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

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RATINGS: 713   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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3.1
gunnfryd (15294) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet roasted coffee. Flavour is roasted coffee and caramel.

3.6
yngwie (17234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2009 Bottle. Dark, reddish brown, almost clear, with a small beige head. Light chocolate aroma, some roasted sourness, coffee and cocoa. Smoked flavor with notes of coffee. Medium body. Nice beer, but not my old ale. Rating: 5-4-6-4-12-3.1 (060720)

Bottle. Clear, ruby body, topped by a lasting, beige head. Caramel, hints of butterscotch, smoke, coffee, vanilla, peat and a little saltyness in the aroma. Licorice, smoke, peat, caramel and hints of coffee in the flavor. Medium body. Long, coffee-bitter finish. Quite lovely. Rating: 7-4-6-3-13-3.3. (070914)

Bottle. A pitch black beer with a finger-thick beige head. Dryish nose with coffee and chocolate, roasted malts and some dried fruits. There seems to a faint note of peat too. Some sweetness in the mouth, but drying towards the finish. Chocolate, figs and dates, coffee and some peat. Not much bitterness. Dry, full-bodied mouthfeel with a tad too much co2. Coffee-like finish with chocolate sweetness and some dried fruits. A rather nice one, especially considering it’s low ABV. (090620)

3.9
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2006
(04.27.06) One pint 0.9 oz brown bottle from Golden Eagle, Libertyville, IL. 4.6% ABV. Poured clear dark ruby brown with small white head. Soft carbonation. Strong peat and smoke aroma, characteristic of Orkney. The peatiness and smoke strongly permeated the flavor of this dry beer with some light malt sweetness to balance out the flavor. The peat and smoke continued through the dry finish. This is a very good Scottish “rauchbier”.

3.9
gnoff (10985) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2010 First rating
500 ml bottle at Haket in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Pours beautifully, with the big head falling out in the liquid at first. Still it leaves a massive beige head, creamy at the top and filled with tiny bubbles underneath. Dark red color, clear. Burnt and quite a bit of smoke in the scent. Fairly low bitterness. Fresh mouthfeel, but not much taste at first, clear chocolate and a bit of coffee in the aftertaste though.
6/4/7/3/16=3.6

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500 ml bottle at Black&Brown, Stockholm. On August 5, 2010
Clear very dark brown copperish tones color, medium tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, fruity, vinous, sweet scent, smells real nice. Sweet, some licorice, chocolate taste, also dried fruits and some coffee. Chocolate, fruity, bitter aftertaste. Medium yet smooth mouthfeel. Medium to medium low bitterness. Very nice indeed.
8/4/7/4/16=3.9

3.6
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle. Roasty, slightly burned taste but quite lowkey flavour. It pours as dark brown with a minimal head. A medium sourness, long finish.

3.4
mjg74 (3182) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottled. Pours a very dark brownish/ruby sort of color. Roasted malty aroma. Slightly sweet with a little chocolate as well. Slightly sweet up front with a burnt, roasted, malty flavor. Roasted bitter malty finish.

3.7
BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2006
[Bottle- Liquid Solutions] Avery deep dark black color. A thick head and a very rich aroma. Lots of roasted malts and coffee flavors and aromas. Get a slight chocolate flavor with a slight fruity flavor. This was a very good Scottish ale.

3.8
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2006
Bottle. Near black with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malts & coffee. Flavours are roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Some dark fruit and brown sugar in there as well. Creamy medium bodied mouthfeel. Would benefit from a bit more alcohol, but still very good.

3.7
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2006
Pint bottle pours dark brown almost black with a nice creamy tan head that stays pretty well and laces some as it slides down the glass. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Flavor is nice chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, caramel, a touch of smoke and a bit of raisin. Complex and very pleasant. Creamy soft palate. Medium body and very drinkable.

3.8
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Poured a nice dark red to black color. Really had to work to get a head on it that quickly faded. Aromas are quite strong and hard to decipher, same with the flavor of the beer. Definite peak smokiness with typical roast coffee and chocolate. Also taste of burnt raisins and fig as well as a sweet brown sugar flavor. Actually quite complex, only wish would be that more alcohol was here to give the beer a warming alcohol taste.


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