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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1615   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sissio (1488) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle @ home Clear copper with suspensions, light brown head Caramel malts, chestnut honey, dry apricot, winey Complex, passito, caramel, hint of licorice, dessert wine, dry plum

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (7344) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2016
Bottle at CWC II; clear dark brown pour with a bubbly beige head, aroma has very sweet malts and a hint of red fruits, taste has sweet toffee, some nutty action.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (4276) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2016
Cotteridge Convention II. Bottle shared thanks to s_hartshorne, cheers Shane. Dark Amber beer. Aroma of sweet malts and dark fruits. Taste is sweet malts, some alcohol and some spice. Decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle (330ml). Served at room temperature. Pours mahogany amber with a slight haze. Head is medium sized, off white, dense (almost creamy) and last very well. Aroma is rich and malty with notes of dark cherries, dried cranberries, dates, whiskey, burnt toffee, chocolate and some spiced earthy notes. Flavour is very smooth with a light earthy bitterness; dates, dark cherries, currants, burnt toffee, whiskey, and a toasty/woody finish with light notes of aniseed. Full bodied with soft carbonation, a slightly syrupy texture and a good length finish. Awesome Scotch Ale

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chucklemation (1526) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2016
Pours a brown color with no head and lots of particles. Aroma is a nice combination of dark fruits and caramel. Flavor doesnt quite match the nose, with some caramel and the dark fruits hardly noticeable. A touch sour. The bottle was dated "BBE May 15," so perhaps a fresher bottle would be worth picking up to get a fairer assessment. Just okay.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
S_Lovecraft (11) - - FEB 25, 2016
Reddish mahogany appearance with minimal head; aroma of burnt caramel, spices and red fruits; rich on palate with a long sweetly alcoholic finish. Great!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
L_Lovecraft (440) - - FEB 19, 2016
Notes of dark fruits, some roasty, aroma is quite sweet, an amazing mahogany appears in the glass, a good white/tan foam, medium body, medium carbonation, taste of dried fruits, toast and caramel...a wonderful and classic scotch ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (11980) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 29, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours deep amber, nose is raisin, date, caramel, fruity, taste is similar, biscuit, a little harsh.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (5157) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 27, 2016
330ml bottle at home, from Robbies Drams, Ayr (bb 31 Aug 2016), sweet malty, esters aroma with the faintest hint of spice, deep brown with no head (filtered after pouring to remove colloidal suspension), fruity, esters, viscous, soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (868) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Pours a medium caramel brown with a thin tan ring. Aroma of sweet malts, dark fruit, and a hint of spice. Effervescent full mouth feel. Nice tingle on the tongue and roof of the mouth followed by a mix of light spices and a warm finish. Not bitter or harsh. Hides the alcohol well. Nice lingering flavors that get better as it warms up a bit. Smooth and very enjoyable.


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