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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (27039) - 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, its still a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3674) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IslandHaole (1248) - 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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
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 doesnt surprise me that I wouldnt like this because Im a vegetarian.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours dark brown with a yellowish and tannish color head. Nice lace left behind. Nice looking beer. Memorable aroma on this one. Very fruity and very juicy and very hoppy with mainly grapes and tangerines. This was delightful. Flavors of spruce, pine, sap and bark with other citrus notes available as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Beer pours with a slight head, dark amber color. Sweet and slightly roast in the aroma. Malty sweet flavor with again the very slight roast notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
Deep dark brown with orange highlights and a thick white head. Sweet malty aroma, molasses, a bit of date/plum fruit. Flavour is quite sweet and malty, brown sugar, molasses, fruit and a bit of roastiness. Finish is fairly bitter. Long lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 This is a kick-ass drink. It pours a rich orange-brown color with the slightest of off-white heads. The aroma is of sweet, roasted malts with some dried fruits in the background. A very creamy mouthfeel with a full malt flavor. Surprizingly little alcohol presence in the taste, but certainly there in the warming process. Oddly a somewhat smoked, tart finish. Good brew, Orkney!

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