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


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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’."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
paolo71 (92) - Alviano, ITALY - FEB 5, 2015
In bottle. Dark amber, a bit cloudy. Beige, rocky, fairly persistent head. At nose intense and fairly persistent.Dark honey, raisin, prunes, a bit of sherry. Strong taste, intense, warming sensation, alcohol, medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3410) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2015
Nice clear ruby pour with a medium tan head...nice lacing and retention. Aroma has mild booziness along with nice toasty malts, dark fruits...raisin, prune, and a bit of burnt toffee. Flavor follows suit and adds nice earthy/leathery bitterness...definitely boozy. Mouthfeel is medium and silky smooth with a dry earthy/leathery almost woody finish. Fabulously delivered for such a boozy beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beer_est_deus (836) - örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2015
Grymmt grumlig och brun med ett vitt skum. Doft: Jänka, sprit, malt, tuttifrutti. Smak: Som doft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CharlieTwoPies (31) - United Kingdom, - JAN 13, 2015
Bright deep red colour. Thin white head. Aroma is chewy malt, fruity spicy hops, caramelised sugars. Fresh red grapes. Lots of caramel malts but hops too. Taste is fruity and rich thick malt sugars. Sweet. Soft tangy edge, but not exactly bitter. Vinous fruits with a finish that hides its strength moderately well. Pretty decent mouthfeel. A little one dimensional but that’s probably more representative of the style rather than the beer. Overall it is highly drinkable and smooth. Good amounts of fruit too.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbgrayson (606) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Pours a very cloudy dark amber, with white head. Aroma of dried fruits and wine. Taste is smooth and ale like, with mellow notes of fruit. Alcohol kick is there, for sure. Palate is fairly non-descript. Overall, not too bad, but not a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1365) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Deep brownish-red color, almost no head but that might be my fault. There is a consistency that is more like a blush wine; it looks thick and full-bodied; viscous, not like beer at all. The color is lovely. Aroma is grapes and sugary raisins; a tartness that is kind of like a sweet prune. There is a sourness that is like a Sour Patch Kid. Plum and berry and all sorts of sugary sweetness. It’s really great; seriously, I keep foregoing taking a sip just to keep sniffing it. The taste is grainy malts, followed quickly by more sugary tartness. There is a distinct raisin/plum component, but also a prickly spiciness. There is more prune and stone fruit. The grainy quality is a needed balance to the sweetness. Almost has a component of club soda or seltzer, somehow. Almost like a hollow watery flavor that sort of blunts the flavor. The feels is incredibly prickly, the carbonation seems to be off the charts.It’s a good, sweet, sour, prickly beer that is very good but also very overpriced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rodriguez (313) - Quito, ECUADOR - JAN 7, 2015
Amber with low head retention and medium light carbonation. Intense caramel, malty aroma and flavor, it has a big presence of alcohol but it gets a good balance with sweetness. It has a lot a whisky character. Good beer, and very strong, but subtle in it’s way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oliodnb (489) - ITALY - JAN 6, 2015
33cl bottle. Pours amber with a low off white head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, sweet fruits (raisin, figs,dates). Taste has a strong malty character with a lot of caramel. Almost no bitterness, sweet aftertaste, medium body, medium to high carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Florya (693) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
How: Bottle. Appearance: Clear redish brown.. Aroma: toffee, honey,spice. Palate: full body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiammanghilla (768) - Genova, ITALY - DEC 20, 2014
Bottiglia 33cl, comprata da eataly e bevuta a casa. Rossa molto scura con schiuma non troppo persistente. Corpo pieno ed alcolico, potente. Finale amaro ed astringente. Non passa inosservata...

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