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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1566   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 íSatiny smooth in the mouth, deceptively light and dangerously drinkableí."

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pman (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Didnít realize this was a barley wine, although the name is appropriate for onw. Fairly bitter, with the alcohol fairly well hidden. Canít say Iíve tasted anything quite like it, but Iíll probably have it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu (1376) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Pours a dark brown-ruby with a light tan, very well-retaining head. Cherry liqueur and caramel nose. Flavors follow the nose fairly closely with a fade of a medicinal quality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Used to love this beer. Now tastes a little fruity and sour. Still nice and strong. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markoijelena (1453) - Belgrade, SERBIA - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle 0.33l from the festival thanks to Ogi.Taste with cika Boban and cika Alberto left in Vranovo Serbia. 25.09.2015.Pour it clear dark red color with small white head.Aroma tart and plums.Taste of sweet red fruits, some sourish feel, bourbon present.Ok balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtu71 (354) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2015
Tanned foamy head. Murky brown. Dark chocolate aroma. Malty, bready, filling, strong, caramel, chocolate, dried fruits. Warming, smooth killer.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1487) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Bottle, at the CTBCAIPAT-O. (An investigation is underway to try to figure out how this snuck into an IPA tasting.) Pours a deep red-brown with a very lacy, creamy, mixed-grained, tan head. Nose is apple, maple, and brown sugar. On the tongue itís apple, dark rum, wheat bread, date, and raisin; somewhat boozy, low on carbonation, quite rich, but a little thin on the mid-palate. Finish is long, sweet, and treacly. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emusche (117) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Pours deep copper with a very thin head; minimal lacing. Definitely some dark fruit notes present; raisin, plum, with hints of caramel, earthy woodiness and some alcohol. Taste is in the same vain of dried fruits, caramel, chocolate and the same slight booziness. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smroush (145) - Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Fruity aroma of plum. Hops stay in the background. Moderately sweet; light bitterness. Medium body; carbonation a bit soft; finish is fairly long and somewhat fruity. Overall itís OK but fairly simple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
migwell (157) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2015
On tap at The Foundry. Not exactly cask, served in a tulip. Good dark look to it and a balanced, well carbonated appealing malty caramel flavor. Very easy drinking brew. Iím not a big Scots Ale fan (scotch is a drink, Scots are the people, Iíve been told. Of course ale is not a person, nor is it scotch whiskey. Now Iím confused...). Anyway, this one goes on my good list.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gdierksen (16) - Brookline, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2015
330mL bottle poured into tulip glass. Color is a deep Amber/red with a white head. Aroma is a mix of molasses and wood (and a little dried fruit). Tastes sweet with strong caramel and raisin flavors and a medium alcoholic flavor. Body is surprisingly light and smooth with a short finish. Overall a pretty solid beer that is surprisingly easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (1113) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours a tawny Amber color with a small white head. Toasted malt nose has toffee-like tendencies. Flavor has sweet toasted malt notes with a vinous undertone. Bittersweet and earthy. Smooth and fruity, with subtle resiny hops. Boozy malt finish.

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