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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1608   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flying_pig (1466) - - 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 its not a beer you could drink more than two of I can see myself picking this up every now and again when I can.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (959) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Reston Aroma: caramel, earthy, Appearance: dark amber with an off-white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Tasty

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (6629) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2017
330ml bottle into an Abbot Ale glass tankard at home on 7th Jan 2017. Deep mahogany reddy/brown, beige head, thin but full. Semi-sour, vinous like aroma and initial taste, hedgerow berry flavours arrive mid-sip and equal out the mild sour tastes somewhat. Malty notes also appear late on as the beer warmed in the glass. Decent and interesting, needs to be drank slowly and savoured to fully appreciate its depth and character.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ComradeK (1165) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy ruby chestnut, with a moderate off-white head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Stewed fruits, port and an interesting maritime tang make up the aroma. Light herbal hops up front give way to stewed fruits and sweet sherry in the mid-palate. Theres a savoury, almost seaweed flavour to the finish. An interesting Scotch ale. Quite dry for the style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Faathoven (62) - Barcellona P.G., ITALY - DEC 29, 2016
Pours ruby with amber shades and a tan head. Aroma of deep caramel malts, toffee, dark fruits, caramelized sugar and some hops. The flavour is again full of caramel malts, toffee, molasses, dark fruits, brown sugar, some toasty notes as well and a medium hoppy finish. Full body, low carbonation, sticky mouthfeel. Very strong and powerful in character. The best interpretation of a scottish beer so far.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleRider78 (831) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours an average size foamy head and goes away pretty quick. Has an ambercopper appearance and has pretty good lacing. Faint aromas, mainly toasty and nutty malts, with a herbal hop type scent. Flavours of spice and resin hops, raisins, other dry fruits and mild spices. Pretty good balance between sweet and bitter. Prickly and tanigling sensation. Medium carbonation. Very mild bitterness in the finish. Pretty good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
backwoodsjack (1) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2016 does not count
Color is nearly identical to Wild Turkey Bourbon. A bit darker. Deep red- Brown with amber overtones. 1/4 inch of tannish foam. Nose, malty not particularly aromatic. Some molasses, forest floor, Autumn rain, light notes of Carmel. Taste, fruitcake, Guinness stout, salty nutty Carmel, malty bitter-sweet finish. Full flavor but balanced, not to thick. Ok this is a good Scottish Ale, but this fucker really comes alive when paired with a strong single malt whisky. When this ale supports Laphroaig 10 year its all over. The malt profiles match wonderfully. The Laphroaig becomes more focused and heightened. The Ale becomes more well rounded and less sweet in its forward flavors. But the magic is the finish. The peat of the scotch mixes with the ale and lingers in a perfect harmonious poetry. Bonner City !

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (874) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2016
Appearance- murky, muddy brown, some sediment, not much head. Aroma- raisin, plum, red wine, chocolate and toffee, fudge, fruitcake, marzipan, cherry. Taste- boozy fruitcake, cherry skin, nutty, sweet malt, figs, malt loaf, toffee, sugary dark fruit, boozy vinous finish. Sticky and rich, and full-bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (2053) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2016
Pours a brown colour. Taste is malty and fruity with a warming alcohol, dried fruit and winter spice. Would make a good Christmas beer

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AbbeyRoade (544) - Missouri, USA - AUG 27, 2016
Really not my jazz. Kinda bitter, a bit bland yet tart. Some malt, light fruit notes as well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (2514) - Hagen, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2016
0.33 l bottle from REWE Budnik & Homberg, bottled in August 2013 (three years old). Clear, deep red with a medium large, dense, almost stable, beige head. Faint, sweetish-malty and a little fruity aroma of toffee, raisins and prunes. Sweetish-malty, moderately fruity and a little oxidized taste of toffee, raisins, prunes and hints of oak, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, a bit warming-alcoholic and minimally vinous finish. Medium body, slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Quite nice, maybe already a bit past its prime, but it held up well! Surprisingly, its still quite alcoholic, but just in a pleasant way.


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