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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Light brown with a small tan head. Sweet malt aroma. Flavor of malt, dark fruit and has a kind of smoky finish that Im still trying to decide whether or not I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2004
A tan colored head that died very quickly, but maintained good lace. The color is a dark brown with reddish tones, hazy and low effervescence. The smell was of malt and caramel -- real earthy. It has a sweet toffee like flavor that was almost overwhelming (syrupy). The mouth feel was a little flat. My overall impression is that it lacks character and is somewhat one-dimensional. Cool name.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (1476) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Cool label - but the beer was not as good as I had expected. It has a slightly sweet, fruity taste at first, followed by a bit of an alcohol aftertaste. Darker color than I had expected with a decent amount of foamy white head. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (10080) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Thanks to myself for buying this at State Line in Elkton, MD. Ill be completely honest here...the label just said "ale", and I pegged this one to be a rauchbier. Pours clear dark amber/brown with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma of malt, sherry, caramel, nuts, and smoke. Tastes malty, very nutty, with some hops, dark fruit, and a very rauchy finish. The palate is medium and smooth, and the smoky qualities came out more as it warmed. Delicious, and this one will make my "Top 25 Surprises of 2004" list, which I will post on RB during Christmas Week. Cheers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1574) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Pours a beautiful clear reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is very sweet and malty. Taste is of roasted malt, peat, smoke, wood, dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar. Sweet, but not too sweet-which is a good thing. Has an alcohol tinge on the back end. Mouthfeel is full, round and creamy. Nice brew, recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 Pours dark amber with red hue, thin head. Aroma is malty sweet with cherry and mesquite undertones. Flavor is soft, sweet, and woody. Body is full and smooth. Nice balanced scotch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2004
poured mahogany with a light tan head.aromacherries, plums, molasses,malts, caramel and a slight sourness. flavor over roasted malts, plums, brown sugar, honey and a hint of smoke. not to bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2004
(Bottled) Beautiful, dark, deep red color with a quite small, fading head. Sweet, liquour-like aroma with cherry and oak notes. Very sweet, malty flavor with oak and burned sugar. Sweet, sugary finish with some bitterness. Full-bodied, slightly bitter palate with low carbonation. Very similar to Scotch Silly, but without sourness and not quite as complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
Mostly clear medium brown. Off-white ring. Candyish earthy nose with werthers original and almond skin suggestions. Mild hoppiness. Nice scotch ale typical flavor, not too sweet fortunately. Very earthy, soft grassy bitterness. Almost floral at times, bitter peanut oil finish. Oily medium body, well-balanced indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 18, 2004
330 ml bottle. Very silky, smooth and drinkable but from Orkney I expected something more original.

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