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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1621   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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footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 Bottled 330 ml. Amber colored. Medium tan head. Malty/Smokey smell. Full bodied. Peaty/Smokey taste. Multiple tastings. An excellent beer.

sbrewno (49) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Hmm. This one pours thick with a blood red stand. Bubbles abound through out the dark, well-filtered body of this ale. All I get from the aroma is malt, malt, malt. Flavor is malty-sweet, slightly syrupy, with a long, smooth finish. I’m new to this style, so can’t compare. For the price (2.39US/11oz) I can’t get too excited.

TBone (17437) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2004
Bottled (BB 07/2006)
Dark copper brown, small creamy brown head. "Barley wine"-nose: malty and alcoholic. Taste is sweet, malty, chewy with toffee notes. Oliy sweet aftertaste. Similar to Scoth Silly.

Gachupines (1252) - USA - NOV 3, 2004
Reddish, brown with decent tan head. Fairly malty with a slight hoppy bite in the finish. The malty taste sticks in the mouth for a bit. Nice beer for sipping on.

joergen (27982) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
Red-brown colour with a small beige head. Sweet malty aroma, but a bit acidic. Sweet malty/acidic taste with a nice hoppy finish. Though infected, it’s still a good beer.

DYCSoccer17 (3691) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Bottle at GIBF. Slightly vinous yeasty banana aroma. Notes of brown sugar in the nose. Transparent brown color with and off white white head. Slightly sweet brown sugar flavor with a nice rich coffee malty finish. Good.

screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2004
Dark amber in color. Aroma from hops with a spicy taste. There is a taste from alcohol in this one.

BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Nice oxidized burgundy color. Smells ok, about average for a dark UK brew. Flavor is sweet, as expected with the color and high alcohol content. Also exhibits strong elements of peaty smokiness and malt. The "long dry finish" is sadly missing. Overall an ok Scottish traditional ale, but a wee bit overpriced.

IslandHaole (1257) - Misawa, JAPAN - OCT 14, 2004
Found this gem last week. $5.00 a bottle but well worth it. Nice rich maltiness with a slight smoky peat flavor. I do like this delicious ale and will be back to look for more! A fitting brew for my #400 rating!

invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Dark brown, pretty beer with large white head. Kinda cloudy. Smells aweful, very carbonated. Taste is weird, kinda meaty. Reading the desciption doesn’t surprise me that I wouldn’t like this because I’m a vegetarian.

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