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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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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 it’s a very burnet flavor. Grainy mouthfeel. Like a homebrewed porter.


3.1
samjdix (74) - - DEC 27, 2017
Would have preferred to try a non-bottled version of this as I think the carbonation here was slightly too much and detracted from a decent beer. As it stands it was pretty unremarkable. Almost stout-like in many respects, more earthy on the nose and taste but with similar coffee/chocolate undertones. Decent enough.

3.2
bierkoning (13813) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2017
Bottle. Almost black. Malt, caramel, roast, licorice in the aroma and flavor. Sweet, almost medium bodied. Bready. Decent.

3.2
mr_h (6072) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2017
500ml bottle (4.6%) at home on 25 Nov 2017, from Tesco, Whitletts Road, Ayr (bb 28 Feb 2019): roast malt, liqourice aroma, very dark chestnut brown, thin lively fawn head, roast malt, dark chocolate, fruity, moderate fizz.

3.5
rodsquad (380) - 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 (9338) - 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 (427) - 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 (275) - 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 (4104) - 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 (1163) - 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 (735) - 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.


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