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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1540   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’."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2655) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8351) - 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

   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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2003
Beautiful red color; aroma hints of fruit and peat. Very smooth and slightly sweet with a smokey follow. Very nice - I'll try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2003
Ruby color, toffee and red berries aroma, a hint of alcohol. Big malt flavor, earthy, a bit smoky. The palate was a bit lighter than I expected but still a very fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3450) - 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 (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2003 Sweet malty flavor, somewhat fruity. The ABV is well hidden, thus the apt name.

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