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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1607   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 20, 2004
33 cL bottle, snifter. Caramel, molasses, toasted bread malt (H); prunes, smoke, peaches in the aroma. Tall, creamy, tan head is slowly diminishing and sits upon a deep, dark red-brown body. Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet finish, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. There's a big smokey note in the aftertaste. Heavy body, creamy/oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: the peaty aftertaste is a bit strong, but this beer is damn fine everywhere else.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2004
This got better when it warmed but was overhopped at the start. Nice smell and color leads to a slightly bitter distinctly U.K. type of beer. I would say it is a hoped up brown ale. The sweetness only comes through as it warms. I would like more obvoius friut on the palate but this is a decent beer that I would have no problem drinking again. However I doubt I would buy it. It gave me a nice buzz though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2561) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2004
Nice thick head of off-white bubbles. Sweet malty flavor with a little smoke and a hint of chocolate covered cherries. Great dark red color with minimal carbonation. Big smokey peat flavor with a nice alcohol warming. Actually tastes like scotch. Thick and chewy with more sweet malts. Finish is slightly dry with a slight cherry aftertaste. A very good beer that come alive as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
Translucent bronze body with significant carbonation and a sudsy beige head with excellent retention. Initially dusty, malty aroma, I let it breath for awhile until some nice nutty richness emerged. Flavor of toffee, malt, and some subtle peat smoke that builds nicely. This is a tasty rendition of one of my favorite styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Dark mahogany color with a medium off-white head. Smokey roasted malt aroma. Sweet malt, grape, smoked wood and slight alcohol flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2004
This is a great Scottish Ale. Sweet, smokey malt, and peat flavors. Finnishes smooth, crisp, and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Bottle. Poured a dark red with a smallish head. Aromas of smoke, peat and malt. Taste is a beautiful deep smokiness and chocolate. Hell, it was hard to find the 8.5% in this. Dry and smokey finish. This is my favorite Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Dark reddish brown, with a bubbly head that lasts. Aroma is rich and malty with a smoky, grainy character. Sweet, almost cloying flavor is complemented with some fruit flavors and a smoky cinnamon note. Despite the sweetness, it retains a bitter yet smooth finish with some earthy hop flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2004
aroma was malty and woody, color and clarity were typical, to me this needed less sugar spiking the alcohol content. sippable ale, but nothing to get excited over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Looks good in the glass with a nice thick head. Earthy and sweet flavor that is quite smooth on the palate. Nice balance of flavors that got better further into the beer.

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