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


on tap

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RATINGS: 570   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Bottle: Filtered.
A black stout which is brimming over with roast malt flavours, balanced with a complex hop blend. Really smooth with roasted aftertaste.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Off-white film lasts a while atop the deep clear brown pour. Powdery chocolate notes climb through the heavily carbonated form underneath. Slightly woody light and malty flavours. Tartish toasted pumpernickel undertones boasts some originality in a good way all the while mineral and metallic character develops in a not so competent manner between roasted interludes. Very light palate, moderate carbonation. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12847) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
500mL bottle. Pours black with some faint dark brown hints and a small, mostly diminishing tan rocky head that soon becomes a film with some lined lacing. Dark sweet roasted caramel and chocolate malt (meal, cookie) and oat aroma. Sour and oily yeast (sweat, horse blanket) flavor, dark and slighltly bitter dark chocolate notes and a light hop acidity. Dark bodied and oily, thin palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Deep dark brown body, with small tan head. Aromas of burnt malt and hints of chocolate. The flavor is dry roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Very Good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours a deep black color with a ring of light brown lace. Aroma and flavor of vanilla and coffee. The body is light with a creamy texture and low carbonation. I thought this would be way better, oh well...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 21, 2005
The Lure:
Anise and vanilla sweetness surface atop the chocolatey malts. Somewhat vinous after a while, this is nonetheless a pretty attractive and intriguing perfume.

The Festivities:
Roasted malts and dark chocolate relinquish their seductive powers to the overbearing mineral dryness. Chalk is brought up, sadly helped by the agressive carbonation. Some fruitiness manages to get through, but the dry metal sheets squash all hopes for tasty nourishment.

Zealousness breeds contempt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 Well, definiitelly better than the Cask one, but I guess something was wrong with the equipment. This was a very good stout, although a little soft sometimes. Smoked, chocolate features on it. Good head, but tiring after a while.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2005
From Bottle

Dark stout, hoppy aroma, Flavor was of burnt coffee, not overpowering, and a hint of chocolate. Very watery for a stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Looks wicked in the glass. A full rich muddy head that lingers. Little bits of lumpy lace. Deepest opaque brown. Trace of anise in the nose, giving way to roasted malt. Aroma is late, but big on roasted cocoa beans. Vanilla. Misses a bit on the finish, but not too much. Quaffable, and not over the top like many US stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2005
This is a good one to drink if you love Stouts. A very good example of the style, bursting with malt flavor, very dark in color with a thick, full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Black. Big, dense, bubbly, creamy light brown head. Roasted malt and burnt chocoffee aroma- touch of lactose, also. Same flavor, bitter finish and aftertaste. Smooth, medium body is very drinkable. Would go nice with some waffles at breakfast. Good brew.

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