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Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Old Ale
Stromness, Scotland

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RATINGS: 714   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"The nose on this beer is ripe and fruity with slightly vinous esters, married to interesting hop notes - the colour of a glorious red ruby wine."

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (16651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2017
500mL bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small white head. Aroma brings out dry dark fruits, toffee, bready malt, and brown sugar. Flavour is dry and bready, with toffee bready malt, dry dark fruits, and light brown sugar. For a 4.6% beer, this is surprisingly flavourful. Well-constructed and thorough for the style. Very good.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (20222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2017
Tasting at Matts
Dark brown color. Strange smell, treacle, apple, freshly cut wood, raisins, smoke; not elegant, but a lot going on. Weak body, some caramel flavor, hint of treacle, but no depth; some astringency in the final, and cardboard.
Weird.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClaudeB04 (398) - Dudelange, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 22, 2017
Pours deep black with a white head. Nose roasted malt. Tastes roasted malt, dark chocolate. There is an almost sour fruity taste that puts me a bit off.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radassace (228) - SCOTLAND - NOV 27, 2016
Pours like a porter. Nose is roasted malt, bitter coffee, dark chocolate and some dark fruit ( cherries, blackberries ). Nice silky mouth feel. Taste is similar to nose, nicely bitter on the back end and slightly juicy. Fantastic. Very sessionable too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maits (333) - ESTONIA - NOV 12, 2016
Very dark beer, black with nice thick lively dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and chocolate and little fruity. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter chocolate and malts. Medium body. Easy drinkable and enjoyable beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CroccyLc (13) - Paisley, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle at home. Nicely carbonated and tastes borderline porter. Not as heavy or rich as most other Scottish style dark/80/ ale and having a light mouthfeel makes this one very sessionable. Really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2807) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2016
$5.49 500 ml bottle from Market Street Wine Shop, Downtown. Pours black with a small, frothy tan head. Nice lacking as it recedes. Dark fruit aroma: black cherries, raisins. Flavor is slightly tangy cherry, blackcurrants, raisin, perhaps a hint of vanilla as well. Nicely done.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wixie (549) - BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2016
Very dark brown liquid, small head. Strong aroma of coffee. Medium body, little bit carbonation. Taste of coffee and chocolate.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
johnnee51 (1) - dunbar, SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2016 does not count
Never mind all the expert comments, this is a Mans beer,and its the best. Cant get enough.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bubeer (420) - - OCT 4, 2016
Dark brown with ruby edges. Thin brown head, low retention. Aroma intensity 3.75/5. Prunes and blackcurrant in the nose. Syrup adds to the medium bitter taste. Full body. Fizzy carbonation. Waterish texture, when comparing with the Reserve version.


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