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


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RATINGS: 1455   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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’."

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beermomz (20) - USA - APR 24, 2013
Poured a hazy light brown with a fairly large head that disappeared quickly. Aroma of caramel, malt and fruit. The taste was lightly sweet with a surprising hoppy finish. A nice change from some of the too sweet scotch ales I’ve had. I had honestly never heard of Orkney Brewery but was looking for something new to try and am happy to have found it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Garlic_of_Doom (354) - SWEDEN - APR 16, 2014
Bottle from Galina, thanks! Pours amber with a small beige head, leaving a thin film. Aroma has sweet toffee sauce, vanilla, spice/pepper and slight alcohol. Taste is as above but with some dark fruit drenched in it all. Full body, soft carbonation, smooth mouth feel. Warm after taste with slight dry woody bitterness.
Pretty good but could pack some more punch in taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (5386) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 12, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht röstmalzig, süß, würzig, nussig, Karamell. Geschmack röstmalzig süß, nussig, Karamell, Gewürze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (2166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2014
Bottle from Argo’s, Stromness. Pours clear mahogany, short-lived off white head. Aromas are demerara sugar, fruity, mixed spice. Taste brings a herbal note. Medium body, sticky texture, sweet finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BadAprilia1000 (215) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2014
Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thin off colored head. Aroma is fruity malt, figs, dates, plum, followed by a semi-spicy cinnamon, hop note that doesn’t have much bitterness to it. Taste is very rich, caramel, molasses, dark fruits, bread, and just a bit of a warming note that is either from spice or booze. Palate is interesting, somewhat thick and viscous going over the tongue but carbonated enough up front. Overall a good, solid beer, probably my favorite of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jagad5 (52) - - MAR 30, 2014
A decent Scotch ale but not as good as the hype. The sweet aroma didn’t match the taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
estover (49) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Nice malty, almost burt cocoa, roasted malt, dark spiced fruit. Long lasting boozy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
geologyguy (583) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2014
served ice cold... smells of dark fruits....doesn’t taste as strong as the alcohol is, just a slight astringency on the finish...smooth and mellow....taste is mild of dark fruits and malt...no hops..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MunBro (132) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (492) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wisdomsolo (309) - 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.

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