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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1601   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. Rich ruby color with a decent off-white head and the tiniest amount of lacing. The aroma is a little woody with dark fruits and a hint of spice. The taste is malty with some candy sugar notes. Dark fruits and nice alcohol, even a hint of chocolate ?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2008
33 cL bottle. Pours golden amber with a dense off-white head. Malty and light overripe fruity aroma. Sweet malt flavour, light bitterness following. Nice mix of this into the finish yet it goes very dry in the far finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (34334) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2003
The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor is also sweet and malty, but with a smoke note too it. A great Scottish ale - but beware of the 8.5% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
Red-brown colour with a small beige head. Sweet malty aroma, but a bit acidic. Sweet malty/acidic taste with a nice hoppy finish. Though infected, it’s still a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2005
Bottled. Hazy brown colour, yellow/beigeish creamy head. Bitterish cranberry aroma with some notes of alcohol. Sweet plum and raisins in flavour along with hints of alcohol. The alcohol fits in well though. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2006
(Bottle 33 cl) Slightly hazy dark amber with a fine, dense almost cappuchinoish off-white head. Fat aroma of overripe fruit and alcohol. Full, fruity body with plenty of malt and some notes of wood. Quite fat and alcoholic with a subdued bitterness. A pleasant but far from great Barley Wine. 040906

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (23432) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2002
Dark brown. Sweet, full bodied, lightly peaty, very complex. Delightful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23039) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish color small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel and dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty sweetish caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty dark fruit finish with a bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (21585) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Sept 2007)Brown coloured ale,with a sweet malt nose, strong sweet malt with a bitter finish, An ok but not the best example of a barley wine 2.6

Bottle (drunk May 2104, bbf 2009)... deep brown .. small tan head .. soft sweet roast ... big rich caramel suger malts (nice) rich dark berries ...plum .. raisins ... soft sweet toffee .. dark fruits ... dark roast .. mellow soft smooth ... actually really nice 4.0 ... probably the biggest move ive ever given a beer on a rerate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21429) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle at the first German local RateBeer tasting at Wasaba in Idar-Oberstein. Courtesy of steptin in absentia - thanks! Cloudy brown, tan head. Aroma of mean and smoke. Taste is malt and alcohol.

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