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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1601   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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’."


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2004
From the looks, quite carbonated, amber/brown beer with little to no head. The smell is faint but quite sweet. Smells like a nut brown. The taste is quite sweet, smoked, dry, and quite smooth. It is thick and thin at the same time. The only problem I have is with the syruplike sweetness. I know that Scottish ales are quite sweet but this one is a little too sweet for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Bottle: yeasty aroma, smokey malty nose. Alcohol is well hidden by malty full flavors.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Pours dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma is smoke and malt. The flavor starts sweet but is very rudely interupted by peat and smoke. Overpowering smoke (bacon?) that covers everything, even the 8.5%ABV. The flavor lingers so long that it is the aftertaste. Not unpleasant, but too overpowering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2004
just the thing on a cold rainy muddy evening in a silly big van on a windswept cowpatstrewn paddock. suprprisingly smoky, with an enormous malt taste. no nail polish remover at all, just big soothing, spicy malt and mellow baked apple and stewed pear. the aroma is pure BURNT RUBBER.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 13, 2004
found this in new zealand and it was great to have after trying a succession of local 4% brown ales. condensed milk and talcum powder aroma. tastes pretty sweet, like sticky rice but with some smoked flavours. alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. nice stuff

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrat (1330) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2004
From the bottle this a strong,nutty Scotch ale,too sweet and chewy for me,a sipping ale for sure.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2004
Bottled. Deep chestnut/ruby colour. Pours with a fairly large head, which soon descends leaving just a long-lasting rim. Heavy malt and treacle toffee aroma. Flavour much as the nose - molasses and liquorice. Smooth mouthfeel, but rather sticky. Relieved a little by the alcohol rather than hops. Some bite on the finish but also sweet, with hints of nut. OK but just too syrupy for me - not really my favourite style of beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Light tan head over a ruby body. Nutty, caramel aroma. Full bodied and smooth. Sweet taste. Syrup. Nice drink.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2003
Dark brown in colour with a creamy white head. The aroma was malty, sweet(sugar, candy), bready, and caramel. Flavour deeply malted, gingerbread, sweet, smoke. Finishes with a very long, some bitterness. Very nice beer.

4.2
   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.


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