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

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RATINGS: 1478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MunBro (251) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2014
Trying a leftover sip of a buddy’s so not getting a whole lot. Nut brown and very sweet smelling. Malt, candy, toffee, caramel and butterscotch pudding notes. Not bad but my taste was a bit flat and warm so not really sure. Definitely willing to retry!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (569) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2014
Pours a nut brown with lasting fine grained head and good lacing. Aroma is very nice with sweet, sugary, peaty malts with some alcohol. Keeps a good enough distance from being the smoky, meaty peatiness that I can’t stand. Taste is similar, with butterscotch up front, into dark fruit and slightly smoked peat earthiness in the middle. Palate thins and leaves a faded, milder malt aftertaste in the end. I’m torn on points, because it flirts with territory I don’t like in a scotch ale, but successfully avoids it as well. In the end it’s an above-average scotch ale for me, that I could see myself enjoying in the right mood.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wisdomsolo (396) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Has a nice sweet malty aroma and a pleasant sweetness followed by a bit of heat in the flavor. I can dig it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3326) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy amber with small frothy white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is candy sugar, booze, oak. Medium mouthfeel with candy sugar, caramel. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gueuze (321) - - MAR 8, 2014
Aroma: Marzipan, Grüner Apfel, Holunderblüten (wie in Bionade). Viele Alkohole, das macht Kopfschmerzen.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseMartineau (73) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours deep copper thick off white head with some lacing. Aromas fruity malt, caramel, some spicy notes, even some darker fruits as well. Taste is malty sweetness, caramel, touch of warming, but not over powering, licorice, molasses hints of dried dark fruit. Finishes with some bitterness, and a touch on the dry side. Quite enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (1390) - WALES - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle, BB May 2015, into tulip. Dark red, sparkling, decent foamy white head endures and leaves strips of lacing. Aroma - lots of bready malts, yeast, alcohol, sharp fruity notes suggesting cherry. Reminds me of Gulden Draak. Body is medium, hardly any carbonation, slightly foamy but mostly smooth. Taste - very malty, some alcohol sharpness, liquorice and fig, grassy finish. In a blind taste, I’d have said that this was a Belgian strong ale. Decent enough, but not my favourite style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdb288 (480) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle at Koopers. Pours muddy red/orange with no head. Aroma is boozy with some light citrus notes. Taste is sweet stone fruit, slight alcohol finish. Sticky sweet with little carbonation. Very smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
exeter (259) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
Great looking beer -- deep ruby/brown, with a creamy off-white head with a nice lace. Aroma of fresh baked bread, with rich, dark fruits thrown in for good measure. The taste is a combination of brown bread, raisins, spice cake, currants. Sweet and peaty, this is one to sip and enjoy.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kps888 (2) - Herlev, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2014 does not count
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