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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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3.8
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.

3.6
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Enormous head. The head tastes very good. I like malty beers. I’m just not that interested in drinking a whole beer with smoked malts. This one is a little thin. More enjoyable in small samples for my taste.

3.3
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 28, 2006
dark brown ruby color and a medium sized light tan head. light citrus hop aroma and some roasted malt. same dry smokey peat flavor as all the orkney brews but seems to taste the best in this one. light hop finish.

3.5
RoyceH (1199) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 15, 2006
Cask. Pulls brown, settles black. Small light brown head. Nice burned malt, quite bitter. A little fizzy for some reason, not really expected for this beer. Full bodied.

3.5
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Pours a nice dark brown with a bubbly choco head. Aroma is a faint choco malt. At first I thought it would be weak because of the smell, but it turned out to be a rich roasted malt flavor. It was quite nice and better if drinken slowly.

4.1
imdownthepub (14448) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2006
Cask conditioned at The Dun Cow, Hornton, Oxon. Dark black beer with light tan head. Super burnt coffee notes, challenging to the tongue with an earthy, peaty, woody combination goung on in the background. Chunky bitterness on the tongue, a good full bodied beer.

3.5
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Bottle. Pour was cloudy and dark with off-white head. Aroma was roasted ? almost burnt. Taste was earthy. Mouth feel was bit on the thin side. Nice beer, IMO.

4.1
oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2006
Bottled. Dark ruby red colour, mediumsized creamy head. Chocholate, weak roasted malt and flowery sweet aroma. Flavour is caramel and roast with some weak bitterish notes. Chocolate strong in finish and aftertaste. Wellbalanced and pleasant thing from Orkney Brewery.

3.6
Kingsley (26) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Poured from a bottle into a thistle glass, this beer is a cloudy, dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is strikingly peaty, along with toffee, fruit, and malt aromas. It’s very drinkable, starting malty and fruity and developing into a strongly peat-flavored, smoky, and noticeably sour complex of flavors which blend nicely with the hops at the finish. A bit watery at some points of the flavor profile, and the mouthfeel is only ordinary, but the flavor is quite nice. Not one I’d want to drink often, but this distinctive brew goes quite well with cajun style black eyed peas, for example.

3.1
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
The aroma is chocolate, coffee, and heavily toasted malt. The appearance is super dark brown (close to black) with a small but persistent head. The flavor is not complex but it is good. I taste toasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. The palate on the other hand could stand to be thicker. Overall it’s good.


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