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%
"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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2005
dark ruddy chesnut color. dense foamy tan head with lots of dimples. aroma is peaty malt, some earthy caramel, a little licorice too. mouthfeel is watery compared to a scotch ale, but other similarities are there - peaty raosted earthy malt flavor, slightly sweet like molasses. mildly bitter finish to remind you its from the UK. nice light version of the scotch ale style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2005
Big peat, smoke and malt aroma. Looks great. Huge head on a black porterish looking body. Smokey flavor predominates the initial taste then mild sweet caramel malts follow. Also a lingering taste of smoke. This almost comes across as a rauchbier. Not really the flavors I am looking for in beer, but this is well made and interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Very rich roasted malt aroma. Great looking beer...dark mahogany with a big long lasting caramel head. Rich bourbony flavor with peaty notes. Sweet roasted maltiness prevails with dried fruit undertones and hoppy bite. Palate seems a touch thin, but I dont hold that against this fine product. Ill have another, thank you!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10478) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2005
16.9 oz. bottle from Peace St. Market, Raleigh. Wow, the bottle graphics are great! Reminds me of either Stonehenge or Easter Island or giant asymetric penises. The pour is very deep brown with a 2-finger tan head and tons of concentric lacing rings. Aroma of huge corn flakes, roasty malt, nuts, hops, cinnamon, cognac, figs. The aroma reminds me a lot of Fullers London Porter, so you just know this one is going to be good. I question anyone giving this less than an 8 for aroma. The taste is nutty, roasty-malty, with finishing notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, figs, hops, and bourbon. The palate is dense and complex, and the balance is very good. This beer is excellent. Dont let your girlfriend go to Dark Island, because it will ravage and consume her with the carnal and cosmic power of 10,000 horny Zulus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 Very nice, very very dark pour. There doesnt seem to be much aroma, a little sweet maybe, chocolate notes. Taste is great, like really bitter coffee and chocolate, smooth, a little molasses in there which gives it a little sweetness, and finishing with a dry a slightly hoppy, if u dig far enough finish. Rerate: If this has lost something from the cask, then the bottles are not good at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Dark clear red with a thick beige head. Aroma of light fruit and some hoppiness. Overall flavor is much more mild than I expected; notes of peat, caramel and toffee. The taste ends a little weak and watery. Moderately sweet, some bitterness in there but not much. Medium body with subtle carbonation. Lacing clings to the glass like puffy clouds, good head retention.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Dark brown colour with a baige head. Light roasted malty raisin aroma and a light sweet roasted dry taste. Medium body and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Deep red/mahogany body capped with a creamy, almost-tan head. Nicely malted aromas wtih tea, raisin, port wine and honey. Medium bodied, it held a moderate bitterness, lifted at times to semi-sweetness by the malts. Ended on the bitter side with light astringency.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Malty, smoky, meaty aroma, very much like a German Rauchbier. Very dark brown with a thick, rocky, mostly lasting tan head. Very malty flavor with slightly smoky flavor and slight sourness and bitterness. Medium-light carbonation and medium bodied with a fairly long, mellow finish. Aftertaste similar to aroma: malty, smoky and meaty. Nice beer. Not what I expected but a pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 2, 2005
500ml Bottle 2004 Pours a brown with reddish highlights, nice fluffy off white head that diminishes rather quickly.The initial aroma is roasted malt with some peatiness as it warms the fruitiness (raisins) is more apparent. Taste is sweet roasted maltiness the hops are a no show ,a hint of smoke thinnish mouthfeel is my biggest complaint.I would love this unfiltered in cask

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