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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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’."


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   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.

3.6
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.9
   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.

4.2
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2003 Aroma is nice and complex. Apperance is dark ruby/brown. Flavor is very nutty, I taste mainly almonds and some fruit. Quite an unusual taste for a beer. Its similar to my barley wine I had earlier and its quite a good sipping beer. This tastes unlike any Scottish Ale Ive had, and that doesn't bother me in the least. Nice for any fan of a nutty flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2003
I do not understand why this is labelled as a Scottish Ale, it was pretty much like a Barleywine to me. This had big taste and flavor, but because of what I had already tried this one was a bit too much for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 First experience, a few years ago:
Voluminous peat smoke rings rise above monoliths covered with molasses...The misty procession greets all who wear but a sticky date syrup couched in dark sesame oil...The sacrificial, grilled hog is coated with unctuous blackberry honey, as cigars of inebriation and faith alight everywhere, blurring reality even further...Total devotion is then sealed with a single fig dipped in caramel, and indefatigable convulsions of pleasure ensue...4.3/5

January 2007 and October 2007 experiences: This beer is much cleaner than I remember, less caramelized (modernized brewing equipment?), and overall less complex. Fruity notes are still there and pleasant, smoke is still very enticing, but decadence has subsided for class and humility. Still, a very good product, but not as luxurious as I recall. 3.7/5

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2003
Nice deep amber color. Burnt and malty aroma and taste. This is the kind beer that would make Conan proud.

4.6
   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!


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