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Brewed by Valhalla
Style: Old Ale
Unst, Shetland, Scotland

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
From the Valhalla Brewery in Unst, comes this dark, full bodied ale. Named from the title fondly given to Shetland by expatriate Shetlanders, it brings you a taste of the beautiful Shetland Isles and their clean, sparkling environment. Auld Rock was the first ale brewed by Valhalla Brewery. With an ABV of 4.5% it is full-bodied, dark ale, with a well balanced malt and hop nose, leading to a clean and smooth finish.


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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Graham77 (226) - Glasgow, - NOV 2, 2013
500ml bottle. Surprised by the low rating of this beer from other people. I thought this was refreshingly different. The aroma was caramel with maybe liquorice and these were noticeable in the flavour too. This was balanced well by bittering hops. Perhaps not as complex as some other dark beers, the aroma was quite faint also but where it counts (flavour) this beer was excellent.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours reddish brown, sweet malty toffee, fruity berries, thin.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
MrJamesMcEwan (35) - SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2014
Full bodied dark ale. Large tan head that disappates. A malt ale with a hop nose. Clean & smooth finish. Pours black with brown edges like treacle. Nose plain liquorice & malty aroma. Taste is very rich and heavy but grows on you. Light & carbonated palate. Bitter aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
turbothy (1072) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2014
Pours almost black with small head. Malty aroma. Powerful roasted flavour from a beer with such relatively low alcohol content. Very nicely made.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
allmyvinyl (2740) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2014
500ml bottle shared with jeevan. Pours clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of dried fruit, something earthy too. Taste has a toffee sweetness, then a light bitterness. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (3169) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2014
500ml bottle from Valhalla’s Goat. Dark chestnut brown, reasonable head. Sweet treacle grain malt aroma. Dry grassy grain malt aroma. Bitter aftertaste. Not really my sort of beer but this one is OK.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6136) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle at home. It pours deep brown with a medium beige head. The nose is earth, wood, leather, berry, vinous, liquorice and cocoa. The taste is smooth, light roast, toast, coffee, bitter-sweet, berry, vinous, jammy, toasted sugar, wood and leather with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Smooth, balanced and pretty tasty. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nilz (365) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2013
500ml bottle from Aldi, a ruddy almost-black ale with a tan head though that dissipated. Aroma burnt molasses and dark fruit, taste had a nice bitter, roast, fruit taste, a smoky hint - rather liked it.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeissGary (285) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle. Full bodied brown beer, quite a warm tangy beer, sweet and warm malts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mr_h (2705) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2013
Cask by handpump at Bon Accord, Glasgow - clear amber brown, thin off-white head, mild berry fruits malty aroma, poor lacing, fruity flavour, very easy to drink, raisin aftertaste


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