Brewed by Orkney (Sinclair Breweries)
Style: Scotch Ale
Stromness, Scotland
Serve in Thistle


on tap

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RATINGS: 1618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Available filtered in 330ml bottles.
"Named after Thorfin Hausakliuuf, the seventh earl of Orkney, this reddish coloured ale has an intense vinous nose, is rich and satiny in the mouth with a long dry finish and deep rich fruity notes. Described as Satiny smooth in the mouth, deceptively light and dangerously drinkable."

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2005
Bottle from Peckhams. Barley wine???!**!?? Scotch Ale, Baby! Dark ruby, off white head. Glorious aroma with smoke, peat, prune, sweet caramelly malt, alcohol. Full bodied with warming finish. Glorious stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Strong and ruby colored. Medium/heavy body. Lots of malt flavor with a raisin-like finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3618) - Sabro, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
Brown reddish colour with a medium head, mostly diminishing. Intens flavour, full palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13739) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
Bottle at Fysnke ldage. Nice appearence. Good head, mostly deminishing. Good aroma and powerfull flavour. Oily palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
330ml bottle. Pours a light red with a thin head, but plenty of carbonation. The taste is a bit sweet with a bit of alcohol burn, but not too much. Does not linger too long on the palate, but does nothing unpleasant. Very smooth and could put good hurting on the unsuspecting drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 this beer has a great aroma, sweet and fruity - but the flavor is bitter and dry - in a good way. finishes dry and smooth, it gets extra points for 8.5%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2005 This beer sits a ruby, deep amber color in my glass. It is topped by a frothy, thinnish pale brown head. The aroma is nice and malty with notes of toffee, caramel, a rich concentrated malt note and a bit of cherry. The beer is sweet throughout, though in no way sticky, and it has a medium body to it that is light enough to not be too chewy. This has nice notes of chewy toffee, some notes of molasses, a bit of chocolate and dark malt in the finish. This beer has a nice richness to it, but is still somewhat easily drinkable. This is pretty tasty, purely a complex malty beer, that is nice to slowly sip on.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2005
I found this beer at a wonderfull little shop in the french quarter of new orleans which ALWAYS carries some of the rarest beers in america! This beer pours a deep amber color with a small tan head. It has a very malty aroma and flavor that is somewhat smoked. Not much hoppiness in this beer and I am somewhat of a hophead. all in all this is a very interesting beer that I would prbably drink again. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4921) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2005
330 ml bottle, from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor Michigan (August 05). Pours a dark ruby/maple, with creamy tan head, thickly coating the glass and lasting a reasonable bit...malty, fairly alcoholic nose, somewhat smoky but more vinous, earthy with dried fruit hints...moderately sweet, lightly alcoholic body, touch smoky in the middle, turning quite sweet and slightly bitter to finish, bit cobwebby and old (in a nice way).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2006 Rerate. Aroma is lightly smokey seriously malty, some berry fruits, some port perhaps, excellent. Taste is similarly complex a great beer to finish you off at the end of a session.

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