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

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RATINGS: 716   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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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3.9
Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2004
The beer disembarks the bottle a very deep mahogany color with the head prodigious in size and semi-creamy in size and a light tan in color, the lace a thick and clinging sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp with a hint of caramel, earthy aroma also present, the start is sweet, nicely malted, the top is middling in feel, Finish is benignly acidic, the hops pleasant and mild to the palate, very dry and long lasting aftertaste, quite quaffable this “Scottish Ale”, “Good Golly Miss Molly”, two new Scottish Ales in one week, ah the beer “Gods” have smiled upon “Olde Gusler”.

3.8
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Very dark mahogany color, tan head, some lace. Malty aroma, some smoke, a bit of dark chocolate. Flavor is of dark malts, some smoke, and perhaps some whisky. Rich mouthfeel, medium-full body, dry coffee finish. Very nice.

3.7
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Dark brown color. Large white foamy head. Aroma is dark fruit, brown sugar and smoke. A medium bodied Scottish ale. Malts are complex, rich and smoky. Hints of smoke and peat, vanilla and whisky. Very smooth taste that gives way to a very pleasant dry finish. Very easy drinking, example of a Scottish ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.7
Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2004 Bottled,A nice pint,creamy,malty and rich.Dark and easy going,a good starter.

3.8
jercraigs (11087) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2003
Almost black dark brown with ruby notes. Pours with a healthy beige head that leaves a tiny bit of one and some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is of chocolate covered raisins. A mocha-coffee bitterness stuck out at first sip but became a minor player as the glass went on. Malty with a hint of toffee in the background. Flavour is creamy but diluted velvet that combines with the flavour to make me think watery stout more than Scottish Ale. Thanks very much to IPFreely for picking this one up for me.

3.7
madsberg (11799) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2003
Bottled: Dark ruby coloured. Light brown head with medium lasting. Quite impressive looks. Has a rather full aroma. Malt, and some faint smoke characters in the nose is what comes to my mind. Smoke accents, malt, some faint hops, and a bit of chocolate in the flavour. Has a smooth bitterness in the end. Find this beer complex and interesting

4.4
Reid (2675) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
I must say this is one of the most beautiful beer bottle/label i have seen..very good lookin 500ml brown bottle with ancisnt standing stones in the sunset on the label. This beer is beautiful as the bottle deep slightly murky brown with a massive creamy head..wonderful. Smell is ok but not exceptional some maltiness. the taste is great so smooth yet very complex..veery malty ..smoky even..great. Very smooth on the tongue not much carbonation.. For me a very very drinkable beer.. i will be buying this again guaranteed.

3.8
BeerandBlues2 (14021) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Light, almost toasted aroma with a beautiful tan head. Dark brown body that starts off lightly sweet and finishes similarly. Very light tasting for such a dark brew. Nicely crisp.

3.7
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Very, very dark brown, light barely makes it through. Nice lasting head. Aroma a bit roasty and a touch of smoke. Flavor is also roasty, a bit surprising for the style. Touch of smoke, even a bit of roast beef. Lighter bodied than expected. Easy drinker. NOTE: Sampled again on 11/24/07 for BJCP training session. Noted a lot of peaty flavors this time around as opposed to smoke. Rating remains the same.

4.1
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2003
Dark amber-brown with a big, dense tan head. Malty aroma with hints of smoke. Tasty malty roast aroma with a very subtle hop background. Body is just right for style. This is a "Scottish" not a "Scotch" ale. Think a pale ale but darker and maltier. Very good version of the style.


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