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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1602   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle (330ml). Served at room temperature. Pours mahogany amber with a slight haze. Head is medium sized, off white, dense (almost creamy) and last very well. Aroma is rich and malty with notes of dark cherries, dried cranberries, dates, whiskey, burnt toffee, chocolate and some spiced earthy notes. Flavour is very smooth with a light earthy bitterness; dates, dark cherries, currants, burnt toffee, whiskey, and a toasty/woody finish with light notes of aniseed. Full bodied with soft carbonation, a slightly syrupy texture and a good length finish. Awesome Scotch Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chucklemation (1443) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Pours a brown color with no head and lots of particles. Aroma is a nice combination of dark fruits and caramel. Flavor doesn’t quite match the nose, with some caramel and the dark fruits hardly noticeable. A touch sour. The bottle was dated "BBE May 15," so perhaps a fresher bottle would be worth picking up to get a fairer assessment. Just okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
S_Lovecraft (11) - - FEB 25, 2016
Reddish mahogany appearance with minimal head; aroma of burnt caramel, spices and red fruits; rich on palate with a long sweetly alcoholic finish. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
L_Lovecraft (263) - - FEB 19, 2016
Notes of dark fruits, some roasty, aroma is quite sweet, an amazing mahogany appears in the glass, a good white/tan foam, medium body, medium carbonation, taste of dried fruits, toast and caramel...a wonderful and classic scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (10856) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours deep amber, nose is raisin, date, caramel, fruity, taste is similar, biscuit, a little harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (4787) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2016
330ml bottle at home, from Robbie’s Drams, Ayr (bb 31 Aug 2016), sweet malty, esters aroma with the faintest hint of spice, deep brown with no head (filtered after pouring to remove colloidal suspension), fruity, esters, viscous, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (733) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Pours a medium caramel brown with a thin tan ring. Aroma of sweet malts, dark fruit, and a hint of spice. Effervescent full mouth feel. Nice tingle on the tongue and roof of the mouth followed by a mix of light spices and a warm finish. Not bitter or harsh. Hides the alcohol well. Nice lingering flavors that get better as it warms up a bit. Smooth and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Pours a muddy brown, a thin quickly disappearing head. Muddy malty flavors, a bit of cola, semi-sweet finish. Nothing great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dervock (1004) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle - pours ruby with a short lived white head. Aroma is burnt sugar, dried fruit and a bit rummy. Taste is sweet dried fruit, bit of the alcohol comes through too. Rich creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hop_Hedonist (475) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2015
A beer that shouts its origin - Christmas cake fruity malt and earthiness/peatiness - alcohol invisible - solid ale.

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