Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Scotch Ale
Stromness, Scotland
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RATINGS: 1606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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’."

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flying_pig (1628) - - 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.

Aggiebob (1256) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 16, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2017 Bottle. It poured a murky brown with a white head and lacing. The aroma includes notes of caramel,mollases and spices and a sense of bourbon. Nice scotch ale.

cmacklin (1278) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy ruby with a small, creamy, long lasting, tan head that laces. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, figs, dates, spice and alcohol. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, plums, raisins, figs, dates, spice and a hint of chocolate with warming alcohol in a dry, mildly bitter finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. A decent scotch ale.

17Beer (405) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 27, 2017
330ml bottle. Scents of sherry and ripe fruit and raisins. Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head that is big and fades. Lacing. Vegetable, caramel and leather tastes with alcohol and a sour bite.

rozsoma (1129) - Gyõr, HUNGARY - SEP 24, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2017 0,33 Bottle from Orcadia. Brutális barley wine mely úgy letaglóz hogy észre se veszed hogy maghasonluttál.

Simonsen (1318) - NORWAY - SEP 9, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2017 Flaske. rødbrun farge. moderat karbonert med tynn skumtopp. Smaker malt,jord wasabi og mose. starter med mørk frukt som går over i bitter maltsmak. Helt grei

NCFortune (3) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2017 does not count
Very complex nose with aromas of honey, plums, almonds and caramel, followed by a full mouthfeel with again, very complex flavours of red grape, chocolate, cherry, bourbon, caramel, liquorice and vanilla. An absolutely stunning beer and one to treasure.

Mprather5 (1) - - AUG 22, 2017 does not count
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geolgau (426) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - AUG 15, 2017
Aroma has caramel, honey, liquorish wine, dark fruit jam, malty sweetness and is very low on hops. Taste is sweet and strong, body is medium and carbonation low. Earthy bitterness, caramel, jam, alcoholic vapors. Enjoyable, but a bit too sweet and rough on the tongue.

Scipio (1188) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2017
Pours a clear reddish brown with a medium full light beige head. I find some whisky in the aroma, along with caramel, earthy malt, raisin, molasses, and a bit of peat. The taste is moderately sweet. Lightly bitter. The flavors mirror the nose. Its earthy and has plenty of caramel. Raisin, cherry, and whisky as well. It has a sort of odd cola taste to it. Sweet caramel finish lasts for awhile. Even though most of what this offers is pretty standard for this style, for some reason this one doesn’t really agree with me as much. Medium in body, smooth in texture, and average in carbonation. I wouldn’t buy this again.

Cavie (4775) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2017
Bottle. Clear dark brown red color. Beige head. Caramel sweet nose, bready, brown sugar. Flavor is caramel sweet, earthy hops, light warmth. Nice. Bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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