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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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (4009) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - OCT 3, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with medium head of large bubbles. Aromas of dry chocolate and biscuits. Flavors of toasted malt, light chocolate cake, and light coffee. Very nice for this level of alcohol.


3.5
rodsquad (330) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - NOV 14, 2017
Bottle from Lidl. Looks almost black brown with a fluffy tan head. It looks really nice and I can’t wait to get started. The nose has a light ash with a touch of tang from a dark fruit mix. A little vanilla softness adds a fondant quality to the finish. The taste has a lovely rich roasted malt and a little chocolate liqueur which lightens with the dry sparkle and dried fruitiness. The beer’s smooth medium bodied. It’s a lovely roasty and fruity dark ale.

3.5
kraddel (8864) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2017
Bottle. Pours nearly black, copper glow. Small white head fades within a second. Smell is rich in dark fruityness. Taste is sharp, bit bitter, dades, minor notes of dark chocolate. Mild oxidation notes ( not sure how old the bottle is ) rather thin in MF, but that is to be expected with this ABV. Ok beer in general. Not shockingly good , like the BA was.

3.7
PintjeFritz (400) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 7, 2017
Nice bottle. Black beer with nice cappuccino head, smell is very soft and roasty, taste is also roasty, bread, flat carbonation, light smoke, coffee, thin texture, long finish with dark bread, (I have 0.5l bottle with best-before Dec 18)

2.7
higgsbison (264) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2017
Interesting bottle. Boring beer. I expected much more from a Scottish ale import ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
maekchu (4054) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 20, 2017
Bottle from Shijonawate AEON Mall liquor shop. Nose of roast malt, smoke, dark fruit, phenols,(peated malt?). Dark reddish brown color, thin tan head. Roast malt, quite burnt and phenolic, chocolate, a thin berry note, red wine, smoke, and a small touch of soy sauce. Thin body, a bit oily. Unusual, dark, and slightly mysterious. Seems as if it could use a little more body and more alcohol to support the somewhat heavy flavors.

3.7
rozsoma (1129) - Gyõr, HUNGARY - SEP 17, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2017 0,5l Bottle for breakfast in Stromness Instead of a coffee. Punch in the head.

3.6
Jabic (701) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 19, 2017
Ar: Very vinous; prune, blackberry jam; a bit of chocolate; toffee, with a nice true burnt edge. Ap: Dark brown, almost black; nearly opaque; medium light mocha head with moderate-low retention, leaves a nearly solid cap of medium suds. T: Lots of dark caramel, mingling with butterscotch; low sweetness; blackberry, slightly tannic; char and ash on the finish; bitterness is medium, with a hop flavor that is woody; tar and dark grapes throughout. P: Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation; finish is dry. O: A very good English dark ale; the punchy, deep caramel flavors work well with the moderate roast and background diacetyl; even with all the depth of flavor, the beer is very drinkable.

3.4
Mishnok (400) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2017
A reasonable pleasant beer, a lie sweet with caramel and milky malt. Body is a bit thin, otherwise fairly decent brew ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
nybol (2346) - DENMARK - JUL 13, 2017
En god ristet mørk smag af malt. Har en mild humlet smag som typisk britisk

3.4
ozzatoadisback (208) - ITALY - APR 15, 2017
Black or almost so. Average off-white head, ok retention and a bit of lacing. Nose is toffee malts with a slight chocolate hint and something like red/ripe fruits. Taste is slightly on the sweet side with toffee, caramel, slight chocolate, fruity hints and an underlying oakish note. Light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, slighty silky but not quite ’really’ silky. Quite easily drinkable and enjoyable with enough complexity to make it quite interesting.


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