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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1619   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Hildigltur (5105) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2004
Deep brown coloured. Malty aroma with too many raisins and prunes in it. The flavour is very sweet and it tastes rotten like a too old beer. Too many raisins and prunes in the flavour as well. A big dissapointment. I expected much from a brew with such a cool name and label. This is not for vikings, this is for skunks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2004 Drank from a snifter, good aroma and great malty mouth. The finish is complex and fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2004 (on bottle)Such a big experience, and then so few words to descibe it. This beer combines everything youll need from a scottish barley wine. Dark, fuzzy color and small lasting head. The aroma is not that big, but prmises a lot of dry fruit, smoke and seawater. The taste is a marveless lash of full malts and water from the highlands. I just love that earthy taste!! Not so big on the alcoholtaste, and the latter taste is not heavy; youll want one more very soon. RERATED: Oct 12. 2004 Had it again and realized; I got wiser.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Bottle at DBF 2004. Brown cloudy appearance. Lots of malts, sweetness, smoke, alcohol, some bitterness in the end. Very nice. Ill bet youll be skullsplitting after a couple of pint of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Update: 7/18/07 This beer is just brilliant, smokey, earthy, and spicy. Very big toasted malt flavor that balances against the rich smoked finish. Pairs beautifuly with beef and ham. Very thick on the palate and pure bliss in the finish. Pours a dark red with a nice white head. I remember having this beer a year ago when i was first getting into "abnormal" beers. This time it was much better than i remember it. Nice sweet and malty taste with a strong smoked flavor. Rockin viking on the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Smell: alcohol, monster caramel malt, peat, smoke, cotton candy. Look: Deep toffee brown, light off-white head. Taste: BEEF JERKY. Yes, my friends, this beer tastes like lightly peppered, heavily smoked beef jerky. With some turkey jerky and caramel notes. Also a very light acidity on the finish. Sweet and somewhat, um, plummy?? to start. Medium body. Bit too much smoke in the aftertaste to make this a quaffer, but its disappearing pretty fast nonetheless. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2004
pretty good. just wish there was more flavor. thinner palate than i would havel liked. the alcohol is well hidden in this malty maple fruity beast of a beer. i just wanted it to be more beasty. oh well. still, a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
I had good expectations for this beer, but I didnt really like it that much. It tasted like funky old smoked meat. I can see how it is a good beer, but I just personally dont appriciate the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Bought it for the cool label and was more than impressed. This is rich, slightly sweet, sits well on the palate, with only a slightly strong aftertaste (alcohol is present). A few of these could be conquered, but thy skull would split.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2004
Love the name. Nutty, earthy, roasted aroma. Plummy, strong sweet malt, rum flavors. Gets more Complex as it warms. Chewy/creamy texture. Top notch.

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