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

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RATINGS: 702   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2005
For a 5% beer this was very smoky, oily, and peaty. Abundant but fine carbonation. Very soft, medium-heavy mouthfeel. Body is dark and murky. Nutty notes. Some fruitiness or acidity might have balanced this out a little better. Very nice, but somewhat overwhelmingly peaty.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2005
Brown colour with a tan head. Light roasted malty aroma with a fruity touch. Burnt coffee flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Bottle. Deep brown in color with a nice lacing. Smokey fruity and roasty aroma. Chocolate notes. Fruity peaty and roasty flavor. Smokey. Light bodied. Finish is bitter. Nice beer. Interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2005
Pours a reddish brown color with a thick tan head that leaves rings of lace on the glass. Interesting aroma of smoked and roasted malt. Good flavor of peated and roasted malt, coacoa and earthy tones with a bitter finish.The body is light with a dry mouthfeel and strong carbonation. Very surprising and interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (26352) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2005
Bottled. Clear brown coloured with a beige head. Fruity aroma with roasted notes. Fruity and roasted flavour with notes of coffee.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Looks like CocaCola in the glass. Almost no head. A hint of malt in the nose. Lots of chocolate malt in the flavor. And some black patent, too, because its a very burnet flavor. Grainy mouthfeel. Like a homebrewed porter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Pitch black indeed with only a small head. Very malty character, not only roasted but burned malt - almost peat-like. Very drinkable, but it honestly reminds me more of a porter. 230201

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Nose is a mocha coffee and with a medium head. It has a semisweet smokey chocolate coffe taste with the body of an average porter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Lots of chocolate and bitter in the Dark Island. Not as impressed with it as I was Red or the Skullsplitter. Maybe I got a bad bottle. Will revisit this beer again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nekronos (4135) - Xalapa, MEXICO - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2006 IT was mor elike the Stout kind of beers. BUt anyway, I had a good time, I like this kind of beer. BUt I want to taste them in Orkney.


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