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

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RATINGS: 703   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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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClaudeB04 (377) - Dudelange, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 22, 2017
Pours deep black with a white head. Nose roasted malt. Tastes roasted malt, dark chocolate. There is an almost sour fruity taste that puts me a bit off.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radassace (100) - SCOTLAND - NOV 27, 2016
Pours like a porter. Nose is roasted malt, bitter coffee, dark chocolate and some dark fruit ( cherries, blackberries ). Nice silky mouth feel. Taste is similar to nose, nicely bitter on the back end and slightly juicy. Fantastic. Very sessionable too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maits (212) - ESTONIA - NOV 12, 2016
Very dark beer, black with nice thick lively dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and chocolate and little fruity. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter chocolate and malts. Medium body. Easy drinkable and enjoyable beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CroccyLc (13) - Paisley, SCOTLAND - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle at home. Nicely carbonated and tastes borderline porter. Not as heavy or rich as most other Scottish style dark/80/ ale and having a light mouthfeel makes this one very sessionable. Really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2530) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2016
$5.49 500 ml bottle from Market Street Wine Shop, Downtown. Pours black with a small, frothy tan head. Nice lacking as it recedes. Dark fruit aroma: black cherries, raisins. Flavor is slightly tangy cherry, blackcurrants, raisin, perhaps a hint of vanilla as well. Nicely done.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wixie (487) - BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2016
Very dark brown liquid, small head. Strong aroma of coffee. Medium body, little bit carbonation. Taste of coffee and chocolate.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
johnnee51 (1) - dunbar, SCOTLAND - OCT 8, 2016 does not count
Never mind all the expert comments, this is a Mans beer,and its the best. Cant get enough.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bubeer (389) - - OCT 4, 2016
Dark brown with ruby edges. Thin brown head, low retention. Aroma intensity 3.75/5. Prunes and blackcurrant in the nose. Syrup adds to the medium bitter taste. Full body. Fizzy carbonation. Waterish texture, when comparing with the Reserve version.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markoijelena (2812) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle 0.5l at home Belgrade, Serbia. 21.08.2016. Leftover from Great British Fest 2015. Pour it dark color with no head. Aroma roasted malt, metallic caramelish, not so good. Taste roasted malt, caramel, just little bit bitter, light body, thin feel, average to soft carbonation, astringent.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phfyysik (1005) - Tartu, ESTONIA - SEP 21, 2016
Pours black with pinkish beige head. Aroma is sour, yeasty, some caramel, toasted bread, fruits. Taste is burned, some caramel, ash, wood, light sweetness, bitter, some fruits, creamy. Nice after taste. Good beer!


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