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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrat (1326) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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 (11971) - 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!!

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