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77
96
style
Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in English pint

bottled
available

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered in 500ml bottles.
"A mid gravity beer which has a generous hoppy nose and a flowery hop flavour with a smooth malty finish."

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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16829) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 31, 2005
Bottled
Dark ruby, small creamy tanned head. Flowery hoppy nose. Bitter, dry, oaky flavor. Not very strong palate and quite carbonated mouthfeel. Dry aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 (Bottle 50 cl) A beer that doesnt promise too much - this is red indeed. Beautiful reddish brown, filtered with a small and vaguely light brown head. Very soft, almost sweetish with pronounced malty notes and a very limited bitterness. Some smoke in there too. Nice. 040904

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bmd34202 (7) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2005 does not count
Aroma was sweet yet somehow not entirely pleasant. Medium caramel sweetness, lightly bitter (less than expected), fizzy, surprisingly thin feel on the palate. Deep reddish brown color, thin head.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2005
Aroma is light malt, fruity sweet. Pours brown with off-white small mostly lasting head, with some lacing. Flavor starts sweet of cookies and bread. Finishes lightly bitter, lightly sweet. This is very smooth and palatable, not much bitter to be called a "bitter".

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pilsnerrogge (2892) - Finspng, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2005
Red-ish brown colour. Ok head. Hoppy aroma with a touch of peat. Caramel and malt flavour with hops and peat in the background.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (24485) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
Bottled. Copper colour, rich, lasting head. Some grassy hops along with peat up front. Light-medium bodied with rich, buttery, peaty malt flavour. Medium bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2005
The commercial description mentions something about this ale being filtered. Not my bottle. Vast amounts of yeast residue slowly swirled through this thinly headed, thick, reddish-brown brew. The nose is quite fruity with floral hopping and a touch of tartness. Very thick in the mouth, this has some decent caramel flavors with some very mild floral hops to balance it out. The finish is quietly bitter. Not a bad drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3870) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2005
Bottled. Red/brown in colour. Fruity nose, along with some flowers. Flavour is caramelly and fruity but is lacking in bitterness, I didnt sense much of it. Mouthfeel is soft, low Co2.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2005
From A Bottle.Mid brown with a splash of blood in colour,small head,malt and clay aroma,apples malt and nutmeg flavours.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bark (255) - Linkping, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2005
The colour is clear, deep red-brown; the two finger thick foam is semi-compact, beige and quite firm.

The smell is sweet, with a balanced blend of hops and burned malt. There are some totes of paperhangers paste and bitter almonds.

The carbonation is medium strong (stronger than the average ale) with big bubbles.

The taste is quite complex with lots of burned malt and an almost chemical flavour of almonds (both sweet and bitter). I found it hard to describe this taste in full, but words like glue stick and artificially flavoured cherry candies came to my mind.

I suspected that they had put candy sugar in the brew making it ferment a second time (like many of the Belgian ales), but the label said brewed from malted barley, hops and water.

Anyway, the aftertaste is long with a soft bitterness and a taste of almonds and burned, sweet malt.

I found the beer surprisingly easy to drink, considering the odd almost chemical flavour.


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