches. The head is off-white, small bubbles. The aroma is of alcohol, almonds, nuts, hickory wood? Feels good in the mouth, and goes down dry. Taste of cherry, mixed nuts. Mmm, very dry beer, and also very good beer. Can't remember how much this costs, but will have again. Sampled at just over 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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