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


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RATINGS: 1556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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’."

flying_pig's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flying_pig (1191) - - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle (330ml):
Sweet-smelling upfront with a lot of sugar and dark malts. There is some sweet caramel and dark fruits too that add to the overall sweetness of the beer. There is a bit of banana in the middle which was a real surprise and some other fruits including but not limited to apple, figs and plums; I can also detect some raisins. A wonderfully complex mix of different aromas make this an excellent smelling beer. There is some oak and even a whisky like aroma right at the back-end.
Reddish, mahogany brown with a thumb sized, off-white head that slowly recedes to leave a creamy head about half that size. There is some light lacing on the glass around the circumference too.
Sweet to begin with. There is some dark fruits to begin with along with some malty, oak like flavours and a touch of sugar. I can also taste some alcohol at this point although it is not overpowering and there is some caramel too along with light spices. This is a truly excellent tasting beer and it leaves a great, lingering aftertaste in the mouth after each sip.
Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation and a strong alcohol content that adds to the drink a little. It is smooth, sweet and rich on the palate.

It smells better than almost any other beer I have ever tried for starters. For a beer that is 8.5% it goes down very well and although it’s not a beer you could drink more than two of I can see myself picking this up every now and again when I can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
leghorn99 (143) - Livorno, ITALY - SEP 19, 2015
Si presenta nel bicchiere con un colore rosso rubino scuro, leggermente opalescente; schiuma color ocra, cremosa, non molto persistente. Il naso viene colpito da fragranze tostate, da un aroma dolce di caramello, caramella mou e frutta. È caratterizzato da decisi aromi di cherry, scotch e toni vinosi; che accompagnano la bevuta in un finale tutto speziato: zenzero, pepe bianco e cannella. Al palato il malto dolce e tostato fa da padrone, sostenuto da frutta secca, melassa, caramello, agrumi e spezie. Il corpo è medio, la carbonazione medio-bassa. Si avverte inltre un’eccezionale setosità, che accompagna il gusto verso un finale deliziosamente carico e caldo, dato dalla componente alcolica.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brew_Cat (55) - Athens, GREECE - SEP 6, 2015
It’s been a while since my last Scotch Ale, and this one was a great choice. Pours dark amber with average, creamy, lasting light brown head. Good lacing, almost full body with oily texture, lively carbonation and bitter aftertaste. Heavily malty, with tons of molasses, caramel, toffee and roasted barley. Average presence of hops, pine mostly. Heavy as I expected it to be, it has a great dose of alcohol and hints of brandy smells and taste. Hints of raisin, plum, prune, dry fruits in general, toffee, and some tints of ginger and tobacco. Boy this was delicious! Long Live Scotland!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christpuncher (2173) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2015
This is a very strong and complex ale Very boozy and malty. Had a draft out at small bar Pours deep brown with a thin tan head

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1465) - Bodø, NORWAY - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle at home. Three year old bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a beige head. Sweet and malty aroma of dried fruit, caramel, cola, leather, alcohol, bread and black currants. The flavor is also pretty malty with more leather, wood, caramel and roasted malt. Has a soft and slick mouth feel, medium body and a balanced bitterness. A rich and easy-drinking ale at the same time. Wonderful aroma. I miss the same complexity in the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tinylightsrecs (379) - - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle received as a gift. Strong flavours of alcohol, berries and vegetables. Hard going but nice beery

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garrold (2831) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle. Mitchell’s Wines, Sheffield. Clear, reddy copper colour. Film and halo of lasting, white head. Fruity, toffee malts. Quite vinous. Some prune and prune juice. Has that stone fruit earthiness. Taste has a light sweetness running through a mostly tart, fruity dry, slightly boozy feel. Palate is a bit thin. Finishes vine fruit tart, and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angel77 (1572) - oviedo, SPAIN - JUL 20, 2015
Botella 33 cl de el c. Inglés Oviedo. Tomado en enero 2002. Lote A hasta abril 2002. Cuerpo medio con 8.5 vol. Especiada y con algo de densidad y sensación alcohólica. No está mal.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
HasseWennigsen (13) - Lower Saxony, GERMANY - JUL 19, 2015
Wanted to try this one simply because it’s a beer from the Orkney Islands. I expected a nice tasting ale but I actually found it quite bad. The taste of alcohol is too strong and the beer itself is sweet in a bad way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (1446) - - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle fron Nissin. Rich dark cereals and toffee, raisin, dark fruit, whiskey, low carbonation, dry finish. Rich and flavorful scotch ale, alcohol is well hidden, a true viking elixir.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (5215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2015
In Scotland several times - don’t know why rating been deleted or not. Dark brown wee beige head. Dry roasted malt....

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