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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1592   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Very complex. Pours a deep copper, almost red color with a decent head the disappeared rather quickly and left no traces on the glass. The smell is carmel and alcoholVery complex. Pours a deep copper, almost red color with a decent head the disappeared rather quickly and left no traces on the glass. The smell is caramel and alcohol with lots of malt, but not unbalanced at all. The taste follows the scent well. The flavors are complex, like I said, making a very interesting beer. I thought the cool looking label might be to make up for a lousy beer but that wasn’t the case at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (11725) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Somewhat fruity aroma with a reddish color. Definitely sweet starting out with a clean, almost fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Reddish orange in color with a nice looking white head that dissapated slowly. Small amounts of carbination coming from the bottom of my glass. Rasins dominated the aroma. Mainly rasins in the taste, but other dried fruits present as well. The mouthfeel was smooth, but it kinda clung to my mouth a bit too much leaving a little bad taste in my mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Deep copper with a light beige lasting head. Deep, rich, malty, caramel aroma, and has some diacetyl and sherri notes. Both are out of place for this type of beer IMHO, but neither are overwhelming at first, and add to the aroma profile. Slight hints of smokiness here and there as well. Sweetly malty and very well balanced to the malt side. Although, the diacetyl comes through more as it warms in both flavor and aroma. Caramel flavor is present, but gets muddled a little by amounts of buttery flavor on through to the finish. Fruitiness is subdued, as is alcohol presence in the flavor. It's not quite as cleanly malty as I had pre conceived. Medium body and moderate carbonation with an almost non existant alcohol presence in the mouth feel make it fairly drinkable, but probably not more than one or two at a time. It's not cloying, but the amount of diacetyl in this one gets to be sort of overwhelming as it warms. Oddly enough, it goes really well with smoked venison trail balogna and habanero cheddar cheese. Also goes really well with pumkin pie.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 5, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Nice creamy head and golden dark red body. Smell of stable and alcohol, reminds me of a strong bock! The taste, in my opinion, is awful! Alcohol and stable again. I can't drink this beer. Definately my first and last time!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
obxdude10 (2220) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Disappointing, very little head, malty aroma, bland flavors, medium body, I didn't find too much special about this beer, or anything in particular to really rave about, disappointing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2003
The bottle pours a deep redish color with very little head and no lace. The aroma is of malt and alcohol. The flavor is complex and slow to progress from a rather mild start to a peat-like earthy middle and a very roasty dry and nutty finish. The palate is not as rich as I expected, but it is silky. Overall, I like it pretty well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5214) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Deep raisin-brown, somewhat muddy, a bit of carbonation rising. Dark. I got hardly any head out of mine. I also could find little to no aroma, perhaps it was served too cold. starts out sweet and warm. Alcohol and lots of chocolate covered raisins, with some drier salty roast. Great texture, very silky, but has some pepperiness in there to keep it interesting. Maybe not the most complex of it’s style, but not the least either.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2003
Bottled: Dark golden coloured. Almost amber. Huge off white head. Lasting. Huge dense malt aroma. Delicious. Fruity in some sence. Has some alcahol notes. The flavour is malty as well. Smooth, sweet and pleasant. Ends with a fine alcahol burnt on the lips. Last long. Great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SilkTork (5507) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2003
I've been after this at beer festivals for some time now - but it's always the first one to sell out. So I got the bottle version. Rather disappointed. The alcohol dominates crudely. There's malt and stuff. Take away the alcohol, and there's a halfway decent beer here, but the whole thing is simply crude and aggressive with that alcohol sloshing around in such an undeveloped manner. If you like high alcohol beer that's not been fully brewed out, then this is for you. But if you like any semblance of craftsmanship, subtlety, balance and good taste, you'll avoid this like a Carlsberg Special Brew.

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