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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1613   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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beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Softly glowing scab red color, a one finger high, foamy vanilla hued top adorns the top, crumbles down slowly to leave a good collar and lacing sticks in minimal strings.

Aroma of smokey malts, salty meats, caramel, and some undecipherable darker fruits. Some fusil alcohol creeps. The nature of its nose seemes suppressed and slow.

Taste has a good amount of darker malts, not on a roasty level, more of a deep sweetness then anything with a subdued tang. Some wonderful smokey flavors meld within some of the darker fruity nuances. Bits of caramel show through in the middle.

Mouthfeel is mega big, thick and sweet, nearly full, creamfully chewy in a malty way. It coats the mouth like a thick fog over a cold morning lake.

A slow sipper to be sure.

turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 dark red brown color with nice head. taste is sweet chocolate caramel candy like.
very rich tasting great when your craving something sweet.
my kids say the viking on the bottle looks like me also, so thats cool!!!
im getting more of this!

JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 20, 2004
Brown, with nice white creamy head. Smells or raisins,german hops, and brown sugar, dusty basement.Very strong, sweet taste. Blows the mouth away with caramel, toffee, roasted malts. Aftertaste is butterscotch

AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2004
clear dark red appearance, fizzy tan head, sweet fruity nose cherries/apples, sweet smoket flavor, very woody flavor, like tree bark, caramel, molases, the alcohol is well hidden, this is tastey, and I’m digging the viking on the bottle, aaaarrrrrgghhhh.

presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
Dark brown with ruby highlights. Almost no head but enough carbonation to maintain a ring of bubbles and some bubbles on the top. Sharp ascetic and plum aroma with dark spice. Rich malty taste, spice, fruit and nuts. Bit of a sour edge and finish.

SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2004
Extreme soy prune like aroma... Taste is inspired by a mix of cheap vodka and chocolate... Bad finish... Cool name... Shitty beer

Hildigöltur (5103) - København, 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.

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.

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 you´ll 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; you´ll want one more very soon.
RERATED: Oct 12. 2004
Had it again and realized; I got wiser.

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.

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