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


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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
Cask; Regular

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PieMan70 (25) - - OCT 27, 2012
not actually a stout but a heavy dark beer, just about impenetrably black. very tasty but hard going

McWorta (1633) - LUXEMBOURG - OCT 12, 2012
Dark brown and dark rubin red colour. An average tan head. On the nose aromas of roasted malts supported by aromas of wet rock and mud develop. Full body, an oily texture developping some medium sweet bitterness. Beautifully balanced beer! On the finish it lasts longer than in the bottle, same in dryness and lasting but mouthwatering too! Orkney island is light and shadow and this is in this beer. Good stuff!

Theydon_Bois (20143) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
Gravity dispense at Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival 2012 - 06/10/12. Mid black, brown hues in the light, with a thin tan head. Big roast malt nose with dark bitter chocolate and molasses being prominent also. Tastes of rich roast malt, chocolate, a touch of coffee, dark toffee. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Good tipple!

tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
Vinous dark fruits in the nose along withalty sweetness. Dark brown body topped by a tight off white head that recedes to cover. Lightly sour fruit flavour is complemented by sweet and roasty malts. Medium body with low carbonation. Delicious and easy to drink. Enjoyed on cask at the Halfway House in Edinburgh in September 2012.

Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2012
On tap at the Counting House, Glasgow. A copper red beer with an off-white head. The aroma is sweet with toffee. The flavor is quite sweet with notes of toffee. It is still quite thin though.

sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2012
Dark a possessed of a tight medium head, aroma of chocolate and vinous malty notes. Medium to heavy creamy mouthfeel, sweetish chocolate and malt lingering.

a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2012
Black, thin off white head; roast malt predominates alongside dark fruit, perhaps black cherries and raisins; coffee lurks in the background; thick, smooth mouthfeel; some hop bitterness and a slight fruity tang to the finish; a respectable well-rounded drink.

JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2012
Cask at The Queens Arm, Edinburgh. Opaque dark brown, possibly black. Creamy beige head, diminishing but keeps 1/2 a finger of frothy layer. Nose is roasted malts, licorice, hints of flowers. Soft light sweet bready malt-flavor with chicory, licorice and chocolate notes and a medium bitter finish. Light body, flat carbonation. Decent.

BlackHaddock (7514) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2012
I can’t believe I’ve not reviewed a beer from The Orkney Brewery before, must have drank too many and forgot to write about them! This review will right that wrong. Hand pulled pint into a UK sleeve in The Baron of Beef, Cambridge during Nov 2011. Dark, dark brown body with an off-white head of smooth foam. The head stayed and gave some good lacing. The smells where of rich malty molasses with coffee/toffee, all roasted over an open fire. The taste was of a chocolate laden fruit and nut cake baked a little too long, taken with a bitter coffee. Add some alcohol and you’re almost there, I liked it! Heavy mouthfeel, but in great condition, with a lovely soft carbonisation, only really found in well kept darker cask ales.

swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2012
In six bells fulnourn. Dark coffee malt aroma. Roasty. Totally dark minimal head. Medium aweetness and roast bitterness. Full mouth beer slick full of taste. Nice stuff

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