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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1611   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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bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2005
Bottle. The colour is deep wine red with a tint of brown. The foam is gigantic, pale beige, soft and built of medium-sized bubbles.

The smell is dominated by an almost wine-like touch of alcohol. There are some notes of smoked roasted malt, matured cheese, wheat flour, dark bread and a touch of leather.

The carbonation is pretty mild, but it is almost overshadowed by a liquor-like alcohol.

The taste is dominated by a generous, full-bodied taste of roasted malt and alcohol. I could also trace some notes of sweet dried fruits, nuts and a quite mild bitterness. The aftertaste is rather short with flavours like marzipan, hazel nuts and some bitter hops.

This beer is way to strong for me. I prefer the Belgian strong ales.

Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2005
Dark red color, little beige head. Sweet caramel, mildly nutty and chocolate aroma, rich aroma indeed. Flavor is also nutty with sweet caramel and chocolate, dries nicely in the end. Mild alcohol comes up also. Dry ending lasts long.

thehinge (297) - Nederland, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Dark brown ale with an amber head...am I color blind.....Orkney states that it’s red.....hmmm.... Love the aroma. Has a strong nutty, smokey scent to it...liked it a good deal. Taste is reminiscent of raisins, fruits and nuts. Good sweet finish. Has a good medium mouthfeel. A beer newbie wouldn’t like this too much, I suspect. It’s an incredible combo of stimuli....but I’d recommend it to serious drinkers.

rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Goldish red, off wite head. Vinous nose w. rich malt. Lots of malt, rasin, brown sugar, dark fruits, alcohol. Malty & fruity finish.

MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
This was pretty good, although I’m a bit blinded by my affinity of Scotch Ales. Sweet and treacly, but kind of bitterly alcoholic, with some additional herbally flavour, this is pretty good. Not one to run to, but if it’s available, it’s worthwhile.

Arayaga2 (2221) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Rather skunky, somewhat grassy smell. Confusing taste has smoky properties. It might be what happens when you combine beef jerky, seltzer water, and grain alcohol in a blender.

pilsnerrogge (2998) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2005
(Bottled) Nut brown colour. Nice head. Smokey aroma with notes of tar. Dry, smoked and peaty flavour with a touch of toffee. An excellent alternative to single malt whisky.

rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2005
Bottled. Dark mahogany colour. Vineous, smokey aroma with notes of plum and toffee. Fat malty mouthfeel. Plum is prominent in flavour, with notes of smoke all along.

BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Bottle: Deep rich reddish muddled brown with some head and lace, okay oily film. The aroma is similiar to the fine british barleywines, heavy dark malts, sublime seasalt, over ripened fruits (dates and fig mostly), port wood, non-aromatic pipe tobacco, smoky and very earthy on the nose. The taste starts extremely sweet and malty but has a nice dash of bitter and fruit which made it balanced enough to drink. Heathery and flowery background along with that smoked earth feel added great depth. The alcohol is hidden but after it’s done you know you had a big beer. A true sipper but such a warmer for those crazy winter days like today.

Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Great name!!! I was loving this brew when I first tried it, but as I got into tasting a bit more, I realized it was too sweet. I like sweet every now and then, but this just goes too far for me. I like to be able to drink at least 3-4 of a beer, but this is a 1-2 ’er. Great color and taste, but only for a bit then I’m in need of HOPS!!!!!!!

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