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 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1358) - 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 (461) - 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 (634) - 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 (737) - 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...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ejh8 (105) - - DEC 11, 2014
Deceptively light reddish brown color fruity flavored good switch up when you're drinking darker beers. Not a bad beer if you're looking for dark colored light texture. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
merbeer (8) - - DEC 7, 2014 does not count
Lot of tast and nice meal !!!!!!!!&#

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
hackobock (2037) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2014
November 8, 2014. Bottle at [hg], Linköping. Clear dark reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is malty, some toffee and paint thinner. Taste is medium sweet malty, light bitter with harsh paint thinner notes. Medium bodied. Something went wrong during fermentation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (620) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2014
11.2 oz bottle.
Dark mahogany, no head, no lace.
Sweet malty aroma, with dark fruits, toffee, figs.
Flavor is sweet fruit, prune, dark bread, toffee, yeast. Light hop bitterness balances it out.
Alcohol is deceptively hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1111) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
Rating #1058 - April 13, 2014 - Bottle from Co-op - 8.8% Darker amber pour with a bubbly tan foam with medium retention. Aroma is roasted malts, toffee, alcohol. Taste is quite sweet at first, malt and toffee, full bodied. I enjoyed this beer more as it started to warm. Lingering sweetness with a hint of toffee and treacle tart. Worthy of a Viking.

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