tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2012
At first the malts come across as strongest in the nose but hops quickly join in. Clear brown body is topped by a strong and lasting off white head tjat coats the sides of the glass with lacing. Pronounced bitterness doesn’t overwhelm the sweet malts and lightly roasty malts that blend wonderfully in the mouth. Medium body with fair to moderate carbonation and wonderful smooth texture in the mouth. This cask is in nice shape! Enjoyed on cask at the Halfway House in Edinburgh in September 2012. tipsytoad (85) - JERSEY - JUL 30, 2004
cask at the johnson arma beer festival, nottingham.
i really enjoyed this pint, one of my favourite beers. pours a red colour, like an irish red. the taste is beautifully balanced between hops and malt. very easy to drink, i would say creamy almost, almost like your drinking air- could drnk all day and all night and then some. zexpe (39) - SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2011
One of the best Scottish reds - you can always rely on Orkney to produce nice beers. SarkyNorthener (4847) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2015
[email protected]omhper (25744) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2002
imperial, walsall. Dark chestnut beer with medium head and exvellent lacing. Aroma of toffee, malts and nuts. Taste is nutty, malts, toffee and some smoke. Medium bodied. Excellent.
Sampled cask conditioned. Red-brown. Light bodied, hop aromatic. Hints of smoke and grapefruit. Complex and very tasty.
BlackHaddock (7690) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2012
My local Wetherspoons (like most) was having a ‘Scottish Week’ around the ‘Burns Night’ date and on 26th Jan 2012 I popped in and had a couple of pints: the second one being this fine beer.
First had Red MacGregor at a CAMRA festival (GBBF) many years ago: not had one since joining this site though.
Hand-pulled pint into a UK sleeve, the beer is a clear ruby red colour: on top a full head of foam, cream-coloured. Good lacing hung to the glass side as the beer level sank, the beer was in a good condition and you could tell.
The nose is a real mixed bag: malts and hops vying for attention, each coming to the fore and reducing again as the beer goes through the warming process in the glass.
The taste is also a fine blend of flavours: sweet malts and fruit/citric hop notes joined at the hip by a mini yeast presence that gives the beer that fresh and natural feel to it.
Easy drinking beer, the alcohol just about apparent although the mouth feel and body carry it nicely.
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2015
Very nice very smooth ale. Gorgeous lacing. Tad mild on the tayde, but all good. Nice vrw. rozsoma (1107) - Gyõr, HUNGARY - SEP 18, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2017 Cask @ Bothy bar, our favorite pub in Kirkwall. Red smoothly frothy bitter ale