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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (12718) - Edinburgh, - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle at the Brass Monkey. Pours black, thick, fruity, raisins, dates, chocolate, sweet and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzatoadisback (154) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niko100 (2857) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, oak, caramel, & licorice; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, coffee, caramel, licorice, some chocolate, and fruit; Fairly well balanced; Overall, flavor was a bit thin - but good aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1686) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle; pours nearly black with a tan head; aroma of chocolate, malt, toffee, and a hint of coffee; taste is smooth with a light sweetness with chocolate, toffee, light roasted malt, and traces of coffee and dark fruits; semi dry finish with a touch of chocolate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (1090) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2017
500ml bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with red hue and a small, creamy, short lived, tan head that laces. Sweet aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, toffee, figs and a hint of peat. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, toffee, dark chocolate, dried fruit and light peat with a bitter coffee finish. Light to medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Antzrhere (181) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2017
Pours black with beige head. Aroma is dry coffee. Taste is dry roast barley with slight acidity. Thin body. I preferred this to Dark Island Reserve, but both have a n unusual acidity, although this is no where near as pronounced and alot more palatable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (938) - HONG KONG - FEB 25, 2017
Very dark brown, with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malts and ripe fruits. Slick mouthfeel, with caramel, roasted malts, ripe fruits and molasses. Medium bodied ale, easy to drink. Quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thejackpacker (371) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle from Asda. A very dark tasting, smokey finished beer. Surprisingly light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nordic (622) - Tartu, ESTONIA - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle 0,5. Dark, almost black, small head. Aroma: roasted, caramel, toffee, hops. Taste: moderately roasted, toffee, coffee, chocolate. Good. Seems a bit more like stout than old ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (3034) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle. Very dark brown, almost black, in colour. Very dark chocolatey with some coffee. Roast Malty: lots of chocolate, coffee, roast malts, toffee, caramel. Fruity; dark fruits, dates?, figs?, berries. Roast bitter-sweet fruity with a slightly sour edge. Nice malt/hop balance. Dry bitter roast & chocolatey finish. Very drinkable. Nice beer! (2010-05)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiery_1 (861) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2017
500ml bottle @ Matts. Pours a deep dark brown with a thin head. Nose has a rich and robust porter character. Flavour is lightly roasted malt, semi-sweet dark chocolate and some dark fruit. Not bad.

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